one night i suddenly got the urge to check out a Nintendo 64
don't know why. Back when they were new, i was busy earning a
more from the Atari 2600 generation although we never had that
either. Too poor!). Anyway, i looked at 'Legend of Zelda: Ocarina
of time' and
runner'. I couldn't play either of them on the PC though what with
particular style of controller. But the graphics! Yes, yes modern
much much better graphics but what got me with this is that the
N64 was a
cartridge based system. In fact the last of the mainstream cartridge
(excluding the utra pricey NEO GEO which was basically an arcade
machine in a
console). If there's something i love it's solid state gear. I love
old stuff (yes,
ten years is ancient in the gaming world). And if it doesn't
have any moving
parts, all the better. Hence the N64 is far more interesting
to me than it's
contemporary the Sony Playstation.
Anyway, I start
looking around on Ebay. At the same time I ask a few quest-
ions on the
arcade forums I frequent, knowing that many of the guys there
suggestions. I found out about the most popular games. Basic-
ally two of the
games- 'Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time' and 'Super Mario 64' are
many to be perhaps the BEST console games, not just of the
but of all time and if i only had those two it would be worth
console. (update: After trying quite a few N64 titles, my favourite
by far and away
is now Goldeneye, with 1080 Snowboarding and Waverace 64).
Here is a list
of the games that have built in memory, and the type
up, EEPROM etc) USA Boot/Save List
Here is the complete list of every game made for
Less than a third than was made for the Playstation, but
apparently a lot less
dross ;-) . Note that games with European region are the same
Australia. In fact a number of the carts i bought were from the
To get an idea of what games might be good, check here
Obviously peoples opinions vary but you get an idea from there.
I'd say if it's
a 7/10 or more and the genre you'd like, go for it!
I bought everything from Ebay. Afterwards i thought I'd check out a few second
hand shops but
there wasn't much to be had. Found three carts on a road trip.
update 11/03/08: ok, so
having played with it on and off for about 6 months,
what are my
favs? Golden eye, wave racer and blast corp have gotten a lot of use
so far. Legend
of Zelda, mario64 and conkers bad fur day look like they will be
Those six would keep me happy for years, pity i had to buy so many
others to find
that out! I'm not a very dedicated gamer, so it will take
me a year or so
just to complete golden eye, and zelda when i finally get to it...
The colour of the console
i bought is grape (clear purple) and it came with a
controller. Yellow and purple look really funky together (",)
so i thought i might as well have four of 'em, one being
brand new in
the box! I was also advised by folk that the N64 controllers
have a poorly
designed analog thumbstick. so while design overall is fine, the sticks
tend to wear
out. It turns out you can still find original replacement sticks, new
but i'm sure
the supply is dwindling since it's a given that they wear out. I've
spares. (update: left my first bad feedback on ebay ever. For this
30/06/2015: Sadly this is the death knell of my project. I was trying
to get some N64 thumbstick parts reproduced. You can read the whole
sorry tale here: zetaboards
That's probably the end of it. Maybe I'll revisit the project some day,
but for now I'm defeated.
22/09/2014: Well, if I'm sticking with the gearbox analogy, I ground a
gear! Hopefully it all comes together soon. I'm calling it 'The Third
Fourth gear now! For all two people who may have bookmarked this page,
expect more news mid August! A reminder folks- DON'T THROW YOUR WORN
OUT THUMBSTICKS AWAY!
03/04/2014: Third gear now! Codeword - Thumbstick (",)
01/02/2014: My ingenious plan has just
shifted into second gear! Definitely watch this space!
The ingenious plan will be tentatively explored in January. If
everything goes well, expect this mess to be seriously tidied up and
with some exciting news about thumbsticks (",)
28/05/12: A little bit more of a tidy up. Strangely the tidy up added
about 10kb to the code!
As you can tell, I'm no web designer...
Also, still haven't worked on my ingenious plan!
Starting to trim this site up a little. I have an ingenious plan
controllers. All i can say right now is that if you have an original
controller with a worn
out thumb stick
DON'T THROW IT AWAY! There is
gameznetwork who sold me the spares,
never received) And although people have
said there is
no better controller than the original, i bought a Myiicco brand
from Game Traders .
Update 28/05/12: I had quite a spiel here
about this controller, written as I was learning about it. But the
upshot is this- Don't buy this controller! The thumbstick/joystick
couldn't find any intersting screenshots of Goldeneye 007 in four
player mode. So here's one on my 68cm telly (",) Trevalyan and
Natalya face off at top right and bottom left while Bond looks on from
INFORMATION ABOUT N64 GOODNESS
magazine is published once a month in the UK. It takes a long time to
Australia and the USA, but hey it's not like it matters that much! See
can find issue
as it has a
great write-up on the N64. And a great write up on Pilot wings 64 -
game for this console. Come to think of it, this magazine might be
why i decided
one day to try a nintendo 64 emulator (project 64). It was months
after i read
the mag but perhaps subconsciously it guided me. I suspect this
is how i came
to buy a neo geo pocket as well. And why i have an urge to also
pick up a SNES,
a sega mega drive and a wonderswan...
28/05/12: Issue 87 of Retro Gamer has a great 'buyers guide' to the
N64. Issue 90
25th anniversary of Legend of Zelda and features Ocarina of Time on the
cover, which is gold
N64 site includes faqs, cheats, tips on modding etc
honestgamers.com Walk throughs of n64 games etc
ultimateconsoledatabase.com Name says it all. fairly new so still
speak but i found this place looking for a console called a
'good boy'. ever heard of it? i didnt think so...
the makers themselves. Sadly no N64 items available anymore that I can
au.gamespot.com Archived reviews of N64 games
Say no more!
Scans of original video game box art and covers. Also the
replacementdocs.com A great selection of N64
romnation.net try before you buy (",) . I
recommend the project 64 emu.
Includes a library of N64 reviews, tributes to past N64 sites, and
Nintendo articles written by Scott McCall.
nintendo64forever For N64, I am most active here
they have a N64 forum too
nintendonerds and here too. i've joined this and
nintendo64. as danny galaga,
last updated 28/12/13