Tagged: Nintendo 64

N64 Nostalgia: Rayman 2: The Great Escape

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

Returning to Mario, again and again

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

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?

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

Amazing speedrunner clarifies how to beat Ocarina of Time in under 25 mins

Credit to People Will Be People for bringing the video to my attention. The gaming landscape isn’t all stereotypes and doom. This fascinating speed run of Ocarina of Time, comes complete with a commentary on the history of speed running/sequence breaking in the game, courtesy of the speed runner himself… while he’s actually playing it live for charity. He’s also wearing blue nail polish for some reason (I feel compelled to mention this highly irrelevant detail because it somehow contributes to the bizarreness of some of the events in the game). Even though I have little interest and no knowledge of speed running, the whole thing is totally compelling. Makes me wonder if I could do… no, no way. Don’t even think about it. You will never be this good! Besides, this guy is quite the multi-tasker, I find it a struggle not to drool when gaming, that goes for many other activities now you mention it.

Rudely pushing aside the really amazing stuff that happens in the video (“Navi dive? WTF!?”), it reminds me how stupidly rich videogames are as a medium. This video sketches the history of a tiny subset of the videogame fanbase dedicated to essentially breaking Ocarina of Time, which seems so totally removed from my own posts about the same game’s narrative it’s hard to believe they have the same game in common. I guess it’s something to do with that unique competitive sports element that sets videogames apart from other mediums like novels and films.