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,
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