Did it work?
The truth is I just mildly dislike the N64, and despite collecting stuff for it alongside all other consoles, I find myself playing 64 games rarely and having a mild disdain for the machine itself. A part of me knows that I only collect N64 for a sense of completeness, rather than any vested interest. There are a few reasons why I’ve never been enamored with Nintendo’s last cartridge based effort.
The Nintendo 64 – when turned upside down – is so obviously designed to look like a Koala. When it’s right side up, it’s just plain ugly. There’s nothing aesthetically pleasing or edgy about the N64, it’s just a weirdly shaped husk no matter what color it comes in. The Atari Jaguar looks like it should come adorned with Sidewinder missiles and the original Sega Master System is reminiscent of Darth Vader’s weekend retreat.
The N64 is the kid who gets constantly teased at Primary school because of the testicle that sprouted – ball hairs and all – on his left elbow.
The textures are ugly
It’s common knowledge that the texture engine of the N64 just wasn’t up to par. Most 3D games have an awfully washed out, bland, low res look about them that results in the games aging badly. If you haven’t played a 64 game in a while, go play one, you’ll see what I mean. They really don’t look much chop.
The cartridges are ugly
Purely personal opinion here, but I think the 64 carts are a bit clunky. The rounded top doesn’t lend well to vertical stacking, and they don’t have any title stickers etc along the top (like NES carts do) so you can’t display carts easily to show off your fave games. I’m sure some people will love 64 carts, and that’s fine – every debate needs a few lunatics thrown in to keep things interesting ;).
There are probably a few other reasons why I have this mixed feeling about the 64, but those will do for now. I collect it because it IS a part of gaming history so it needs to be represented, but that’s where the affiliation ends. There’s no love, no kindness.
Just a passing acknowledgement.