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“I got my first console for Christmas in 1999. It took me 12 years to realise I was hooked.”
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I have been a fan of the Nintendo 64 since I got my first console for Christmas in 1999. It took me 12 years to realise I was hooked. I’ve never been a ‘gamer’ in the traditional sense. I enjoy playing games on more modern consoles with my mates but the games I really love to play are the ones I have amazing memories of as a kid. Games like Zelda Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, Goldeneye, Mario Kart and all the rest! I still use the same N64 that I got for Christmas all those years ago and have my original games.
Since then my collection has grown somewhat and I now have over 250 boxed games, 16 consoles and over 40 controllers. Not to mention some specialty items such as the Zelda Adventure sets.
Micro Machines 64 Turbo
In this article, I will talk about some of the more unique parts of my collection. The first of which is Micro Machines 64 Turbo! In the USA, a Micro Machines game was released with a Micro Machines car.
What’s amazing about these games is that no one knows how many cars were actually released. Some fellow collectors have even spoken to the manufacturers and they could not say how many car variations there are. So far, 16 car variations are known, with the most recent being found only last year! I have 8 in my collection, 6 of which are sealed and I’m on the hunt for the rest!
Boxed Hori Mini Pads
Another unique part of my collection are the boxed Hori Mini Pads. The Hori Mini Pads for N64 were released late in the Nintendo 64’s lifespan and were officially licensed by Nintendo. The controller features only two handles and has a joystick similar to the GameCube’s.
I don’t know for sure but I believe I am the only collector in the UK with a full set of boxed pads. I have only heard of one boxed Gold controller, although I have never seen it. Only one other Hori Mini Pad is rumoured to exist and that is the clear orange. I have seen this controller in an old eBay listing but it is still heavily debated whether the controller actually exists. Hori were asked about this and in their confirmed list of colour variations, there was no mention of the clear orange. The search continues!
Well, that’s everything for this article. Until next time people!
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