Long before Blu-ray players, streaming services, and Wiimotes, there was plenty of reason for kids to get excited when Santa brought them a Nintendo 64.
The N64 was an amazing system in its day—the first Nintendo console that could crunch some serious polygons and provide kids with fully three-dimensional worlds like Mario 64. The Bond game GoldenEye 007 proved that first-person shooters could work on game consoles and could kick some serious butt.
With the holidays upon us once again, and millions of kids looking forward to a snazzy new Xbox One or PlayStation 4 under the tree, let’s look back at a time when kids went mental over an N64 on Christmas Day, courtesy of this video that animates their excited shouts and whoops.
The N64 was a fifth-generation console, making it a contemporary of the PlayStation 1, the system that radically changed what consoles were capable of with games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill. No slouch in its own right, the N64 had 4 megabytes of RAM and a CPU that ran at around 94 MHz.
For comparison’s sake, the PlayStation 4 has 8 gigabytes of DDR5 RAM and two quad-core CPU modules that run at around 1.6 GHz. Modern console gamers may have no idea just how good they have it.
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