The Wonderful Nintendo 64
I am pleased to say I have finally finished Harvest Moon SNES! My goal is to play all (well, almost all) of the Harvest Moon games in order, so I’ve already started Harvest Moon N64. It made me realize how long it’s been since I played a game with a controller that wasn’t wireless! I played the SNES game on the Wii Virtual Console, but as Nintendo doesn’t plan to release the N64 game on the Virtual Console anytime soon (they said there’s some problem with porting it, I don’t know the specifics), my only option to play the game is on our old N64.
First off, let me say that I adore the N64 – it’s my favorite console. Period. The N64 we currently have is actually the third one my family has owned. We received our first (a lovely aqua blue model) for Christmas of 2000; when that console gave out from too much playing it was replaced (around 2004, I think) with a black model we picked up at a garage sale. That one didn’t last very long. Finally I bought the model we have currently (also aqua blue in reminiscent of our first) off eBay as a family Christmas gift in 2008. However, it’s old, been used and knocked around too much, and has a tendency to be cranky so saving your game often is very necessary, lol.
I’ve realized how spoiled playing my Wii has made me – I’m used to settling back on the couch with the wireless nunchuk, and as long as the cat doesn’t stand in front of the sensor, I’ve got no problem. The N64’s remote has a…5 foot, I think, long cord. Our couch is about 7 feet away from the TV stand and the place where I plug the N64 in. So I either have to sit on the edge of the couch (leaning forwards) or on the floor. We have tile floor btw. Funny how I used to play N64 and PS1 for hours upon hours and never noticed that the corded remote was bothersome.
But short cords aside, my biggest problem at the moment is our worn out controllers (generic no less – we used to have official Nintendo controllers but they’ve been lost over the years), which don’t have the sensitivity anymore to make playing Harvest Moon easy – watering and hoeing are very difficult as I can’t line up my character properly. So, I’m out to buy a new controller! Which isn’t as easy as you would think. It’s very easy to pick up a new generic N64 controller but I don’t WANT a generic controller – I don’t think they last very long and aren’t that durable. Sure maybe it’s okay for playing Mario Party or Kirby’s Crystal Shards where you don’t need much more than the A and B buttons, but I’m settling in to play Harvest Moon until finished – it will take several weeks and I don’t want to waste in-game day time trying to water one square of soil. So the only thing to do is go with the original and hunt down a new Nintendo licensed controller. And these are not easy to find. I think I’ve found one that will work on eBay so I’ll have to wait and see.
While hunting for a controller on eBay, I ran across yet another item to add to my ‘Must Have’ list:
It’s a Pikachu N64!! I’m already in love; I so have to get this. I’ve been thinking of getting a new (as in, brand new factory sealed) N64 eventually, and have decided that when I splurge on that, this is the new console I’ll be getting. I have several other things that come first on my splurge list (namely a serger sewing machine and new dress form) so this will have to wait a while. There appear to be two versions – a version that simply comes with a controller and the console, and a Toys R Us exclusive (pictured above) that comes with lots of cool extras, including a game. I want the Toys R Us one, so I’ll have to see if I can hunt down one still factory sealed. As it’s a collector’s item that’s actually not going to be too hard :)