Retro Console Wars: Nintendo 64 vs. PlayStation1


The edge PlayStation has is the depth of its game library. The PS1 released over 1100 titles in North America as compared to the 387 games for the N64. The PS1’s library was impressive than the N64’s was for its time. The fourth-generation SNES had featured 784 games, for example, and the Sega Genesis which was considered its largest competitor, had more than 900 games. The sixth-generation consoles still showed the Nintendo-PlayStation unlikeness, with the GameCube offering 646 games and the PS2 easily sporting over 2000. The Xbox, however, contained 986 and even the doomed Dreamcast hd 720p. The quantity and diversity of PS1 games gives it the advantage over other consoles.

The PS1 is leading in third-party support. This has been a problem for Nintendo since the massive video gaming crash of 1983, where third-party games were involved in the wreck the console industry until the NES revived it. Ever since that time, Nintendo has been unfriendly to third-party developing than its younger competitors. This, however, became a weakness rather than a strength as the industry evolved employing third-party games as a main selling point for consoles. Nintendo, though having third-party games, are not as good as their competitors who are collaborating with the best developers to get the best third-party games, alternatively depending on brilliant first-party titles such as Mario and Zelda and, during the N64 era, on the terrific second-party work of Rare such as, GoldenEye 007, Donkey Kong 64, Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark.

Rare-developed N64s are probably its greatest achievement, seen in the sheer number of classics. The last cartridge-based console had less. Apart from Rare’s, there are the noted first-party games for example, Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64 and Super Smash Bros. The PlayStation may have offered diverse visions of what console gaming future, however, the N64 is an instance of what has kept Nintendo going longer than other console developers, their premiere titles are ageless. More people in 2014 played an N64 game than a PS1 game. Nintendo’s high quality first and second party titles are still played even 20 years later because they are very well made.

During the fifth generation, the PS1 started to lead due to being an optical-disc-based system. A PS1 optical disc could fit about 650MB, compared to around 64MB on an N64 cartridge, and later PS1 games added on that by using multiple discs that enabled developers to make deeper, longer and richer titles as they discovered more about PS1 game development, while later N64 titles had a restrictive storage wall. Therefore, PS1 led in graphics over N64 over later games and legit full motion video. Discs over cartridges also gave the PS1 price advantage, for while the PS1 was more expensive, games cost less than the N64 because cartridges cost more in production, so on the 11th game, the PS1 was cheaper to play on. This early venture into disc-based gaming by PS1 paved the way, making third-party developers more comfortable while giving them an advantage in future console generations.

Alternatively, the N64 had four-player capability built-in. In a time of local-only console gaming, this was significant and PS1 could not sufficiently compete with something like GoldenEye 007. The N64 was and still more desirable in casual and social gaming. Some people are still a little overwhelmed by the complexity of current non-Nintendo game consoles but are comfortable with an N64 or a Wii, in a moment. The N64 did and still does well inviting people who don’t regard themselves gamers to play. N64’s has faster load times that accompany cartridge gaming. The N64’s value is in replay, which is still fun to date, in a way few PS1 games are.

PS1 or N64? This depends on the time of the decision. For one fifth gen console, a PS1 is preferable due to diversity of games, the depth and cutting-edge technology much similar to the real life advance auto technology employed in the cars you will race in their console games. In 2014, to give some retro gaming a try, a N64 would be perfect. Its games still remain fun decades later, mostly because they focus more on fun solid gameplay rather than tech-savviness. N64 games tend to be shorter which is preferable to longer games.



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