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  1. Here we are 2 days prior to the launch of the Switch, and I find myself thinking back 20 years, to when I picked up my brand new, super shiny, £249.99 Nintendo 64. These were super rare (by today's standards) at launch in the UK, 30,000 is the number mentioned. Imports had been changing hands (or at least were advertised in the small ads) for £600-800, which was an obscene amount of money to 14 year old me !! Anyway, my parents agreed to an N64 as a combined Christmas and Birthday present (my birthday is the 8th), so here is the story of my first Launch Day Console from 2 decades ago. Somehow I found out when stores were taking preorders and was first to get my name down. Pretty sure this must have been around the Japanese launch - it was a seriously long wait for the UK launch either way! It was a £10 deposit with HMV for the console, and no deposit required to reserve Mario 64. I think it was paid in full prior to launch though. I posted this in the Switch preorders thread, so sorry if you've read it before So, 20 years ago, launch day was here, and video gaming was revolutionised (again, 9 months after it already was in Japan!) with Mario 64. I had 1 of only 10 consoles reserved from my local HMV. They did a midnight launch (for 10 consoles!!) but my parents weren't up for heading into town at midnight, so I ended up getting it on the Saturday morning evening. [I said morning in the Switch thread, but it was the evening. Dad and I were dong something that day, I can't remember what, so I walked around to HMV shortly before we picked mum up from work at 4.30]. The staff said they thought my (paid) preorder was some sort of joke since I hadn't collected when the other 9 people had at midnight! I'd saved my pocket money and dinner money up to get the required 59.99 (!) for Shadows of the Empire, but HMV didn't have any to spare. I walked to my local Virgin Megastore with a BIG HMV bag in my hand and a BIGGER smile on my face to see if they had any. The guy at the games counter looked at me as I handed the box over to purchase the game, then asked me if I had it pre-ordered, which of course I didn't. When I said no, he disappeared and come back with a fresh, sealed copy from the back store and said they had some extras. He then proceeded to explain that his manager had told him that he had to explain that I'd need an N64 to play the game on and that it wasn't available on SNES or Playstation. I grinned and raised my left hand to display my freshly purchased console, then had a 15 minute discussion with the guy about the console, how he was too late to get one, and had played about half of Mario 64 on their demo pod after hours! I'd actually completely avoided Mario 64 up to this point. I saw some screen shots, and high review scores but had avoided any gameplay videos (very easy in 1997!!) and reading any reviews. My parents let me set the N64 up on the livingroom on the big TV - I think to this point, my SNES had been in there 3 or 4 time max, and we had Chinese takeaway, another rarity in my house. Dad (and to a lesser extent mum) watched on in awe as I played. This was the start of something amazing for me. I felt like the luckiest kid, and proceeded to figure out cheap lunches for myself whilst saving for the horrendously expensive N64 launch titles that were coming up. I was very thankful for the little booklet of vouchers from HMV giving me £5 off a game although it still lead to a number of phone calls to my mum on launch day Saturdays "mum, I've saved £45 for Lylat Wars, but it's £55, can I have my next 2 weeks pocket money up front?" The joys. What was everyone else doing 20 years ago when I was wolfing down my Chinese takeaway so I could get back to Mario 64?
  2. The latest issue has just turned up. Look out for it next week. GoldenEye - 14 page feature with all nine developers discussing every aspect of the game Bob Wakelin tribute MUD: The original Dungeon Delver The History Of Championship/Football Manager Making Of The Need For Speed Courting Controversy (the horror games of CRL) Making Of The Mummy Hardware Heaven: C64 The Unconverted: Charlie Ninja From the archives: Warthog Games Peripheral Vision: GameCube controller Minority report: Wrestling games The Making Of Kingpin: Life of Crime In the Chair: Jane Whittaker Retro Revival: Ranarama and much more
  3. i can't find the thread, but a while back I backed a kickstarter for a new N64 anthology. I paid £130 on the understanding that they would send me two copies. one vanilla, and one with the other volume of game covers. I only got the special edition. I'm still bitter. But not so bitter that i won't tell you the book is on amazon for £25 at the moment. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nintendo-Anthology-Classic-Math-Manent/dp/1605849405/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502288467&sr=1-1&keywords=n64+anthology
  4. Hi everyone - I'm hoping to garner some opinions on a retro gaming idea, if you would be able to help... I've got a business opportunity focused on gaming (arcade & consoles only at the moment) and one idea I've had to make it a bit more interesting to current and potential gamers is to provide a service a bit like Graze, Pact Coffee, Abel & Cole, etc. The idea is that you can go online, select which consoles you own and subscribe to a service that posts you a different game every month. You can play it and then send it back or you can keep it for an extra fee. So, if you said you had an N64, you might get Diddy Kong Racing, Banjo Kazooie or Super Smash Brothers for your first 3 months. You could send a couple back and keep one, if you felt so inclined. We would never send out the same game twice and you could cancel with 30 days notice. My questions I'd like to get some opinions on are; - Would you like to get one or more games sent to you every month? - If so, would a cost of £7.99 per month, including return postage, put you off? - Have you heard of anyone else providing this service? If so, what's good and what's bad about what they do? - What would really put you off from signing up? - What would make you sign to the membership package immediately? - If there were other benefits to the subscription, such as small loyalty rewards or exclusive social events, would that be of interest? Thanks for taking the time to respond - I genuinely appreciate all the feedback, good or bad, and will respond to everyone! Mark
  5. A pseudo-sequel to the seminal Neo Geo original, Viewpoint 2064 was planned to be released on the Nintendo 64 in 1999, but Sammy Corporation had development issues, so it was eventually cancelled. A prototype recently surfaced though, and has now been sold on ebay for a whopping $3K Footage below: Looked pretty decent, imo.
  6. Unbelievable - 10 games with it. Original stuff about it's discovery and how to access it although apparently the easiest way is via emulation (PC emulating N64 emulating Spectrum - brilliant.) http://www.therwp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48139
  7. Wasn't sure where to ask with no EverDrive thread so I figured I'd make one. EverDrives are flash carts made for retro consoles, as a brief summary. The upside to using these is there is no emulation when using the original hardware for these old games. Got a Master (System) Everdrive last year and only just started organizing the roms, but in two instances now certain roms crash: Super Tetris (as soon as you press anything, otherwise it runs) Street Fighter 2 (I got up to Balrog before it decided to crap out on me, God this looks amazing considering the hardware it's on, mind.) I've got a 50/60hz and language mod on the system but far as I can tell, those are not affecting Tetris. Is it just the case that the Everdrive may not be compatible with completely everything? I've also been pondering how to organize the list when you switch it on because the roms show up twice (when I know they shouldn't)
  8. Remember this overexcited kid, and later You Tube phenomenon? If you don't, here's a reminder - from 2006: Well, now they've released a second video showing what happened afterwards. Sort of. Not as good as the original, but worth posting for nostalgia's sake.
  9. Just found this. Some of you will probably have seen it already, but for those who haven't, here's a 20-second preview of Ocarina of Time from 1995 - at that point it was probably simply called Zelda 64. Interesting to see how they originally wanted to use a NES style Link.
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