In November 2020, the new PlayStation 5 was launched worldwide, considered by many to be one of the best next-generation consoles. According to Sony’s report for the first quarter of 2021, the PS5 has been acquired by more than almost eight million people , while, according to the specialized portal Bloomberg, the Xbox Series X / S has been bought for at least 4.7 million gamers.
However, in a world in which PlayStation and Xbox have the baton of video game consoles, there are still people who, in order to call out nostalgia, fondly remember other types of devices that marked one and even two generations; for example the Nintendo 64.
On June 23, this console, which reached a record of almost 33 million units sold, celebrated 25 years since it was released in 1996. For this reason, in recent days the gamer world has made several tributes to remember this video game console on its silver anniversary, and Infobae will not be the exception.
Nintendo 64: the story of a generation
Since it was released in Japan on June 23, 1996, the Nintendo 64 has made history throughout the gamer world. The arrival of a new format with 64 bits of graphic power revolutionized the way to see and play on a screen.
In addition, with the console came what is now considered a classic by all gamers in the world: Super Mario 64 . This video game was Nintendo’s letter of introduction for its new console, reaching a total of 11 million copies sold worldwide. Without a doubt , Mario’s attempt to rescue Princess Peach from the clutches of the evil Bowser seized the hearts of the so-called Generation Y, and in fact, it is still considered one of the most important titles in the history of video games. .
Now this game doesn’t speak for itself. If it weren’t for the new features that were included in the Nintendo 64, Super Mario would have gone unnoticed or would be one of the bunch. This classic enjoyed the 3D world that Nintendo incorporated into video games, which, together with CD quality sound and the incredible combination of colors that could be seen on the screen, made this console one of the most desired at the end of the 90s.
Likewise, beyond the software, the hardware (physical machine) also resulted in an unprecedented revolution in the history of video games. During its heyday, the Nintendo 64 was available in seven different colors, in addition to some special deliveries such as the version of Pokémon Special Edition in which yellow and blue reigned, along with an image of Pikachu on the top of the console. A matte turquoise version was also created that could be purchased with the complete Super Mario 64 pack.
The new controller’s design was also one of the features that stole the attention of fans, not only because of its incredible “futuristic” design, but because it was the first controller to include an analog stick, achieving 360-degree mobility. in video games. The experience was never the same again.
Among other details, we can also mention the possibility of playing with the same Nintendo 64 cartridges on the Game Boy Color , and even creating personalized data that was shared between both consoles. Likewise, the Multiplayer mode for up to 4 players allowed the inclusion of games that certainly brought the family together in real time.
Thus, with more than 300 titles to its credit, including Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, GoldenEye 007, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time , among others, the Nintendo 64 was one of the technological milestones of its time and It is currently one of the most sought after consoles by fans who see in this type of device a machine that can transport them to their childhood.