I hope you dont mind Mysticales that I'm copying your "[Memories]" prefix for this thread.
Anyway, I bought this game right when it came out for the N64, as well as did most of my friends that had a N64.
They all seemed to love it, but I hated it. Don't know why, but I just didn't like the graphics. Although it was current gen for the time, the graphics didn't seem to live up to the situations. With mario, any graphics are fine and its fun, but I don't think it works like that with FPS's or at least in my opinion.