I want to apologize to any boxing fans because I am not referring to the great Michael Buffer’s catchphrase above.
This week we are going on an adventure through Star Fox 64, a classic video game that debuted on the Nintendo 64 which also introduced the world to the rumble pak.
Star Fox was originally released on Super Nintendo in 1993. It’s a rail shooter type of game that featured a cast of animals with human characteristics, like standing on two feet and talking.
To top things off, these creatures flew spaceships similar to the ones seen in Star Wars and used them to defend their homeworld from a warlord army.
The next step in the franchise was the reboot simply called Star Fox 64 in 1997. A milestone in electronic entertainment for not only having amazing graphics, it was the first game to introduce a rumble feature.
This meant players could feel the game through their controller by attaching a small device called the rumble pak.
Star Fox 64 utilized this technology right from the getgo and that helped it become one of the best games in history.
The title featured three different vehicles which were fighter jets, tanks and submarines.
You did not have the option to choose your mode of transportation but the levels were crafted to make most of what you had to drive.
With various ways to enjoy the game, the rumble feature was icing on the cake.
Blowing up things in a boss battle, dodging missiles under water and shooting rounds from your tank felt awesome. Sometimes it was worth getting hit in the game just to feel the impact.
After a decade of video games being able to only be experienced through a person’s eyes, a new chapter began in game development along with new challenges for console game creators to face.
Thankfully this worked out great in the long haul.
Today many people don’t realize that vibrating controllers was a huge deal at one point.
I remember having to harass classmates to either let me borrow a rumble pak or have them bring one over to my house. A friend’s value depended heavily on what they could offer me in the gaming world and I doubt I was the only one that felt that way as a kid.
Current technology has the rumble feature as a standard and it is automatically built into controllers.
Back in the day, you had to carry a block that was the size of your hand around anytime you wanted to feel that Michael Bay explosion in your bones.
I have fond memories of playing Star Fox 64. My parents rented the game and Blockbuster made customers pay a separate price for the rumble pak.
After promising to do extra chores, this masterpiece was mine for five days. Making the most out of that time was amazing and I still reminisce over the amount of fun it offered.
If you ever played Star Fox 64 and/or remember the rumble pak, then I would like for you to share your experiences with Local Gamers. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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