The Nintendo 64 Console
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  • However the Nintendo 64 is a cartridge based system, so back then when they made games, the developers were severely limited in cartridge space for the games in comparison to the original PlayStation which was on a CD format

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      Back in the mid 90’s when the original PlayStation and the Nintendo 64 were neck and neck in the console wars. The Sega Saturn was there too, but I never owned one and it wasn’t nearly as popular. I’d like to pick one up one of these days, but for now it’s a mystery to me. Anyways this is about the Nintendo 64, and while during this console generation I did prefer the original PlayStation over the Nintendo 64, the Nintendo 64, is a phenomenal console, one that I have many fond memories of and one that I still find myself playing from time to time.

      Graphically, the Nintendo 64 obviously is pretty dated by today’s standards, but that’s not really fair as it’s a 15 year old console, so let’s compare it to the original PlayStation, it’s competitor at the time. Now this is actually a bit tricky, because both had their strengths and weaknesses. First off,


      when it comes to actual 3d polygons and textures, the Nintendo 64 trumps the PlayStation. Most games on the Nintendo 64 are in full 3d and overall looked better than the 3d games on the PlayStation. However the Nintendo 64 is a cartridge based system, so back then when they made games, the developers were severely limited in cartridge space for the games in comparison to the original PlayStation which was on a CD format. However since the games were on cartridges, the games did load faster and it was a lot harder to pirate, but the cartridges were much more expensive than CD-ROM format which was on the original PlayStation. After the Nintendo 64, no home consoles ever had cartridges as their main format, and the industry moved on to CD’s and DVD’s. Portable gaming systems like the Game Boy Advance, and even now the Nintendo DS still use a form cartridge, however home consoles ceased ...

      • to use cartridges anymore.

        Let’s get into the games. First off, the RPGs on the Nintendo 64 only count up to 3. That’s right, 3, and only one of them is worth your time, and that’s the original Paper Mario. If you really like RPGs, this console isn’t for you, if you don’t really care about RPGs however, there’s some fun to be had on this console. The Nintendo 64 really excelled in action/ adventure games. Games like the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, Mario 64, and Jet Force Gemini. The system also has some first person shooters; in fact if it wasn’t for Rare’s Golden-eye for the Nintendo 64 which revolutionized shooters, the industry would probably be very different. Still going back and playing these shooters, while nice a way to see where they started from, they didn’t exactly age very well to be honest. However

        this console did have some great fighters on it like Super Smash Bros. and Killer Instinct. This console also had some really great racing games like Mario Kart 64, Diddy Kong Racing, and a bunch of others. The console had a nice variety of genres, and while it doesn’t excel in all of them, the ones it does, it does really, really well.

        Finally, the build quality is actually really sturdy. You seriously need to make a concerted effort in order to break this console. Overall, this is a great little console. Its appeal is a bit limited, but the games are top notch and the only other way to play these games is the virtual console and very few re-releases of the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask on the Game Cube. Overall I give this an 8 out of a 10. If you’re into retro consoles, you’ll enjoy this console for what it is like I do.




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