Nintendo’s crossover to 3d was full of strained missteps. In the realm of technological capability and the main area that consoles were fighting over, AESTHETICS. lets take some of the early games;
Killer instinct gold, in my mind graphically dull compared to the Snes version and due to the N64’s memory limitations it did not feature the different endings that the arcade had.
Pilotwings 64, still a great game today but it didn’t move on enough from the original on the SNES and although true 3d (the SNES used mode 7 graphics) the SNES version was a much more enticing game to look at and sometimes you forgot that it wasn’t 3d.
ClayFighter 63 1/3, was rehashed so many times for many reasons like trying to fit in new characters that the the N64 had no memory left so the graphics took a hit and they even deleted the entire combo system.
(I am aware that I am missing out some titles, I will get back to them.)
I don’t think it was unfair for N64 owners to expect something special from the new console. Advertising everywhere was telling us that this was the big one, the 5th generation (yes the n64 was the 5th generation argue all you like) and the Ps1 was gaining some real momentum. Over here in Europe we got the N64 almost a full year after the Ps1. We were wetting ourselves in anticipation of what the console could do.
Lets talk about storage, (I think we will all agree) its not something the N64 excels at. The N64 couldn’t handle as many textures as the the Ps1 because of the ROM cartridge and trying to fit textures, 3d rotation and a lengthy game on them meant that finding room for sound was near impossible. Where as the Ps1 could sample real recordings the N64 fell a little short.
Let me interject here, I LOVE the N64 I own 5 of them and have a large catalogue of games for them which I play more often than my Ps1 and Saturn combined. I’m just trying to be objective and paint the fullest picture I can of the console at its release date. With that in mind let me tell you why I love it and why (despite its limitations) you should love it too in my next post:
N64 problems but Sony aint one