Donkey Kong 64 came out in the fall of 1999 and was bundled with the new Nintendo 64 Expansion Pak, which was required in order for the game to run. At the time I balked at using money I had earned, by the hard labor of being born on a day and having grandparents, to pay the premium (at the time) price of $59.99 the bundle commanded. Somehow this same logic didn’t apply to the similar accessory-game bundle of Pokémon Stadium, but long story short I did not end up getting an Expansion Pak, or any of the three games that required it, back when the N64 was current. Recently, that changed.
Banjo. It always had to be Banjo. Because when I think of video games and Christmas, I think of the Nintendo 64. And when I think of the Nintendo 64, by God I think of Banjo-Kazooie.
This past week marked a couple of arbitrary Nintendo anniversaries that seem neat because human beings have ten fingers. Super Mario Bros.: The Movie, the first in a trend of big-screen adaptations of video games, head-bashed its way into theaters and subsequently into our hearts on May 28th, 1993. The movie wove a tale of dinosaurs evolving in a secret alternate dimension, incidentally arriving two weeks before Jurassic Park. Guess which one was sold out on the Saturday in June that my dad took me to the theater. Guess who still had a good time.
Guess which movie doesn’t have a Blu-ray release 🙁