Hello Ryceballs, its been a long time since I actually drew something or written something for Deviantart, mostly because of travelling to conventions and work, if you haven't guessed it by now I actually draw for a living. BUT IM BACK FOR A BIT NOW, with more stories to entertain you delicious people! This time Im gonna talk about the classic Nintendo 64, one of my favourite consoles of all time.
This is a picture of me when I was playing the N64 back in the day. So why do I wanna talk about the 64 out of all the consoles? Well mostly because I have been trashing Nintendo so much lately about their decisions in the gaming industry that I thought I should talk about something more positive about Nintendo when they were at their prime. ALSO because I have so many good memories with this console! Without further ado, THIS is how it all began.. it started with my dad coming home from work one day and showing me a newspaper article with a competition on it, it was sponsored by Toyota and it had an image, an outline of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge and a very Sydney
theme to it, the task was to color it. So I did, I used coloring pencils and a highlighter for the fireworks in the sky, back then I was still playing the Super Nintendo and didn't think much about the Nintendo 64, sure I was aware of the system but I wasn't a kid that had to get anything new straightaway that came out (Although this may have changed in recent years...) but I did it anyway with a small hope of winning but also the fact that I like drawing and coloring. So I finished it and put the submission in an envelope, I remember even drawing a N64 Controller lookalike spaceship on the envelope too. Then 2 weeks later I got a letter... I opened it slowly... and there it was, it says that I have won myself a Nintendo 64. I immediately put the letter away from my vision and took a deep breath, a single manly tear rolled down my face, then it happened.. NINTENDOOOOO SIXTYYYY FOOOOOOOUUUURRRR!!!! OMG!!! YESSSS!!! I was a bit like this kid www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFlcqW…
NINTENDO SIXTTTTYYY FFFFOOOUUURRRR!!!!!!! Im sure I woke up all the neighbourhood dogs that day, the whole house was shaking. My dad drove me to the post office and we picked it up, the box was soooo big too, it just added to that extra WOW factor. It also came with an F1 racing game, I played it once and never touched it again lol. But I remember that day my dad then drove me to Big W to get a game I want, I looked around and there were lots of unfamiliar titles, I wanted everything but there was one game I really had to get.. Super Mario 64
. AND THE EXPERIENCE WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD, mind you at the time I was still playing Super Mario on the SNES with 2D graphics. This was brand new territory to me, it just totally blew my mind. What is this camera button?? What I actually have to push up to walk forward? It was strange at first but I remember being adapted to it very easily, somehow the controls just felt very natural, Nintendo did an incredibly good job at this. And so this sparks my first experience with the 64. OH ALSO, a few weeks later I saw an ad on the TV advertising the N64, it had a spaceship shaped like the N64 controller flying through space... very similar to my drawing on the envelope, I still don't know to this day whether they stole my idea or just pure coincidence.
I used to go to church every Sunday, I had church friends and went to church choirs and everything (At one point I was even helping in teaching kids in choir.. IKR), and I remember going up to my friends and telling them I have won myself a N64, and their reactions were like 'Pffftttt so what?' and then they talked about how the Playstation was so much better with Final Fantasy and that the 64 is for kids.. eventhough at the time we WERE kids so I don't know what their problem is with this. I also remember one time the adults had a church meeting at my place, so my guy friends were over and a few girls were over as well. The guys who were supposed to be my friends didn't wanna touch my 64 AT ALL, they deliberately went into my other room to play the Super Nintendo saying even that has better games, well I was a gentleman and needed to entertain the girls so I put on Mario Party for them to play, I ended up staying and playing Mario Party with them, we were all laughing at the mini games and having lots of fun. The guys heard us from the other room and decided to peek in to see what we were playing, and I saw them kinda like walking outside and checking out what we were playing, AND LIKE A GENTLEMAN I was like 'Umm do you guys wanna play?' and they were like kinda undecisive but ended up staying. :I COMPARE THIS TO MY HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDS
, I told them I won a N64 that day and they were like "OK I'll get the chips and the drinks ready, David get a few more controllers, Stanley tell your mum you can't go back home tonight, or possibly for the next few weeks, we are coming over to your place right now. YO VIDEOGAMES LETS GO." I think that says alot about my supposedly friends from church huh?
I played MOST of the classic like Goldeneye, Smash Bro, Zelda, Pokemon Snap, Mario Party, Diddy Kong Racing, Banjo Kazooie, and even some less popular titles that I really enjoyed like Star Wars Episode 1 Racer and Goemon's Great Adventure. These are the games that I just had so much good memories of. Amazing games to say the least. What are some of YOUR stories from your favourite console?