The Nintendo 64’s birthday was a few days ago, so I’d like to take the time and give it the respect and admiration that it so rightly deserves. Not only was the N64 a major hit in North America, selling nearly 33 million units, but the games that were released for the home system defined their genres. GoldenEye 007 is esteemed as being one of the core trailblazers for the First Person Shooter genre, while Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time were heralded for their seamless graphics and virtually non-existent loading times. Time magazine gave the N64 much praise in an article they put out in June 2001, noting Super Mario 64 by name.
Can you remember the first time you played this gem?
Even though Nintendo delayed the Nintendo 64 until the upcoming year, as they seem to do with several of their consoles, the hype was definitely worth the wait. To keep eager fans patient, they advertised the console with slogans like “Wait for it…” and “Is it worth the wait? Only if you want the best!” Within the first three days of launching, it sold 350,000 units – selling out in just about every store. Actors, directors and even athletes contacted Nintendo, wanting to get their hands on a console without having to deal with lines and crowds. But with the incredible lineup offered by the durable box of pure joy, can you blame them?
They have South Park, but no Zelda?
Including the huge hits for the N64, like the ones I mentioned above, just-as-classic games were also released for the console that fans cherished for years, and even to this day. Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64, F-Zero X, Star Fox 64, Super Smash Bros, and Pokémon Snap and Pokémon Stadium all lined fans’ shelves, creating memories and fulfilling dreams each Christmas, birthday or graduation.
Not that graduation!
There is no doubt that the games and hardware that the Nintendo 64 came out with changed the gaming world. To this day, gamers both hardcore and casual can marvel at the state-of-the-art graphics and controls that harkened a new era of console gaming. Games that have been blown in time and time again were blown right into our hearts, along with the characters portrayed in them. We at the Hyrule Herald would like to thank the whole Nintendo team, current and former, for all the hard work and dedication that has satisfied fans for decades.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
What are some of your favorite memories with the Nintendo 64, or any Nintendo console? How about your favorite games? Be sure to let us know in the comment section!