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N64 Retro Fighters Controller: initial impressions

The overwhelmingly positive reaction to Retro Fighters’ recent Kickstarter campaign to produce a new type of N64 controller highlights once again the huge demand for a reliable, aftermarket joypad. Will the N64 Retro Fighters Controller finally provide the ideal solution N64 gamers have been crying out for?

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  • 13 August 2017

Yooka-Laylee is made for modern N64 gamers

Playtonic Games’ 3D platforming revival has all the charm and style – and even some of the flaws – of the N64 classics that inspired it. If you still play your N64 on a regular basis, then there’s a good chance you’ll have a greater appreciation of Yooka-Laylee than most.

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  • 16 April 2017

What's the crown jewel of your N64 collection?

Whether you’re a hardcore N64 enthusiast or a retro gamer who has an appreciation for a couple of the system’s games, there’s usually one item that stands out above the rest for some reason.

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  • 19 March 2017

The N64 heroes that gaming forgot

The N64 gave us a lot of fun-filled adventures with loveable, memorable characters. It also gave us games with protagonists who’ve since been long forgotten.

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  • 12 March 2017

Surf the slopes in these N64 snowboarding games

The advent of 3D gaming in the mid to late ‘90s opened up a number of new possibilities in game design. Game developers quickly realised how viable snowboarding games now were thanks to the realistic 3D environments and physics they could create.

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  • 22 January 2017

New Year's resolutions for N64 gamers

More than two decades may have passed since Mario first graced our tiny CRT TV screens in glorious 3D, but there are still plenty of people out there enjoying the N64.

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  • 08 January 2017

Do you remember Rogue Squadron's best-kept secret?

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron achieved a great deal of things. It was one of the first games to use the N64’s Expansion Pak add-on and, as a result, is one of the most visually stunning on the system. It features high-quality, interactive surround sound thanks to Factor 5’s MOsys FX tool. And, of course, it’s also an exceptionally fun game that delivers an authentic Star Wars experience.

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  • 30 December 2016

Rogue Squadron: a Star Wars story

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron is renowned for pushing the N64 to its technical limits with its stunning visuals and impressive audio. But it’s also an immensely fun game that’s remarkably replayable despite its short length.

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  • 30 December 2016

Shadows of the Empire: a day in the life of Dash Rendar

Dash Rendar may be a minor character in the Star Wars universe, but he sure seems to get up to an awful lot on his adventures. As a result, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, the N64 game in which he stars, delivers the sort of variety and action you’d expect from a Star Wars film.

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  • 20 December 2016

Shadows of the Empire: a Star Wars story

As the N64’s first Star Wars game, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire superbly showcased the adventure and action of the film saga through varied gameplay and detailed 3D environments.

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  • 19 December 2016

Nintendo series that began life on the N64

The N64 introduced us to a lot of exciting concepts in gaming, such as analog joysticks, rumble packs and four-player splitscreen multiplayer. But did you know that it’s also the birthplace of many popular Nintendo video game series?

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  • 06 November 2016