Nintendo 64 still the one to beat in video game world

By Andrew Marshall
St. Stephen High School,
St. Stephen, New Brunswick

Do you like playing video games? Well, there are two popular systems out now, the Nintendo 64 and the Sony Dreamcast. The two systems have some similarities and some differences. In the following paragraphs, I will discuss the pros and cons of each system and tell you which one I like better.

The Nintendo 64, or N64, was released in about late 1996 or early 1997. It originally sold for about $200. I am assuming that the price has gone down by now. This system is very different compared to the Super Nintendo. It uses 3-D graphics. The games now look better and run better. Many games have come out since 1997 and some of the more popular games are: Golden Eye 007, Mario 64, and Zelda.


The N64 comes with one controller and up to four people can play at the same time. The controller has a bunch of buttons and one analog joystick. The joystick, in my opinion, is nice for driving games like Mario Kart 64, but it is not the most comfortable thing in the world. It's hard to get used to the joystick, especially in shooting games where you have to aim a gun at a person. A good example would be Golden Eye 007. There are also some add-ons for this such as the rumble pak (the controller shakes when you get hit with something), the expansion pak and a memory card which is used to save your games. These things are inconvenient and overpriced. Some of these things should come with the system when you buy it.

The Sony Dreamcast was just released last year. This system costs about $220. The Dreamcast is similar to the N64 because it uses 3-D graphics. The graphics are slightly better in this system because it uses a special chip and has newer technology. One popular game for this system that I can think of is Sonic the Hedgehog. I think that many games for this system are the same as from Sega with better graphics. The controller for this system also has an analog joystick and a bunch of other buttons. I believe that four people can play together at the same time with this also. An interesting add-on for the Dreamcast is it has a built in modem(33.6k) so you can play online with your friends. You can also buy a memory card for this.

However, I believe that the Nintendo 64 is a much better system than the Sony Dreamcast. The Dreamcast appears to have the same games as the Sega system and the N64 in my opinion has better games. Maybe the Dreamcast has newer technology, but that doesn't mean a thing if the games aren't going to match it.

Check out this article from the May 1999 edition of SNN where the reviewer actually predicts how the Sony Dreamcast would fare against Nintendo.

The article originally appeared in the Spartan News, the school newspaper
at St. Stephen High School, St. Stephen, New Brunswick