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Mario Kart 8's take on Mute City recreated in F-Zero X

But can we go deeper?
Nov 19
// Jordan Devore
Mute City is my favorite DLC track in Mario Kart 8. Like, it's not even close. Nintendo doesn't seem all that interested in making a new F-Zero, but at least we have dedicated fans out there keeping the series alive. Take th...

Donkey Kong 64 made me the gamer that I am today

Oct 17 // Brett Makedonski
Donkey Kong 64 certainly wasn't the first game I ever played that put some sort of emphasis on collecting. That honor may be bestowed to either Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, or Link's Awakening. Hell, even Pokemon Blue, which is a year older in the US than DK 64, could have instilled that mindset. Yet, it was the way that the titular 64-bit monkey was introduced to my life that made him particularly formative. It was holiday season in 1999. I had wanted a Nintendo 64 for years. Many of my friends had the console, and we'd play it any chance we had at each of their houses. But, I wanted one for myself. I wanted to be able to play the likes of GoldenEye, Ocarina of Time, and Tony Hawk on my own time. I thought my odds were high since Nintendo recently bundled Donkey Kong 64 with the console at a pretty reasonable price. I was right. That Christmas morning, I opened a relatively large present, and staring back at me was Donkey Kong and his crew next to a translucent green Nintendo 64. I was beside myself. I wasn't quite Nintendo 64 Kid levels of excited, but I was definitely a happy camper. After all the less important gifts had been unwrapped, I made my way to the living room television and started setting up. That wasn't much of a chore; things were easy enough even back then. After snapping in the included expansion pack (Donkey Kong 64 was one of three Nintendo 64 games that required 4 MB additional RAM; the other two were Perfect Dark and Majora's Mask), it was time to begin the game that I think had decades-long ramifications on my life. You know that special place you have in your heart for the first game on a new system of yours? You know the way that you just hold it in higher regard? You know the way that you play the absolute hell out of it? That was me with Donkey Kong 64. Maybe I had rose-tinted glasses on at the time, but I was determined to not put that game down until I beat it inside and out. And that's exactly what I did. However, besting Donkey Kong 64 can be a tedious process. To truly conquer it, there's a lot that needs to be done. There are 201 golden bananas to obtain, along with other collectibles like regular bananas, banana fairies, banana coins, banana medals -- they really kind of beat you over the head with that whole banana theme. Making the process even more arduous, every level had to be completed with each of the five characters, effectively quintupling the length of the game. To this day, I don't think any of this would have had much initial appeal to me if it weren't for one thing -- that damn percentage completion counter. I loved watching it inch closer to 100 percent with every optional objective ticked off. It wasn't an immediate fascination with collectibles that drew me in; it was a completionist mentality that suddenly depended on this playstyle. So, I played. And I played, and I played, and I played. Before long, I looked forward to the puzzle or skill that'd be required to grab a collectible. Sometimes they'd be races, other times platforming sections. There was a lot of variation in how the collectibles were strewn throughout the world, but the underlying similarity was that they were presented in bite-sized tasks that I could always wrap my head around. Eventually, the pieces started coming together to paint the broad strokes of a complete picture. Individual successes strung together to become mini victories that I reveled in -- like completing a level with one character, knowing that was done forever. Finishing areas with all five felt monumental. Every time I'd boot up the game, I was met with the DK Rap and a slightly higher completion percentage. It kept me pushing on. [embed]282680:55999:0[/embed] The thing about collectibles is that they're never really remarkable in a grandiose way. There's never a seminal moment that you can point to and say "now THAT was really cool." It's a slow burn, a series of short, rather dull instances that add up to a greater sense of accomplishment. I don't know why, but that grind fuels me. It should go without saying by now, but yes, I did 101 percent Donkey Kong 64. But, that's not really the sticking point. It laid the groundwork for future experiences like collecting all the flags in Assassin's Creed and nabbing all the orbs in Crackdown 2. Those are two extreme examples -- many more reasonable titles litter the path throughout the years -- but nonetheless, examples that I enjoyed through and through. Perhaps Donkey Kong 64 had too many collectibles for some people. For me, it was the perfect amount.
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I'd have it no other way
Before each episode of Hardline, Destructoid's videogame news podcast, the cast always takes a few minutes to chat while our producer sets the show up. This week, Jordan mentioned that he'd been thinking about Donkey Kong 64&...


Watch James Bond suck at GoldenEye 64

Slappers only
Aug 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
GoldenEye 64 will easily go down forever as one of the best first-person shooters of all time. The movie the game was based on was quite good too! Now what happens when Pierce Brosnan, star of GoldenEye, gets into a multipla...
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Super Mario 64

Check out the first stage of Super Mario 64 recreated with LEGOs

I can't even build a rocket ship with the things
Aug 15
// Brittany Vincent
Here's the first level of Super Mario 64, Bob-omb Battlefield, recreated in all its glory with LEGO blocks. Brought to us by the ridiculously talented Pepa Quin, it's an impressive testament to what you can create with the li...
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Even Zelda: Ocarina of Time is better with Waluigi

Waluigi should star in every game
Aug 11
// Jordan Devore
Thanks to a ROM hack by Russmarrs2, Waluigi is playable in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, just as we always wanted. Our collective hopes, dreams, and prayers have been answered. In the wrong hands, such an endeavor co...
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Ocarina of Time

Yes, there's a new Ocarina of Time world record, and yes, it's damn impressive

Greatness takes 18 minutes 10 seconds
Jul 22
// Brett Makedonski
Ocarina of Time is a timeless classic that many have tried their hand at being the world's best at over the years. As of this past weekend, one player cemented his hold on the any percent completion category, and he goe...
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Pick up replacement game manuals at Nintendo's online store

Or you could hit up ReplacementDocs, I reckon
May 16
// Brittany Vincent
If you've got a ton of Nintendo games just laying around without manuals and there are no gamer yard sales around to pillage, Nintendo has just the answer. The online store is selling a bevy of replacement manuals for games l...

Super Mario 64 speedrun record beat at 1 hour and 43 minutes

Apr 23
// Dale North
"Why did I do this on a Tuesday? I just woke up and decided I would do this." That's what Siglemic said right before he beat the Super Mario 64 speedrun record, claiming all 120 stars and finishing the game in just one hour ...
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Zelda: Ocarina of Time beaten in record-setting 18:40

And there's room for improvement
Apr 22
// Jordan Devore
"I think I talked about Super Smash Bros. Melee for like the first twelve minutes of this [world-record any% run of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time]. That's kind of funny." On Saturday, speedrunner Cosmo set the impress...
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GoldenEye 007

What's the Klobb got to do, got to do with GoldenEye 007's design secrets?

Who needs a Klobb when it's just so broken?
Apr 03
// Brittany Vincent
If you ever spent a night or two demolishing friends in GoldenEye 007's illustrious multiplayer, you're probably intimately familiar with the Klobb, arguably one of the weakest weapons in the game. You surely know of the gun,...
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N64 facts

Relive the N64 days with Did You Know Gaming

Get N or get out
Mar 10
// Jordan Devore
This episode of Did You Know Gaming covering various facts about the Nintendo 64 sure brings me back. Those terrible, amazing commercials are too much. From the failed Nintendo 64DD peripheral and its magneto-optical discs t...
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Someone is making an internal board to convert N64 to HD

You'll need a soldering iron though
Feb 28
// Chris Carter
The Nintendo 64 is one of my favorite consoles in history. Because of the unique nature of the console, the vast majority of its releases were exclusive, as opposed to the massive multiplatform parity we have today. As a resu...
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Majora's Mask

New Majora's Mask glitch lets you freely warp to statues

History in the making
Jan 17
// Jordan Devore
A glitch in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask allowing Link to warp to owl statues he hasn't activated has been discovered. In this video, Indextic, who took part in uncovering the glitch, walks through the process. It's fa...
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JonTron died and on the third day rose again

He also plays some Hercules games
Sep 25
// Tony Ponce
In the climactic war between Grump and Not So Grump, the mighty Jafari fell to the cunning Raptor. Tears were shed for the fallen, seemingly lost to the ether for eternity. Lo, Jafari was merely bidding his time, that he may...
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Super Piano Brothers

Super Piano Brothers mash up Zelda and Final Fantasy

"To Zanarkudo Valley" melds Ocarina of Time with FFX
Aug 24
// Tony Ponce
["Tidus vs. Link" by lordrogersmith6485] The Asian sensation, the Super Piano Brothers, have been delivering stirring piano renditions and medleys of our favorite classic game tunes for around half a year now. Their latest ta...
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Sonic is too fast for Ocarina of Time

Jul 30
// Tony Ponce
Vinesauce is at it again! On our previous trip through Ocarina of Time, Hyrule was transformed into a glitch-ridden nightmare hole. This time, Vinny used a special mod to play the game as the supersonic hedgehog Sonic. Or "S...
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Spacious Anxious

Spacious Anxious sounds like Metroid boss music

Concept album by sleepytimejesse samples SNES, N64, and GC games
Jul 29
// Tony Ponce
Musician sleepytimejesse has graced the Dtoid front page before. Last year, he directed I Miss You - EarthBound 2012, in which various artists used the sound library from EarthBound to produce an entirely new score. He later ...
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Man puts son's face on goombas in Super Mario 64

Thanks for the nightmares, dad
Jul 13
// Darren Nakamura
I don't have any kids of my own, so I can't claim to know what they would or would not like. That said, I wouldn't imagine that being relegated to existence as an army of heads with stubby feet only to be squished by a plump ...
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Zelda rings

Wear Ocarina of Time's famous songs on your hand!

Those are some nice rings!
Jul 06
// Jason Cabral
Do you ever feel like you never really get your love of the Zelda series across through your clothes, wallets, watches, mints, hats, action figures, replica weapons, posters, tattoos, or limited-edition game cartridges and sy...
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Creepy Zelda

Glitches make Ocarina of Time even more unsettling

'Why are his eyes mouths?'
Jun 05
// Jordan Devore
I'm relatively new to this whole Vinesauce thing, but I like what I've seen so far. And by "like," I mean "I'm horrified. Someone hold me!" This latest corruption video takes an already creepy game, The Legend of Zelda: Ocar...
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Banjo-Kazooie Symphony

Guh-huh! Banjo-Kazooie Symphony is up for download

Happy 15th birthday, Banjo and Kazooie!
May 31
// Tony Ponce
Ready to celebrate 15 years of the Bear and Bird? Blake Robinson's Banjo-Kazooie Symphony is ready for your Jiggies! We previewed select tracks from the album a few weeks back, and now the 30-song, 72-minute release is avail...
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Conker's Bad Fur Day

Conker's Bad Fur Day director's commentary is glorious

May 28
// Tony Ponce
I said DAMN! Nintendo 64-era Rare is on a roll lately! I may be tempted to go buy an N64 off eBay right now and have a week-long Rare session. Three big shots from Conker's Bad Fur Day's dev staff have decided to knock back ...
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Only possible with next-gen technology

These are truly the days of future past
May 26
// Tony Ponce
Remember back during the PlayStation 3 E3 presentation when Sony touted "real-time weapon change" as a next-generation feature? Consider that bar officially raised. "Next Gen Technology" [YouTube via reddit]
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Banjo-Kazooie Symphony

Preview the upcoming Banjo-Kazooie Symphony

Blake Robinson's new orchestral tribute releases on May 31
May 16
// Tony Ponce
Abridged soundtracks to Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie were recently released online for free, and Banjo composer Grant Kirkhope has been popping his head seemingly everywhere. Is it just me, or is the classic Rare platforming...
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Oh my word

Elmo takes a trip to Silent Hill

The hell that lies underneath Elmo's Letter Adventure
May 10
// Allistair Pinsof
What was the last game that scared you? Would you believe me if I told you Elmo's Letter Adventure was mine? The above video, captured and narrated by the hilarious guys at Vinesauce, shows off some eerie glitches discovered...
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ClayFighter N64 instruction manual going for over $1000

I wish I kept all my manuals as a kid
May 10
// Chris Carter
You know what game series no one ever talks about? ClayFighter. I remember years ago competing in a Blockbuster challenge for it (Blob for life!), and how much of a big deal the Nintendo 64 game was, but alas, it's kind of a ...

That time Pikachu got beat up in Conker's Bad Fur Day

Another uncut scene revealed
May 09
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Some lucky folks got a hold of an early uncut version of Conker's Bad Fur Day. The final version of the game removed a bunch of stuff, such as a squirrel getting operated by two Tediz while still conscious.  So what els...

Uncut beta version of Conker's Bad Fur Day found

Those damn dirty Tediz
May 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
A forum poster by the name of Borman over on the Assembler Games forums has in his possession both a PAL and NTSC beta copy of Perfect Dark, and a build as well as a demo version of Conker's Bad Fur Day. Most notable here is...
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Nintendo 64

You'll never look at a N64 controller the same way again

Oh yeah
May 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
[Update: Now with the original video! Thanks, Kotaku!] The Internet does things to things that makes you think weird things about your favorite things. (Via Gugogif's Tumblr)
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Perfect Dark

Perfect Dark soundtrack now available on Bandcamp

Laptop gun was the best
Apr 30
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Composer Grant Kirkhope continues to share his amazing songs from the golden era of Rare. This time it's the Perfect Dark soundtrack, which you can download at whatever price you want, or stream for free on Grant's Bandcamp ...

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