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I choose...

N64 56 48.28%
 
Wii 60 51.72%
 
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Jumpin said:

For me it's the Wii.

Reasons (in short):
1. The Wii had multiple times more games that I enjoyed than the N64
2. Virtual console on Wii is one of my favourite features ever
3. No droughts on the Wii (for me, I was getting many games per year, while the N64 seemed to be perpetually in drought state
4. The Wii is the first home console since the SNES I was really satisfied with
5. Far better family/friends/multiplayer experience on the Wii

Overall, I was simply happier with gaming during the Wii/DS generation more than any other.


Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the fresh feeling of the early N64 years, and some of the games were incredibly special to me (Banjo Kazooie, Ocarina of Time, Ogre Battle 64, Goldeneye), but the Wii was overflowing with games I loved, and I found them more creative: Rune Factory Frontier, Little King's Story, Animal Crossing, Xenoblade, Forever Blue/Endless Ocean, Just Dance, Wii Sports, Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, Epic Yarn, Mario Kart Wii, Super Paper Mario (I'm one of the 11 people who liked this game way better than the other Paper Marios), Muramasa, Smooth Moves, Monster Hunter 3, Resident Evil 4, Scarface, Godfather, I even really liked Wii Fit.

How could I have forgotten Little King's Story, I loved that game. Another point in the Wii's favour. I hope they bring it or its Vita sequel to Switch


I think TTYD was better, but Super Paper Mario was excellent. I know it's not the turn-based RPG people wanted, but it's writing was impeccable and the gameplay was great, the 3D gimmick was actually really good. Easily my second favourite in the series.



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mZuzek said:
Pemalite said:

Lylat Wars

Is this some kind of RTS game set in the Star Fox universe?

It is StarFox 64. Just named differently in certain territory's for one reason or another.



Pemalite said:
mZuzek said:

Is this some kind of RTS game set in the Star Fox universe?

It is StarFox 64. Just named differently in certain territory's for one reason or another.

Meh, I was hoping you'd carry on the joke. Pretty sure it's named differently in only one region and for one reason only, though.



Boy this is tough. I should compare these systems by hardware and software individually.

N64:

I loved the controllers, I loved that the console allows 4 controllers instantly and I thought the console's design was cool (much cooler than the boring grey brick called PS1). I also liked the design of the cartridges. Back then I didn't care if CDs were the better storage solution. I also didn't bother too much changing the peripherals into the controllers, though it did annoy me a little bit (I mean the Rumble Pak, Controller Pak and Transfer Pak). I loved the Rumble Pak!

Now the software was brilliant! Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Smash Bros (me and my brother loved that one), Zelda OoT, Zelda MM (I'm one of those who like MM more than OoT), Starfox 64 (or Lylat Wars how PAL regions know it), Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Stadium, Excitebike 64, 1080° Snowboarding, Wave Race 64, Turok 1 and especially Turok 2, Extreme G 1+2, Yoshi's Story, F-Zero X,... And not to forget the amazing support that Rare put into the system with Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, Donkey Kong 64, Diddy Kong Racing, Jet Force Gemini (awesome game!), Goldeneye 64, Blast Corps...

Wii:

The console itself was slick, small, stylish. Perfect for me at the time since I was living in a small students' apartment with not too much space. I have so fond memories of chilling on my couch with my Wii, I had such a great time back then. The remote control design was a genious idea in my opinion. The motion controls were great and intuitive and I enjoyed them in many games. Some hardcore PS fans didn't understand the appeal, though. I remember showing SSX Blur to two friends back then from that camp and how a simple tilt of the nunchuck makes the character steer left and right, and they couldn't believe their eyes lol. I could almost literally hear their minds blow because they simply couldn't grasp that. What I didn't like though is the reliance on batteries. Back then the lithium ion batteries were not very common so Nintendo had to use normal batteries and I thought it was annoying to change them all the time. Wisely I only bought rechargables.

On the software side the Wii was also amazing! Super Mario Galaxy 1+2, Mario Kart Wii, Zelda TP, Zelda SS (I'm one of those who likes SS more than TP), Smash Bros. Brawl with its fantastic story mode, Metroid Prime 3, Metroid Other M (I'm one of those who appreciates that game no matter how stupid the story was), the extraordinarily great Xenoblade Chronicles, Sin & Punishment Star Successor, Pandora's Tower, Kirby's Adventure Wii, Kirby's Epic Yarn, No More Heroes 1+2, Project Zero 2, SSX Blur (this was the last EA game I ever purchased not because the game is bad but because EA), Donkey Kong Country Returns, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers (I can highly recommend that one), Super Paper Mario, and of course the absolute killer app of all time called Wii Sports. It's totally insane how much fun me and my brothers had with just the golf game alone.

*Sigh* Curl-6, why did you have to make me do this? I can't decide! Both are great both deserve to be the winners here, but ultimately, I shall pick the N64, the Wii! But it's ridiculously close.

Last edited by GoOnKid - on 05 May 2019

Gameplay > Graphics

Substance > Style

Art Direction > Realism

It is difficult for me to compare those two systems with each other.

I loved both of the consoles and spent 1000 of hours on each of them.



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That's a tough call. Both are amazing local multiplayer consoles in their own way. I think ultimately I'd go with N64 by a hair if only for the nostalgia/sentimentality. It's also tough to beat classics like Mario 64, Goldeneye, Mario Party, and all those Rare hits.. But Wii definitely wins in terms of its innovation and quantity of its library. 



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Wii

Early 3d games have not aged well both regarding to graphics and controlls
Wii motion controlls
So many good wii games (also a lot of crap)



Going by games made for the system, I'd favour the N64. Super Mario 64, Goldeneye, Ocarina of Time, Banjo Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64 really grabbed me at the time, and I still enjoy all of them to this day. Silicon Valley and Beetle Adventure Racing are two of my favourite 'hidden gem' style games as well. From memory, only Super Mario Galaxy really had that sort of effect for me on the Wii. Skyward Sword was also a big let down in my eyes. However, experiencing the consoles at different times in my life will have had an effect. I was younger and had far less responsibilities in the N64 era, whereas I was busier and couldn't really dig into the games available for the Wii.

Wii of course has the Virtual Console and backwards compatibility, both major pluses. Not a huge fan of the motion controls though.



Easy one for me because I haven't played through any Wii game from start to finish.
The closest was Twilight Princess, and even there I was only a few temples in. (I plan to play through that game at some point though.)

I just did not want to deal with the wiimote or sensor bar, so that was the primary reason for why I never bought a Wii I suppose.
Though I did intend to buy it one christmas when there was a great deal for a black wii, with Skyward Sword and a Wiimote+ for only $80. But it was sold out when I got there, so that was the end of that story.

I enjoyed playing Mario Kart Wii and Smash with with friends, but besides those and Zelda I wasn't particularly interested in any other games on the Wii though, aside from Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, but only several years later when it looked to be better than I initially expected. Xenoblade is also on that list. But that's about it.

For N64 there were a bunch of games I was interested in, and enjoyed playing.

Mario 64
Zelda: Ocarina
Zelda: Majora
Mario Kart
GoldenEye
Perfect Dark
Smash
Wave Race
Pilot Wings
Star Fox
F-Zero
Yoshi's Story
Pokemon Snap
Pokemon Stadium (Mainly so it would let me play Pokemon Crystal through an adapter because I didn't have a Game Boy)
Jet Force Gemini (I feel like this game wasn't particularly good, but as a kid I still enjoyed it.)

Last edited by Hiku - on 07 May 2019

Wii by a lot. Bigger games library, overall cheaper (games). Got an online Mario Kart. Virtual Console where you could also play some N64 games.

N64 has aged really bad imo.



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