This is one of the last revisions of the Nintendo 64 hardware and packaging – the Donkey Kong 64 set. I purposely waited to buy this system until both the price dropped far enough and Nintendo offered something a little more compelling than the plain old greyish-blue console with no pack-ins, and while DK64 is hardly the best N64 game, it’s something, at least. And it’s a “real” Nintendo pack-in, unlike the Star Wars system that was also out at around the same time.
I do like the look of the DK64 set, especially with the banana-colored DK64 cart in there (you may notice this is the only system I’m showing with a cart actually in it). It’s a nice match. Even the green system by itself, though, looks a lot more exciting than the standard N64. Nintendo also released some very late models in other colors besides green – my guess is these are probably the rarest of all N64’s as they came right at the end of the system’s lifespan and couldn’t possibly have sold all that well before the system was discontinued.
I’m not a big fan of the N64 – I don’t know too many people that are. But it does have a few good games, and it’s worth owning if for nothing else than the Treasure-developed, Japan-only game Sin and Punishment, one of the best rail shooters ever made and easily the best N64 game. Pick up an import converter and you’ll be set for life.
Now that’s a game. If the title alone doesn’t give you an indication, one look at the box art and you know you’re dealing with some serious business here.
The N64 Donkey Kong set also comes with the N64 “Expansion Pak”, which is basically just an extra couple MB of VRAM for games that can use it.
My feeling is this thing is pretty much a required peripheral for the N64 – almost all of the best games look a lot better with it, and some of the later games (like DK64) won’t even work without it.
I don’t have a lot of N64 games and probably never will. Still, there are a few more that I want – I don’t even have most of the “essentials”, such as Perfect Dark, Goldeneye, or Super Mario 64. I need to pick those up at some point.