MyMedia Games Network Retrospective(Nintendo 64)

by Matt Armitage Featured 25 Comments 32 Votes 1920 Views 06/02/2008 Back to News

What is MyMedia Games Network Retrospective?

Before we get started I though I would fill you in with what’s going on here, MyMedia Games Network Retrospective will be a regular feature that will take a look at various video game systems and accessories from the past, this maybe a trip down memory lane for some people or a history lesson for others. Over time many companies have contributed to the video game industry in their own way, whether it be a evolutionary step forward for others to follow, or a prime example of what not to do, so with that said lets take a peek into the past.

Nintendo 64

Each week Nintendo Wii owners wait in anticipation for the next crop of Virtual console titles to appear with many hoping for Nintendo 64 titles to emerge, although Nintendo seem to be drip feeding them to us recently, and even though they hold the highest price tag out of all the games available we still desire them, is this because the Nintendo 64 titles are graphically superior to anything else we can download form virtual console or is it because the Nintendo 64 title library holds many unforgettable classics?

What and When

The Nintendo 64 is the result of Silicon Graphics and MIPS Technologies working together to produce a low cost SGI-based system destined for the home console market, originally rejected by Sega’s hardware team but snapped up by Nintendo, this technology along with other supporting hardware is what makes the cartridge based system tick. It was a gutsy choice on Nintendo’s behalf deciding to continue with the cartridge format when the competition at the time has opted for the CD-ROM storage medium, so N64 games were restricted by storage capacity and increased production costs, but benefited from super fast load times and the difficulty of illegal reproductions.

Many casing variations were released.

Nintendo first announced their new up and coming console in 1994 as the Ultra 64 backed by strong software support from Rareware and Midway, and some may even remember the arcade versions of Cruis’n USA and Killer Instinct sporting the Ultra 64 logo and claiming that the same architecture in the arcade unit was what we would be expected in Nintendo’s next console but there were major differences between the two. So while Cruis’n USA and Killer Instinct were still gobbling up coins in the arcades the lucky people in Japan got to experience the newly renamed Nintendo 64 console in the comfort of their homes in June 1996, and released a few moths later the USA, followed by the PAL versions in the first quarter of 1997.

The Controller


Nintendo surprised us all with their bizarre controller design although it wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing controller, there was logic behind Nintendo’s madness. With the N64 controller having three so grips you could comfortably grasp it in various ways depending on what style of game you were playing, Nintendo integrated both digital and analog controllers (which has become a standard with later released video game systems), with the analog stick working well with games that have you immersed in a 3D environment.

There’s a six button layout on the front of the controller, four of those buttons are "C buttons" which work well for changing viewing angles on games that require it, a “Z” button below the analog stick that can simulate a trigger action, along with the traditional shoulder buttons.

Even though game progression information can be stored on the game cartridges the N64 controller has an expansion port for the use of memory cards for larger files or data transfer, not only can it support memory cards you can add an extra dimension of gameplay by using the N64 rumble pak to feel those crashes and kicks. The icing on the cake for this system was that four controller ports were built in as standard.

N64 Controller pak and Rumble Pak

Top Games

Even though the Nintendo 64 didn’t have a massive library of games when compared to the Playstation, it did make up for that with unforgettable quality titles, some of these are available for download for the Wii via the shopping channel. Below is hand full of the more notable titles.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Game Detail


Super Mario 64 Game Detail


Goldeneye 007


Perfect Dark


BanjoKazooie


System Specs and Media

For those that have to know all the numbers and details here’s the list.

  • CPU: 64-bit R4300i RISC (93.75MHz) / 64-bit data paths, registers with 5-stage pipelining
  • Co-processor: 64-bit RISC (62.5MHz)
  • RAM: 4MB (36Mb) upgradeable
  • Graphics: Pixel Drawing Processor (RDP) built into co-processor
  • Colors: 16.7 million (32,000 on screen)
  • Polygons: 150,000 per second
  • Resolution: 640x480 pixels
  • Sound: 16 to 24-channel 16-bit stereo (up to 100 PCM channels possible)

An extra 4MB of RAM could be added to the N64 for titles that required it


Silicon Graphics Tech Demos



Nintendo 64 promotion


A compilation on N64 commercials

Sources

wikipedia

gamespot

consolepassion

cyberiapc

youtube

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Love your work Guyver top stuff
Wonderful work man, be interesting to see what the next topic is
Good job.. looks good
top stuff as always guyver...
omg! you wrote a book!
Great stuff. This brings me back to good times ripping up on snowboard kids, Goldeneye, perfect dark, mario kart, mario 64, duke 64, smash bros and hundreds of other awesome exclusive games. I will never forget playing 4 player for the first time it was just so hectic
oo nice.

LOL i hope the next one will be the Virtual Boy
nice job mate
The N64 was pure awesomness! It was the chosen console and it still is, it broke the awesomeness Barrier and captivated so many people with so many great games! Words don't begin to describe this masterpiece! It was Ol'skool awesomness, it was the best, it was magic, it was family, it was, it was, it was! ....The N64. Take it from me, I'm like a N64 maniac, I play it more than my wii. BTW nice guide Guyver, very well set out and nice infomation great idea bring this great memorie back.
great job!
the n64 really got me into gaming, such fond memories with my brother and friends!

looking forward to more!
awesome job, makes me want to call over some friends and play a bit of mario kart and smash bros! very exellent !!!!
brings me back to those days of greatness.....
It was a great console... But why do any of us still have the controllers? Aren't everyones stuffed up? You can pick them up at the Nintendo factory in Vic... Guess how much... Still $50!
I miss the nintendo 64
The 64 good times
smash bros, super mario 64, golden eye

three games me and my friends always enjoyed
very well done
i was just playing the first super smash the other day
super smash bros was better than some of the games up there
Great article. Looking forward to the next one.

Golden eye....
Thanx for the comments guys, I had so many awesome gaming sessions with the old N64, my mate and I playing 007 multiplayer so much we knew what each other was going to do, we did stuff like hide proximity mines in broken lights and computer monitors to try and trick each other.
Aw man, i so remember the N64 as my very first game console. *sniff* brings back so many kick ass memories .

But anyway awesome article Guyver, great job

Guyver said: Thanx for the comments guys, I had so many awesome gaming sessions with the old N64, my mate and I playing 007 multiplayer so much we knew what each other was going to do, we did stuff like hide proximity mines in broken lights and computer monitors to try and trick each other.



yah good times i did that to best game ever 007 on n64
that was my first system i still have it actually next to my wii
THAT IS GOOD!
STAY AT IT!
BEST THING I HAVE READ ALL DAY!

mario25 said: super smash bros was better than some of the games up there



That's largely opinionative, and each person's opinions will be different. We can't just hand-pick a top five based solely on personal opinions because there won't be any general consensus that way, so all top-five lists would thusly be wrong. Your top five won't match my top five which won't match the next guy's top five. If we use a more quantitative measure, like review score averages, the first four games listed are the top four highest-rated games on the N64. The fifth was Majora's Mask. Looking over the results on GameRankings, requiring only ten reviews per game, I still had to look to the #60 spot to find Super Smash Bros.
Great console I still have it

I regularly play Super Smash Bros., 007 Goldeneye, Donkey Kong 64 and many others.

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