Tagged: childhood

Weird Video Wednesday: All I Want For Xmas…

…is my PSP. Nope, not this time folks! It was going to be Sony’s laughable attempt at viral marketing for the PSP, but frankly, amusing as it is seeing a grown man hump a ladder, it’s also rather predictable marketing-done-wrong. And haven’t we seen enough corporate mishaps on Weird Vid Wednesday? I think so, for now at least.

By contrast nothing could be sweeter, or less cynical, than watching these kids’ react to a brand spanking new NINTENDO SIXTY-FOOOOUUURRRR for Christmas. This kid heard Nintendo’s marketing messages – The future is here! Dinosaurs will fly! Feel the adventure with Nintendo! THE FASTEST MOST POWERFUL GAMES CONSOLE ON EARTH – and ran with it, practically taking off in the process. ADHD much?

More to the point though, can you blame him for being so excited? As regular readers will know I loved my N64, which I also got as an Xmas gift in the late nineties (fortunately no one was filming…). And to this day I cherish the N64 for delightfully quirky titles like Blast Corps and Mischief Makers, on top of the many timeless classics born in that generation. One memory I don’t particularly cherish is getting Donkey Kong 64 for Xmas the year it came out, only to discover that past the DK Rap there wasn’t much of interest. Next year’s Super Smash Bros. made up for that though, thankfully!

If you have any memorable moments around Xmas and gaming, do drop us a comment. What was your most memorable gaming-related Xmas present?

N64 Nostalgia: Mario Kart 64 or how I fell in love Nintendo

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

Nostalgia with Lylat Wars 64 aka Star Fox 64 (N64)

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

Childhood relics: Sonic Adventure Gamebook 2

Stupid of me to make scans. Of course, everyone loves Sonic and so these guys already did it, but they did it one better: they scanned every page, and high quality too. As a blogger I feel like a failure. Still, we must press on and discuss today’s relics of childhood. I was sorting through and binning some old kiddywink stuff at my parent’s house when I came across this old Sonic “adventure gamebook” that I remember fondly. Continue reading