Stuff I Like That’s Good
— Day 7 —
Cruis’n World

Or, a case for the best Nintendo 64 game of all time.

Fasten your seat belts, boys and girls! ‘Cause we’re about to go Cruis’n.

To this day, I hold that the best video game console to ever grace this Earth was the Nintendo 64. Sure, the Wii was good. And so was the Xbox 360, the NES, PS2, Gamecube, and many others. But none other can hold a candle to the four player experiences the Nintendo 64 could provide.

The Nintendo 64 excelled in multiplayer experiences. Games like Goldeneye, Mario Kart 64, Mario Party 2, Star Fox 64, Mario Tennis, and NFL Blitz were all magnificent multiplayer games that provided endless hours of fun.

But one multiplayer game comes out on top as my leading champ. And that game is Cruis’n World.

Cruis’n World is an arcade racing game. The game features numerous exotically campy tracks (racing on the Great Wall of China, anyone?), beautifully springy driving mechanics, and a soundtrack that’s got all the beat and power you’ll ever need.

“You’ve got the beat/You’ve got the power/To Cruis’ the Wooooorld.”

But at its core, Cruis’n World is a very simple game. Strikingly so. In fact, it’s almost startling what the developers got away with. However, I’ll let you in on a little something: those simple elements served to enhance the game experience.

When I was a kid and my cousins from out of town would visit, we’d all spend the night together and wake up and 5:00 and 6:00 in the morning to play this game. O sure, we had other games, but Crusi’n World was where it was happening.

Every little detail entertained us like nobody’s business. The random stampeding animals in Australia, driving through a Pyramid in Egypt, the cliche city grunge in New York, and the eventual trip to the moon that drove like a cherry atop a digital sundae.

We’d laugh and we’d cry, we’d throw our controllers and we’d annoy the snot out of our parents for being loud, and we’d just have a rip roaring good time playing.

When I think of the multiplayer games from my youth that carried that kind of entertainment value, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Double Dash, and Star Fox: Assault are the only other games aside from Cruis’n World that come to mind. THAT IS IT.

But nevertheless, when you account for the nostalgia factor, the playability factor, and the level of fun involved, Cruis’n World has the edge. And for me anyways, it even has the edge when weighed against ALL Nintendo 64 games. Yes, I know the N64 was the console that gave us the supremely brilliant Super Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time. But neither of those games built connections between me and the players around me quite like Cruis’n World did. And for that reason, Cruis’n World is also my favorite Nintendo 64 game.

Cruis’n World. It’s a video game I like, and it is good. Check it out sometime.

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