It is no secret that the Nintendo 64 was one of the best, if not the best Nintendo games console ever! With a catalog of games that features some of the best ever made. The success of the ‘classic’ series is undeniable and it is only a matter of time before we get the Nintendo 64 Classic. In anticipation we would like to explore 10 games that we feel would make this console and instant ‘classic’ (pun intended).
Although Nintendo might be limited to using only Nintendo games, for our amusement, we will consider all titles released on the platform… LETSAAA GO!!
Note: this is in no particular order of the 10.
10) The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time
Starting off strong with arguably the greatest game ever made. This game is an instant classic and a must play. A massive world with tons to do and discover, a great story and remarkably polished graphics and gameplay make this game one of Nintendo’s’ greatest achievements to date. Ocarina of Time‘s gameplay introduced features such as a target-lock system and context-sensitive buttons that have since become common in 3D adventure games. In Japan, more than 820,000 copies were sold in 1998, making it the tenth best-selling game of that year. During its lifetime, over a million copies were sold in Japan, with over seven million sold worldwide. The game won the Grand Prize in the Interactive Art division at the Japan Media Arts Festival, and won six honors at the 2nd Annual Interactive Achievement Awards. It is listed among the highest-rated games on several review aggregators, and is considered by many critics and players to be one of the greatest video games ever made.
9) 007 Goldeneye
The ultimate “lets settle this right here, right now game” with a slew of characters, wonderfully designed levels and one of the greatest (still to this day) first person shooter multiplayer experiences around. Grab a couch, 4 controllers, the golden gun and have hours upon hours of fun. The game also features a rather lengthy single player campaign with fantastically unique levels. For how old this game is, it still holds up as one of the best multiplayer experiences you can get. Simplistic in design and execution but endless fun!
8) Super Mario 64
This game was a technical masterpiece in the realm of platform gaming. Super Mario 64 has some of the greatest level design in the history of gaming. The control that the player has over Mario feels so good to play and watch. The sheer number of levels in combination with the uniqueness of each one is simply a stunning feat. Couple that with the MASSIVE amount of hidden content tucked away and you have yourself one of the best platformers ever released.
7) Perfect Dark
The only real competition to Goldeneye (in my opinion.. better), Perfect Dark is a masterpiece in its own right. The puzzles, clever A.I and surprisingly tight mechanics placed this game WAY ahead of its time. This game has features that are absent to this day from some of the most popular FPS. First, this game introduced A.I controlled bots in multiplayer meaning you no longer needed to have friends to play multiplayer (YAY introverts). Second, the missions were exceptionally crafted with very engaging tasks and environments. Lastly, the fact that you could play this campaign with a friend only to have your friend control the enemies is an experience like no other. This would be a killer feature in most modern FPS (again, pun intended). Perfect Dark was just that, perfect.
6) Conker’s Bad Fur Day
Seemingly out of left field, this totally NSFW game exploded onto the platforming scene with its obscenely funny jokes, references and overall sense of humor. The game was basically a giant parody of every other platformer, and it was REALLY, REALLY good. This game has some amazingly well-crafted characters and dialogue. The story was all in on the comedy, raunchy humor and bananas platforming action. It all works so well… I mean, what other game has a giant poop as the final boss??? I rest my case.
5) Mario Kart 64
Nintendo had a habit of creating some awesome multiplayer experience that is unmatched to this day. Mario Kart was no exception, this game was ultimate competition on wheels for the Nintendo 64 and offered players endless fun. Again, like with most of the titles on this list, the level design in this game was incredible to say the least. Mastering the maps and optimizing your runs was one of the best feelings! That, and hitting your friend with the red shell right before the finish line!
4) Donkey Kong 64
This award winning game is a worthy edition to the Nintendo 3D platforming games catalog. This game shamelessly borrows a lot from Rare’s platform style games (like Banjo Kazooie) with tons of collectables, very good level design and some funny characters. The rap song from the intro is famously bad and the camera can be frustrating.. but the game is still held as one of the consoles best and should be on the console.
3) Super Smash Brothers
Of all the games on this list, this game might be the best multiplayer game. Featuring one of the most complete and diverse cast of characters, Super Smash Brothers was leagues ahead of its time in terms of mechanics and attention to detail. The ultimate ‘easy to learn, hard to master’ game is a fan favorite to this day. There was no feeling like hearing that “GAME” voice when you smashed your opponents into bits. Oh, the single player was pretty awesome as well, the amount of secrets would keep players coming back for more. The game also had a massive amount of ways to modify each and every match. Can someone say….POKEMON FIGHT!!
2) Banjo Kazooie
As a third person platformer like Super Mario 64, Banjo Kazooie is a fantastic action platformer. The game is split into 9 major sections with a hub like over world (similar to the Super Mario Castle). What makes this game so much fun is that you can collect the Jiggies (the games main collectables) in a non-linear order and in some cases, levels can be skipped all together if the player collects enough of the Jiggies. The real gimmick of this game is that the player will use two characters in tandem to solve puzzles and progress through the levels. This game was a ton of fun and would be a fantastic edition to the console.
1) Star Fox 64
“Do a barrel roll Fox!” is arguably the most iconic and well known lines from any video game in recent memory. Star Fox 64 was Nintendos’ attempt at a game featuring flight mechanics using the new power of the Nintendo 64… and they NAILED IT. Star Fox 64 is surprisingly easy to play and takes advantage of the consoles power and controller. The game features a very interactive and realistic in game communication between the team members which really makes the players feel involved. The levels are fun, the bosses are cool and can be tough and the multiplayer is like the Mario Kart Battle in a spaceship. This game would be seriously fun to revisit on a bigger screen and a revamped controller!
These are just 10 of the MANY games we would love to see on the Nintendo 64 classic edition! What games do you want to see?