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.
Now this is weeeeird. I’d already planned on posting today’s track sometime during our little calendar here but ANC (wisely) suggested I save it for the solstice which was just too great a call to pass up. And strangely enough when peeking into the mailbox this afternoon, I was greeted with a package from Nintendo. My platinum Club Nintendo membership arrived and as it shakes out, is the soundtrack to the very game featured below!
Click Here to Open Door #22!
We’re still five days away from Christmas but I’m going for it. This track is the second to make our calendar from Diddy Kong Racing and also just happens to be my favorite Christmasy video game music of all time. If you haven’t guessed which theme it is by now, well then what are you waiting for?
Please excuse the brevity of this post. I went to see the new Hobbit movie with some friends tonight and am slightly disoriented by the strength of the nerd B.O. and heavy breathing I endured in the theater for all of those five hours. Would it have killed that staff to crank up the AC in the place for like a minute? Anyway, today’s selection is a great track and again, an N64 joint. Dig in.
There’s a pretty good chance that Beetle Adventure Racing is my favorite of the genre on the N64 and its certainly in my top ten for the system overall. I just love how out of left field it came at the time, especially with a title like that: Beetle. Adventure. Racing. How could it possibly be anything other than some bullshit rush job well on its way to the bargain bin? Yet BAR defied all expectations and can best be described as the Banjo-Kazooie of 64-bit racers. With massive stages that feature laps that go on for minutes and dozens upon dozens of short cuts and secret paths, this game is one of the crown jewels of my collection. The graphics were incredible and still hold up quite nicely and I’m really, really sad that it never made its rumored appearance for the Wii’s Virtual Console (I’d give just about anything to play it with improved resolution and a GC pad). In any case, today’s theme comes from this under the radar gem:
I could sit here and type out all kinds of complaints that I’ve always had with Mario Kart 64 but in the spirit of the season, I’ll just have to keep my trap shut now won’t I. This is the most wonderful time of year and we will focus on happy things and by God, we will like it. Take this cheerful theme from the 64 bit installment of Mario’s series of silly racing games for instance. If you can make it through a listen without so much as a single head bob, have a fantastic holiday you lousy cold-hearted bastard.
Click Here to Open Door #9!
Heyo, I’m taking over today on this Christmas business for the first time. In a startling move, today’s selection does NOT come from a snowy, icy level. In fact, having just played this game recently, I don’t recall there being an ice level of any sort, though there was ice present in some fashion. Anyway enough babbling, open the door and listen to what we’ve got!
Click here to open Door #6! (I am not a number! I am a free man!)