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Remembering Nintendo 64

Still in a news slump, so I will take this opportunity to continue my old to classic consoles that have been a huge part of my life, and many, many others’ lives.

If I had to choose one console to claim the title as my favorite of all time, it’d have to be the Nintendo 64.

As I’ve said previously, I can’t remember a time when video games were not a part of my life. OK, maybe that’s a bit of a lie, I have one memory-my earliest memory-that dates back to before I was able to play video games. Other than that, they’ve always been there for me.

Though the NES and Sega Genesis are responsible for introducing me to the joys of gaming, the N64 offered so many deeper and longer adventures that changed the way I viewed video games forever. Experiences I had on the N64 transformed me from viewing video games as just a fun activity to do during free time to viewing them as a huge part of my life, and as medium that has, in a lot of ways, shaped my personality.

It’s impossible to think of the N64 without thinking of Super Mario 64. This game really got the wheels in my head turning. Mario’s first adventure in a fully 3D world offered so many new experiences with 15 courses and 120 stars to collect. This may be the game that I have completed the most times out of any, and that’s partly because this game doesn’t appeal to just one age group, it appeals to all ages. I enjoyed it when I was 7 years old and lost tons of lives trying to beat Bowser, and I still enjoy it as a 21 year old who’s mastered wall kicks over the years. The graphics and soundtrack are still quite appealing today as well as the control scheme. The only negative point I have to say about SM 64 is that there are a lot of glitches in the game, but some of those are actually really fun to play with, too.

A brief list of just a few of the dozens of amazing games this system had to offer: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, StarFox 64, Super Smash Bros., Pokemon Snap!, San Francisco Rush, Mario Kart 64, GoldenEye 007, Gex 64, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Perfect Dark, Diddy Kong Racing, Mario Party and so many more.

Today you can download N64 games via the Wii’s Virtual Console, or you can play them online via the Project 64 Emulator.