I recently decided to buy a nintendo 64, mainly because a long time ago me and my friends would meet up and just have a day of gaming, the nintendo 64 being one of the consoles.
I managed to pick it up for about £10 with all cables and a game included.
It sits on top of my xbox 360 with goldeneye in, which in my opinion is worth buying the N64 just to play.
With the re-release of goldeneye on the wii, with only just improved graphics for about £30 i would reccomend buying yourself an N64 with goldeneye and a few controllers.
You are able to use the nintendo wii controllers and game cube controllers that plug in with the nintendo 64, so you may not even have to buy any additional controllers.
It took me back a few years as if i had traveled in a time machine.
After playing it for a few minutes you get lost in it and completly forget about the graphics.
Cheap games and accessories
Cheap to buy
Graphics aren't too bad
4 players without a multi tap
Check for a faulty console first, alot of broken ones around.
Check for broken parts, i bought a controller and the analogue stick was broken.
Not top of the range graphics
At the time of there release, i would have chosen the PS1 over the N64, mainly for reasons like it was in overall, cheaper, and had a greater variety of games for it.
But now in 2010, i have to say i would take the N64 over the PS1 anyday, now that the games are cheap, most selling for £5 or less, then i can buy almost any game i want. There are a few rarities such as Harvest Moon 64 and Paper Mario which sell from £30 to £80 in some cases. But if you're lucky you can snap these games up at a cheaper price.
The games on the N64 were largely made by Nintendo and Rare, with few other companies coming into the spotlight. Because of this, the N64 only had about 5 outstanding games on its system. Namely:
Goldeneye - By Rare
Perfect Dark - By Rare
Donkey Kong 64 - By Rare
Legend of Zelda's - By Nintendo
Super Mario 64 - By Nintendo
Banjo-Tooie - By Rare
All the other Mario Games - By Nintendo
There are plenty other games that are enjoyable on the N64 however, those were just games that scored above 9/10 in the reviews, which is impressive compared to today's consoles.
The N64's ability to have 4 controllers plugged in without the use of a multitap as required by Sony and SEGA systems of the time was a big boost for the N64, making it ideal for families and on occasions such as parties. To further aid this, Nintendo released games such as the Mario Party series, further promoting the console in the family market. Because of this ability to have 4 controllers in the console, many games on the N64 support up to 4 players.
As far as i know, there are virtually no reliability issues with the N64, as they don't seem to have any moving parts, not even a fan or a disc drive.
Must haves for this console is a Memory card, because not all games save to the cartridge (yet another handy N64 feature) and an expansion pak. The Expansion Pak costs a far bit of money (£10) but its worth it if you own the games that need or can make use of it.
Donkey Kong 64 and LOZ Majora's Mask require the expansion pak in order to run, Perfect Dark's single player mode also requires the expansion pak. There are around 50 games that have been confirmed to support the expansion pak, there maybe yet others we do not know about.
Really this is a great console for a family to own, it has decent games that are available for a decent price. Try and go on the Amazon UK Marketplace of eBay to snap up a few bargains. (Amazon marketplace has several N64 games available for £2 including shipping)
The N64 was released in 1997 and was Nintendo's third bash at the home console. At the time it boasted masterfully with an amazing 64 bits of power. It predated the wii and it's fabulous motion sensing controls. Despite having non all singing and dancing control pads, the N64 made up for it in sheer playability. The console was the last to use cartridges.
Even though the control pads predated motion sensors, they were still unique at the time. As well as the familiar D-pad Nintendo added a joystick. Four yellow buttons (known as the C buttons) an A and a B button as well as two shoulder buttons. The joypad was shaped like a pair of bat ears, some people found the pad difficult to use but on getting used to it I preferred it to it's biggest rival at the time the playstation 1.
As well as the standard grey colour, the controls were available in all the primary colours. Another thing that seperated the controller from it's rivals was that a simple device known as a rumble pack could be inserted into the back which coordinated vibrations in the controller with the action on screen.
As mentioned the games were presented in a cartridge format, while this meant less information could be crammed into each game (as compared with a CD) progress could be saved directly onto the cartridge (although memory cards were also available).
The N64 was a stylish black and was the first gaming platform to have four controller ports on the console itself (no need to splash out on a multitap for multiplayer mayhem).
For me, the main advantages of the N64 was it's unrivalled multiplayer fun. The perfect console to get the boy's round, get a few beers in and have a huge session.
The second main draw of the N64 was it's high quality games, that were just fun, not as deep or epic as some playstation titles. Again, perfect for multiplayer.
On release date there were only two games, Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64. I never played Pilotwings but did get through Mario 64 (which conversely did not feature multiplayer) which was a fine single player 3D incarnation of everones favourite Plumber. Since it's release all those years ago, there have been hundreds of games released, here are a few of the best.
The names Bond....James Bond!!! A fast paced first person shooter that although had a very good single player campaign, really came into it's own in multiplayer, with four people going head to head in a variety of game modes including classic deathmatch and capture the flag.
Never played the single player mode but it's multiplayer was fantastic. Third person shooting with a large array of weapons, each player wore overalls of different bright colours and did their best to fell their mates.
***Donkey Kong 64***
Everyones favourite barrel flinging ape, when he's not lobbing crates at working class Italians he's jumping on bad guys, collecting coins and attempting to destroy an evil scientist crocodile as per this adventure.
Defend earth in a journey that spans both the globe and 100 years of human history. Wonderful soundtrack and gripping gameplay make this one a winner.
***Zelda, Ocarina Of Time***
The best non multiplayer game on the console, an absolutely epic RPG that still holds a top 10 spot for me in the best games of all time list.
The N64 may be old but is still a brilliantly fun platform. For both multiplayer and indeed single player action the N64 holds it's own to this day.
I was never a Sony child when I was younger, I was always Sega and Nintendo and as a result I think that when it comes to gaming I am lot less fickle compared to most games reviewers. The Nintendo 64 did not boast realistic graphics, what is did boast was a large catalogue of fantastic games with rich and long story lines, rather than Sony's many short games which many could say were churned out in order to keep the consumer happy.
I feel that, had Nintendo released this console with the use of CD's rather than Cartidges it would have caught the attention of far more gamers than if did. The other problem was was a lot of the games on the N64 were considered quite 'kiddy' in comparison to Sony's more adult games such as Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy (Which might I add were the formats only large and indepth story lines at the time)
But this assumption was only on the surface. The N64 had titles such as The Legend od Zelda: The Ocarina of Time which was an absolute epid game and a defining title of my childhood aswell as Lylat Wars, Godenaye, Doom 64, Quake and many other not so childish games. But this said, even the more childish ones were still amazing games. Look at titles such as Super Mario 64, Banjo Kazooie, Mario Kart and Diddy Kong Racing, on the outside they are for kids, but since when did this stop something being fun and entertaining.
The console its self is a very attractive and has an almost space age appearence to it which I feel makes it a success and used catridges rather than CD's to play games on. It has the capability to have 4 controllers plugged in at once and these can be bought in a range of colours from red to yello and all manner of patterns and 3rd party designs some of which are quite good.
I love this console and while it was viewed by many as inferior to Sony's Playstation I feel that it achieved what Sony didnt, while Sony churned out game after game that were reletively short for the majority, Nintendo offered games that had much richer story lines and took far longer to complete, this in my eyes made it a hige success and stands as a testament that quality should come before quantity.
The N64 was the last console to not use discs, and the sight of a cartridge sticking out the top of a console is long gone never to return. Yet a cartridge held excitement (and still) does: a cartridge could only mean school was over and gaming time was here!
The main thing going for the N64 was the amazing Goldeneye, which me and some friends actually got out a few months ago and still had a blast on. There is yet to be a multiplayer game as good at it, and if you can pick up a cheap N64 it is worth it for that experience alone. The controller is also unusual these days, with the one joy stick in the middle necessitating a third 'handle' down the middle of the controllers. Somewhat bulky and awkward to hold.
If you want a retro console the PS2 maybe has the better games going for it, but Nintendo have arguably never made a bad console and this is still a great buy.
Probably my favourite console of all time. It introduced a whole range of classic games from Nintendo and was unlucky to lose out to the Sony Playstation in that generation of console wars.
It was 64bit and cartridge based. The first console to offer four player gaming through direct pads to the console. There was even an expansion to upgrade the RAM which was needed to take advantage of more power hungry games such as Perfect Dark, and the second Zelda instalment Majora's Mask.
The machine offered graphics which by today's standards are pretty ordinary but then they were state of the art. The machine was well built and solid. Unfortunately you couldn't save games to the console itself but that was rectified through save cards being sold with the pads. They went in the same slot that the rumble pack used. If you were lucky enough you could by a combo pack.
So the console spawned a whole host of legendary games which will be remembered as timeless classics, they include Mario 64, Golden Eye, Mario Kart 64, Pilot Wings, Jetforce Gemini, Banjo Kazooie to name but a few.
If you ever get the chance to pick one of these up I would in a heartbeat. There is still a lot of fun that could be had playing on it and now even more so with LCDs and Plasma TVs being available.
Nintendo at their best.
So it doesn't have the graphics, sound, complexity, multi-buttoned faceted capacity of the 21st Century consoles - who cares? This device is a ground-braking piece of technology, with a rightful place in gaming history. The introduction of rumble-paks, 360 degree movement, 64-bit - this is where it all started. And this is where we saw the likes of James Bond making his first appearance on a console, in what is still considered his greatest gaming moment. This is where we saw Super Mario take flight in the hours of fun that was the 3D version of the Italian plumber (did you collect all 120 Power Stars?). This is where gamers took their seventh day of rest, knowing that more was ahead, but nevertheless wanting to enjoy the moment. Chunky, cluttered with graphic flaws and glitches, so pixellated that it's hard to believe this era of gaming even existed (if you think this is bad, try playing the original Pac-Man or Space invaders on a widescreen). The N64 reaches a perfection of it's own - it taught gamers that it's not always the spec that's important, but the games themselves.
I first played the N64 many years ago when my friend got one. I has a playstation and she got a N64. We lived on the same street so we often went round to each others house. Now i loved playing the N64. She had some of the greatest games including Mario Kart, Mario 64, Banjo Kazooie and more and i loved them so much that several years later when all the new modern consoles were out, i bought a N64 myself just so i could relive the memories of these great games.
Ok so the console is very old nowadays but it still has some of the greatest games of all time.
First the console itself. The main console is Black in colour (but some other colours models were made, along with some special editions like a pokemon one) but usually they are Black On the top is a slot for the game cartridges to slot into. The a slide power button and push reset button and inbetween these is a cover than conceals a memory pack. On the front of the machine are four ports to connect your N64 controller to and the N64 logo.
On the back of the console are the ports to connect the lead to your TV and the power lead, all very simple.
Now the controllers. These will look quite weird to people who have never used them. Controllers like the PS2/3 controllers have two handles to hold but the N64 controller, as you can see in the picture, has 3 handles. The normal way to hold them is put your let hand on the middle handle and your right hand on the right handle. The D or + pad is not used in many games so you rarely hold the left handle. With your left hand you control the joystick to move the character around on screen or what ever else you are controlling. Just above the joystick is a Start button to pause your game. With your right hand you control the blue A button and the green B button and there is also the 4 yellow C buttons. These buttons operate different stuff depending on the game you are playing.
At the top of the controller are two shoulder buttons, a left and right button, and on the back in the centre (behind the joystick, operated by left hand) is a Z button.
OK unlikes with most other consoles, games do not come on disks but instead they come on cartridges that slot into the top slot. This sounds quite good at first as it means they are more durable and cannot get scratched and broken easily but cartridges take up more space than disks, and the boxes that the cartridges come in are quite large as well so these take up some room.
Another problem with cartridges is they are not as capable of holding as much data as disks so games can't always be as big or as good quality, this is one of the reasons why Nintendo did not continue to use them in future consoles.
Ok, now to games. There are a wide range of games for the N64 ranging from adventure games through to action and racing games. Nintendo have some of the most popular of all time games including Mario and Banjo Kazooie which are still very popular now. Now as i was saying earlier about the cartridges not being capable of holding as much data, well they managed fine with games like Banjo Kazooie and even more with Banjo Tooie which is a huge game with really good graphics. Some of the games on the N64 were very high quality with brilliant graphics and me personally, i think that overall the quality of the N64 games was better the playstation games in general.
I don't know any of the technical details about the games or the console itself. The N64 might have been more powerful that the PS but sorry i do not know any of this side of it.
I mentioned Banjo Tooie earlier, now this was a very popular game and it was also quite a rare game (no pun intended on the makers Rare) what i mean is if you go onto ebay and type in Banjo Tooie you will see people are still paying as much as £50 for the game. That is how popular the game is. I managed to finally get it a while ago for about £32 and i'm so glad i did as it is a brilliant game and better than most modern games.
If you want to play on the N64, you can get one fairly cheap nowadays on ebay and other sites and many comes with games. If you can, i recommend getting one just for a bit of fun, i'm sure people will enjoy using this still great console.
I still remember the days of renting 'Theme Park' from Blockbuster to play on the SNES, or running into spikes sending Sonic and his coins flying everywhere during some Megadrive playtime. Gaming didn't begin to reach a level where I could accomplish anything until 1996, and at seven years of age I got the taster of the next generation of gaming. This would of course be in the shape of a Nintendo 64, as my brothers have pursuaded my parents to purchase it as a joint family present - those with siblings will know the joy of having a present that you have to share. Needless to say as the youngest of three I probably got the least time with the black piece of plastic, and when I say the N64 began to see gaming accomplishments for me I do say that loosely as it was possibly only the building blocks to moving on to completing my first games for myself, possibly in the days of the Gamecube.
Gaming has always been a huge deal to millions of people around the globe, and that has developed into groups of fanboys, although this war between the three gaming giants for the billion pound industry could have been avoided. Nintendo and Sony were originally working together in a bid to make a console, however fell out over the idea of whether or not the public were ready for disc technology as opposed to cartridges. Naturally the two then went their separate ways and we all know how that turned out, Sony shifted over 100 million units of their debut PlayStation console worldwide, whilst Nintendo only shifted around 30% of the same units as Sony. Needless to say I was pretty young, niave and therefore oblivious to this console war going on around me and didn't even see my first PlayStation until I went round a friends house. I still to this day standby my decision not to delve further into the then-mysteries of the PlayStation world as I earnt countless hours of entertainment with my N64, although with the poor sales and then the further disappointment of the Gamecube you can see as to why people thought Nintendo were a no-go area before the Wii.
Fanboyism is more over-the-top than ever now we're twelve years on from the original release of N64's first three-dimensional home console, and you can imagine the reaction in this day and age if Nintendo took as long as they did to get the console released worldwide. Nintendo did not get the N64 released in Europe until March 1st 1997, nine months after the console had been released in Japan. It is all well and good releasing something in your native country first, but people go mad now if they get a game a week after another country, let alone something you need to play a game on. Also in this day and age with importing rife, it does not come as a surprise that the Nintendo Wii was out within a month worldwide. Accessorizing was a huge part of the N64's life cycle, with not just multi-coloured controllers, but the consoles came out in all varieties as well - even as far as transparent purple. As the controller allowed you to plug expansions into the back of it, this led the way for memory cards to store game data on and rumble paks. It's somewhat funny looking back at the garish console decision and oversized memory packs, but it's still a statement of the evolution Nintendo brought with 3D gaming and an anologue stick controller. Will anyone forget the first time they started moving around on Super Mario 64?
And it would be no surprise that the flagship character of Nintendo went on to be the best selling game of the N64's lifespan, meaning over a third of all N64 owners were playing as the fat plumber saving his princess girlfriend. When the Nintendo 64 was first released there was not the wide variety of launch titles to choose from as you get in this day and age, but rather you could either pick up the Italian's adventure or Pilotwings 64 - I actually ended up having both in my family collection, although the whole Pilotwings thing was too daunting for me in my youth. And do not ask why they choose to put 64 at the end of almost all their first-party releases, I guess it had something to do with showing off the outstanding achievement of being a 64-bit console. For me the crowning achievement of the N64 era would be published by RARE WARE, who had gone from creating two dimensional Donkey Kong games on the Super Nintendo to their own fully-fledged titles. With fantastic work the likes of Banjo-Kazooie, it is no wonder Microsoft bought the exclusive rights to them, a game that took everything that was great about Mario 64 and then some. I also remember waking up, probably around 4am on a Christmas morning, to play the RARE published 'Diddy Kong Racing' - I'm sure my parents were regretting that purchase.
Nintendo has never really been about playing alone though, and I'm sure no one will ever forget the third best selling game of all-time on the N64, 'Goldeneye'. Published by RARE as well, this led to hours passing like minutes on multi-player as everyone ran around shooting at one another. I seem to remember classic battles of changing the settings to golden gun ruling, meaning everyone died with one shot but it made things all the more tactical. Oddjob and Jaws were off limits. Whilst they can add new settings and astonishing graphics, no one will be able to recreate the magic that led to that game making Goldeneye one of the best 007 movies by default. 'The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time' is without a doubt a single-player masterpiece that no one will ever forget, receiving many perfect scores from the critics and is still the game that everyone aspires to beat, and since then there has been nothing in the gaming world quite like Zelda-fever when a new announcement from the series is made. Ocarina is one of only four games to surpass the seven million units sold mark, including the aforementioned Mario and Goldeneye, as well as Mario Kart.
With an RRP of $199, the N64 shows the increase in gaming for the new state of the art technology, although I seem to remember games costing around the £60 - practically daylight robbery, for which I could be right in saying Nintendo got slapped with a fine for. Many say Nintendo big-titles came few and far between, and whilst that is still true, when you look back at the catalogue of games from the N64 you can see a wealth of beautiful memories. Whilst Nintendo did miss the boat by not using discs, with cartridges you were able to save the majority of your game data on them, and when you see how unsuccessful they were with smaller-sized Gamecube discs, it is no wonder that a decade later they finally decided to give up trying to be difficult with how they were storing their games and rather decided to be different with what those games they were storing are. Graphically I do not remember thinking how bad they looked, but of course with most things when you look back you can see the huge differences - you can even see the sizeable improvements of the Nintendo DS upgrade to Super Mario 64 back in 2004.
I won't forget the days of a freezing console, tugging out cartridges by hands or the up-down power button and the reset button. Even when nowadays we can switch consoles on remotely and the only button we need is an eject. No one can call the N64 a dark day in the history of the company, especially now when you consider Nintendo are making money out of people that want to replay those historic games using the virtual console service on the Wii. Incredibly there are already over ten million virtual games sold spread across the library including a variety of retro consoles, and Nintendo's return to dominance is shown when they are only around ten million units off beating the N64's selling total a year into release. Nintendo have character and I loved my Nintendo 64, even if I did never complete a game.
I've owned a N64 console now for nearly eight years, and it still works fine. I got mine as a Christmas present, and chose it over a new bike when I was told that it connected to your TV, and you didn't need a computer for it as I had thought.
Nintendo 64 was first released on June 23rd 1996 in Japan, and it was released in Europe on 1st of March 1997. It's Nintendo's third console, following the NES (Nintendo Entertainment Sytem) and the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System), which came out in the 80s and early 90s. Unlike it's predecessors, the Nintendo 64 offers 3D graphics.
The console is fairly small and not too bulky. The game goes into a slot on the top, and in front of the slot is a small compartment, which at first holds a Jumper Pack and the Expansion Pack if you ever buy one. This is for memory, some games require an expansion pack due to their size eg. Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Donkey Kong 64. There is also the Reset button and Power switch.
Along the front, there are four controller sockets which allow up to four people to play at once on certain games which have this feature, such as racing games. Controllers come in all different colours, including Gold, a limited edition which I have, and see through colours. The console itself also comes in see through colours, and it's most common colour, black. There was also a Pokemon edition released.
The console uses game cartridges, instead of discs. I do remember that Nintendo games were very expensive when they first came out, being priced around £40 or £50, which was a disadvantage at the time. However, the games have gone down in price since then and are available cheap now, unless you're looking for a very rare game.
Cartridges have faster loading times than discs, and most of them store your game progress so there is no need for a memory card. Some cartridges have also been released in different colours from the usual grey, such as the gold cartridge for Majora's Mask.
At the back of the console are sockets for a plug and ariel, which originally came with new consoles, so you didn't need to buy anything extra. Consoles are still sold with these second hand, but sometimes all you get is the console so you have to make sure you have everything you need to start.
I highly recommend buying this console, as it is available cheap now and there is a wide range of different games to play on it, like racing games, adventure games and fighting games. Although the graphics may look dated now, you can still play loads of different games that are available at good prices, with the exception of rarer games such as Banjo-Tooie.
Instead of spending £300 on an up-to-date console, you can buy this used for as low as £15, and have just as much fun trying out different games. Try looking on ebay, or the shop Gamestation who often have packs that come with games and controllers.
Although the console is now about 10 years old, it still offers a great gaming experience that is as good now as it was at the time of release. It also features Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which is regarded as one of, if not, the best games ever created.
You know that story, if your house was burning down, and you could only grab one thing? People say it would be their photos, home videos, jewelry, whatever...personally, it'd be my N64!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm not even joking, dude...the N64 is one of the BEST game systems possible...it TOTALLY rules out the first Playstation and kix the computer's ass...i'm not exaggerating...in fact I'm probably UNDERSTATING it...literally. Nintendo has the best games I have ever seen. I mean, come ON...I have not yet met one person who doesn't like Zelda, and there's cute, fun games like Pokemon Stadium, Donkey Kong, Banjo and Kazooie, and Mario Kart! The racing games aren't shabby, either...you've got Vigilante 8, San Francisco Rush 2049, and of course...DIDDY KONG RACING!! You've got your sport games, be it with Mario and friends or the actual Olympic-type ones, you've got the shooter games and monster bashers (GoldenEye 007, Perfect Dark, Resident Evil, etc.) and games where you get points for gettin violent!!! (Rampage World Tour, Carmeggedon, etc, etc, etc!!!!) You can get practically ANY genre of games on this baby. You've even got your downright dirty ones...introducing Conker's Bad Fur Day, of course!!! The graphics are FAR from sucky on the N64, and the Expansion Pak is definetely worth its price, probably more. N64 has FANTASTIC music, no kidding...and you can even play games from your Game Boy onto the N64!!!!!!!!! Come ON, how sweet is THAT!?!?!?!?! Overall, you'd have to be RETARDED to not get this system...it's a bit old, but hey! All the cheaper!!!!! Plus the games are cheaper. I recommend getting used games since the previous owners USUALLY unlock secret codes or something traded from friends...but some people like the box and directions and the freshness or whatever...but the point is, GET THE N64!!!!!!! I guarentee hours and hours and HOURS OF FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(I can't believe there is no category for the Nintendo Gamecube anywhere here. But hey, there you go. This is the nearest available category, and as always I promise to have the review moved once the relevant one becomes available. Apologies for doing this!) In the corner of my flat - sitting between the hulking great beastie that is our N64 and our newest addition to the family, my Playstation2 - there lies our Gamecube. You see, we like gaming in this household and appreciate having access to a considerable range of games. I have already reviewed my PS2, so I think it is time I turned my attention to the cube (before it gets jealous). The Gamecube is the latest console offering of Japanese gaming giants Nintendo. The illustrious dynasty began with the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), which started out as the dreadfully-named Famicom (family computer, though you may be forgiven for thinking it sounds like a form on feminine contraception) in Japan, but went on to revolutionise the world of console gaming as millions were sold across the globe. Following on from this promising beginning came the Gameboy (1989), the Super Nintendo (1993), the Nintendo 64 (mid 1990s), Gameboy Colour (late 1990s), Gameboy Advance (2001) and now the Gamecube. The cube is currently competing on the gaming market with the Playstation 2 (Sony) and the X Box (Microsoft - which is why it is the only up to date console that we don't own), and falls between the two in terms of technical capability. - The Console The Gamecube, for those of you unfamiliar with such matters, is, well, a cube that you play games on. The smallest of the three consoles currently in our shops, it is just a 15cm cube and is available is either purple or black (we have the black as BF was buying and claimed that the purple one was "too girly"). It is a very simple and uncluttered piece of technology in appearance, having just a lid on top where you ins
ert your games (similar in style to what you get on the PS1) and a front with 4 controller ports and two memory card slots. This simplicity is extended to the set up process, which took less than 10 minutes as I recall. The Gamecube is the first of the Nintendo dynasty to use games on disc, rather than cartridges - the discs themselves look like mini CDs, being just 8cm in diameter. Despite this cute appearance, each one of these discs can hold up to 1.5 gigs of data and supply it to the console far faster than the old cartridge system could, making for smoother gameplay, better graphics and bigger games. For the technically minded amongst you, the Gamecube has the following technical specifications: - 485 MHz custom IBM microprocessor - 182 MHz custom ATI/Nintendo graphics processor - 24 bit colour display - 40 MB system memory - CD quality sound - Can be connected to the Gameboy Advance to swap data and unlock new levels The basic Gamecube pack (costing around £130) comes with the console, connecting leads and one controller - I would recommend looking at bundles in various stores (where you get games and sometimes other accessories included at a cost lower than buying them separately). Packages can cost anything from £150 upwards, and it really is worth your while shopping around to get the best deal for you, as accessories can be expensive to buy on their own. Additional controllers and 16MB memory cards cost around £25 each, the Gamecube screen and car adaptor set costs around £120 (but makes your cube mobile) while games come in at £40 to £45 apiece. - The controller Personally, I believe that the controller system for any console is a very important point when you are considering which one to buy - the console may have the best games and the fastest speed, but this will be no good to you if you find that you are struggling to control the gameplay. This, in my opinion was the biggest let down of
the N64. The gaming was revolutionary and it had fantastic titles such as the now legendary Goldeneye, but the controllers were ghastly, huge clumsy things. They were awkward to hold, and I found the buttons to be arranged in a way that made me have to stretch my fingers uncomfortably far to use them. As a consequence, I never got the full potential out of the console. Thankfully though, Nintendo has solved this problem for the Gamecube. The new controller (which Nintendo think is revolutionary, but bears an uncanny resemblance to the PS2 controller...) is smaller, neater and altogether more comfortable to hold and use. It has an ergonomic design with two analogue control sticks, shoulder buttons and a built-in rumble (the same as the N64 rumble pack or the PS2 vibration function). The boffins at Nintendo have also now brought out a wireless version of the controller, although I have not yet had the pleasure of trying one out! The only downside to the controller is that those gamers with bigger hands may find it a little too small and have difficulty in hitting the right button as the ones on the main body of the controller (not the shoulders) are rather close together. I suppose the only way around this would be to bring out two differently sized controllers, although that would no doubt hike prices up. - My Opinion The Gamecube is an admirable addition to our gaming family and the perfect complement to the PS2. It is competitively priced and looks stylish (although some may say the controllers have too much of a "cutesy" look about them), and unlike the other consoles has four controller ports for real multiplayer gaming (the other just have 2). The controllers are comfortable to use and the sound and video quality I have seen has been superb all around. While it may not have the DVD capabilities of the PS2, the Gamecube has tried to future-proof itself by way of another port built into the console that will hopeful
ly offer online gaming sometime soon. Nintendo plans to launch a 56k modem and broadband adaptor in the future, although there is no release date as yet and the full capabilities are still in the planning stage. It does offer some intriguing possibilities though! As for the games themselves, a lot are generic console games that are available on the PS2 and X Box as well (such as Agent Under Fire and Fellowship of the Ring), but some are exclusive to the cube (Starfox Adventures being one example). The games vary in quality as they do with any console, but overall I have had some great fun in both single and multiplayer gaming. We are just sat tight now waiting for the release of the next Zelda game! www.nintendo.co.uk www.gamefaqs.com/gamecube
Whilst the Nintendo 64 is now a bit out dated with teh release of the next generation gaming consoles, such as PS2, Xbox and GameCube it is still a reliable little gaming box, especially if you don't really feel like forking out the 200 quid you would need for one. You can pick one up cheaply from around £30, now only at second hand but you may find a few new ones around. There is a huge number of titles available still, with some of the best console games ever made still on the charts such as 007 Goldeneye and Perfect Dark. Although they have officially stopped manufacturing the games they are still available from shops all around the country and on internet auction sites people are allways selling off their games for cheap. Although not the best thing to boast about to your friends, the N64 provides a very reliable gaming experience and although the stats don't quite reach that of the next generation consoles they are still pretty good and almost never go wrong. So if your looking to buy a piece of reliable but cheap kit with thousands upon thousands of great titles from all the best manufacturers then this is what your after.
its a tragic waste of a short life. the poor n64 teetering on the brink of obsoletion - wounded beyond repair in the war between itself and the playstation. i've never understood why the n64 did so badly in the popularity stakes. games such as zelda, rogue squadron, banjo-kazooie, banjo-tooie, goldeneye, perfect dark etc blew away anything the playstation had to offer (with the possible exception of the resident evil series). i suppose it could be down to the amount of decent games produced - the playstation has hundreds of titles compared to a tiny amount on the n64. i think its tragic that the n64 has fallen so low in the popularity stakes. its good to see that they're still producing games (banjo-tooie for example.) i can't see it ever recovering from the slump its in but i'll hold on to mine in the hope that good games still come out for it. down with the playstation - the n64 rules!!