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In 1996 when this console was first released many people had a few reasons not to buy it. The Atari Jaguar was released a couple of years before this and The Jaguar said "64Bit" on the cover. Nobody knew what bits were, but if you had more of them, you were king of the hill. But when I first tore into that box of holy Nintendo 64 goodness and looked at it on Christmas morning, I was astonished. Seeing Mario run around in the castle and jump into paintings was amazing. A 3d game that was good! It was so good that I didn't even touch any of my other gifts that day, I just stayed up playing Mario 64.
Now one complaint a lot of people have with this gaming console, is the controller. It's stiff, hard to hold and the design of it is just plain awful. 3 handles? What could they have possibly been thinking? My recommendation is picking up a custom controller that looks more of an GameCubeish, Xboxish kind of style. The joystick has ridges on it that just tear into your hands, but your hands don't slide off the controller at least. The controller is the only reason keeping this from a perfect score.
Another problem is the CARTRIDGES. It was 1996 and Sony was just about to release the PS1 1 year after the big hit Nintendo. They used Disks which allowed better graphics, more memory, and they weren't as expensive to make. Another problem with these cartridges is that there are not end labels. Putting all of them in a bin is actually better then putting them on shelves.
But, even though it has flaws it is still a great system to play. If you are willing to go back and look at polygonal graphics, do so! It is a fun system and has TONS of classics! It is a great system to have in your home.
Update: Game controller did not work. Unable to fix.