Portable Nintendo 64 I saw this the other day and thought, “I want one!” This guy is building a portable Nintendo 64. It looks to be roughly the size of the N64 controller with a 3.5″ screen, buttons on either side and a slot for the N64 cartridge in the back.
Then I told one of my friends about it who promptly said, “What’s the point? The DS can play most of those games by now anyway.” My friend typically errs on the side of pessimism so I usually take what he says with a grain of salt, but the more I thought about it, the more I agree with him.
Why should I get one?
1) I don’t even play my DS that much anymore
2) I got rid of my 64 games long ago, so I wouldn’t have anything to play anyway.
Then I started thinking about the product itself. There are a lot of limitations to it that the DS doesn’t have, namely, the lack of multiplayer ability. No Goldeneye tournaments or Mario Kart racing with your friends.
I don’t have a problem with creating something that essentially already exists as long as what you’re creating improves on that thing. This portable Nintendo 64 is, in some ways, a step back, not a step forward.
For example, almost everybody has a smartphone now, but the guys over at phoneblok are creating a new smartphone that is more customizable than any other smartphone and will lead to less waste in the long run. This is a great idea and I’m definitely on board with it.
What do you think? Should we put support behind a portable Nintendo 64?