Last month was the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Nintendo 64. The revolutionary console was home to some of the most iconic titles in Nintendo’s library, from Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie, to the as-yet-unsurpassed Ocarina of Time. Yes it’s 18 years old now, and yes newer games do more, but if you say anything else is better you’re just wrong. Search your feelings. You know it’s true.
Anyway, to celebrate the trident-shaped controller’s two decades of existence, Geeksline Publishing have released a 360-page (384 if you get the Collector’s Edition) anthology covering every aspect of the console. It delves into the circumstances surrounding its inception, the launch, the highs and lows of its life cycle (including the ill-fated 64DD), and its ultimate decline as the next generation approached. Not only that, but every single one of the console’s games is reviewed. Yup, all 388 of them. There’s also a collectors guide, with a rarity score for each title to help you complete your library if that’s what floats your proverbial boat.
It also includes interviews with some of the developers behind those games: Martin Hollis (Rare, Goldeneye) and Eric Caen (Titus, the studio responsible for the irrefutably iconic Superman 64) to help give a real insight into the machine.
The Classic Edition of the book is available for $44.90, with the extended Collector’s Edition — complete with a glossy cover – going for an extra 11 dollars at $55.90. You can order it from this link, (no, not that Link, this link) and check out a brief trailer for it below.