Rayman’s a bit of an underappreciated figure these days. Notwithstanding his acclaimed comebacks in Rayman Origins and Legends, he seems to have dropped off the map again now, with a dearth of new content starring the limbless hero.
I would like to take a bit of time to praise the Rayman series, particularly the entry I spent the most time with in my youth. (I should like to return again to the Rayman series to look at my favourite as an adult, but that will have to wait.) My first Rayman game was the first sequel, Rayman 2: The Great Escape for N64. Continue reading
Mario games never click with me immediately. But given enough time, I always seem to wind up back in the world of a certain moustachioed friend. That was true for Super Mario 64 and, much more recently, Super Mario Odyssey. Continue reading
I do enjoy me some 1080 Snowboarding. This was a fixture for many years in my house as a youngster. It’s a mighty fine racer that shows absolute dedication to nailing the feel of racing on a snowboard (not that I would know), and features slightly out there tracks that are designed around the boards’ unique handling. As a racing game, it falls right in the middle of that arcade/simulation game spectrum. Besides the racing, I was also impressed by this game’s presentation. The music isn’t the best, but it was so rare to hear vocals in an N64 game! OK, so “hear” may be a strong word in this case, and that’s where our mystery comes in… Continue reading
This is not going to be a conventional review. As the title suggests, this post is about nostalgia and I provide fair warning, because I have so much nostalgia for Mario Kart 64. For starters, this is the ever first N64 game I played at the tender age of seven. That experience then prompted begging my parents for an N64 for Xmas that same year. This was the same game that brought me that much closer to my brother, the game that first instilled in me a love of Nintendo’s games and characters, and finally, the game that revived the N64 as the ultimate party console more than ten years after its initial release in my small flat in my student days. Now that’s what I call replay value! Continue reading
Lylat Wars 64, aka Star Fox 64, is one of the defining N64 games in my mind, which is saying something given I never owned it as a kid. I returned as a late teen to plumb the depths of Lylat Wars, but before then my strongest memories of the game involved multiplayer and a short weekend trip to Cornwall with three of my school mates at age 10. To my young mind that weekend trip may as well have lasted two whole weeks, it was so enjoyable and I have so many lasting memories from it. Most lasting is the rivalry that an N64, four controllers and Lylat Wars brought out in us that weekend when we weren’t out sightseeing. A four player multiplayer mode was such a novelty at the time – all my gaming experiences until then had been limited to just two people. The competition that weekend was intense: one day on the trip a friend and I got up at 5am to play two-player while everyone else slept, just so we could get in the extra practice for that day’s upcoming matches. Cocky little freaks! Continue reading