A Florida gamer discovered working N64 demo display at pediatric dentist’s office, shares screenshots on social media, sparking nostalgia among fans. The N64 was Nintendo’s successful successor to SNES, featuring legendary games like Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
A gamer from Florida found a working Nintendo 64 demo display at an unusual location while on an errand. Following their find, they shared some screenshots of the kiosk on social media with other retro gaming fans. The discovery was praised by other Nintendo 64 fans, who shared memories of their favorite games of the era and asked about the location of the display.
Originally released in 1996, the N64 was Nintendo’s successor to the critically acclaimed SNES and was the home of some of Nintendo’s best-selling titles of the time. These included legendary hits such as Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It was also Nintendo’s final home console to use bulky game cartridges before switching to discs and game cards. These days, the legacy of the Nintendo 64 endures by way of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, with games such as Excitebike 64 being added to the N64 app for users that have the upgrade as part of their subscription. Though the N64 was officially discontinued in 2002, that has not stopped some gamers from finding working consoles in unusual locations.
On Reddit, a user named CraigCorb found a functioning N64 kiosk while he took his son to a pediatric dentist appointment in Lake Mary, Florida. The OP shared two screenshots of the discovery on the r/retrogaming subreddit. Situated next to a GameCube kiosk, the N64 cabinet featured two controllers, a CRT display, and a copy of Mario Kart 64 inside the console. The kiosk itself was reminiscent of units seen in retailers such as Walmart and Target during the late 1990s and early 2000s. While hobby projects such as N64 arcade cabinets have been a way for fans to relive their childhoods, finding a working display at an office is an uncommon sight.
The OP said that functional units can go for as much as $500 to $1,000 online, which is over twice the price of the N64’s launch price of $199 in 1996. But, the console is still not as pricey as boxed copies of the rarest N64 games out there. The post from CraigCorb received over 800 upvotes on r/retrogaming in three days. The OP stated that he took time to play Mario Kart: Double Dash on the adjacent GameCube unit, and joked that the N64 was less for the children, and more for the parents to relive their childhoods.
With continued support for GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo Switch Online service, and posts from gamers such as CraigCorb, the legacy of the N64 will not be forgotten. It remains to be seen what else Nintendo will add to the N64 app going forward.