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Ocarina of Time Could Have Been the Ugliest Zelda Game of All Time

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of the most beloved video games ever made. But, believe it or not, at one point in its development history, it looked like this: This is a shot of the Zelda 64 demo that Nintendo showed off while it was gearing up to release the Ultra 64 (which became the Nintendo 64 before it hit store shelves). This screencap comes from the February of 1996 issue of Next Generation magazine, so the general public wouldn’t get its hands on the actual game for over two and a half more years. It was a radically different game at that point. It was initially supposed to be a launch title for the 64DD (or “Bulky Drive”), a compact disc add-on to the N64 (think Nintendo’s answer to the Sega CD) that never launched outside of Japan.…
Super Mario 64

Super Mario 64 Is Not the Best Video Game of All Time (But Don’t Tell 1996 That)

The September, 1996 issue of Next Generation magazine’s cover story was a list of the top 100 games of all time, which they promised would be “extremely controversial.” And perhaps it was, with the number one spot devoted to Super Mario 64. Almost two decades later, that seems a tad bit unreasonable. Don’t get me wrong, Super Mario 64 is one of the most important games of the 1990s, and it absolutely deserves to be on a top 100 list. But the number one spot? It makes a lot more sense when you consider the context. That game was brand new when that issue came out, and it had just ushered in the 3D era in glorious fashion. It blew our minds because it was proof that game developers had unlocked a whole new world of game design possibilities.…
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