Why the 64 is the Best Ever
July 12, 2008
In a new age gaming universe that keeps one-upping itself with crystal clear graphics, innovative platforms, and responsive controls, video games are in their most technological stage we’ve seen, with your average teen bragging to a friend over the web while playing them in a heated Halo or Call of Duty battle. But with these new features and enticing technologies, forgetting the games we grew up with is an easy task. So I look back at what I feel was the greatest era when it boiled down on the games themselves, and what platform really drove it. In the late 90’s (I think it was ’97) the Nintendo 64 was released, with some of the most classic games ever made to follow, including but not limited to, Starfox, Legend of Zelda, Super Mario 64, the original (and I feel the best) Super Smash Brothers, Perfect Dark, Vigilante 8 (my favorite), Mario Cart 64, and the original Mario Party. On the flipside, the 64’s main competitor, Sega Saturn, was the producer of the cherished Sonic games, but the platform itself failed to provide enough depth to compete with the 64 and fell into the shadows, gradually disappearing from the face of gaming. On January 24, 2001, they stopped making platforms and began on software development for other consoles, including the Playstation 3, which they make a small number of games for including the Hulk and Iron Man movie games. But Nintendo never took its eye off the ball, recently creating the Wii, an innovative console that’s wireless controllers double as everything from guns to golf clubs. The primary competitor to the Playstation 3, Nintendo has again clashed with Sega, and it looks like its winning again.