The Big Question: PlayStation Or N64

If I remember correctly 'The Big Question' made its debut with a SNES vs Mega Drive face-off. At the time I couldn't think of a question that would resonate more, but the console competition a generation after was equally as brutal. So today's question is bound to be a blood bath. Ladies and gentlemen: PlayStation or N64?

I'm going to lay my cards on the table and say that, during that generation, I owned a N64. I frequently borrowed my friends PlayStations but I never actually owned one. So I'm a little biased in this regard. I always loved the N64, but quality games were few and far between. It always seemed as though PlayStation owners had more choice.

So this is a difficult one for me. I'll leave it for you to decide!


    As someone who does not find first party Nintendo games appealing, other than Pokemon, Playstation is the clear choice for me.

    While I enjoyed 4 player Golden Eye and Pokemon stadium, I'll take the wider, more diverse and more personally appealing library of the Playstation any day.

    Sega Saturn.

      Ya know I only found out this year that SEGA had a console during that generation, I thought that the dreamcast came after then Genesis.

        You're not alone there. Only a couple of years back I found out the Saturn actually existed here. Never heard of anyone that owned one at the time, nor saw any at the shops or anything like that.

      I really don't understand the appeal of the Saturn. i can't think of 5 games that where any good.

        NiGHTS: Into Dreams, Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Cop, Dragon Force, Sonic R, Fighters Megamix, Panzer Dragon 1+2+Saga, Dayona USA, Deep Fear, Dark Savior, superior Capcom and SNK ports with the better controller for them, Astal, Burning Rangers, Fighting Vipers, Radiant Silvergun, Shining Force III.

        I think tha's more than 5.

    Yeah I know a lot of people who'd jump straight to N64 option without thinking much about it, but the PS1 actually has just about every single one of my all time favourite games (a lot of which people forget about) everything from Dino Crisis 2, Final Fantasy 7/8/9, MediEvil, A Bugs Life, Gran Turismo, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Tony Hawks.. the list goes on :)

      It does have a lot...for me Tenchu, Wipeout, Tony Hawks, Crash, Tekken and so on, but the sheer gravity of Zelda OoT, Goldeneye, Mario 64 and Mario Kart 64 is too powerful.

        Oh... Wipeout... Guh. Excuse me. I think I have something in my eye. :(

        dont forget the original super smash bros too!

    You have zelda/banjo/mario on one side and crash/metalgear/rpg (FF/Chrono) on the other. Its got to be a hair between them in people's decision making.

    Nintendo 64, without a doubt. Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Mario 64. Those 5 games alone are some of the best games ever released imo.

    Playstation. Zero contest. It played music CDs and the entire ensemble didn't look like an oversized baby's toy. It also had more mature games. And the magazines came with DEMO CD'S so you could try a whole bunch of new games everything month. I loved those demo cds.

    It had Tomb Raider, FFVII, Metal Gear, Wipeout, FFVII, Tekken, F1, Crash and last (but definitely not least) FFVII. And FFVII.

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    Regrettably, I never had a N64. My vote goes to Playstation.

    I never owned either but after seeing Goldeneye, Lylat Wars, Mario Kart 64 and Super Mario 64 - compared with the more "realistic" graphics but much longer load times on the Playstation, I never wanted a Playstation at all. I used to buy Nintendo Magazine every month and lined my bedroom with the posters, compiling a mental checklist of all the games I would play when I owned an N64.

    The first console I actually owned after the death of my Sega Master System was a PS2.

    I preordered an N64 and picked it up at launch. Loved the pants off it for a couple of years, but was lured away to PlayStation after being a Nintendo boy for my entire life. I love(d) both systems for entirely different reasons. The N64 had some incredible experiences - the two most significant for me being Mario 64 and GoldenEye. It still remains a big part of my gaming upbringing - not nearly as much as the SNES, but it's there.

    Somehow the switch to PlayStation felt to me like I was growing up. I'd been watching all these people talk about Final Fantasy 7, and Metal Gear Solid, and I had to get involved. I'm not implying either system is more mature either, it just felt like that to me at the time. I didn't want colorful Nintendo games as my mainstay anymore. I wanted bigger, darker, more adult stuff. With blood, explosions, and most of all cutscenes. Nintendo's stubborn insistence on sticking to cartridges with the N64, to me, is one of the biggest reasons they fell to irrelevance (for the 'mainstream') so quickly.

    That being said, I have incredibly fond memories of both systems, again, for entirely different reasons.

    TL:DR - PlayStation, for me. The games, combined with CD-ROM, just felt like a whole new world to me.

    EDIT: Also, I was reminded of the fact it was also a CD player! Like the PS2 being a DVD player, was a pretty awesome bonus at the time.

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    I can say with almost complete certainty that I played every game on N64, that's how much I love N64.

    I had a N64 and I played that blurry screened bastard a lot.

    I did end up getting a PSOne (the slim model) later so that I could play a few games I had won in a competition and pick up some titles I missed, but the N64 was my console of choice.

    I owned an N64 and my brother got a PS1 so we had the best of both worlds some weekends during the school holidays we would swap so we could both play the "classics" on the consoles....good times

    Both but I was lucky I had both at the time and was thrilled by high-quality titles on both systems.

    N64 - Pokemon Snap, GoldenEye, Majora's Mask, Ocarina of Time, Banjo Kazooie, Lylat Wars and Rogue Squadron, Extreme-G. There are more I'm sure...

    PSOne - FF7 through to 9, Rollcage, Metal Gear Solid, Vagrant Story, FF Tactics, Tenchu 1 and 2, Tony Hawk and Mat Hoffman. Damn that was a golden age...

    I actually had neither of these consoles. I skipped the 32/64 bit generation completely and went hardcore PC mode in this time. A lot of the good Playstation games were eventually released on PC anyway so that seemed to work for me. I had friends that owned N64's, and friends that owned Playstations, so I could get my fix that way as well.

    So my vote is for neither :P

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    I had both consoles but I don't think total time played on N64 exceeded double digits.

    On the other hand, on the PS1 there were some single games that I played more than all games on the N64 combined.

    But then, I've never really seen the appeal of the Nintendo franchises.

    I own a 64 (still got the little bugger :D) and played the ever loving shit out of it. What an awesome system.

    However the PS1 brought the console to so many more homes. Big name, great games, and diversity. I personally think it won that generation convincingly and took consoles to a whole new level. Look at what Nintendo has done since then, gimmicks mostly. Sad really.

    Still... *hugs N64*

    I'm going to say Playstation because it was supported longer and had a broader library. However, its really tough to choose between them because this was back when consoles still had a large number of meaningful exclusives. Only having one of the machines would have meant missing a huge number of 'classics'.

    During that generation, I believe I had a SNES. Turns out ten year-olds have limited funds and even more limited patience, and so resort to buying cheap second-hand consoles from pawn shops. I did get to rent a N64 for my birthday one year, 1999 I think it was... 3D Mario Kart was awesome.

    I was N64 all the way, but in retrospect I think that was a product of my age. (I was 11 when I got an N64). If I had that time again as a 26 yr old, I'd be playstation all the way. Wipeout, MGS, the original Dualshock with powered rumble. That, and I feel physically repulsed by the N64 control now its so fcking terrible.

      Remember Donkey Kong 64, Banjo Kazooie, Golden Eye and Conker's Bad Fur Day though. Go back and play them now, they're still fantastic, unforgettable games.

      The N64 controller can die in a fire for all I care though.

        Yeah I liked Donkey Kong and GoldenEye, for some reason Banjo Kazooie creeped me out, I hated Banjo as a kid, just hated him so hard. Never played Conkers but I generally approve of toilet humour.

        Actually now that you mention it, I used to enjoy all of the Rare N64 games more than the first party Nintendo gear during the N64 primetime, but I reckon they've aged far worse than Mario64 and Ocarina. Try playing perfect dark now on N64, the framerate is absolute arse

          Ohhh I don't know, DK and Banjo aged better than Ocarina and especially Super Mario 64. Perfect Dark, Golden Eye and Conker's? Not so much. I still think DK64 and Banjo are their greatest accomplishments though.

    It all comes down to Rareware for me.

    PS1 was a more powerful console and it definitely had potential to be better, and of course, Dualshock > N64 Controller, but the fact that Rare decided to go with the 64 just blows the PS1 out of the water. Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Toowie, Donkey Kong 64, Golden Eye, Conker's Bad Fur Day - some of the best games ever made. It was Rare who set the standard for all 3D games to come, and they mastered that shit better than anyone.

    If you didn't have a Nintendo 64, then you just plain simply missed out on the most magical years of gaming.

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      I'm glad someone who prefers N64 still recognises that the dualshock was superior.

        OH god yes. Well, at least until the Gamecube came around...

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    I had both at the time, I would pick the N64. If not only for Mario64, Ocarina, Goldeneye, Wave Race, F-Zero and Mario Kart.

    The PS1 had it's fair share of great games like the tekken, wipeout, street fighter alpha and EX series but I have fonder memories of my 64.

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