Man, don’t I feel old. This week, the Nintendo 64 turns 18-years-old – as if I needed any help to feel older than I already am. 18 years ago, this week, the Nintendo 64 was first released to the excitement of kid (and adult) gamers everywhere. And while I loved my original Nintendo and my Sega Genesis, it was the Nintendo 64 that got me super-excited to play video games. I can still remember the day my console came in the mail – I had mentioned to my grandmother over the phone that I’d wanted one, and she later sent me one as a birthday gift. Along with the 64, she also sent a copy of Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent piloting an X-Wing (or using a cheat code, the Millennium Falcon). But that game was just the beginning of the awesomeness that was the Nintendo 64.

Who could forget the classic Goldeneye? To this day, I still consider it one of my favorite games, and I spent countless hours playing the multiplayer portion of it with friends. I also enjoyed the Bond-esque Perfect Dark. As a Superman fan, I even shelled out hard-earned allowance money on the dismal Superman 64 game. There’s a reason that game is in video game purgatory – it’s quite possibly the worst game I’ve ever played in my life up to this point. But my all time favorite Nintendo 64 game has to be The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time. That game opened up my mind to all kinds of gaming worlds I’d never experienced before.

Happy Birthday Nintendo 64!

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