Jordan UK wrote:[ I remember my dad writing a letter of complaint (even though I had bought the console with my own money from my Saturday job) and Nintendo sent two controllers and a game of my choice - not bad compensation!
What the hell?!! I also wrote a letter of complaint and got one lousy controller
I had also saved for years getting up at the crack of dawn every day and being attached by dogs doing a paper round...
Edit, as for MK64, my expectations were stratospheric after the SNES game. I soon got over my disappointment though when Diddy Kong came out.
The N64 had one hell of a first year - I mean, Mario, Pilotwings, Wave Race, Goldeneye, Diddy Kong, Mario Kart...!
This was a magical time in gaming for me! It was all about the N64 with me and my friends
My Jehovah's Witness mate got one at launch and I had to wait until Xmas for mine (my parents were well pissed off with Nintendo dropping the price, they told me I could have had another game, they tried to get a refund at Toys R' Us but were told it was after the 12 day return period).
My friend got at launch; Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire and ISS 64, we were blown away with the Battle of Hoth and the commentary on ISS (another attack thwarted again!). I was always Brazil with the mighty Allejo up front.
At Xmas I got Mario 64, then my next game for my birthday was Goldeneye. Another friend of mine got Diddy Kong Racing so a multi-player session was always on the go at someone's house.
Between my friends and Global Video Rental Shop we'd be playing Extreme G, Wave Race, Forsaken, Turok, Starfox and Duke Nukem.
Getting my monthly fix of N64 Magazine was always a must. I got a paper round to save up and buy Mario Kart 64, it is a brilliant game but I've always enjoyed DKR more.
My parents were very anti-console at that point in time, didn't see the point in a dedicated gaming device. They were happy for me to have a decent PC because they recognised I could use it for educational purposes too. I don't really remember anybody at school being big into gaming either and I had no idea about the saturn, n64 or playstation at the time. Friends I knew who had consoles either had a mega drive or a game boy.
From what i recall at the time I was running a Packard Bell PC with a 120mhz processor. It came with some Sega games installed and I remember I spent a lot of time playing Comix Zone and Ecco the Dolphin on it back then although they weren't actually released that year.
Little Big Adventure 2, one of my favourite games ever, came out that year but I don't really remember whether I first played it in '97 or' 98.
What I do remember though is playing Dark Forces 2 an awful lot, I'd only just got into Star Wars a year or so before and this was my first Star Wars game, first proper 3D game and really first brand new release I'd played. I was pretty awful at it truth be told, got lost a lot and had to resort to using no clip cheats to fly through parts of levels but I had a hell of a lot of fun with it.
I also remember playing a fairly obscure, quite rude but also very fun rts game called beasts and bumpkins. I spent more time playing Civilisation 2 though which I was thoroughly addicted to.
I also got a kings quest collection and played through the first 4 games of that thanks to a lot of patience and the help of a guide. I'd owned the first two when I was younger but as anybody who has played them knows they were so obscure at times that without a guide it was very easy to get completely stumped. Felt like a hell of an achievement.
I'd go as far as to say 1997 was the year that really stared getting me into gaming on a wider scale and being more aware of new releases, not just old shareware from discs my dad had picked up.
Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror is my main memory on PSone (I also had the PlayStation mouse), along with Time Crisis, Tomb Raider 2, Crash Bandicoot 2, the revelation that was TOCA Touring Cars and WCW vs The World. I had heard about Nitro but it wasn't released here until June/July 1998.
I spent hours on the TOCA demo just wrecking the car. Seems silly now, but seeing bumpers fall off and how far you could wreck the car was a big novelty in 1997.
Can't tell you how excited I was when Broken Sword 2 turned up on the demo though. It was the longest day at school ever.
We had Mario 64, Wave Race, Diddy Kong Racing, Goldeneye and Lylat Wars. A lot of game time on those. Plus there was a PlayStation in the house at that point, but I don't think the big hitters (FFVII and MGS) were out until the year after.
I remember Diddy Kong Racing coming out of nowhere seemingly. They had the big expose in NOM I think, a few months before release. Thinking back, Rare were pretty strawberry floating productive. I think they'd just done DKC3 like a year earlier as well. And I think Blast Corps came out summer 1997 as well.
N64 and Mario and Turok was just so good. I didn't think I'd get Turok with the controls being a combination of the stick and face buttons. But when I started playing I truly loved it. Watching two random enemies battle each other was amazing. As was getting the end game weapons and standing well clear before Boom! One of the best games for secrets and back tracking too.
Blast corps was so frustrating but as I didn't get many games and never traded them in I had to push on with it. I eventually unlocked it all and got to the moon.
Castlevania SOTN is still my favorites game of all time. Design, music, secrets, upgrades, the best version of metroidvania ever.
Looking back it was a truly amazing year. Makes modern times look somewhat sparse.
1997 marked the start of a period where I had ridiculous levels of disposable income. I found myself, rather fortuitously, in a very well-paid job and still living with my parents who were happy to take 50 quid off me every month for housekeeping. I'd previously had a Mega Drive but wasn't much into gaming (despite having a reasonable history, starting with an Intellivison, Atari 2600, Vic 20, ZX Spectrum 48k, and Commodore 64...) as I had discovered beer and girls. Mainly beer. Anyways, I decided that I should invest in one of those new Playstation things and popped into Toys R Us during my lunch break to do so, only to be told that they were out of stock and weren't due a delivery until next week. A WHOLE WEEK?! strawberry float that. Picked me up an N64 and a copy of FIFA64 (FIFA was the only game I played on the Mega Drive so I figured this would be all I need until payday, when I could pick up another couple of games) which, despite being objectively shite, I absolutely loved and played to death. I was blown away by the 3D graphics and commentary, and genuinely believed that this was as good as gaming got.
In 1997 i missed out on pretty much everything. The PS1 was blowing up, but i was only out of school, no job, no money, and my Parents wouldnt buy me gooseberry fool. So in 97 i was stuck with a Sega Mega Drive on which i was mostly playing Street Fighter 2. I also remember 97 as being the year i finally got on the internet and downloaded a walkthrough of Zak McKraken for my Atari ST, so something like 4 years after i got the game, i finally finished it. It wasnt til 98 that i got a PS1 and my dad got a home PC, so i was actually able to play new releases.
Brerlappin wrote:In 1997 i missed out on pretty much everything. The PS1 was blowing up, but i was only out of school, no job, no money, and my Parents wouldnt buy me gooseberry fool. So in 97 i was stuck with a Sega Mega Drive on which i was mostly playing Street Fighter 2. I also remember 97 as being the year i finally got on the internet and downloaded a walkthrough of Zak McKraken for my Atari ST, so something like 4 years after i got the game, i finally finished it. It wasnt til 98 that i got a PS1 and my dad got a home PC, so i was actually able to play new releases.
Reminds me of when I first discovered the internet around the same time - I went looking for Shining Force II guides to find out all the secrets in that game, I probably still have the print outs somewhere!
Memories of going to my fathers friends house with my sister, playing an N64 for the first time.... so magical. Would've been about 6 years old.
We played Diddy Kong Racing, Doom 64 and Mario 64. The only game console we had prior was a Master System so a bit of a jump. We spent hours and hours flying around Bob Omb Battlefield having no clue what to do but loving the strawberry float out of it. We got a N64 that Christmas with Mario 64... best present. So many great multiplayer memories of Mario Party 1 with cousins, and our sore palms and competetive nature.
I think this guy also had a Sega CD with Sonic CD in his trailer, which blew my mind to see Sonic like that. I thought it was fake when I saw it.
I was always way behind with games consoles. I had friends with current systems but until I started work in 2005 I mainly got by on hand me downs from mates. By 1997 I think I might have blagged my hand me down N64... checks Wikipedia, nope I was probably still on a mix Atari ST, NES and Master System at that point.
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