How old were you when you first played Super Mario 64
Oh dear god, it was so long ago. I don't remember much about those times, but I do remember my dad cut part of his thumb off while I was on the first snow level... kinda hard to forget something like that.
Before there were video games, I almost put my dad's eye out with a lego. It popped from my force straight into his eye. Don't get me started on my Lincoln Logs.
6 or 7? It was still a few years past when it first released, as I got on N64 the Christmas of '99. Had a heck of a lot of fun playing it, took me about 3 years to finally get all 120 stars, and there was one that always alluded me. Not sure if it was a glitch, but apparently the one I was missing all those years was from catching the rabbit in the basement a second time. Except that I could not find him there. Realized I had to start the game over and make sure to catch him when he came up the second time. Finishing that game was a pretty fantastic feeling, one of the first games I ever beat (not counting Pokemon Snap or Yoshi's Story, as those didn't give me as much of a challenge as Super Mario 64.)
I really loved that game, but after that there wasn't much I cared for on the N64. I sold it and bought a PS1, which turned out to be my all time favorite game console because it had so many classic JRPGs.
I loved that N64. So many great games. I was more of a platform junky and some cool sidescrollers, golf, sports, stuff like that. But the first person shooters were cool as hell. Turok and Turok 2, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, all very cool games.
I finally bought a used PS1 to play Silent Hill. I knew I would love that game. Really wasn't into JRPGs.
I was 16. I remember seeing grainy screenshots of it in Nintendo Power when I was 15 and I couldn't comprehend how they could turn a 2D platformer 3D. Then, one fateful day in the fall of '96, my mom had just come home from taking my 6 year old brother to Toys R Us and told me she saw some kids playing the demo there and she said it looked amazing. Since I didn't have my license, I made her drive me to the Toys R Us the next day so I could play it. And when I did, I was floored - a big, 3D digital playground to run around in! The demo reset itself every 2 minutes, so I never actually made it into the castle (I was all proud of myself when I found a "secret door" in the moat). We got the N64 that Christmas. It was the last classic system in my opinion. Once Sony entered the picture, things changed (not for the bad, it was just a different playing field after that).
I was about 15 or 16 when that game came out, and all I remember thinking is "this plays like total shit". I figured, right there and then, that 3D games were going to be the death of all my favorite franchises. Don't get me wrong, I loved me some Doom and Wolfensten and Star Fox...games that were meant to be played in 3D, but to me Mario was about this tight precise platforming and great artistic style, and Mario 64 came out and just looked like ass and controlling the camera was a total chore. I'm glad they've finally made some good 3D mario games on the Wii, but that seriously took them a long time to get from something as great as Super Mario World to the next great game in the franchise, Super Mario Galaxy.
I was 12 years young. I played and loved every minute of it, then about a month later my house got robbed and that was one of the things stolen womp womp. They didn't touch my SNES but did steal my copy of Maximum Carnage for some reason. Maybe bc it was a red cartridge? Oh well...
I was 31 and it changed how I viewed video games. To me, it meant the sky was the limit.
I was 25 and it made me think that Nintendo + Silicon Graphics = a whole lot of hype and muddy textures.
You must have been a PC gamer. I though Turok was cool as hell on the N64, but looking back it was a foggy as hell adventure.
I still remember it quite well. I'd just gotten my first real job out of college. I was living in a fairly crappy appartment with 1 futon, 1 director's chair, and a peach crate to hold my tiny TV (actually an old C64 monitor). I spent some good times playing that game and listening to Antichrist Superstar. Those two things are permanantly linked in my mind.Good times.
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