Happy Tuesday Novas and thank you for reading today’s Rankings Post! The Marvel Universe has been on fire lately with their box office hits and upcoming triumphs over the DC Universe. On Tuesdays I like to rank items from 5th until 1st on different topics and since Black Panther is releasing on DVD and Blu Ray today, I want to rank my favorite Superheroes from 5th until 1st place!
#5 Thor –
Thor makes an appearance on my list because he’s flipping amazing. I love that he uses his hammer in combat. The hammer is versatile and allows him to fly, go super fast and pretty much knock out his enemies. Thor is a god and his full strength of lightning makes him super cool and worthy of the number 5 spot on my list. Thor Ragnarok is my favorite Thor movie to date. Read the review here!
#4 Black Widow –
Black Widow has always been a super cool character to me. I love a story about a hero who didn’t always start off saving the world. She has a very checkered past but she has decided to use her skills in a more helpful way which is awesome. Plus, she’s played by Scarlett Johansson in the Avenger movies, what more can you ask.
#3 Wonder Woman –
Before the Wonder Woman movie came out I would have not listed her as one of my top 5 favorite superheroes. Learning her story and delving more into her world has opened my eyes to the character. She’s strong, courageous and willing to follow her heart to help anyone in need. That’s the king of superhero we need!
#2 Black Panther –
Black Panther is another hero that was off my radar until the movie hit theaters in February. What I love about T’Challa is that he is a king that wants to help his people survive. He also embraces other cultures and wants to help fight to protect all people. His suit is cool, his movements are great and he has a great supporting cast of characters. You can check out the Spoiler Free Review of Black Panther here!
#1 Ironman –
Ironman has been my favorite superhero for as long as I remember. I love that his character is entirely plausible (you know, if you were a billionaire)/. Ok let’s be honest, most of the list (all of this list lol) is based on the portrayals in Hollywood. Tony Stark as portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. Is a sarcastic, witty and intelligent character that I love watching. I’m not a Superman girl, not a Batman girl but Ironman is my man. Wonder what would happen if Batman met Ironman, check out their TKO Battle by clicking here!
Those are my top 5 superheroes, what are yours? Which Superhero movies are you looking forward to? Let’s talk heroes!
Power up Players for today’s Rankings Post! Each Tuesday I will ranks games, shows, series, etc and list my favorites in the genre from 5th place to 1st place. After my post I will open up the comments for everyone to rank their favorites and the following week I will post the “Community Rankings” from the previous week’s Rankings post.
This week we will be ranking: Our Favorite Arcade Games!
#5 Big Buck Hunter –
You can’t go to an arcade without playing some sort of shooter right? My go to shooter will always be the Bick Buck Hunter game. You remember it right? The one with the giant orange hunting rifle sticking out the side lol. I would get this game and go to the hunting fields. My brother Kenny and I would take turns trying to shoot the most deer and I have so many fond memories.
#4 18 Wheeler American Pro Trucking –
A driving game where I can play as a semi truck and run over anything in my tracks, yes please! Any time I would see the giant machine that was shaped like a truck empty. I would hop in put in my coins and get to driving. My favorite features are the giant steering wheels and gas pedals (because who needs brakes when you are literally a Transformer!!).
#3 Tekken –
Tekken was definitely a staple in arcade games growing up. Each week we spent a few hours at the laundromat while my grandmother washed our comforters and she would get extra quarters so that Kenny and I could play the arcade games. Tekken was always at my laundromat (it’s still there actually) and we would verse each other often. My go to character is King and my brothers is Eddie Gordo. I was never a great Tekken player, but my brother couldn’t touch me in Street Fighter with Chun-Li!
#2 Snocross –
Snocross is a racing game where you get to ride on the back of a snowmobile. This game is fantastic because you have to lean on the snowmobile left and right to assist in turning your vehicle. I loved hitting tricks, getting boosters and bumping into other racers, whatever I could do to become first in the circuit. I like Snocross more than the other motorcycle racing games because the vehicles were easier to control and who wants to race on a road or highway when you can jump off mountains?
#1 Galaga –
Galaga was another arcade game in the laundromat on Saturdays. There’s something about the old shoot the spaceships and dodge objects game that has always drew me in. You have to have coordination to bob and weave and shoot all of the objects in your way. I’m not sure why Galaga is my favorite arcade game because it’s not a hard or unique concept. All I can say is that my eyes still light up when I see the game in the corner.
Those are my rankings for favorite arcade games (I’ve left out the more interactive games like Dance Dance Revolution and Skee Ball for another week) and I want to know your top 5! Think back to physically going into an arcade, which games caught your eye? Let’s talk arcade games! Don’t forget, tomorrow the winner of the GamersUnitedGG Blogging Competition will be announced!
Happy Tuesday Novas! Thank you for reading today’s rankings post! Before last month, I would post my Top Rankings for a specified topic and give my reasons why. Now that November is over, I can get back to the Rankings Posts and this week we are keeping with the Holiday Spirit!
I will be Ranking my: Favorite Holiday Characters! Let’s see my top characters from least favorite to favorite!
Santa Claus – I’m not really a Santa Claus kind of girl. When I think back, I never believed in Santa because my grandmother let us know up front who purchased the presents lol. I also think that I was too smart for my age and I would’ve questioned everything, like if Santa goes down chimneys and we don’t have one (I mean I live in Florida), is he just breaking in our house at night? Rather than having to make up a story as to how Santa broke in and risk scaring me for life, my grandmother just never mentioned Santa until we went to take pictures with him at the mall.
Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer– The story of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is an inspiring one about being who you are and cherishing attributes that are different. Rudolph went through adversity with having a bright red nose but he never gave up on his dreams of being a part of Santa’s sleigh. He ended up finding his purpose in the world and making friends!
The Grinch– I have ALWAYS loved the Grinch. I’m a sucker for the stories of characters finding themselves and coming around in the end and my affinity for villains makes the choice of the Grinch no huge surprised. I watch The Grinch Who Stole Christmas multiple times during the Holiday season and I really love Max, the dog! The Grinch has captured my heart when I was a girl and it grows 2 sizes every year!
Gingerbread Man- The Gingerbread bread man is a classic character and treat to have during the Holidays. Specifically, I am talking about Gingy from Shrek. Gingy is an essential part of Christmas for me.When I was younger, each year we would build Gingerbread Houses and have Hot Chocolate in class and at home. The comfortable feeling of the Holidays is inspired by Gingerbread men for me.
Frosty The Snowman– The number 1 holiday character for me has always been Frosty the Snowman. Maybe it’s because I have never seen or touched snow in my life, so I end up wanting to build a snowman every year! Frosty was the friend I always wanted growing up and I still get teary eyed when he melts at the end of the movie. Frosty is the pinnacle of friendship and togetherness for the Holidays!
Those are my rankings of my favorite Holiday Characters from least favorite to favorite! Who did I miss? What are your favorite holiday characters and why? Let’s Talk Holidays!
Luna and I love music so we decided that this week would be perfect to pull together our Top 5 Throwback Thursday Party Hits! Luna and I have a bit of a age gap and apparently party style so our Top 5 is completely different!
Nagems- Top 5
For those of you who are 90’s babies, I’m pretty sure this is somewhere on your list too! I remember watching Britney Spears perform on TV and thinking… “OH MY God, I want to be her!”Not only was I, a super fan, but I even had the Backpack and Lunch box with her face on it….
2. Not only was I obsessed with the Pop Princess but I also LOVED Barbie’s! From the age of 3-12, I carried my favorite Malibu Barbie with me everywhere….yeah you read that right, till the age of 12! Obviouslyit’s only fitting that this song would be on my Party list.
3. What party would be complete without your classic Girl Group?!? This song literally makes you want to jump on the couch with a hairbrush microphone screaming at the top of your lungs next to your best friends. Zigazig Ah!
4. The Pop Princess returns to the list! I mean…is anyone really shocked?? Who doesn’t love the idea of dancing down the hall with pig-tail braids and a sexy school girl outfit?? I mean I have only done it in my dreams but still….!
5. Last but certainly not LEAST-my HOMEGIRL and DIVA QUEEN! Not only did I love to sing along to this every time it played on the radio, I dressed up as a Genie for Halloween that year! My friends and I would listen to this and make the hand gestures each time!
Wow great list Megan! While I can appreciate Genie in a Bottle, Spice Girls and Baby One More time, my interpretation of party hits took a left turn at Albequrque!
My 5 party songs seem to be in a different era than that of Nagems. Keep in mind that she is 22 and I’m 31 so yea… there’s that lol. The songs on my list shouldn’t have been heard by her as she would have been crazy young. As I was going down my list, I noticed that my songs are from the same genre, oh well lol. My choices are based on songs that I know immediately have my friends going ohhhh this is my jam!
Luna’s Top 5 Party Hits!
First up we have Hot In Here by Nelly! – This is a party classic. As soon as you start playing this song, all of the dance hit from the early 2000’s like the chicken hand and stanky leg are being shown on the dance floor.
Next we have Salt Shaker by Lil Jon and the Ying Yang Twins. This song and Get Low were southern classics at parties and clubs. This was when the down south its took over the radio like Nelly, Ludacris, T.I., etc. This never fails to get me up and dancing.
The Thong Song by Sisqo. I don’t really count this as a party song but this song is hilarious and when you play it at a party, people are like, really??? Sisqo… OOOOHHHHH!
Where the party at? By Jagged Edge Featuring Nelly was always a great hit. Between the original version and the remix with everyone and their uncle in it, I loved hearing the drop of the beat at the beginning of the song!
Back That Thang Up– this is really a classic party hit. It’s a little more on the rugged side of things but it never fails to get people up out of their seats to pop or twerk until the song ends lol.
Alright now it’s time for use to hear from you! What are your favorite Party Hits? Whose list did you like the best? Let’s talk party hits!
Happy Thursday Novas! This weekend my job at Universal Orlando will start the annuall Halloween Horror Nights event. In appreciation of horror classiscs, I’ve decided that today’s Throwback Thursday post will be dedicated to 3 or my favorite Horror Creatures of all time! From now until November, ever throwback thursdaypost will be Halloween related!
The Undead:The undead are really cool and we all know how the stock of Zombies have been on an incline since the Walking Dead premiered. Zombies are cool because aside form modern findins of stomping in their heads and burining the bodies, you really didn’t know how to get rid of Zombies. Like, how do you kill the Undead?
Vampires: Vampires are my first love for horror movie creatures. Maybe it’s because Vamps take on the forms of humans and you can’t really tell them apart unless their fangs are showing. Pretty much anyone can be a vampire and you wouldn’t know it until you turn the corner and catch them sucking on someone’s neck! Staying up all night and sleeping during the day, heck I may have been a Vampire in high school!
Ghosts: Ghosts will have to be my number 1 on this list of Horrible Creatures! I like the silliness of ghosts booing people and their invincibility. You can only really get rid of a ghost or spirit using Holy Water or something. I don’t believe that the Ghostbusters can exterminate my luminescent friends. Ghosts are notorius tricksters and just want to haunt an abandoned mansion in peace! Get it, get it? Rest I n Peace! Bwahahahaha.
Those are my 3 favorite Horror Creatures for today’s Throwback Thursday! What are some of your favotecreatures? If anyone says The Blob, you’re deleted!!!! Lol jkjk. Let’s talk horror!
Happy Thursday Novas! Remember when you couldn’t wait to get out of school so that you could go outside and play in the neighborhood? I know that our current era is built around everything being technological and we see less children outside playing. This post is dedicated to my childhood and the games that we played outside everyday! Time to bring on the Nostalgia!
TV Tag– TV tag was a version of tag where you had to say the name of a tv show (not already mentioned) anytime the person who was “IT” tried to tag you. I remember playing in the neighborhood all of the time.
Hopscotch– hopscotch was a fun chalk game to play. You would draw the numbers 1-9 in boxes alternating from 1 foot hop to 2 feet hops. You would start at the safe area, throw a rock on a number starting with 1, and hop 1 foot and 2 feet up and down the board. When you were returning back to start, you would have to stay on the number above the rock and pick it up without falling.
Curb Ball– Curb ball was so much fun. I’m sure everyone has played a version of this game where you would throw a ball to the curb on the other side of the street. Each person would stand on their respective curbs. If the ball hits perfectly and bounces back to you it was 10 points. Alternately if the ball pops off the curb into the sky, if the other person catches it they received points. First person to 100 wins.
Mother May I – Mother May I was a great kids game to play in your driveway. We had a long driveway so the neighborhood kids always played in our yard. One person would stand facing away from the others and be the Mother. You would alternate taking turns asking if you could take steps. Bunny hops, baby steps, umbrella steps. Frog leaps, etc. Mother would answer giving you a quantity of steps or saying no you may not. The first to teach Mother, wins!
What Time Is It Mr.Fox– This was one of my favorite tag type games. The person who was “IT” was known as the “Fox.” They would stand a certain amount of paces away with their back towards everyone else. Each turn, anyone who wasn’t the fox would yell “What time is it Mr. Fox?” And would take the number of steps mentioned. At anytime the fox could turn and chase everyone back. If you were tagged then you were the next fox. Many of my friends now have never heard of this game but we played it all through elementary and middle school!
O.U.T Spells OUT – OUT Spells out is pretty much dodgeball with a twist. It is a mix of Horse and Dodgeball actually. The person with the ball would throw at any opponent, if you get hit then you recieve an O. Whoever grabs the ball next is able to distribute letters with a hit and so on, so forth. If you receive all 3 letters (hit 3 times) then you’re out. Last person in wins!
These were some of my favorite childhood games growing up! What were some of yours? Do you remember any of the games I’ve mentioned? Let’s talk childhood games!
Happy Tuesday Novas! This week’s Throwback Tuesday post will be in regards to one of my favorite fighting games of all time; Dead or Alive 5! Growing up in the 90s I’ve played Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and even games like Super Smash Bros or Tekken, however, Dead or Alive 5 is quite possibly my favorite fighter game so let’s talk about it!
Dead or Alive is the 5th installment in the Dead or Alive franchise which released in 2012. I haven’t actually played any of it’s predecessors, but when my brother purchased his 360… this was one of the games he brought home with him. The game was released on the Xbox 360 along with the PS3 and has been a favorite of mine ever since. I remember my brother’s LAN parties every Friday night out our house. We would have friends and family come over to play all sorts of video games and system. Some nights wee had tournaments and the Dead or Alive Tournament was the best. We would play in teams and me and my best friend at the time played against all of the boys. I always picked Kasumi and she picked Lei Fang, we were unstoppable being crowned the winner a few times lol.
Something that I really liked about the game was the story mode and it’s progression. You are able to follow the journey of each character in the game rather they are the protagonists, antagonists or a character inserted for comic relief (enter in Gen Fu lol). I’ve only played a few story-lines that being Kasumi, Ayane and Hitomi but it was still a great experience.
Characters: The characters in the game were awesome! Yes, I’ve only really played with maybe 3 or 4 characters, but I still love playing against the others with their moves. Many different styles were represented from boxing, to ninjitsu to wrestling so the diversity in the game and fighting styles was fun. Kasumi is my all time favorite. She is quick and powerful and her moves are so fluid (very prettyyyy lol). In a tag team battle I would pair her with the even more hard hitting Hitomi who practices in Karate. The combination of quick strikes mixed with strong powerful hits is a great way to excel at the game (many battles were won with this duo lol). I have also used Ayane an assassin, Hayabusa another ninja, Lei Fang, and Gen Fu.
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In conclusion, DOA5 is probably my favorite fighting game and I love it sooooo much. I love it so much that I was thinking of Cosplaying as Kasumi lol (which may still happen). Have you ever played DOA5? What is your favorite fighting game? Let’s talking fighting video games! Have a great Tuesday and thank you for reading!
Happy Tuesday All! Thank you for reading today’s Throwback post! This week I am highlighting some old school cartoons from my childhood. I grew up in the 90’s with awesome cartoons (you know back when cartoons were better in my opinion) that provided fun, morals and a way to escape our hard lives of school and …. well pretty much just school right? This post is to pay tribute to some of my favorite and forgotten Cartoons!
Notable Mentions that will not be covered in depth because let’s be honest, we probably already think of these shows anyway! I have included a poll where you can vote for the cartoons that automatically popped into your head when you read the title of this post!
Now on to the 6 Cartoons that I have decided to feature on this journey to the past! Let’s start with one of my personal favorites. Keep in mind that this list is generalized and doesn’t have a ranking over the Notable Mentions or Cartoons not featured!
Darkwing Duck: Darkwing Duck was the story following everyday man Drake Mallard, his niece Gosalyn and side kick Launch Pad. Drake Mallard has a secret, he is the crime fighter DarkWing Duck along with his side kick (who is also Launch Pad from Ducktales) who goes out to stop the villains in St. Canard. This series used to come on after school when I was a girl and featured characters from Ducktales like Gizmo Duck! Apparently Darkwing Duck was the first Disney action cartoon soooo congrats Darkwing Duck, “Let’s Get Dangerous!”
Rocket Power: Rocket Power was the cartoon that followed Reggie Rocket, her brother Otto and their friends Twister and Sam through their active lifestyle of sports and competitions in Ocean Shores California. Rocket power really made me want to surf and play sports growing up ( I blame this show for playing Tennis and Softball in the same season lol). Their Father Raymundo owned a little tiki shack restaurant with his best friend down by the beach. The kids would hang out there, grab food and then catch waves at the beach located in front of the shack. My favorite episode was when Reggie (the girl) was being overlooked for a surfing competition because she is a girl. She surfed with a mask on and **SPOILER ALERT** when she WON even her brother Otto had to give her madddd props! It was one of my first introductions to a tomboy (like me 🙂 ) being respected in a cartoon!
Arthur: “And I say Hey! What a wonderful kind of day, where we can learn to work and play and get along with each other…”Arthur was a show on PBS that followed the aardvark Arthur and his family. I oved watching shows on PBS as a kid. Arthur came across many different scenarios in 3rd grade that he had to get through with his friends or family. I read the Arthur books as a kid so when the show was airing I was front and center in front of the TV. My favorite characters are DW (Arthur’s little sister) and Francine (The Tomboy… go figure lol). Til this day if I need a relaxing show to watch, Arthur is what I have on my Netflix queue lol.
Courage the Cowardly Dog: Courage the Cowardly dog was awesome as it shows the weird things that happened in Courage’s small town. Courgae lived with Muriel a sweet elder woman and her husband Eustis who really didn’t like Courage and tried to get rid of him at every pass. This show was the more paranormal side of the cartoon shows (like Invader Zim!) but it was funny and awesome! I wish I had a dog like Courage around!
Pirates of Dark Water: Pirates of Dark Water followed the Prince Ren and his companions as they combat the oil like substance know as Dark Water. Dark Water swallows up ships and people, the only way to stop it is to purify the water. Ren and friends search for the Treasures of Rule to assist in purifying the water and saving their Planet of Mer. The Monkey Bird thing Nibbler was my favorite, well him and Tula the Sorceress. Of course every action/adventure cartoon needs a villain and that villan was Bloth! He was evil and looking to rule by stealing the Treasures for his own nefarious acts. Many people may not remember this show but I remember it quite vividly, down to the fruits that Niddler ate!
Aah Real Monsters: Aaaah Real Monsters was a great show about little monsters (Ickis, Oblina and Krumm) in training to become full fledged monsters! The trio goes through classes and at night, take their antics out for a test run. The Headmaster Gromble, wants to make sure that all monsters are properly certified in the art of frightening humans. Each episode an assignment is given and the 3 students try and complete their assignments. Each monster has their own special abilities and struggles. It’s another great take on problems that anyone can face… Even Monsters!
Captain Planet: Before School each morning Captain Planet would play. Captain Planet was the show that taught us to recycle and not pollute with the help of the Planet Teers. The Planet teers were teens from different walks of life who were gifted with rings of all of the Earth’s elements: Earth, Fire, Wind Water and Heart! These gifts were bestowed by Gaia who was essentially Mother Earth lol. When the Planet -Teers combined their powers, Captain Planet was summoned! … I still remember the theme song (We’re the Planet-teers, you can be one too, cause saving our planet is the thing to do! Looting and Polluting is not the way, hear what Captain Planet has to say… The Power is Yours!) no judgement please :D.
These are some of the cartoons that I felt should have the spotlight shown on them, however, there are soooo many that we can mention like: Ducktales, TaleSpin, Why Why Family, Looney Tunes, Tiny Toons, Bonkers, Gargoyles, Animaniacs, Tom and Jerry Kids, X-Men, Freakazoid, Sonic, Rocko’s Mordern Life, Beetlejuice, Cow and Chicken, Angry Beavers, Johnny Bravo and Bobby’s World!
Btw most of these shows can still be found on channels like boomerang and some are even on Netflix! So which one’s did I miss? I know there are so many cartoons from our childhood that I may have missed so share your thoughts! Let’s talk Cartoon! Have a great day and thanks for reading!
Hiya Gamers and Friends! Today’s Throwback Tuesday post will feature one of my favorite gaming franchises; Fable! Fable is a Role Playing game series exclusive to Xbox that allows players to choose their own actions and missions as the game progresses. This game was pretty revolutionary as it allowed for a player to make decisions that would adjust the characters look, Notoriety with the townspeople and personality traits. Let’s get into some of my favorite moments and features of the Fable franchise.
Fable- The first release of Fable was in 2004 on the original Xbox. This story centered on a young hero (whom you could name) who grows up and attempts to save your sister in the fictional land of Albion. In this original version of Fable I loved that you were able to perform actions such as pick pocketing or stealing that was only noticed if you are caught by a store owner. Funny story, I was introduced to Fable by my brother who never got around to playing. I lovedddd this game and played it all of the time on his Xbox (until I bought my own J ). This was my first experience with a game in where the player’s choices influenced the look of the character. The better choices you made the nicer and more “Angelic” your character looked. The not so great choices you made had your character inheriting scars, a rough demeanor and eventually horns (I never went that far lol) . The game also allowed the character to mix combat skills, weapon skills and the integration of magic into your battle style. I loved fighting bandits with my sword and then quickly turning to shock an attacker with the lightning ability.
Fable 2 – Fable 2 is my personal favorite of all of the Fable Series Games and was released on the Xbox 360 Console in October of 2008. Fable 2 starts off similar to the original allowing you to create a hero and journey throughout the land of Albion. The character development of this game surpassed that of the original Fable. What impressed me about Fable 2 the most was that you were now able to create a male or female hero. This story takes place about 500 years after the events of the 1st game. This title takes the great elements of its predecessor and creates an even more interactive experience for the players. You are able to acquire gold by getting jobs in town such as being a blacksmith or making pies. You are also able to now trade items and play co-op missions with your friends via Xbox Live in Fable 2. I remember my friends and I meeting in the courtyard of “Old Albion” and trading money to each other. You are able to explore the themes of Marriage, Home Owner Ship and the life of a merchant. The combat skills were updated in this game as well, allowing you to obtain different magical abilities from the ones introduced in Fable.
Fable III- Fable 3 is the last title I will feature in today’s post as it was the last Fable title that I have played. Fable III starts 50 years after the events of Fable II and in this game the hero will become royalty. You are tasked with taking down the horrible King (Your Older Brother) that subject his people to very severe punishments. Fable III was released in October 2010. One thing that I loved about Fable III was that you were able to combine magic spells with your Spell Gauntlets. This means that you can mix the ice spell with fire to create a whole new element. What made this game different than the other 2 was that you realize the decisions made as a ruler will have a negative effect either immediately with having to execute a prisoner or over time when a dark evil approaches. Your choices are to spare 1 life or potentially save hundreds. Basically you are choosing the best option which may not be a great choice at all. This game really makes the gamer make decisions that are not necessarily good versus evil; your decisions are which is a lesser evil. I think because this game puts you in a predicament where you hate either choice, I wasn’t able to finish the game. Eventually I will go back and complete it but even now thinking about some of the things I did makes me cringe.
I haven’t played the newest version of Fable, however, I have purchased Fable II again to play through. I really enjoyed this series and I definitely recommend it to any gamer who enjoys the action RPG type games (it tells a great story and forces you to make decisions). I definitely recommend this game to gamers who enjoy the Sims as well. Although the customization features are not as vast as in the Sims, you are able to dye and buy additional clothing, start a family or business, oh and terrorize the villagers in Albion! Thank you for reading this week’s throwback Tuesday post! Have you played any of the Fable games? What’s your favorite RPG? Let’s talk gaming!
Hiya Gamers and Friends! Today’s Throwback Thursday post will highlight one of my favorite gaming systems of all times, the Nintendo 64. The Nintendo 64 or N64 for short was released back in 1996 for both the Japanese and North American markets. N64 was the 3rd system released by Nintendo and brought with it some of the more revolutionary games, titles and advancements for it’s time. Let’s jump into some facts about our N64.
The Name: Not many people know why the console was called the Nintendo 64. Obviously the “Nintendo” part was branding the company but why the 64? Easy, the 64 referred to the (then) amazing 64 bit processing system that the console consisted of. It was light years above the Sega and Super Nintendo consoles and the graphics were amazing for that time frame.
The Composition: Another awesome feature of the N64 was the way it was built along with its capabilities. The N64 in my knowledge was the first system I had that allowed more than 2 people to play at one time! We had 4 regular plug in slots!!!! It made waiting for your turn to play on relevantly non existence. Also the controller was a spectacle in itself. This controller was the first of it’s kind consisting of 3 handles and a joystick! I still remember trying to hold the controller for the first time and the trigger on the back is still one of my favorite features for ANY console.
The Games: The Nintendo 64 produced some of the more iconic games that still reign high up on a gamers list of favorites. Some of these iconic games were Mario Kart 64, Goldeneye 007, Banjo-Kazooie, Super Mario 64, Perfect Dark , Wave Race, Pokemon Stadium, Mario Party, Diddy Kong Racing(see Throwback Tuesday post here! )and Super Smash Bros. If you haven’t played some or any pf the games listed here then you are missing out!
Super Mario 64– Super Mario 64 to some may seem like just another Mario game, however, this game really pushed the boundaries of the gaming world. It was the first time that the gamer was able to explore different camera angles, movements and actions as compared to the Side Scrolling predecessors. Compare the difference below.
As you can see Mario used his Mushroom to upgrade to a revolutionary character in the Nintendo 64. Along with Super Mario was the introduction of one of the best racing game Mario Kart 64! Mario Kart 64 allowed you to race with your favorite Mario characters through customized maps like Donkey Kong Jungle and Yoshi’s Island! You were able to do a traditional race or a battle where your goal was to eliminate the other players. What made this game amazing was that you would use items from a traditional Mario game like Shells and Stars in order to slow down or get away from your opponents. Not only did you want to be a skilled racer (Yoshi with the smooth moves 🙂 ) but you also had to play strategically to not get hit or stop your opponents.
Since Mario 64 and Mario Kart were massive hits, why not continue this trend of Mario games by unleashing my all time favorite Nintendo game; Mario Party! Mario Party was a multiplayer digital board game that allowed gamers to play as their favorite Mario characters in mini games to earn coins and stars. You win the game by satisfying the win requirement or having the most Stars at the end of the game. Of course there were twists in the game like “Taking it to Boo!” I was a fair player until someone did me dirty, then I would take it to Boo and steal either coins or Stars from the person who double crossed me. Mario Party is still one of my favorite games from Nintendo and I hope the new Nintendo Switch keeps the franchise alive!
Wave Race- Wave Race was an awesome Jet skiing racing game in which you could either race or play the Trick mode. I played trick mode the most because I loved learning new tricks like he “Barrel Roll” and using them in a traditional race to show off! Wave Race was really fun traversing the different maps and trying to earn the most medals. Dolphin Park was my favorite map!
Goldeneye 007- I couldn’t end the post without mentioning the Godfather of all FPS games, Goldeneye 007. This game was so amazing from the use of the weapons to playing the missions to playing with your friends and family! I believe this game gave First Person Shooters their life. I can still remember having tons of fun making up rules like you can’t use odd job or the female scientist because they were HACKS! Odd job was too short to aim at and the female scientist may as well have been the Flash with her speed. We also took out the Golden Gun because 1 shot kills with that thing were crazy, but occasionally we would play on License to Kill mode! Sometimes my brother and I would make challenges with our friends like rockets only (That was hilarious!). The DD214 was my favorite pistol and I had to find the AK-47 to mow down my enemies. Goldeneye, thank you! From a lover of FPS games thank you, you are where my love for a good FPS began.
There are plenty of notable games not mentioned like Snowboard Kids, Pokemon Stadium and the Wrestling games, however, I can’t mention all of them here. What did you like about the N64? What were some of your favorite games? Let’s talk N64!