Electronics Boutique Christmas 1997 Catalog

Nintendo & Sega

Page 60 - Nintendo 64 hardware, Diddy Kong Racing, Bomberman 64

Page 60 - Nintendo 64 hardware, Diddy Kong Racing, Bomberman 64

The Nintendo 64 is not well represented in this catalog. It has three dedicated pages and then a handful of titles scattered in seemingly random places. I suppose 1998 was a better year for it but by then it was firmly cemented in second place.


Page 61 - Goldeneye 007, Starfox 64, Tetrisphere, Mario Kart 64, Mischief Makers

Page 61 - Goldeneye 007, Starfox 64, Tetrisphere, Mario Kart 64, Mischief Makers

My memory is far from perfect but I recall Goldeneye 007 being the best selling game of this Christmas season. I'll go ahead and assume Mario Kart 64 did well too.


Page 62 - Blast Corps, Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire, Mario 64, Cruisn USA, Wave Race 64

Page 62 - Blast Corps, Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire, Mario 64, Cruis'n USA, Wave Race 64

I've had Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire sitting on my N64 shelf for years now and still haven't started it even though I'm positive I'd really enjoy it. Maybe I'll play it before it turns 20.


Page 63 - Game Boy Pocket, Donkey Kong Land III, Kirbys Star Stacker, Ken Griffey Jr., Tetris Plus, Game and Watch Gallery, Mole Mania, Battle Arena Toshinden, Donkey Kong Land 2, King of Fighters 95

Page 63 - Game Boy Pocket, Donkey Kong Land III, Kirby's Star Stacker, Ken Griffey Jr., Tetris Plus, Game and Watch Gallery, Mole Mania, Battle Arena Toshinden, Donkey Kong Land 2, King of Fighters '95

What I remember most about the Game Boy Pocket is Sega mocking it. They had a good point about Nintendo still selling a black & white system 8 years after it first launched but it didn't matter to anyone else.


Page 64 - Game Boy games

Page 64 - Game Boy games

I guess 1997 would be the last time this rendition of Link would be used. Once Ocarina of Time was released that became the new standard for his appearance. Wind Waker was the next major redesign but he reverted back to the Ocarina of Time style for Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword.


Page 65 - Super Nintendo

Page 65 - Super Nintendo

This is a historically interesting page - the last days of the Super Nintendo. Technically speaking, Frogger would be the last licensed release for the system but Kirby's Dream Land 3 is often given that distinction.

F-Zero and Sim City deserve an award for price durability. They were both launch titles and here they are for $35 at the very end. I am extremely hard-pressed to think of any other launch titles that were also still being sold new when the system was discontinued. Not counting systems with extremely short lifespans of course.


Page 82 - Lamborghini and Game Boy games

Page 82 - Lamborghini and Game Boy games

Yes Sega had a point when the mocked the Game Boy Pocket but dang there were a lot of good games for it. Yeah there was junk of course, I'd say this page is 50:50 in the junk to good game ratio.


Page 83 - N64, Super Nintendo, Genesis, PlayStation, and Saturn games

Page 83 - N64, Super Nintendo, Genesis, PlayStation, and Saturn games

Coming soon - Magic Knight Rayearth... which was the last Saturn game released in the US and didn't make it out until the next December. The beta box art pictured here is a tiny bit different than the final product.


Page 84 - Sega hardware

Page 84 - Sega hardware

Reason #536 why the Game Gear wasn't competitive with the Game Boy: you needed a laptop bag to carry it.


Page 85 - Sonic R, World Wide Soccer 98, Quake, Enemy Zero, NBA Action 98, Last Bronx, NHL 98, Duke Nukem 3D

Page 85 - Sonic R, World Wide Soccer 98, Quake, Enemy Zero, NBA Action '98, Last Bronx, NHL '98, Duke Nukem 3D

I played a ton of Quake on the PC. I hear the Saturn version was a really good port.


Page 86 - Rampage World Tour, Doom 64, Mace the Dark Age, Maximum Force, Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub Zero, Pandemonium 2, San Francisco Rush, War Gods

Page 86 - Rampage World Tour, Doom 64, Mace the Dark Age, Maximum Force, Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub Zero, Pandemonium 2, San Francisco Rush, War Gods

I know some people like it but I thought Doom 64 was the worst version of the game. Yes, I've played the Super Nintendo version and I stand by my statement.


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