Jeopardy! on the Nintendo 64
Scoring a quite superb 9% in N64 Magazine back in 1998, this forgotten gem appears to scrape the very barrel of badness.
The game is so obscure now there’s very little information about it online. We just remember the review from 22 years ago. And laugh maniacally.
Anyway, this show was created by Merv Griffin (who also created Wheel of Fortune, making him the world’s only certified game show creating genius).
The show is all about general knowledge, with subtle nudges and hints of the answer. The show runs to this day. The N64 game is long forgotten.
The presenter is Alex Trebek (great surname, there). On the N64 box cover, he looks a bit sad and tired—like he’s trapped on the show suffering from burnout.
Whatever, this is what you were getting if you forked out for the title.
N64 Magazine noted at the time that contestant #1 there (in the video at the 24 second mark) looks like former English prime minister Tony Blair. Indeed.
So, Jeopardy! may well have pulled in some big weight names, but the game itself is apparently awful.
Or is it? We’ve seen a lot of comments online for this and Wheel of Fortune with gamers saying it’s “all right” and that.
We suppose one big difference is, back in 1998, you’d pay £50 for this thing. An absurd asking price given the lack of polish the game exhibits.
These days, you can play it easily online for free with N64 emulators. Which means you won’t have a reaction such as, “I paid fifty smackers for this heap of bloody garbage!? For shame!”
Looking at the clips, the contestants look awful. As if they’re superimposed onto backgrounds, with the tinny sound effects not complementing that.
So, it looks like a kind of lazy creation. Either that or time restrictions led to a major rush job.
The result is this was one to desperately avoid back in 1998. But these days, for a laugh, it’s there online for free. And is probably worthy of at least 40%.