Rob's Top Nintendo 64 Games

It was around this time that gaming was making a huge jump into the realm of 3D. Nintendo introduced their newest console, the Nintendo 64. 3rd party developers were a little puzzled with Nintendo's decision to stick with the cartridge platform, but regardless it still was able to give us plenty of great titles.

Banjo-Tooie

Banjo-Kazooie took what Super Mario 64 built and put their own twist on it. Utilizing a 2-in-1 character design that later influenced titles like Ratchet & Clank. Rare managed to excel in giving their characters personality. Banjo-Tooie however, took everything they learned and expanded on it to make an even better game. 

Pokemon Stadium 2

Bigger and better than Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Stadium 2 introduces the second generation Pokemon along with new gameplay modes, Mini-games, four player battles, better presentation, etc. The game is a must own on the Nintendo 64.

Super Smash Bros.

THE most important fighting game to come out since Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter II. It blindsided everyone and introduced a unique and fun battle system. HAL was able to craft a spectacular 4-player experience giving you a decent variety of choices across different Nintendo games. The stages are well crafted and the gameplay is so much fun. While the Nintendo 64 didn't have many fighting games, it definitely had one of the best.

Mario Party

The N64 is packed with party games and obviously a game with "Party" in the name is no exception. Each installment of this series on the system is fantastic and is always a great game to break out for some fun.

Paper Mario

Another genre the N64 wasn't known for, Paper Mario takes the cake for the best RPG on the system. The battle system is simple and is good for a RPG beginner but is also very effective and fun. Unlike the traditional RPG, Paper Mario is filled with Puzzles and lacks the random encounters. That alone makes it easy to pick up for any Non-RPG fan. The story is fun with some witty dialogue along with the bright and colorful graphics really makes Paper Mario stand out.

007 Goldeneye

Pierce Brosnan is the best Bond. Daniel Craig is cool and all but the Brosnan films are the best. Not only that, the games are the best too. Goldeneye 007 was another hit in Rare's long list of eventual classics. The campaign was fun, controls were great (at the time), and was graphically impressive (also at the time). The real cream of the crop here was it's multiplayer. It had a 4-Player Multiplayer which led to countless hours spent from anyone that owned it. The crazy thing though is that a few guys developed the online within a week before the deadline. The fact that they pulled that off and it was such a success shows how great Rare truly was.

Diddy Kong Racing

Most people know that Mario Kart 64 is garbage compared to Diddy Kong Racing. First off, it has a story mode. Complete with bosses and secret areas. In my opinion the tracks are miles better than anything Mario Kart had, and to top it off the music.


Yoshi's Story

One of the easiest games on the Nintendo 64. It doesn't mean it's bad though! As a matter of fact it's one of the most pleasant experiences on the system. It's pure charm and wonder all of the way through.

WWF No Mercy

Wrestling was the thing to watch when I was younger. All of my friends were into it and we would always get together to watch the PPVs. That also meant we always spent time playing wrestling games too. Whether it be on our consoles or on a friends trampoline (which led to a lot of injuries for some of us). WWF No Mercy was one of the games played most at the time and we would play all day/night. With it's sizable roster and smooth controls, the game is still easy to pick up and play even in today's standards. There's a reason why most wrestling game fans still hail this as one of the best one.

Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Highly regarded as one of the greatest games ever made, Ocarina of Time is an impressive feat to show what the Nintendo 64 was actually capable of, especially that early in the consoles life cycle. It was able to raise the bar that Super Mario 64 had set up so high. The music and atmosphere were able to set the tone perfectly for the story. The game is truly timeless thanks to the smooth battle system as well.

Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Much darker than Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask managed to squeeze even more out of the system (with help from the expansion pack). The gameplay revolves around a three day system. As you play the days move forward and with the end of the third day the world ends, having you return to the first day. The series' trademark puzzles require you to do things on a certain day which puts a nice twist onto it. The atmosphere, plot, side quests, pretty much everything about this great is amazing. Even the people living in the world and how they react to the world ending makes the game much more fleshed out. I personally hold this a bit higher up above Ocarina of Time.

Winback

The closest Nintendo got to a Metal Gear Solid game on their console. At least until the GameCube. Winback helped influence future titles in the genre like different endings, a cover system, and a laser sight mechanic. 

Donkey Kong 64

Yet another Rare game, Donkey Kong 64 was another excellent platformer and is the pinnacle of the "collectathon" subgenre. With a World record of 1,262 collectibles, Donkey Kong 64 has a lot for you do and is a nice time sink if you like to go on the completionist route.

Conker's Bad Fur Day

Aside from Super Mario 64, Conker's Bad Fur Day is the best game on the Nintendo 64. The crude humor, solid gameplay and overall aesthetic makes this a fun experience whenever I play it. The storyline might not have been the most cohesive by any means but it still ended up captivating me. Conker also had an excellent multiplayer with a ton of different game modes. Technologically speaking I feel that Conker actually leaves most if not all N64 games in the dust. With Voice acting along with lip-syncing on top of levels of textures and impressive shadowing, Conker's Bad Fur Day is a very dynamic game and in my opinion is a game everyone should give a shot at.

Super Mario 64

This game revolutionized what 3D could do. Much like they did with Super Mario Bros. 11 years prior, Super Mario 64 was one of the first 3D games with an open world. To this day it is one of the most influential titles ever made. Koji Kondo outdid himself with the soundtrack with having each area in the game having excellent music and conveys the atmosphere perfectly. 


Honorable Mentions:

Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Ready 2 Rumble Boxing
Hybrid Heaven
Snowboard Kids
Jet Force Gemini
Wave Race 64
Ogre Battle 64
Sin & Punishment
Gex 3
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