The N64 turns 20 this year, as does Super Mario 64 - one of the most notable launch titles in the history of video games. Those of us who were lucky enough to own this console at the time of release were rewarded with one of the most riveting gaming experiences of all time, but iretrogamer.com boss Tyler Esposito was even more privliedged as he got his hands on the Japanese version of the console before its official western launch.
Aged 10 at the time, Esposito's early access to the machine was thanks to the efforts of his father, who rented it from a local game store along with Super Mario 64, Pilotwings 64 and Saikyō Habu Shōgi - the three Japanese launch titles.
The footage below shows Esposito putting Mario through his paces and reflecting on how Nintendo's mascot has matured alongside the players who enjoy his adventures. What memories do you have of playing the N64 two decades ago? Let us know by posting a comment.