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Ultimately, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is a bizarre dichotomy. On one hand, it's a fabulous game that will provide gamers with hours of enjoyment. On the other hand, the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube versions are far superior in every respect. In the end, it really doesn't matter. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 will be remembered not only as the Nintendo 64's final game, but one of its best titles in the console's library. If you don't have one of the newer consoles, fire up the old Nintendo 64 and prepare to get lost in the cool world of Tony Hawk.
If you've already moved on to the current generation of gaming hardware, as most avid gamers have, you'll likely have a hard time coping with the technical shortcomings of this particular version of Tony Hawk 3, despite its underlying playability. So if you have the option of playing it on a newer console, you should take it. It's true that consoles don't age well, and on several levels this game simply cannot compete with the action-packed sports games coming out on other consoles right now. But stubborn N64 owners out there should take notice of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, as it represents one of the best skateboarding games the platform has to offer and is quite possibly the last game the platform will offer, period.
That's about it for this final N64 version of Tony Hawk, and the final game period. It's a Tony Hawk game stuck in a generation previous. It doesn't serve any purpose given the hardware, but it's playable if this is your only choice.