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The N64 Era Was a Great Time to Buy Video Games

Recently, our Editor-in-chief pointed out that the prices for N64 games were completely ridiculous. Junk puzzlers like Tetrisphere retailed for nearly $70; major releases like Turok and Killer Instinct Gold cost even more. Cartridge manufacturing and the increased cost of development were a deadly combination, and amassing a sizable collection of N64 games was a costly proposition. But while the prices bordered on astronomical, the cost isn’t really what I remember about that era. For me, it was a glorious time to buy video games, high prices and all. The Nintendo 64 launched in 1996, smack in the middle of my baby-sitting prime. Within a year of its release, I had an actual job and actual paychecks, all of which I could use to spend on video games.…

The Tim and Andy Show: “Pantsriarchy”

Live from the Chatterbox Pub in Minneapolis, it’s the third episode of The Tim and Andy Show! They’re joined by Alcoholic Luigi (of GeekParty fame) with the intention of debating the great console war of the late 90’s: Nintendo 64 versus Sony PlayStation. They end up discussing everything but. Ty Cooper (Alcoholic Luigi) VS. El Baño…

The Internet Erupts in Unbridled Joy as Majora’s Mask Is Officially Announced for the 3DS

It’s always fun to see years of rumor and speculation culminate with what everyone wanted all along. That’s precisely what occurred tonight when Nintendo announced a remastered release of their classic Nintendo 64 title, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, for the Nintendo 3DS. This shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise, given the 2011 release of the game’s precursor, Ocarina of Time, for the very same system. Series producer Eiji Aonuma hasn’t exactly been dismissive of the rumors surrounding a potential remastering of Majora’s Mask, either. As I wrote earlier this week, there are few games more important to me than Ocarina of Time. I felt that the 3DS version of the game was just as good, if not even better than the original.…
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N64 Games Were Ridiculously Expensive When They First Came Out

People seem to view past generations of gaming with nostalgia-tinted glasses, and I’ve encountered a fair share of forum chatters around the Internet who seem to remember games being a lot less expensive than they actually were. So I did some research (to be more accurate, I forced Retrovolve’s Mandi to do some research for me) and dug up MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) information for a slew of N64 titles for comparison. These prices come from various issues of GamePro, which listed MSRP prices alongside their game reviews. Here’s what I found: Killer Instinct Gold – $79.99 (Source: GamePro #101) Turok: Dinosaur Hunter – $79.99 (Source: GamePro #103) Star Fox 64 – $79.95 (Source: GamePro #106) Multi Racing Championship – $79.95…
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