Tech Beever takes a look back at Nintendo's N64 as it celebrates its 15th birthday
Balloons fly high, that pesky donkey is still without a tail, and whoever is still playing pass the parcel is more interested in just sitting down. We're all waiting for the birthday boy to show up, but where the hell is he?
Taking a nice, long, hard look at himself, that's where.
15 years ago, Nintendo brought the world the Nintendo 64; the worlds first 64bit home console, and with it, came a legacy of great memories (and some poor ones, but we'll forget them...).
I remember first playing on an N64, my Uncle brought one for my cousin (although it was really for him), and the three of us crowded round the CRT TV in the lounge. The moment it loaded up, and we were greeted with "Its a me, Mario", followed by the giant head of that fat Italian plumber we'd become acquainted with over these years; only now he was in 3D.
It was amazing, my Uncle Paul, cousin Martin and myself all in awe as we took turns pulling Mario's face with the gloved hand. Then we pressed the start button.
The Mario games we knew before -- these flat, colourful 2D games; were now just a distant memory, in their place was this magnificent, fully realized three dimensional world -- one that would change the way we play games forever.
|Goldeneye; the game to change a generation|
That 'Z' trigger felt as if you'd pulled the trigger on a gun, making you feel more like James Bond with every kill you ranked up on Goldeneye. Just utter genius.
|Super Smash Bros, Yoshi sticking it to the Mario Bothers|
|Legend of Zelda: OoT|
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