Hey guys! I know it’s late, at least it is here in Ottawa, but I still wanted to get the second part of my Nintendo 64 Memories series out before I went to bed. Before I get to my memories of playing games like GoldenEye 007, 007 The World is Not Enough, and Perfect Dark with my friend Garrett I wanted to talk about what it was like to open an N64 of my own (it was actually shared between my siblings and I) on Christmas Morning 1999 and the game that we got with the console. So let’s go back to December 25th, 1999 and I’ll tell you about that day.
Okay, so you have to understand that my family isn’t rich and so we didn’t have a lot of money to spend on things like really expensive video game consoles and games. Especially not back then. So the chances of us actually getting a Nintendo 64 during it’s lifespan was next to none. So much so that me, my brother and my sister weren’t expecting to get one. In fact I was pretty happy just playing it with Cam and the other kids up at the cottage in the summertime. However, we have grandparents who spoiled us rotten when we were growing up and still do to this day. My dad’s mom had bought a Nintendo 64 and one game for us all to share. See, my grandmother is very observant and so if we say there’s something in particular that we would like for a birthday or Christmas, she does her very best to get that item for us. Which is how I was able to get the massive coffee table book Power Rangers: The Ultimate Visual History for Christmas last year. It’s also how my brother, sister, and I were fortunate enough to get a Nintendo 64 and one game for Christmas twenty years ago.
That game was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I talked a little bit about this game when I did my review of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch and talked about my history with the Zelda franchise a year and a half ago. But it bears repeating, because this is the very first Zelda game that my siblings and I ever owned though I do remember playing at least one of the games that were on the original NES (I think it was the original game, The Legend of Zelda, not Zelda II: The Adventure of Link) and maybe A Link to the Past on the Super Nintendo one of the times I was in the hospital, but we didn’t own the first three Zelda games, and I don’t remember renting them, though my sister tells me we did (this was almost thirty years ago guys, I don’t remember every video game we rented back then).
Now while most of you got Super Mario 64 as the in package game that came with the Nintendo 64, we did not. Because we got our Nintendo 64 so late in it’s run, Super Mario 64 was not included with the console. I don’t remember this off the top of my head, because it’s been almost twenty years, but either our console didn’t come with a game and my grandmother bought Ocarina of Time separately, or the game was the included game with the console. Either way we got the console and the game at the same time.
What’s funny is that it took us a few weeks to get through the first dungeon, “Inside the Deku Tree”. My brother and sister mostly played the game and I watched, so I didn’t get through the first dungeon at all. However I remember going back to school in January of 2000 (Y2K didn’t happen, so I had to go back to school), I was in grade 7, at a brand new school, and I remember talking to one of the guys in my class (none of the girls in my class played video games), Alex, about how difficult we were finding it, and he told me how to do it. My brother and sister had either figured it out on their own, or had asked people they knew how to do it, because they did it and beat the first boss.
That’s how you did it back then guys. My family wasn’t hooked up to the internet yet, and the strategy guide from Nintendo Power was either expensive enough that our parents didn’t want to buy it for us, or it was really hard to find by that point, considering the strategy guide had come out in 1998 and Canada usually lagged behind when it came to publications such as this. So we had to figure games out on our own or ask people who had played the game already because we didn’t have access to online forums or strategy guides, or online walkthroughs or anything like that.
And like I said I didn’t play the game that much, because it was a single player game and I just wasn’t that good at it, so I let my two siblings play it more and I watched them. Our video game consoles were in the basement of our old house out in Greely, so we’d sit down there and my brother or my sister would play Ocarina of Time and I would watch them play. This was before I had friends coming over frequently so I spent a lot of my at home time either by myself or with my siblings back then. I had a couple of friends at school, but none of them came over, and I’m actually not friends with any of them anymore. I drifted away from them during high school. Which happens in life sometimes.
Anyways guys that’s it for me for tonight. I just wanted to come on here and talk about the day my siblings and I got our Nintendo 64, the game we got with it and how much fun we had with it because it leads into my memories of playing the N64 with Garrett when I was in grade 8, going into high school, and going up to grade 11. My Garrett stories will be told next week. In the meantime I’ll be back on Friday with my review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze on DVD. So until next time have a great night and I will catch you all later. Bye for now!