This morning I was driving into work and I began thinking about 1080 Snowboarding on the Nintendo 64. This was one of my favorite games on that console, because similar to the Tony Hawk games, this was a game that I spent a lot of time playing with my little brother. We’d swap the controller back and forth trying to outdo each other’s score or trying to finish up a certain level, ya know, typical video game stuff of the 1990’s.
I think this memory came back to me because of the announcement of the remastered Tony Hawk games I discussed yesterday. All these feelings of nostalgia went into overdrive and I began thinking about buying a Nintendo 64, something that has been on my mind for months. It’s really disappointing, because if the game was available to purchase on the Switch, I’d buy it in a second.
When it comes to video games, sometimes its best not to go back to them. You boot up a game, expecting to bask in that experience you remembered so fondly but rarely does the game live up to your memory. Most of the time it’s best to leave them in the past, instead of sullying your memory with bad graphics and controls. But the last time I played 1080 Snowboarding on the Wii, I felt like the game held up quite well. Names like Ricky Winterborn boomed across my speakers and the memories of sliding across the ice dominated my thoughts. I remembered that silly animation that happened after you won and how cold everything in the game felt. The designers did a great job of making you feel like you were at a ski resort and the course designs were brilliant with lots of short cuts and jumps to hit.
I honestly don’t know if I’ll buy another Nintendo 64. There are definitely some games I’d like to revisit, but I’m considering taking a look at emulation to scratch that itch. I’ve found some pretty impressive Nintendo 64 style USB controllers online and that might make things a little easier to play.