Another round of collecting…
I’m collecting Nintendo 64 accessories and games.
The Nintendo 64 isn’t overly remarkable for game selection or quality, and many haven’t aged well, but it doesn’t matter. It symbolises a simpler time. Those late weekend nights spent in front of the screen, controller in hand. Visiting the local Blockbuster or Civic Video to see what games were available for rent this weekend, coming home with a game and a box of popcorn for the inevitable long night ahead. Without a doubt my favourite decade for games, or life in general. This little machine means a lot to me.
I’ve collected 39 unique games and 7 duplicates, 46 cartridges in total. I have 8 genuine Nintendo controllers and four aftermarkets for bashing around in Mario Party. Three controllers are in box, one of which is a Gold Japanese market import new-in-box. All controllers have original sticks and all are as new and fully functional.
I’ve ordered another 4 games and 3 controllers as well, which I’m looking forward to having here in a couple of weeks time.
The Pokemon console I’ve owned since I was a kid, and remember unboxing it on Christmas morning in 1997. I wasn’t always kind to electronics, and 20 years of abuse has left it needing some work. Some replacement parts are on their way, and within the next couple of weeks I intend to recondition both the console and controller inside and out.
It’s expensive collecting - some games are $200+ for the cartridge alone - but the enjoyment it brings is priceless.