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Is the Nintendo 64 still worth getting?

Pocketim

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While most will say it's not one of the greatest systems out there, I think we all have a soft spot for the N64. Presenting us with some of the greatest games of all time, and some of my personal favorites, such as Banjo Kazooie and Mischief Makers. But here's my question: Can you still recommend the Nintendo 64 to someone today?

Okay, now I know that you're probably all thinking "Do you have to ask?" right now, but hear me out for a second. While the N64 had a few good games, there was a major drawback. The only particularly good developers for the system were Nintendo and Rareware. These guys were the reason you owned a Nintendo 64, chances are. Today this is an issue, as both Nintendo and Rare have rereleased most of their top games for modern systems. Rare has Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, Perfect Dark, and Conker's Bad Fur Day (In the form of Conker: Live & Reloaded, the Xbox remake) on the Xbox 360, and Nintendo has released Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Super Mario 64, Lylat Wars, Paper Mario, and much much more on the Wii Virtual Console. Even some of their more debatably games are on Virtual Console, such as Yoshi's Story and Cruis'n USA.

So, cross out all the games that are on modern consoles, and how much can you recommend? A lot of N64 games haven't aged too well. While Pokémon Stadium may of been cool back then, to see your 8-bit Pokémon sprites in 3D, that's really about all there is to it, and if you want to see that so desperately, there's always the Gamecube and Wii Pokémon games. Goldeneye is another prime example. I'm not saying it's a bad game, but it's been outdone by more recent FPSs such as 007 Nightfire and Timesplitters 2. A lot of these games seem sweeter to us due to nostalgia now, which isn't a bad thing, persé, but it makes these games harder to recommend to others.

So, crossing all of these games out that I mentioned, I found two exclusive games which I can recommend: Donkey Kong 64, and Mischief Makers. No denying it, these games are fantastic, and two of my favorites of all time. Despite this though, I find it really hard to recommend a system for two games alone, so I can only really recommend it if you're a die-hard Treasure or Donkey Kong fan, and find the system for $20 or under.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

P.S.: Jet Force Gemini was really good too. Check it out if you're not familiar with it.
 


FyreeTSG

Banned
Hell yes!
I love N64--and will ALWAYS love N64...

I wasn't sold on it when it came out--mainly cause I couldn't grasp the idea of a D-stick on a controller....

But once I got my first N64 in 1999, I was hooked.

Mario Kart 64, the CRUIS'N Racing series, Road Rash 64, Vigilante 8--and countless other great games...
 

Nintendo X

The Legend
Staff member
Yes, but there's a service coming to Nintendo Switch Online that will include Nintendo 64 games...
 
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