I Got a Nintendo 64! Now What?


A few months back, I was dismayed to find out that my Nintendo 64 had disappeared in my parents’ house. It may still hiding somewhere, but I decided it was better off to move on. Having visited many stores and perused the classified listings, my search had been fruitless. Not that there weren’t Nintendo 64 consoles available, just not at a price I was willing to pay. At Hamilton Comic Con, luck was finally on my side. What do I do now with my newfound spoils?


Round out my collection

I’m fortunate enough to still have most of my old Nintendo 64 games. Sadly, many years ago, my house was robbed, and I lost almost all of my old gaming stuff. Some of the games that got stolen include Super Mario 64 and Mario Kart 64. Never got around to getting those ones back. They’re not the cheapest games to get, but it doesn’t feel right to be missing those. There are probably other games I missed at the time that would be great adds to my collection. I’ll keep my eye out for those as well!


Revisit my old favourites

While the NES and SNES are fresh in my memory thanks to the NES Classic, The Nintendo 64 is a console that I haven’t really gone back to past its prime. Having played just a little bit of WWF No Mercy to test if the console works, and I fell in love all over again. I know that some games won’t have stood the test of time, but I’m looking forward to trying these games again to see what holds up!


Play some of the games I missed

One of the most notable games in my possession that I never tried was Paper Mario. At the time, I was too stubborn to play any Mario RPG that wasn’t Super Mario RPG 2. The Paper Mario franchise has blossomed into its own thing and with the exception of Super Paper Mario, this entire branch of games has completely passed me by. There are other games in the Nintendo 64 library that I missed out on back in the day because it’s basically impossible for one person to keep up with everything. Better late than never, right?



Share that experience with you through my stream

Retro streaming is a pain in the butt. It requires me to rejigger all of my software and physically move to a different TV in my basement to make it work. I also don’t have proper lighting for that side of my basement, so I’ll need to figure out a solution to that before we continue retro streaming in earnest. However, if I’m going to do it for anything, this platform is about as good as it gets. There are so many great titles on this console and it represents a fascinating slice of gaming history. It may have finished the war in 2nd place, but it’s always #1 in my heart.


Now that I have a Nintendo 64 again, I’m excited to revive the conversation around it. What games would you recommend me to try out? Hidden gems? Things you love/hate about the platform? And how about that rumored Nintendo 64 Classic that seems to get more real by the day? Reach out through the comments!

 

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