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Video: Xbox One vs. Nintendo 64

Posted by Martin Watts

There's a reason why the classics are referred to as classics

A new comparison video by Jeff Rubin, in which he pits the Xbox One against 1996's Nintendo 64, has proven what many of us have known all along: the Nintendo 64 is hands-down the superior system.

The short tongue-in-cheek video (see below) actually makes a pretty compelling case as to why Nintendo's 64-bit classic is indeed the better console; it's cheaper, had the better launch line-up (read: Super Mario 64) and still loads games quicker, despite its advanced age.

Not only that, but the N64 has the one piece of software that simply can't be found anywhere else: GoldenEye 007. Funnily enough, both Nintendo and Microsoft actually explored the possibilities of releasing a downloadable version of the game for their respective systems during the last generation. In fact, original creator Rare even developed a high-definition Xbox Live Arcade port, whereas Nintendo tried to secure a Virtual Console version of the original, both of which never saw a release due to a multitude of legal and licensing issues.

Microsoft hasn't yet announced any new marketing plans with which it hopes to counter the N64, but we imagine that a number of marketing executives within the Xbox Division are desperately looking for ways to usurp the Xbox One's newest and most threatening competitor.

Do you own an Xbox One? How do you think it fares against the legendary Nintendo 64? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

[via buzzfeed.com]

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User Comments (117)

kunimitsu

#5

kunimitsu said:

In Nintendo we trust! I will never buy a xBONE simply because it watches you 24/7 and can see through your clothes......

hydeks

#7

hydeks said:

this is a dumb article :-P Comparing Xbox One against N64? Really?!?! Give me a break ¬¬

Compare Xbox One vs Wii U and lets see what people have to say.

DreamyViridi

#8

DreamyViridi said:

@hydeks - Someone lacks a sense of humour...
I was just about to say that I hope people don't take that video seriously.

I got a laugh out of the video. Goldeneye and Mario 64 ftw!

Spanjard

#9

Spanjard said:

I would definitely buy a new N64 over a Xbox1, even though I already have one, but STILL! lol.

ricklongo

#11

ricklongo said:

That wasn't as funny as I expected, truth be told. Or maybe I'm just grumpy that I had to come back to work today. :P

Gerbwmu

#13

Gerbwmu said:

With the memory abilities available......I'd love to see a return to cartridge gaming.....my disks don't stand a chance against the children.....

bizcuthammer

#14

bizcuthammer said:

N64 is better than any Xbox console. So are NES and SNES, and i would even argue 3DS and GCN too. Wii wasnt better than 360 overall, but it did have a few games that were overall better than anything on 360, but 360's library overall was better than Wii's. Jury is still out on WiiU vs XbOne, but right now I'd take WiiU. SM3DW, Pikmin 3, Zelda: Wind Waker HD, The Wonderful 101, and upcoming games like DKCTF, X, Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2 and Mario Kart 8 trump anything that has been announced so far on Xbone except for possibly Halo 5, which isnt enough all by itself.

Shiryu

#16

Shiryu said:

I have warned people before, but no one around me listened around here. So now they have their PS4s gathering dust because all the good games (and super cheap) are still on PS3 and "FIFA 14" can only get you so far.

It's something that is really bugging me about the new Sony and Microsoft current offerings. The jump from Wii to Wii U is easily understandable by putting games on both systems side by side, the chonologic jump is obvious. However I find it really, really hard to commit to Sony's and Microsoft current offerings because of their price, the new games price (70€s for Knack over here, people...70!), the "not really quite there yet" line up and the fact that their biggest competition are themselves: the PS# and Xbox 360 have amazing, cheap games all around. but in my country, the marketing machine did it's work. Since the Xbox One is not even out over here yet, it was all clean sweeps for Sony.

I hope I could get my message across without you guys and gals thinking "Ah, look at that silly Nintendo fanboy and his words!", it really make sme sad to see so many people around me jumping blindly into the ype machine when we are facing one of the worse economic crisis ever to hit my country (Portugal). This isn't caring for consumers at all, it's about creating a fictional need to "have all the latest tech" so that people commit their money and get only a fraction of enjoyment that they could have from an older gen console... makes me sad.

Anguspuss

#18

Anguspuss said:

Shiryu said: +1 i canceled my ps4 preorder due lack of launch games & bought a wii u.

Re xbox one everywhere has stock in my city. From supermarkets to game shops. Some stockists that wrote of the wii u are going end up taking a big hit on xbox bone

BakaKnight

#19

BakaKnight said:

Funny video in general, but the funniest thing is that we are really getting used to super powerful machines with infinity loading times while back in the days games used to load in a blink XP

P184

#23

P184 said:

Well i'm convinced. :) I seriously would purchase a brand new N64 over an XBone right now, simply because it's got so many more games I want to play. Call me when XBone has a Road Rash 64 equivalent ( the forgotten N64 Multiplayer classic!)

BinaryFragger

#25

BinaryFragger said:

@Shiryu
"...the fact that their biggest competition are themselves"

That's the main reason why I don't own an Xbox One yet. I will eventually but my 360 is still seeing plenty of action. Then you have the Xbox360 games coming out in 2014 that I want to play: Fable Anniversary, South Park The Stick of Truth, Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII, Destiny, Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 and Dark Souls II. By the time I'm done playing all of these games, the Xbox One will no doubt be cheaper by then.

kyuubikid213

#26

kyuubikid213 said:

@hydeks (sarcasm mode on) It'd essentially be the same video because of the lack of backwards compatibility on the One's part and Super Mario 64 being available on the Wii VC. They revamped Goldeneye on the Wii and the Wii U can play Wii games. So... Yeah.

Shiryu

#28

Shiryu said:

@BinaryFragger Exactly! Looking at the PS3 library and quality titles selling brand new for like 15-20 €uros, why, why get a Ps4? Fanatic "Killzone" fan or something? I don't get it, I really don't.

brandonbwii

#29

brandonbwii said:

That's the type of trolling that happens with Nintendo systems that feel hate filled. Granted it was all a joke, but for XBONE fans that video has to be about as annoying as all those old "dust off your Wii" articles.

Goginho

#32

Goginho said:

lol Rare seem a bit stubborn. But I guess it's somewhat understandable in a way. Nintendo kinda let them go, and MS never use their full potential.

Kaze_Memaryu

#33

Kaze_Memaryu said:

To be honest, I never liked the N64, but that surely doesn't change the fact that it's still more convincing than an Xbone - especially with all these obnoxious ways to steal your money for very small service.

@Goginho Rare isn't the problem. Legal issues prevent them from doing anything. I suppose it has to do with MGM in some ways, since Goldeneye is part of their James Bond brand, but I have no idea what exactly these legal issues are about.

unrandomsam

#35

unrandomsam said:

Nintendo should go back to cartridge completely that would be for the best. Cheap enough to be reasonable now. (And the prices never went down due to the inferior technology). Even the DS/3DS type of cartridge would be better than cheap nasty optical media but there is stuff you can do with proper cartridge you cannot do with anything else.

nungi

#36

nungi said:

You can't compare xblocks to the Wii u,come on the only thing it's good for is occupying space for $600.00+.The U O what it does haven't seen yet lol.tink we have a winner that's for U to decide

Doma

#38

Doma said:

Best Nintendo console. They've done nothing but decline since.

divinelite

#41

divinelite said:

One project spark is enough for my reason to buy... IF it's as good as shown on e3... I doubt it though

Boofonater001

#42

Boofonater001 said:

If I had the power to keep one system going forever I would choose n64. Even almost a decade later it is STLL FUN TO PLAY!!!!!!

unrandomsam

#43

unrandomsam said:

I wish I never got an N64 (First console I ever imported should have imported a Saturn instead.)

ajcismo

#45

ajcismo said:

Good stuff, very funny. The RARE games for the N64 were so good, so beyond what anybody else was doing.

midnafanboy

#46

midnafanboy said:

can it play golden eye? thats the question thats everyone should ask when they buy a new system.

JQuest

#47

JQuest said:

That's my retort to everything now: "...but does it play Goldeneye?" lol

Zombie_Barioth

#48

Zombie_Barioth said:

Reminds me of a conversation a friend and I had a while back. It wasn't about one specific console vs another however, but rather then vs now, retro gaming, mom n' pop shops, and that sort of thing.

We basically came to the same conclusion as @Shiryu, whats currently on offer isn't worth plunking down the cash for. Interestingly enough a lot of the games I'd buy a console for are either on handhelds or made by companies that aren't making the jump to next-gen yet either.

cfgk24

#49

cfgk24 said:

@P184 And what about Vigilante 8 for N64! Multiplayer Chaos!

. . . .and the updated (best driving game EVER!) Smugglers Run Warzones on Gamecube!!!!

LDXD

#51

LDXD said:

@BinaryFragger that's the same exact reason I'm not rushing to get a ps4 just yet I'm getting the same exact games you are for my ps3 minus fabel of course
Destiny will probably get me to jump into next gen I rather play that on ps4 and that's if its not filled with something stupid like micro transactions or a monthly fee

Fingeldor

#52

Fingeldor said:

But but...BUT! New = better, right? I mean, better graphics and better sound and for $500, it's gotta be 'funner'... amiright?

Buduski

#54

Buduski said:

@hydeks, still a Nintendo win , no all seeing eye, variety in games, free online gaming, unique gaming experience, more affordable, backwards compatibility... I could keep going.

AlexSora89

#55

AlexSora89 said:

Oh God, I couldn't even get to the halfway point without cracking up. Help me, I can barely breathe!

Brilliant.

Royalblues

#56

Royalblues said:

That was a funny video. I'm glad that I am such a person that can take a video like this and see it for what it is - comedy - and not take it so seriously, because let's face it, if you call yourself a gamer, console wars would not matter to you either way.
Having said that, darn it, some of the best hours of my life have been spent in front of the TV with MK64 or Zelda OoT or M64 hooked on my 64.

Urbanhispanic

#57

Urbanhispanic said:

LOL what the.....??!?! Man that was one of the best videos I've seen so far. Seriously, this video wasn't meant to be taken seriously but it goes to show that several N64 games earned the "classic" status. Who knows if anyone who bought the Xbox One will remember any of the games released on it 20 years from now; better yet: are any one of those Xbox One titles going to earn the "classic" status?

LDXD

#58

LDXD said:

@unrandomsam I kinda agree with this and not only that but Nintendo don't really need an optical drive anyway, I'd take a cartridge over CD any day loads faster last longer I can still fire up my nes from 1986 works just fine :)
I would love if the next Nintendo console was cartridge based

shigulicious

#59

shigulicious said:

@Doma I know that's your opinion and all, but you are wrong. Nintendo systems have always been quality. The GameCube being my favorite.

AK-1138

#60

AK-1138 said:

That's hardly fair towards the Xbox One. It should be pitted against something more in its league, like... I don't know, making stamps from potatoes?

sketchturner

#61

sketchturner said:

In 2013, I didn't buy a PS4, WiiU, 3DS, or XBone... Instead I re-bought an N64. Undeniable proof that this video is true.

2Sang

#63

2Sang said:

Is anyone actually in favor of Xbone over N64? Maybe Wii U, but definitely not N64.

Purple

#65

Purple said:

@unrandomsam oh yeah like what? can you do with carts that you can't do with disc?.. I would love to see a return to console carts so the games load in a blink of an eye.

Subie98

#66

Subie98 said:

The only xbox exclusive I ever cared about and enjoyed is fable and saints row. Everything else could take a flying leap. Saints row was only exclusive for the first one too after that it was on PlayStation and pc. Fable now that I think of it was never a xbox exclusive. It was on pc and os as well. Down with xbox systems! Nintendo and PlayStations for me and maybe the occasional pc game.

G3ry

#68

G3ry said:

Stop aclaiming sony so much, this blind trend to root for "ps4 and Wii U" is getting on my nerve....the ps4 had so much undeserved hype around its announce and launch just because the image of the xboxone was not looking good for details that today mean nothing.
And I said "ps4 and Wii U", because it is simply ilogical to me, U cant have both without Nintendo having more problems
ps4 is just an extremely overrated over priced pc with no good games and no good games coming this year
AT least xboxone has good exlusives already out and there will be more coming out, im not telling u to buy it but at least its a better value than ps4
Wii U and pc is the better choice for me, because as a Nintendo fan and a guy with a limited amount of cash, I could only pick one console (Obviously a Nintendo console) but as many Nintendo fans did, I bought a gaming pc around the price of the other other consoles to play the third party games that on Nintendo consoles were lazy ports or just didnt come out
I thought people wouldnt be so easily impressed by new consoles that are just upgrades of previous consoles with similar features the pc has....
instead ps4 is nearly catching up Wii U on sales, which means people dont care about the games anymore, there are a lot of great games out and coming for Wii U, but people prefer buy a console with no little to no exclusive games and multiplatform titles, people actually buy a ps4 just to play fifa. Cus that is what it is all about... shooters, fps and sports games
and not great and well made games like The Wonderful 101 or Pikmin 3, people blame Nintendo for not having new IPs, but when games like W101 come out with a new concept and gameplay they just dont buy it....
Im just ranting and thinkin outlout, im just mad...but thanks if u read and sorry for all the space this post took but i just had to let it out

G3ry

#69

G3ry said:

Stop aclaiming sony so much, this blind trend to root for "ps4 and Wii U" is getting on my nerve....the ps4 had so much undeserved hype around its announce and launch just because the image of the xboxone was not looking good for details that today mean nothing.
And I said "ps4 and Wii U", because it is simply ilogical to me, U cant have both without Nintendo having more problems
ps4 is just an extremely overrated over priced pc with no good games and no good games coming this year
AT least xboxone has good exlusives already out and there will be more coming out, im not telling u to buy it but at least its a better value than ps4
Wii U and pc is the better choice for me, because as a Nintendo fan and a guy with a limited amount of cash, I could only pick one console (Obviously a Nintendo console) but as many Nintendo fans did, I bought a gaming pc around the price of the other other consoles to play the third party games that on Nintendo consoles were lazy ports or just didnt come out
I thought people wouldnt be so easily impressed by new consoles that are just upgrades of previous consoles with similar features the pc has....
instead ps4 is nearly catching up Wii U on sales, which means people dont care about the games anymore, there are a lot of great games out and coming for Wii U, but people prefer buy a console with no little to no exclusive games and multiplatform titles, people actually buy a ps4 just to play fifa. Cus that is what it is all about... shooters, fps and sports games
and not great and well made games like The Wonderful 101 or Pikmin 3, people blame Nintendo for not having new IPs, but when games like W101 come out with a new concept and gameplay they just dont buy it....
Im just ranting and thinkin outlout, im just mad...but thanks if u read and sorry for all the space this post took but i just had to let it out

Zombie_Barioth

#71

Zombie_Barioth said:

@Shiryu
A lot of its just the allure of new tech, that and we've had the same 3 consoles for almost a decade now. People buy new consoles for the same reason they buy new cars, cloths, or anything else, they just want something that feels 'new'. The thing a lot of people don't realize is it doesn't need to be brand new much less cutting edge to give them that feeling, those that do don't care. What they want is to feel like apart of the in crowd.

I'm not exempt from this of course, but I've also reminded myself I spent most of this gen with just a Wii as my "next gen" console. The other consoles might as well have not existed to me at the time. Sometimes a bit of polish or a new coat of paint is all you need for that 'new' feeling.

JayRydah

#72

JayRydah said:

I loved my n64 when i got it on my 13th bday.played mario 64 for endless hours.loved it..on another note I bought my lil bro a gamecube when it 1st launched but I never played it.I was always working at that time and never played much games cuz didn't have the time but I recently bought a gamecube 4rm my coworker and bought a stack of 10 games off someone for $20 and 3 of the games are Super smash bros mele,mario kart double dash,and mario party 6.come to find out there kindy pricey so im very happy and am loving my cube.now im hooked and am trying to build up my gamecube library :D

jedisquidward

#75

jedisquidward said:

I prefer N64 and I don't want to get an Xbox One, but you all know damn well that this is a really unfair argument. Comparing a console with an entire console life time of games to a system which just came out not half a year ago is not fair. And really, are you going to compare the price of a new console to something from the mid 90s which is very easy to afford because it has been out for so long? And there's no point in putting it on a site like this, everyone is obviously going to agree with the video, no matter how many cheap shots and low blows it takes. Keep your dignity.

CaviarMeths

#78

CaviarMeths said:

Goldeneye deserves all the praise in the world for being groundbreaking and proving that consoles were a viable platform for FPS games... but it's extremely dated now and doesn't hold up at all by modern standards. Perfect Dark is better in every way. Even The World Is Not Enough for N64 was an improvement over Goldeneye in terms of gameplay and features.

Time is rather cruel to FPS games, more than any other genre. They're obsolete the moment the updated version comes out.

MegaWattsAdmin

#81

MegaWatts said:

@CaviarMeths I completely agree with regards to Perfect Dark being better than GoldenEye 007; that title truly was groundbreaking. But to compare The World is Not Enough to GoldenEye borders on insulting!

GoldenEye is dated, but still very much playable. It takes some getting used to, but we've played matches in the NL office and never was its age a problem when it came to our enjoyment of it. Given that it offers a much tighter local multiplayer FPS experience than most modern shooters, I'd say that it does hold up in some ways.

Antisham

#84

Antisham said:

@CaviarMeths You could say all N64 games are dated, that is what normally happens with console life cycles! As for Goldeneye, comparing it to The World is Not Enough is just wrong. Goldeneye defined (for many) a huge genre of gaming and still retains that epic nostalgic feeling when the word 'video game' is mentioned.

Sean_Aaron

#85

Sean_Aaron said:

I like funny videos so I'll watch it, but man, early 3D games are so HIDEOUS. 3D gaming in General can be frustrating (hence the need for a stick to control the game camera - what?!?), but when it looks like everything was built out of pieces of poorly lined-up cardboard, no. That said Mario64 was light years ahead of most of the third-party crap.

CaviarMeths

#86

CaviarMeths said:

@MegaWatts Local multiplayer is definitely the biggest thing in a game keeping its value over time, but I dunno. I'd go back to Perfect Dark or even TWINE before Goldeneye (what's wrong with TWINE, by the way? That game was great back in the day).

When I think back to Goldeneye days, the first thing I always remember is that all guns take about 0.5 seconds to reload. The second thing I remember is how silly the proximity mines were for anyone that memorized spawn points. Then comes the slap-chop. After I get those three things out of my head, THEN I remember how great all of the maps were (except Caves...) and how much fun the cartoony-ness of the whole thing was.

VincentV

#88

VincentV said:

Namely because, while Halo 5 will be amazing like anything on the N64, not much else of that pedigree is announced to be on the Xbox One.

thesilverbrick

#89

thesilverbrick said:

I can't believe all the ignorant people saying they wish Nintendo would return to cartridges. Do you all remember why Nintendo lost all of its third-party support during the N64's lifetime? Exactly, it was because they stuck cartridges. They're way too expensive and even more third parties walk away from a Nintendo console if they went back to cartridges. Come on. Let's be rational here. And which first party titles on Wii U have a long load times, anyway? Mario 3D World loads up pretty much instantaneously.

thesilverbrick

#90

thesilverbrick said:

@jedisquidward You missed the point. It's a comedy video, designed to make the viewer laugh, and posting it on a Nintendo fan-site makes perfect sense. You have no sense of humor...

SphericalCrusher

#91

SphericalCrusher said:

Haha, that's awesome. I see some of the comments starting to heat up, but I have not read them yet. Nonetheless, N64 is my favorite console of all time and I've owned almost all of them.

MAB

#93

MAB said:

I would send both of these abominations to the fires of hell ;)

mhoving

#94

mhoving said:

The N64 still is an amazing console, especially if you have friends.

Even tough I never had a conversation about N64 vs. XboxOne, I had about other consoles and those "well this console has this game' arguments came out of my mouth a bit too often.

Samurai_Goroh

#96

Samurai_Goroh said:

@Shiryu Vigilante 8 on the N64 was my childhood...well part of it, don't forget Mario 64 and Diddy Kong Racing. And F-Zero X, DK 64, Super Smash Bros...
Seriously, glad someone is as fond of the game as me, why on earth Activision canned the series is mind-boggling.
Get N or get out!

Shiryu

#97

Shiryu said:

@Samurai_Goroh Ever since games started having budgets in the millions dollars/€uros development cost range, no one is taking risks anymore. Lets just all keep making sequels of sequels of sequels and hope we keep buying them, year after year...

BlueNitrous

#98

BlueNitrous said:

Sure, the N64 has Goldeneye and the XBone watches you, but do they have BLAST PROCESSING???

NewUser

#101

NewUser said:

Unfortunately @Shiryu, the thing is, that blind and marketing-directed selection of consumers is not limeted to the act of choosing a console only.
they choose their cars, their mobile phones, the people they elect(!) etc in that way too.
Other than that, the gaming industry is in a bad shape consumer wise, but (thank god) we still have playable games without all the DLC/timed exclusive/Sequel for the sequel crap. As long as they exist, ill play them. Otherwise, i will just have to dust off my mega drive, ps2 and n64 and have fun with them (or just make and play my own games as a programmer lol).

Dark-Link73

#103

Dark-Link73 said:

Is this video for real when the guys said that it takes the XBOX One about 2 minutes (the length of the video) to load FIFA 14!?!? 0_o

Linkypoo

#105

Linkypoo said:

I could care less about Goldeneye 007, but the N64 still has Ocarina of Time, aka, the 2nd best game ever THOUGHT of, 1st being URA Zelda, which never saw a release. But I did say thought of.

cfgk24

#106

cfgk24 said:

@Shiryu Really - I have never played a better driving game than Smugglers Run Warzones - even just playing the freedriving mode with no enemies or other players lol . . . . Oh, and the Soundtrack is completely awesome!!!!

Zombie_Barioth

#107

Zombie_Barioth said:

@Shiryu
Whats really sad is I think that most of the big companies have forgotten how to do anything else. It baffles me how we have much smaller companies like Atlus and XSEED that make a living publishing risky games, they've been around just as long, but these bigger ones can't even make reasonable sales goals.

@thesilverbrick
They don't have much in the way of 3rd party support now though. The main issue back then was space and cost. Now a days neither is much of an issue, but disks are still pennies on the dollar cheaper than flash storage. They could do it but it would look silly in this day and age, and would see little benefit over installing to a HDD or going digital.

WaveBoy

#108

WaveBoy said:

even though i'm not a big fan of the N64, for me it's still far & away more appealing than that Western Soul Sucking teenage infested World War X twin stick wiggling XboxBroShooterWarMachineOne. ;)....Ribbit

XCWarrior

#111

XCWarrior said:

Amazing video. Makes lots of great points.

N64 has so many classic games, Xboner may never be able to compete with it.

Shiryu

#112

Shiryu said:

@cfgk24 Good stuff indeed, but I tend to gravitate more towards "Burnout 2" on Game Cube... ah, the good times.

@Zombie_Barioth And the work conditions at tripe A titles are downright awful. I do wonder if we are heading into a new video game crash sooner rather than later...

Zombie_Barioth

#113

Zombie_Barioth said:

@Shiryu
I'm sure something is going to give one way or another eventually. Wether people get tired of the way things are and it creates a mini-crash or what I don't know but every ecosystem has a way of correcting itself.

We're already seeing games like COD sell less, and even 3D world failed to make the sort of splash people expected it to, so we might be seeing early signs of something happening.

Fandabidozi

#117

Fandabidozi said:

Just got a N64 for Xmas, plus a few new games. I still have my original games thankfully. Wave Race 64 on a 3D TV looks amazing!!!

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