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  • Pokemon Snap (Nintendo 64)

    The Nintendo 64 oddly featured the greatest first person shooters of its generation. 007 GoldenEye, Perfect Dark, Turok, WinBack, the 1st SouthPark game and yes….. Pokémon Snap!

    Switching your gun to a camera and replacing Grenades with Apples, the core framework for Pokemon Snap still remained very much a first person shooter.

    At the end of each level you present your pictures to Professor Oak and receive points based on your aim.

    I suppose this games brings a whole new meaning to the FPS phrase “HEADSHOT”


    What happens when you combine Pokemon with a first person shooter? You get Pokemon Snap. Only, in this case your gun is replaced with a camera and you throw apples vs. grenades or other weapons. Pokemon Snap was one of the first console based Pokemon games and a spinoff that is not part of them main series which is more RPG/adventure oriented and was originally based on the Game Boy.

    Pokemon Snap had originally been planned for the 64DD Nintendo 64 expansion. This was a rewritable magnetic disk system (kind of like a Zip or Jazz drive) that attached to the bottom of the Nintendo 64 and plugged into the expansion port there. However, the 64DD was a commercial failure in Japan and never released in North America so it was instead released as a regular Nintendo 64 cartridge.

    Pokemon Snap had a mostly positive reception by fans and critics alike but if you are looking for a more in depth game then this is not the Pokemon game for you. Pokemon Snap was released on the Wii’s Virtual Console in 2007 and on the Wii-U’s Virtual Console in 2016. It’s a decent diversion if you are a Pokemon fan (or possibly even if you aren’t) but it isn’t a terribly long or involved game.

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  • Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 64)

    Super Smash Bros (4/26/99)


    Super Smash Bros. is a must have game for the Nintendo 64 and is essentially a fighting game, Nintendo style. It was released in 1999 and it added quite a bit of variety to your typical fighting game while at the same time simplifying things. Here’s the comparisons that matter:

    In your typical modern fighting game you have to learn a bunch of different complex control combinations for each character. In Super Smash Bros., the control scheme is the same for each character.

    In your typical modern fighting game your environment is typically limited to a relatively small arena, stage or whatever and movement is limited. In Super Smash Bros., the levels or stages are more like a screen from a Super Mario Bros. or another platformer with tons of stuff to jump on to and special items to grab.

    In your typical modern fighting game, you are limited to two players fighting at once. In Super Smash Bros., up to four players can beat each other up.

    Finally (though there are probably more), most fighting games have their own set of characters unique to that game. Super Smash Bros. lets you play various Nintendo characters from different games.

    Super Smash Bros. has become one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises with a new iteration being released on every new Nintendo console (though there hasn’t been one for the Switch yet). The original Nintendo 64 Smash Bros. was released for the Wii Virtual Console in 2009.