The 25 Finest Nintendo 64 Video games of All Time

The 25 Best Nintendo 64 Games of All Time

As IGN celebrates its twenty fifth anniversary, we’re updating our earlier Prime N64 Video games checklist, initially written greater than 21 years in the past, to have a good time the N64 video games which have left the most important mark not simply on our lives, however on the trade as a complete.

As all the time with any type of checklist like this, it’s necessary to determine our standards to clarify as greatest as we are able to why some video games made the checklist and others didn’t. First, whereas we did not have a tough rule on solely together with video games that had been unique to the Nintendo 64, we additionally didn’t need to embody video games which might be simply merely higher on different platforms of that period, like Resident Evil 2 and Rayman 2.

Second, we tried to contemplate quite a lot of elements, together with historic significance, how good it appeared and performed on the time, along with how nicely it holds up right this moment, y’know, simply in case you’re nonetheless capable of dig your previous N64 out of the closet. The video games towards the highest of this checklist are those that we really feel have one of the best mixture of these three standards, whereas those in the direction of the underside, or those that did not make the reduce, is perhaps sturdy in a type of features, however missing within the others. Honorable mentions embody Conker’s Dangerous Fur Day, Mario Occasion 2, Excitebike 64, Pilotwings 64, Rocket: Robotic on Wheels, Mario Tennis, Turok, Wrestlemania, No Mercy, BattleTanx, Episode I: Racer, Snowboard Youngsters, Mischief Makers, ISS98, and lots of, many extra. There are simply too many greats to suit into a listing of 25.

Lastly, one final be aware, as a result of our employees is usually made up of people that performed Nintendo 64 video games launched solely in North America, we determined to maintain this checklist import free.

The Prime 10 N64 Video games of All Time

25. Banjo-Tooie

The followup to Banjo-Kazooie expanded on what made the primary nice, including 8 extra attractive (if stuttery on the Nintendo 64) ranges to maintain the collecta-a-thon going whereas not shaking issues up an excessive amount of. Along with choosing up proper the place Kazooie left off, Tooie was additionally a continuation of Kazooie in one other inventive method: Whereas the unique plans to hyperlink the cartridges by bodily swapping them forwards and backwards within the N64 was nixed by Nintendo, unexplained mysteries from the primary recreation together with very well-hidden, literal Easter eggs and the bafflingly inaccessible Ice Key did make appearances in Tooie, and helped the pair of video games really feel like one journey.

Banjo-Tooie was up in opposition to some beloved platformers in our choice course of together with Conker’s Dangerous Fur Day and Donkey Kong 64, each from Tooie’s developer, Uncommon. However Tooie’s platforming, augmented by goofy transformations and countless new strikes, was refined in comparison with DK64, and its explorable areas dwarfed Conker, giving it the sting. – Samuel Claiborn

24. Pokemon Stadium 2

Like the unique Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Stadium 2 didn’t have a narrative of its personal, however offered an superior enlargement of kinds to Pokemon Trainers with Pokemon Gold, Silver, or Crystal on the GameBoy Shade. The switch pak for the Nintendo 64 controller allowed you to battle with your individual Pokemon from the GameBoy Shade video games within the Gymnasium Chief Fortress and many of the tournaments within the Stadium, see 3D Pokemon fashions on the Lab, play the Pokemon GameBoy video games at double or triple pace when you unlocked the Doduo or Dodrio modes, and extra.

The 12 new mini-games and quiz mode offered hours of leisure with mates, and new to Pokemon Stadium 2, the Pokemon Academy was like a built-in technique information that taught helpful techniques with exams within the type of precise Pokemon battles. General, Pokemon Stadium 2 was simply an extremely welcome addition for Pokemon followers on the Nintendo 64. – Casey DeFreitas

23. Blast Corps

Uncommon’s creative Blast Corps, about clearing a path for a runaway nuclear missile service, is a type of superb video games from the interval that appears like one factor, however is definitely one other. Whereas the assortment of harmful {hardware} like big bulldozers, dump vehicles, and mechs with evocative names like ‘Thunderfist’ or ‘J-Bomb’ appear purely targeted on cruising round and blowing stuff up, Blast Corps is as a lot a puzzle recreation as anything.

On the time, we praised its catastrophe film vibes, imaginative bonus video games, and sharp graphics, whereas solely criticizing its brevity, which at 11 hours for the story and aspect missions in response to How Lengthy to Beat, actually isn’t that unhealthy by right this moment’s requirements. As with many video games on this checklist, Blast Corps nonetheless holds up remarkably nicely right this moment and begs the query of why there haven’t been extra video games since that borrow from it exterior of the occasional big monster recreation. – John Davison

22. Area Station Silicon Valley

Though Nintendo 64’s library is outlined by its sturdy first- and second-party efforts, you’ll discover some real third-party gems from a few of the greatest builders of the day (and in addition right this moment) in case you dig a bit deeper. We drastically loved Sucker Punch’s sturdy debut with Rocket: Robotic on Wheels or Paradigm/EA’s Beetle Journey Racing, however we need to spotlight an oft-forgotten little treasure known as Area Station Silicon Valley. DMA Design’s 1998 puzzle recreation casts gamers because the stays of a broken robotic — a strolling microchip — who may take over quite a lot of robotic animals to unravel sensible and sometimes hilarious puzzles.

Every animal, from super-speedy mice on wheels to missile-firing hyena scorching rods, introduced distinctive controls and skills to take down enemies and overcome difficult ranges. Area Station: Silicon Valley’s designers and its lead programmer, Leslie Benzies, found an attention-grabbing formulation: a sandbox crammed with “automobiles” that every one felt in another way and had been simply enjoyable to fiddle with. In the end, its low gross sales ensured that we by no means noticed a sequel. The workforce, nonetheless, wasn’t discouraged and began work on Grand Theft Auto III. We will forgive them for by no means returning to Silicon Valley. – Peer Schneider

21. Beetle Journey Racing

It will be straightforward to dismiss 1999’s Beetle Journey racing as a cynically-motivated licensed recreation created solely to showcase Volkswagen’s New Beetle, launched the earlier 12 months. To take action could be to miss a key second within the evolution of racing video games that has led us to the place we’re right this moment with the extra playful Want for Velocity or Forza Horizon video games.

What it lacked in automotive selection, it greater than made up for in its degree design. Due to EA Canada’s collaboration with Pilotwings 64 developer Paradigm Leisure, it was capable of give attention to six big tracks that featured so many shortcuts and sideroads that exploration was an necessary ingredient of efficiently profitable races. – John Davison

20. 1080° Snowboarding

Pre-dating the seminal SSX by two years, 1080 was a uncommon instance of Nintendo taking a swing at a extra critical sports activities recreation and delivering one thing particular. Whereas its graphics had been totally attractive, its give attention to realism made it really stand out. Very similar to Wave Race 64 managed to convey the sensation of water, this captured the texture of transferring over (and generally via) snow in ways in which hadn’t been seen earlier than.

Enthusiastic opinions on the time lauded how satisfying it felt, however many gamers discovered it punitively difficult at first because of its demanding management scheme that had you absorbing impacts with a squeeze of the Z-trigger. – John Davison

19. WWF No Mercy

It’s telling that one of many predominant promoting factors of the upcoming AEW online game is that it will likely be largely impressed by WWF No Mercy, even going so far as bringing its director, Hideyuki Iwashita, on board for its improvement. Why? No Mercy represented the head of an period of wrestling video video games. Its easy preventing mechanics made it tremendous straightforward for even informal wrestling followers to leap in, choose their favourite wrestler, and have a good time with minimal onboarding.

It was one of many uncommon 4 participant video games that didn’t require cut up display, making it a wonderful social gathering recreation, however along with that, it additionally had one of many higher single participant story modes of any wrestling recreation, even to today. One the place your selections and efficiency in a match really made a distinction within the route of the story. Wrestling video games have since grow to be higher at simulating the expertise {of professional} wrestling, however No Mercy represents the height of how enjoyable a wrestling recreation may be, even at its most elementary degree. – Mitchell Saltzman

18. Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart 64 constructed upon the pixelated Mode 7 gameplay of its SNES predecessor and launched totally 3D programs for the primary time, ingeniously mixing polygons and 2D sprites for a unbelievable array of giant, sprawling raceways full of tunnels, big ramps, and iconic Nintendo characters and places. By the tip of some laps round a stage of this chaotic kart racer, the roads are normally suffering from discarded banana peels, ricocheting turtle shells, and eight intensely aggressive gamers all vying for the #1 spot. The result’s equal components difficult and hilarious; touchdown an ideal blue shell projectile on an unsuspecting participant and nabbing a slender victory at least second is a sense like no different in video video games.

With varied issue speeds, a great deal of hidden shortcuts and a time trial mode, racing is all the time a blast in Mario Kart 64, however that’s solely half the story right here. The sport’s endlessly enjoyable battle mode is residence to a small however rattling close to excellent set of multiplayer phases which have gone on to grow to be a few of the most memorable within the historical past of the kart racing style. Later video games like Mario Kart: Double Sprint and Mario Kart 8 introduced the sequence to daring new locations however Mario Kart 64 is a traditional kart racer that also holds up right this moment. – Mind Altano

17. Diddy Kong Racing

To today, there exists the heated dialogue of which mascot racing recreation was Nintendo 64’s greatest. And truthfully, it’s a tricky query, primarily as a result of they’re all so totally different. However there’s little doubt in our minds that Diddy Kong Racing deserves a spot in our prime 25. On the floor, it nearly seems to be like a Mario Kart 64 clone, with Nintendo’s characters changed by these from the Uncommon universe, however you’ll rapidly uncover there’s a lot extra.

Diddy Kong Racing was residence to lots of issues not seen within the kart racing style on the time. For starters, there are extra automobiles than simply karts! Racers can soar via the air in a propeller airplane, and skim the water on a hovercraft. The cherry on prime is that nearly each course is tuned to swimsuit any of those automobiles, so whilst you’re floor degree racing on a standard kart, you might be enjoying cut up display with somebody within the air. Pair that with a full on story mode, full with boss races, secret characters to unlock, and even a mini-open world to cruise round in, and Diddy Kong Racing proved it deserves to be remembered as top-of-the-line racers the Nintendo 64 needed to provide. Additionally, nearly each observe within the soundtrack is a bop, simply belief us. – Mark Medina

16. F-Zero X

At a time when racing video games started to give attention to element and realism, Nintendo’s EAD workforce went into a very totally different route: up, and down, inside and outdoors of twisting tubes and halfpipes. Unshackled from the flat Mode-7 plains of its SNES predecessor, F-Zero X dazzled with essentially the most advanced and twisted curler coaster tracks ever seen in a racer. F-Zero X didn’t simply have 30 rides to select from, it was capable of show ALL of them on display without delay. The truth that it created such a novel pack racing expertise at excessive speeds and pulled all that off at an unrelenting 60 frames per second makes it one of the vital notable technical achievements for Nintendo 64. F-Zero X is a superb recreation — however Nintendo didn’t cease there.

In Japan, homeowners (each of them) of the Nintendo 64DD add-on drive had been capable of not simply get extra tracks and vehicles, the F-Zero Enlargement Equipment add-on unlocked the very observe editor Nintendo’s designers used to make tracks. – Peer Schneider

15. GoldenEye 007

GoldenEye 007’s first particular person single participant marketing campaign not solely recreated (and expanded on) a few of the greatest and most action-packed scenes from the movie of the identical title, but it surely additionally introduced in a collection of Bond impressed gadgetry, breaking from the standard “run and gun” model shooters that had saturated the style on the time. Certain, there have been actually loads of issues to shoot at, however the marketing campaign managed to additionally chuck in stealth sequences, amusing unlockable cheats, and more and more difficult targets for gamers prepared to replay the sport on greater difficulties. To today, GoldenEye 007 is thought to be top-of-the-line online game diversifications of a characteristic movie and raised the bar for FPS single participant modes.

Nevertheless, it’s in multiplayer mode the place GoldenEye 007 actually discovered a lifetime of its personal, bringing as much as 4 gamers collectively in the identical room for hours of latest (and traditional) James Bond themed deathmatches. The mixture of fantastic, different multiplayer ranges, customizable weapon and gizmo units, and a roster of iconic James Bond heroes and villains result in infinitely replayable multiplayer mayhem for any group of mates keen to assemble round a tv collectively. For England, James. – Mind Altano

14. Mario Occasion 3

What was Mario Occasion’s greatest second on the Nintendo 64? Right here at IGN it boils down to 2 nice video games: Mario Occasion 2 or 3. It’s a tricky alternative, in contrast to the very straightforward alternative of selecting Waluigi, who made his Mario Occasion debut in Mario Occasion 3, together with Daisy. Along with including characters, Mario Occasion 3 simply had extra stuff, together with 70 new minigames (MP2 had solely 64, a few of which had been recycled from the primary recreation), and 5 new boards, a number of of which stay fan favorites, together with the trap-filled, ultra-wacky Waluigi board — a uncommon window into the twisted thoughts of Waluigi. There have been additionally further boards included within the new Duel Mode, a novel mode to Mario Occasion 3 that targeted on two opponents dealing with off, in case just a few mates couldn’t make the social gathering.

Whereas the Mario social gathering sequence thrived for a bit on GameCube as nicely, the love these video games obtain on the Nintendo 64 is smart: You and three mates may most likely supply 4 controllers for Goldeneye, Smash, and Kart already, however these video games took varied ability ranges, whereas principally anyone may play Mario Occasion, so many informal gamers had been capable of take part on the split-screen sofa chaos, leading to fond recollections — and lasting rivalries. – Samuel Claiborn

13. Ogre Battle 64: Individual of Lordly Caliber

Along with a sundry of platformers and racers, Nintendo 64 was residence to some actually attention-grabbing experiments in genres extra generally discovered on PCs… or nowhere in any respect. Bear in mind, Animal Crossing began on N64 – albeit solely in Japan. But it surely was the real-time technique style that noticed some very distinctive and memorable experiences on N64. We’d be remiss to not give an honorable point out to the wonderful controls of StarCraft 64 — however our console RTS coronary heart after all firmly belongs to Ogre Battle 64: Individual of Lordly Caliber.

Intently modeled after The March of the Black Queen on SNES, Ogre Battle serves up map-based real-time technique gameplay with an RPG-like battle system. On the floor, it’s an odd mixture of 2D and 3D, RTS and RPG, story and exploration, and gameplay that places extra weight on the planning part than the precise battle itself. But by some means, all of it comes collectively and works fantastically. Whereas video games like Fireplace Emblem (and the Ways sequence) have carried the torch since Ogre Battle’s final hurrah on NeoGeo Pocket, we nonetheless cling collectively in hopes Quest’s technique RPG sequence makes an sudden return. – Peer Schneider

12. Mario Golf

Developer Camelot had already confirmed it may make an addictive golf recreation with Scorching Pictures Golf on the PlayStation, and nsurprisingly, injecting that very same formulation with beloved Nintendo characters sweetened the deal even additional. Mario Golf is an uncomplicated tackle the game with easy-to-learn controls that result in nice satisfaction when your shot goes simply as deliberate. Mario, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, and the remainder of the crew all have totally different stats, particular powers, and a number of costumes to unlock. Mushroom Kingdom-themed programs would not seem till later entries within the sequence, however there’s nonetheless selection on the inexperienced.

At this time, Mario has an extended and celebrated historical past of leaping out of the platforming style into varied sports activities actions. However Mario Golf was the primary time Nintendo gave its star his personal sports activities recreation on a console. (Mario’s Tennis had faulted on the Digital Boy just a few years earlier.) In fact, the Mario Golf sequence remains to be going sturdy right this moment, with Mario Golf Tremendous Rush launched on the Nintendo Swap in 2021. However the sequence got here out swinging and landed a hole-in-one with this N64 spherical. – Daemon Hatfield

11. Pokemon Puzzle League

Pokemon Puzzle League wasn’t the primary time the legendary tile matching puzzle recreation Panel de Pon was reskinned and rebranded for a launch on a brand new platform, but it surely’s all the time a very good time irrespective of whichever kind it takes, and Pokemon Puzzle League is not any totally different.

There are some really glorious covers of the nostalgic themes discovered within the US model of the Pokemon anime, a ton of playable characters with their very own voice quips, and a difficult story mode that has you going via the titular Pokemon Puzzle League, preventing fitness center leaders, amassing badges, and in the end turning into the best Pokemon Puzzle Grasp of all of them. – Mitchell Saltzman

Prime Nintendo 64 Import Video games

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10. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

Whereas GameCube’s Star Wars: Rogue Chief: Rogue Squadron 2 is a fan favourite, the unique recreation for N64 is not any sleeping Wookie. This galaxy far, distant dream come true adopted the adventures of Luke Skywalker as he piloted his method via 15 missions in acquainted and new places like Tatooine, Corellia, Mon Calamari, and the Hoth-like Fest that was crammed with AT-AT walkers to topple along with your Snowspeeder’s tow cable. Wait a minute… no Hoth? Don’t fear, the long-lasting battle from The Empire Strikes again, alongside Beggar’s Canyon and The Dying Star Trench Run, had been unlockable secrets and techniques that made the sport that rather more thrilling, pushing you to attain all these difficult medals.

Enjoyable truth: Rogue Squadron was launched shortly earlier than Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and Lucasfilm gave the workforce the design for the Naboo Starfighter to make use of in recreation, but it surely needed to keep secret for six months after launch to coincide with the film’s launch. – Adam Bankhurst

9. Wave Race 64

Nintendo’s third recreation for the Nintendo 64 after Tremendous Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64 so completely nailed an underrepresented racing style, it’s truthfully robust to play a newer PWC/jet-ski racer and never really feel that one thing’s lacking. That “one thing” is the best way the watercraft management, the best way the everchanging waves and ocean currents affect the dealing with, and, after all, how every degree modifications with the tides.

The dynamic climate and water circumstances vary from delicate, akin to fog obscuring your imaginative and prescient and ultimately burning off, to dramatic, the place complete parts of a observe are altered. Not like the aforementioned Mario 64 and Pilotwings, Wave Race 64 doesn’t ease gamers into their combat in opposition to the weather. However the excessive issue curve ultimately offers strategy to being one with the controls and pulling off essentially the most spectacular stunts and even diving nose-first into the waves to bypass obstacles. Additionally, you get to trip a dolphin. That’s nearly as good because it will get proper there. – Peer Schneider

8. Tremendous Smash Bros.

Nobody knew what to make of Tremendous Smash Bros. when it was first launched in 1999. In typical Nintendo trend, Smash Bros. was in contrast to any fighter that had come earlier than it. As an alternative of a life bar, characters would have their injury go up till they had been knocked off the display. There have been every kind of untamed gadgets like beam swords and invincibility stars. It was no marvel that a lot of the modern protection appeared bemused by it.

What folks did not understand was that Smash Bros. was laying down a formulation that will endure for greater than 20 years, making it certainly one of Nintendo’s hottest sequence. Whereas comparatively easier than its successors, the unique Tremendous Smash Bros. nonetheless stands as one of many N64’s most entertaining social gathering video games, replete with ridiculous moments and quite a few nods to Nintendo historical past. Even right this moment, Pikachu’s plaintive “Pika Pikaaaaaaaaa” whereas flying into the space attracts amusing. Dated as it’s in some methods, the unique Tremendous Smash Bros. remains to be a delight. – Kat Bailey

7. Paper Mario

In a post-Tremendous Mario 64 world, it was a daring transfer of Nintendo to alter up Mario’s artwork model and gameplay so drastically, but it’s exhausting to overstate simply how lovely it was (and nonetheless is!) seeing all of Mushroom Kingdom’s residents in paper kind. It additionally constructed upon the wonderful turn-based RPG basis that originated in SNES’ Tremendous Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and continued to permit us to workforce up with charming and attention-grabbing characters.

In one other twist to the formulation, N64’s Paper Mario additionally allowed us to play as Princess Peach at a number of factors within the recreation and allow us to be taught extra about Bowser’s evil plan and even bake a delicious-looking Strawberry Cake to bribe a Shy Man. To today, Paper Mario is an extremely distinctive and particular expertise. – Adam Bankhurst

6. Star Fox 64

Star Fox 64 is likely one of the N64’s defining video games. It isn’t simply the head of the sequence; it’s additionally arguably top-of-the-line shoot ’em ups ever made. Star Fox has tried ever since to seize simply what made Star Fox 64 so particular, but it surely’s uncertain that it’s going to ever be capable of recreate the uncooked spectacle that was Star Fox 64 in 1997.

A showcase recreation for the N64, Star Fox 64 was a technological pioneer for Nintendo, being among the many first console video games to characteristic fully-voiced dialogue and rumble suggestions.

However what makes Star Fox 64 really timeless is its design. The Lylat System is a playground, which invitations you to undertake a number of rapid-fire playthroughs with a purpose to plumb all of its secrets and techniques. Straightforward to choose up, Star Fox 64 can grow to be brutally difficult on Professional, which makes incomes Fox’s iconic shades all of the extra satisfying. At this time it is principally remembered as a meme generator due to quotes like “Do a barrel roll,” however Star Fox 64 may maintain up higher than any recreation within the N64’s library. It is a true traditional. – Kat Bailey

5. Excellent Darkish

As nice as Goldeneye 007 was, Uncommon managed to prime it in each method with Excellent Darkish three years later. When Excellent Darkish arrived on N64 in 2000, it was one of the best first-person shooter a console had ever seen — as near excellent as was most likely potential on Nintendo’s getting old 64-bit system. Dozens of thrilling weapons had been at gamers’ disposal, together with a number of creative weapons just like the FarSight XR-20, an x-ray railgun. The extremely tweakable Fight Simulator offered the head of split-screen gaming on the flip of the century. Get 4 mates collectively, throw in just a few of the assorted bots that every had their very own playstyles, and that was many, many nights of gaming sorted.

Excellent Darkish is a slower-paced shooter than most fashionable entries within the style, but it surely stays enjoyable and really playable right this moment. A intelligent method to issue within the single-player marketing campaign ADDED mission targets if you performed on greater ranges — a way more considerate strategy to handle issue than merely rising enemy well being and injury. Due to its in style film tie-in, Goldeneye raked in way more gold. However Excellent Darkish practically perfected what Goldeneye began. – Daemon Hatfield

4. Banjo-Kazooie

To really perceive the significance of Banjo-Kazooie, all you must do is take a look at the thrilled reception to the addition of the bizarre but charming bear/chook combo to Tremendous Smash Bros. Final’s hallowed roster, over 20 years after its preliminary launch. Why? Banjo-Kazooie has withstood the check of time as each a personality duo and a recreation. Following the game-changing launch of Tremendous Mario 64, Uncommon took what was so particular about that recreation and constructed upon it to create a timeless and hilarious journey with an unlikely crew.

From assembly and preventing memorable characters like Gruntilda and Mumbo Jumbo to looking out far and large for the long-lasting golden puzzle items known as Jiggies to discovering and saving hidden Jinjos that had been positioned round every degree, there was all the time a cause to smile whereas enjoying Banjo and Kazooie. Really, there was all the time a cause to smile, interval, as who can neglect the lovely animations that had been Banjo-Kazooie’s save information, the place the duo would sleep, prepare dinner, and even play a Sport Boy. – Adam Bankhurst

3. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Masks

Although in-built the identical engine as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Masks launched a complete new realm of notable set items, quirky characters, and unforgettable gameplay mechanics within the type of the well-known three-day time-loop and two-dozen transformative masks. Mature themes abounded in each heart-wrenching side-story, which can have overshadowed the core storyline of the upcoming finish of the world if not for the huge, threatening moon overhead. The looming sense of doom instilled a way of urgency and significance to each activity, and since solely a lot could possibly be completed in three days, it left gamers with a dilemma of who to assist – even when it might all be for naught if the falling moon couldn’t be stopped earlier than the timer ran out.

All of it sounds fairly gloomy, however the grand sense of journey and intelligent puzzles anticipated in a Zelda recreation are in-tact, and Majora’s provides the fun of discovering new masks with new talents, making Majora’s Masks completely enjoyable and rewarding. The place Ocarina of Time is undeniably a traditional masterpiece, Majora’s Masks provides just a little spooky spice that makes it distinctive, memorable, and one thing really particular in its personal proper. – Casey DeFreitas

2. Tremendous Mario 64

Previous to 1996, the considered Mario as something however a aspect scrolling platformer was out of the query. In any case, it was a longtime formulation that had labored for Nintendo for the reason that inception of their first console. However as {hardware} advanced, the video games wanted to as nicely, and the leap from 2D to 3D was by no means extra modern than with Mario. A launch recreation for the system, Tremendous Mario 64 remains to be thought to be one of many greats for 3D world design and character motion, which is insane to consider when the sport really had rather a lot going in opposition to it!

Not solely was Mario already cemented as one of many greats of the 2D aspect scrolling style, Tremendous Mario 64 additionally had a slew of tweaks and modifications that appear utterly regular now, however had been impossibly big dangers again in these days. For starters, it was Nintendo’s first Mario recreation that was solely single-player, excellent for individuals who didn’t prefer to share.Energy ups had been utterly revamped, made into varied caps, and even the facility star, which as soon as made Mario invincible for a short while, was altered to grow to be the very factor you collected as an alternative. Yeah, this was a a lot totally different recreation.

Regardless of every part, Tremendous Mario 64 would go on to be certainly one of Nintendo 64’s biggest video games of all instances, and nonetheless stands as a chief instance of 3D platforming and world design achieved proper. Even right this moment, most individuals keep in mind the place all 120 stars are situated and know precisely what you get for finishing the duty. They keep in mind the three iconic Bowser boss phases, and you’ll nonetheless recall the sensation of being shot from a cannon with a wing cap in your head. It is acquainted sufficient to really feel like a Mario recreation, however totally different sufficient that it actually felt like an evolution of the sequence. Relating to 3D platformers on the Nintendo 64, it merely doesn’t get higher than Tremendous Mario 64. – Mark Medina

1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

When it first got here out in 1998, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time appeared like a messenger from the longer term. One way or the other, Nintendo’s prestigious EAD workforce led by Shigeru Miyamoto had not simply created an interesting 3D evolution of the traditional Hyperlink to the Previous — with its twin time zones and intelligent puzzle dungeons — it successfully wrote the e book on 3D journey and exploration video games.

Ocarina of Time shocked gamers with an natural, fully-explorable world. A mountain within the distance wasn’t only a background texture (nicely, technically, it was). Gamers rapidly realized that every part on the horizon was a spot to find and discover. You simply had to determine the means to get there.

From the modern digicam lock-on system, the timeless 3D sword fight system, utilizing rumble suggestions to find secrets and techniques, horseback using, 3D traversal and puzzle fixing with iron boots, hookshots, boomerangs, slingshots, and bows, to utilizing the Lens of Reality to see via illusions, Ocarina of Time always challenged us, stunned us, and added layer upon layer of a world we thought we had already explored. The paths it blazed are nonetheless seen in open-world video games right this moment — everytime you shoot at a ladder to make it fall or whistle on your horse — however twenty years later, it’s additionally nonetheless as playable and pleasing as ever. And that’s the reason Ocarina of Time stays our prime choose for greatest Nintendo 64 recreation of all time. – Peer Schneider

These are our 10 picks for one of the best N64 video games of all time. What are yours? What are your favourite N64 recollections? Depart all of it within the feedback under. For extra prime 10s, try our prime 10 co-op video games, and the highest 10 Star Wars video games of all time.

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