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Retro Reminiscence: NINTENDO 64

We have all had that one gift during Christmas that we dreadfully wished for and blew our minds when we got it. With the holiday season upon us, memories of the N64 kid and his mind blown reaction to receiving the ultimate holiday gift of the late ’90s come flooding back. Thus, the perfect holiday edition of Retro Reminiscence: The Nintendo 64 — minus the kid, of course.

History

The Nintendo 64 is the third console from, well, Nintendo. It was released in 1996 during the 5th console generation, competing against the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The name of the console comes from its 64-bit central processing unit and its 64-bit power became a central tool for marketing with most titles having 64 in it. Such examples were Pilot Wings 64 and Star Fox 64.

This was Nintendo’s first step into the 3D realm, so they sought assistance from western tech companies, such as Toshiba and Silicon Graphics, during the development.  It was during this development that the console was chosen to be cartridge-based. The reason being that the silicon-based medium would provide faster data processing compared to optical-based media, such as CD-ROMs. That’s a lot of based mediums, people.

Nintendo did pay the price, however. Competitors opted for an optical-based medium, the CD-ROM, which could store more data, such as cut-scenes. This is said to be the reason for the N64 not selling as well as its counterparts: the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn, since it couldn’t provide the same cinematic experiences that a lot of games were striving for at the time.

Reminiscence

All right enough of the doom and gloom, despite its shortcomings, the N64 was still a great console for many people and for many of us, it was where our childhood began.

This console saw the release of two of the greatest games of all time that, when mentioned, bring us back down reminiscent avenue: Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeCue nostalgia bomb. The first time you saw both Mario and Link move around in 3D space, it blew your mind to the next black hole in Interstellar and Matthew McConaughey had to get it back for you. No wonder the N64 kid lost his marbles.

Yes, truly the Nintendo 64 was one of the greats. Friendships were built around talking between friends on where to find secret stars in Mario 64 and then ultimately destroyed over Mario Party. It was definitely the perfect console to bring a bunch of your friends around and just play the night away, whether it be on Golden Eye 64 or Mario Kart 64.

Hopefully, some kid loses their mind over a console that their parents bought for them and can reminisce in the future just like we are now.

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Author:David Rix

I believe that, one day, I can become Spider-Man. Read more of my dumb ramblings here: www.psgetalife.com or follow me on Twitter @Epiawestastic.

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3 Comments on “Retro Reminiscence: NINTENDO 64”

  1. 12/15/2014 at 1:32 PM #

    Reblogged this on Press Start: Get a Life!.

  2. NVChad2
    12/15/2014 at 1:57 PM #

    I loved my N64. Some of my greatest video game memories were with friends playing Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Star Fox, and Zelda. I had over 30 games for it and in my teenage years I sold it for a pathetic amount. I’ve since bought another and replaced some of the games I foolishly sold. It’s always a blast to pull out one of those cartridges, blow it out, and fire it up.

    Thanks for the nostalgia. :)

  3. 12/15/2014 at 2:05 PM #

    Glad you enjoyed it! NINTENDO SIXTY FOOOOUR!!!

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