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The N64 Turned 15 This Week, What Are Some of Your Fondest Memories

The Console that Got 3D right turns 15.

By Nick Schneider on 10/1/2011
The N64 turned 15 this week, and as a system that most gamers above the age of 20 had as a kid, there are many fond memories.  Whether it was the incredibly dumb founding tiger claw controller, or the incredible games, such as Super Mario 64 and Goldeneye, chances are if you owned one of these systems you experienced at least one or two seminal gaming moments.  During the span of it's five year life cycle, 1996-2001, the N64 was a powerhouse in the industry, and also the last home console to use cartridges. Many herald Super Mario 64 as the first game to get 3D platforming truly right, and as such the launch title cemented the system in consumers homes.  Not only was the system the first to get 3D space right, the system also greatly benefited from the ability to play with up to 4 players right out of the box, and with games like Mario Kart 64 and Goldeneye, it became a staple for multiplayer.  

For this writer, the best memories came from playing Goldeneye against my brother and stepfather.  With all the trash talk, and frustration that came with it, multiplayer just felt right with 4 player split screen. And at the time it was really the only option for 4 player split screen on a console, and as the grasp of the Internet has increased over the years since the N64's release, 4 player split screen has slowly disapeared from the realm of gaming.  With the N64 being considered the best multiplayer console at the time, it's no surprise that when you ask a gamer about their favorite multiplayer memories, that most will probably mention a match in Mario Kart 64, Super Smash Bros., or Goldeneye.  We ask you, now that this system is 15 years old, what are some of your fondest memories with the N64.
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DubCexpress on May 03, 2012
Golden Eye and the Perfect Dark were two of the best FPS I have ever played.  Many a sleepless nights with friends playing those games.  Zelda Ornica of Time was also a fond memory.  So long and challenging, yet so much fun.  Wish i still had my 64.  
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SuperSonicPunk on November 17, 2011
Donkey Kong 64, Mario Kart 64, Super Smash Bros., and Pokemon Stadium.
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santomelletj on November 06, 2011
ocarina of time definetly
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coolbetty on November 06, 2011
Zelda Ocarina of Time. i had never seen anything like it before. i have been a gamer ever since.
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Shakaku on October 10, 2011
Golden eye, donkey kong 64 and the first smash bros....amazing times
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dvking on October 19, 2011
yes man really
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OSMenace on October 10, 2011
Super Smash Brothers and Ocarina of Time are some of my favorite memories of the N64.... Paper Mario was also a good title that I spent hours playing. This article makes me want to go turn my 64 on :/
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Nugtorios on October 09, 2011
I miss the old days
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praxisofevil on October 05, 2011
I remember fighting against my brother split-screen in Starcraft 64 because we didn´t have PC´s that could run it. Oh how the times have changed.
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Dualsmg14 on October 03, 2011
Unfortunate not to have one of my own, but many fond memories of GoldenEye and Perfect Dark with my cousin.
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CodyWix on October 03, 2011
Pokemon Snap. I to this day, haven't agreed with Professor Oak. MY SHOTS ARE GOLD! Give me more points ya a-hole.
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CodyWix on October 03, 2011
Oh, and I miss the first 3 mario parties. The best mini games out of all of them.
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Sketch on October 02, 2011
Running upstairs after school to get in a few rounds of GoldenEye knocked out. Memorizing almost two the second when enemies jumped out and where they jumped out on the Aztec Temple level.
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PlagueOfPhoenix on October 02, 2011
Man, I miss my 64. :'(
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Shakaku on October 10, 2011
DL the emulator, good times return :D
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PlagueOfPhoenix on October 12, 2011
I heard the controls were next to impossible though, unless you can buy an adapter to where you could plug a 64 controller in... Wait... That's ingenious.
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MilitaryGamer on October 02, 2011
15 Years ago I discovered girls and completely missed out on this console. I remember seeing my little brother playing Mario 64 and Goldeneye with his friends though.
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Kurt77 on October 02, 2011
Definitely sitting with my older brother when he beat Super Mario 64. Being the first in the family to beat it, he began jumping around on the final battle field after the key had appeared and jumped clean off the edge. He couldn't beat Bowser again.
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kilky18 on October 01, 2011
Always been a single player fan so games like Zelda: Ocarina of Time/Majora's Mask brought me many hours of fun. Shadowman, made me crap my pants. Great gameplay though. Donkey Kong 64 was a great followup to Donkey Kong Country.

Golden Eye and Perfect Dark were great party games for when I was young and were also pretty challenging. Blast Corps and Jet Force Gemini weren't very mainstream but were really great games too. Lastly Banjo-Kazooie would be up there with the favourites.

Shadowman has my fondest (well scariest) memory. The final cutscene where legion is dressed up as Luke and begins to tell a chilling joke. That and the creepy witches in the temples that would float around making freaky noises.

And incase you never played shadowman here is what I'm referring too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zKwCiBegEI
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