Remember anticipating a 3D The Legend of Zelda? How about the excitement Final Fantasy 64 stirred up? Gaming was making its first leap into 3D in the mid-90s, and Nintendo was primed to usher in the new generation with its powerful Nintendo 64.

Tech demo videos got gamers hot and bothered with the prospect of playing our favorite franchises in glorious 3D. While the graphics pale in comparison to today's games, we have to admit, they're still pretty cool to watch. Hit the jump for the videos, and be prepared for the tears of joy.

Lost Levels has an extensive feature on the Final Fantasy 64 tech demo, debunking a few mysteries and filling in the gaps in the story. You can also download higher quality versions of the tech demo embedded below.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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