The Nintendo 64 was the most powerful game console ever with the most potential when it was released. Popular franchises such as Final Fantasy and The Legend of Zelda wowed people with the amazing graphics made only possible with the power of the Nintendo 64, other tech demos and crazy propaganda also did their part.
When everyone thought Final Fantasy was still a Nintendo exclusive the tech demo got them all drooling with anticipation,
Of course The Legend of Zelda was generating far more hype. Even if the following is a rather primitive display of what the game turned out to be it should be noted the metallic sheen was not in real time,
Earthbound 64 (Mother 3) looked like it would be one hell of a graphical power house... if only it was released.
Those were the good old days, pity it was when Nintendo finally fell from grace, the Nintendo 64 was an awesome console but the reliance on cartridges was an Achilles heel. It lost Final Fantasy as a direct result from the lack of an optical drive and as such pretty much blew away all of Nintendo's chances at regaining top spot, conceding it to Sony.