X-Play Staff Memories: Nintendo 64

Posted: September 28, 2011
X-Play Staff Memories: Nintendo 64
X-Play staffers share their fondest gaming memories of the Nintendo 64.

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  • steelbox

    They didn't even include perfect dark in the best 5! Heresy! I hope a DarkSim kicks you A*s!

    Posted: October 4, 2011 10:23 AM
  • Sorrior

    I remember i was so excited to get mine when i was a kid. My parents got me the Costco(or whatever variant we used at the time) version and it had diddy kong racing which i quickly dropped as soon as i got the LoZ OoT that Christmas i also rented it so many damn times before that.

    Though as for some more obscure games i loved they were the Mystical Ninja games(bot the Starring Goemon one and Goemons great Adventure) as well as actually enjoying Quest 64.

    Posted: September 30, 2011 10:11 AM
  • wutmike

    mischief makers was the best

    Posted: September 30, 2011 4:17 AM
  • Tmidiman

    Body Harvest, the daddy of the 3D GTA series.
    Blast Corp
    Conker's Bad Fur Day

    Those were the games!

    Posted: September 29, 2011 5:35 PM
  • strickened80

    It was the fall of 1996, I just received my drivers license & the N64 had arrived. I saved my money from mowing grass and an allowance to buy it. I picked it up at a local Walmart & rushed home to hook it up. Mario 64 amazed me! I was blown away by the 3d graphics. I was hooked! Then I got Goldeneye and the proximity mines and the destruction pulled me in. Perfect Dark was another amazing games. MK Trilogy, Turok 1&2, Killer Instinct Gold, Waverace64, Ocarina of Time are all cherished memories. This was one of my favorite systems & will always have a place for it in my heart. HAPPY 15TH BIRTHDAY N64!

    Posted: September 29, 2011 4:49 PM
  • Alien_Number_Six

    The 64 was great. Star Fox 64. Castlevania 64. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, Star Wars Shadows of the Empire, Goldeneye, Star Wars Rogue Squadron, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Mortal Kombat 4 and Super Smash Bros where great reasons to play Nintendo 64. Super Mario 64 was terrible and was the beginning of the end of Mario being fun to play. Then came Gamecube and the fall of Nintendo. They fell behind the times. Nintendo lovers began to wait years for good titles. The Wii came out. The gimmick lasted a year and without third party support, HD graphics and a general lack of titles that were not shovelware the Wii became an afterthought. I remember Nintendo's greatness with reverence and nostalgia. The days of Contra and its code for 30 lives. The days of Super Mario Bros. when the princess was in another castle. The days of The Legend of Zelda and it's challenging second quest. The days spent endlessly playing Metroid until the game was complete and the stunning revelation that Samus was a girl. The hours spent fighting my way through Castlevania 2 Simon's Quest and finally kicking Dracula's undead butt. Crushing Mega Man 2 over and over. Finally winning a decision against Mike Tyson in Mike Tyson's Punch Out. Fighting Link's shadow to a standstill in Zelda 2 The Adventure of Link. Laying the smack down on nazis in Bionic Commando before Call of Duty and Medal of Honor made it cool. Burning away endless waves of enemy ships and huge bosses in Gradius and Lifeforce. Ah the good old days. I miss you Nintendo. May you rest in peace.

    Posted: September 29, 2011 3:41 PM
  • GrimGalore

    "countdowns the five best N64 games and poills the G4 staff"

    Ouch! I hate it when my staff gets poilled, don't you?

    Posted: September 29, 2011 3:32 PM
  • camaro72toy

    This is where the Playstation made it's mark...it was supposed to be the add on HDD drive that was coming to US shores, but Nintendo pushed Sony too hard and was ripping them off, so the owner of Sony took a chance and told Nintendo to go F off, and came out with the Playstation, isn't that cool?!
    Look on the bottom of the 64, and you can see the removable plate where the Playstation was supposed to go before it was reshaped to be the Playstation.

    Posted: September 29, 2011 2:47 PM
  • cwbys21

    I loved playing Excitebike 64, not to mention it came with the original arcade game packed in. Also, I had a football game called NFL Quarterback Club '99 for it and there was this glitch where the defender ai would anticipate a comeback route and if you lobbed it up to your receiver immediately after the snap he would go get it while the defender would still be playing the real route and you had a guaranteed touchdown every time. Also, if you did it with one of the faster receivers in the league, you could run laps around the field for the entire quarter and never get tackled.

    Posted: September 29, 2011 11:11 AM
  • vferg

    I cant believe the N64 is being remembered! I am officially old...

    Posted: September 29, 2011 10:46 AM

    So many great N64 games and memories. I think I hold the N64 to a high standard because I was just a kid when it came out and had so much time to play whatever I wanted. I actually still own my N64 and several games but unfortunately I no longer have any working controllers.

    Posted: September 29, 2011 10:44 AM
  • OneEyedJohnny

    Waverace 64 was awesome too. I promise.

    Posted: September 29, 2011 10:35 AM
  • BrowncoatMal

    No love for Star Wars: Rogue Squadron?

    Posted: September 29, 2011 10:27 AM
  • InuYugiHakusho

    My favorite N64 memory was on New Year's Eve '98, when my brother, two friends of ours, and I rung in the new year with multiplayer sessions of South Park, WCW/nWo Revenge, and WWF War Zone.

    Posted: September 29, 2011 10:25 AM
  • DPsx72

    Goldeneye sucked, that was the game that taught me analogs are terrible for FPS's. No M/KB, then no FPS. On the other hand we got plenty of game time from multiplayer sessions of Starfox, Kart, Party, Smash, F-Zero, and all the rest.

    Posted: September 29, 2011 10:21 AM
  • teac77

    No, no, it's not an 'oak' ocarina, it's an "ock", ocarina. It's grown from "ock trees" ...or something like that.

    Posted: September 29, 2011 10:15 AM
  • Hellfire87

    One of my favorite memories was of me and my friends playing Super Smash Brothers.

    Posted: September 29, 2011 10:15 AM
  • stamatt45

    Dont forget about Pokemon Snap!

    Posted: September 29, 2011 9:57 AM
  • ralphieb

    I loved GoldenEye, but I definitely had more intense battles with multiplayer on Perfect Dark! The laptop gun is your friend.

    Posted: September 29, 2011 3:14 AM
  • Stickmanwww

    I feel your pain Sessler, those Praying Mantises are evil. Took 10 attempts before me and my sister finally took them down when we were kids.

    Posted: September 29, 2011 12:23 AM