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20 years ago today - PAL N64 Launch

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Hello Everyone,

First we want to thank everyone for your support and for the great feedback. It seems for the most part everyone is enjoying their controllers!

We did want to address some of the comments for those that mentioned the issue of the "L" shoulder button & analog stick bumping each other when you push the stick into the upper left position while holding down the "L" button. Unfortunately, we did not catch this before production and this may be noticeable in some games where you are holding down the "L" shoulder button and pushing the upper left position on the analog stick.

Again this is our fault for not catching this and we have nobody to blame but ourselves for missing this, however we do want to let you know that we are working on fixing it and making it right for those that wish to have it fixed. We are seeing if it is a replacement piece we can send to those for a quick fix or any other modifications need to be done. Please be assured we are here for you guys and just want everyone 100% satisfied and happy!

Future iterations (Colors) will NOT have this issue, but we still wanted to take care of those with the initial gray versions. Once we get a confirmed fix solution we will let everyone know.

Thank you for your support!

 

so, I have to register my interest in the replacement parts or something?

 

I'm just checking the tracking on my 2 pads...

 

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Current Status:  Enroute To Regional Processing Facility

Shipment History :   

  

Event DateEvent TimeEvent DetailEvent City

3/7/20184:20 AMEnroute To Regional Processing FacilityGlobegistics, US

3/7/201812:20 AMCustomer Data ReceivedGlobegistics, US

 

 

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Still have my ice-blue N64.

 

I was all fired up to buy one on the UK launch... but my brother bought one before me (at launch) and I managed to get to play Mario. I delayed buying one then the £100 price drop came. Decided to wait for Zelda OOT and finally picked one up in I think Feb 2000 with a new Zelda OOT for £70 - which was something like a bargain!

 

Still have a few games I picked up over the years for it.... But really it was bought for Mario and Zelda. Think I missed the boat with GoldenEye somewhat as it didn't really impress when I finally got to play on it. Although a mate did have it with 4 pads and it was fun in multiplayer which I guess is the whole GoldenEye thing. F-Zero X was very impressive though.

 

 

 

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It's amazing how well Wave Rave 64 holds up today in the graphics department (well, the water at least).  It also still plays like a dream.  I don't think there will ever be a racing game that ages better, although fans of Super Mario Kart will perhaps disagree.

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On 3/15/2018 at 00:29, I say said:

It's amazing how well Wave Rave 64 holds up today in the graphics department (well, the water at least).  It also still plays like a dream.  I don't think there will ever be a racing game that ages better, although fans of Super Mario Kart will perhaps disagree.

 

F-Zero X perhaps?

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Good shout, but I wouldn't say it utterly outclassed its sequel in the way that Wave Race 64 outclassed Blue Storm.

 

Apparently the VW Beetle racing game on Nintendo 64 is excellent, but I've never played it.

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2 hours ago, I say said:

Good shout, but I wouldn't say it utterly outclassed its sequel in the way that Wave Race 64 outclassed Blue Storm.

 

Apparently the VW Beetle racing game on Nintendo 64 is excellent, but I've never played it.

 

Beetle Adventure Racing is amazing ! The emulator I have is great for nearly every game I've tried except that. N64 carts for £6 on amazon, really worth it.

 

Wouldn't say its aged better than Wave Race 64 because nothing has. 

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The thing with the L button and the analogue stick, on an original pad you'd never use that button and the stick together?

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Got me back into gaming after a decade long hiatus, stopped playing guitar the day hungover I went and bought this console on tbe basis it had a Star Wars game (Shadows of the Empire), came bundled with F1 and a movie tie in, I played the first two all weekend until late Sunday evening when I finally popped the film tie in cart in the slot. “Twycross Board of Film Classification.”

 

life changing moment.

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On 30/03/2018 at 15:54, linkster said:

Got me back into gaming after a decade long hiatus, stopped playing guitar the day hungover I went and bought this console on tbe basis it had a Star Wars game (Shadows of the Empire), came bundled with F1 and a movie tie in, I played the first two all weekend until late Sunday evening when I finally popped the film tie in cart in the slot. “Twycross Board of Film Classification.”

 

life changing moment.

This pretty much what happened to me. I stopped playing games from about 12 to 16 years old, addicted to skateboarding and the guitar instead. Then I played Goldeneye at a mates house and couldnt get over how amazing it was. I nievely thought all games from then on would be of that calibre. I was wrong :(. Though I had wave race, 1080, excite bike and perfect dark that made up up for it. (Turok 2 was the most over hyped piece of crap I ve ever played, I was hoping for another Goldeneye). 

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N64 launch was when I became most keenly aware of the difference between NTSC and PAL gaming.

 

Had heard about the whole thing through magazines at the time, but a spoiled rich mate of mine got an imported US machine on launch, and was running it through a SCART cable. Played through most of Mario 64 with him, and it was mindbendingly brilliant.

 

When the N64s started turning up in Virgin Megastore, running PAL code and running through what looked like RF cables, I was amazed that the best thing I'd ever seen, in Mario 64, suddenly looked like arse.

 

When I scoffed at what was on show the other people crowded around looked at me like an absolute crazy person, moreso when I attempted to explain why. 

 

Was then a bit bummed that the only chance I'd have of enjoying the game myself would be via this squashed/fuzzy filter.

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well, they're in my "game hungry mittens (tm)"

 

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and yes the LB/D-UL issue is noticable, but on the whole it feels good in the hand.

 

Now all I need to do is dig out one of my '64s from the garage...

 

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