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Talking Point: The Most Memorable Nintendo 64 Games

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It seems like the year of major anniversaries in all things Nintendo, as this week we celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Nintendo 64. The good old N64 was released on 29th September 1996 in North America and introduced 3D polygon graphics at a level that hadn’t been seen before. Throughout the course of this week we will look at the good and the bad parts of the N64, as well as reflect on its legacy in the history of Nintendo and video games as a whole.

There’s only one way to kick off the celebrations, however, and that is with a poll on the most memorable N64 titles. Our Game Boy Advance poll divided opinion, and we suspect that this will be no different. Once again our team have been debating the titles that should be on this list following very specific guidelines: only one title per franchise (though Mario titles in entirely different genres are excused), and the focus is on producing a list that encapsulates the variety of gaming experiences on the N64. This is not a top ten based on critical ratings, but rather a collection of games that are memorable and worth revisiting. Some will be predictable, while some may surprise you.

Super Mario 64 – You knew this would be there, right? In many ways this was the ultimate launch title for any console. Not only was it an exceptionally well crafted platformer, but it provided a revolutionary first step into 3D gaming. From the moment Mario’s fully rounded polygon head appeared on the title screen, it was clear that this was going to be a wonderful gaming experience. Challenging difficulty and swinging Bowser by the tail, what else could a gamer want?

GoldenEye 007 – In the case of some of the Nintendo 64’s greatest games, time has not been kind. If you play this title today, the graphics appear muddy and blurred. At the time however, they were extremely impressive, and the gameplay revolutionised the FPS genre on home consoles. Memorable moments such as aiming down the sniper scope, enemies reacting to injuries in specific body areas, and four player split-screen multiplayer were all captivating.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – There’s only room for one of the console’s Legend of Zelda titles, so we thought Majora’s Mask deserved some recognition. Ocarina of Time is absolutely exceptional, but has already enjoyed plenty of attention this year with its re-mastered 3DS release. Majora’s Mask, on the other hand, arrived late in the N64’s lifespan and receives far less focus. That's unfortunate, because it has an imagination and sense of place that is truly engrossing, with an entirely different challenge represented by an impending doom, with a time-limit, for Link to resist. With impressive graphics (utilising the Expansion Pak), this game brought a darker shade to the Zelda universe, and should be experienced by all fans of the series.

Sin and Punishment – One of the memorable aspects of this title is that the original release wasn’t available in PAL or North American regions. This bullet-hell rail-shooter therefore developed its own legend, as a thrilling game from developers Treasure that only import gamers could enjoy. Its legendary status was justified, with a bonkers storyline accompanying a title full of intense, exciting gameplay. It eventually arrived on the Wii Virtual Console, and we all finally had the chance to experience some classic on-rails gaming.

Mario Tennis – We said that eyebrows would be raised. Mario Tennis appears on the list simply because it's accessible and terrific fun. Multiplayer was a major part of the Nintendo 64’s appeal and this title, particularly in four-player doubles matches, was best enjoyed with friends. Solid gameplay, with zany Mario touches to shake things up, meant that this was a staple for casual multiplayer fun.

Super Smash Bros. – The first game in the Smash Bros series, it has become eclipsed by the flashy, feature intensive follow-ups on GameCube and Wii. In fact, firing up this game today may not inspire modern gamers. At the time, however, this was yet another example of the hardware and game design bringing a different experience. While specialised 2D fighting games encouraged practice and attaining combo expertise, this title was simple, manic and best played with others. It can’t live up to the modern titles, but in 1999 it was a must-play experience.

Banjo Kazooie – Another terrific title on the console from developers Rare, Banjo Kazooie was a critical and commercial success-story. In fact, many will argue that this 3D platformer trumps Super Mario 64 in terms of visuals and gameplay. Boasting a wonderful sense of humour to accompany the landmark gaming experience, it's just a shame that, due to Rare’s move away from Nintendo, Wii owners can’t experience this gem on the Virtual Console.

Mischief Makers – This is a title that may not earn universal praise, but its level of invention and personality make it a memorable experience. Not just a simple 2D platformer, but a game with puzzle levels, as well as an intricate control scheme that some may find too challenging. Take the time to understand the gameplay and progress through the game, however, and the creative spirit in the design and execution can be a delight.

F-Zero X – A follow up to the excellent Super Nintendo original, this Nintendo 64 iteration took the concept of racing on wacky tracks at ridiculous speeds to a whole new level. A smooth frame-rate contributed to the true sense of speed, and the significant amount of single and multiplayer content helped this title to stand out. A true great in the high-speed racing game genre, and it still stands up today.

International Superstar Soccer 64 - A selection from our UK staff in particular, this is perhaps a choice that European gamers will remember more fondly. This title represents what could be achieved with a sports title on the N64, aside from Mario-themed sports. In 1997, the 3D animation was a treat, and this was a football (or soccer) game that captured the most exciting elements of the sport. With skillful moves, slick control with the analogue stick and the hilariously named players due to licensing issues, this is a title full of fond memories for N64 gamers who love the ‘beautiful game’ of football.

Honourable Mentions

Constructing this list was a difficult task, and some classics missed out simply because their genre was already suitably represented. Some titles were so close to selection that they merit an honourable mention. Conker’s Bad Fur Day is first, memorable for its exceptional 3D action platforming, impressive graphics and ‘mature’ humour, which is truly hilarious for an audience that is old enough. It originated as a cute and cuddly children's title before transforming into the raunchiest game on the console; it was also the last Nintendo 64 title from one of the console’s finest developers, Rare. Space Station: Silicon Valley, meanwhile, was a platform game praised for its level design and concept: the developer, DMA Design, would later become Rockstar North, creators of the Grand Theft Auto series. Wave Race 64 earns a mention due to some strong overtures in its favour from the team, as well as the impressive standards it set in terms of graphics and gameplay. Yet more Rare titles round-off the honourable mentions, with the third-person-shooter collectathon Jet Force Gemini commanding some loyalty within the team. The final addition is Perfect Dark, a title with remarkable gameplay similarities to Goldeneye 007, though taking place in a futuristic sci-fi world.

So there you have it, our list of ten memorable Nintendo 64 titles with another five that missed the list by a whisker. What games on the N64 stick in your memory? We’d love to hear in the comments below, and you can also vote for your favourite from the list in our Facebook poll.

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ravj17

#1

ravj17 said:

Now I have 2 consoles, with perfect control sticks and many games, a true classic and a must have for collectors...

Mikau94

#2

Mikau94 said:

I love the N64, it has some of my favorite games. Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Mario 64, Goldeneye, Super Smash Bros, and Mario Kart64 are my favorite N64 titles.

nintygaming

#3

nintygaming said:

The Nintendo 64 was suppose to be the 2nd coming of the SNES. However, the big "N" made one major flaw........

Cartridges.

Yep, that one flaw caused the 2nd coming of the SNES to be split into 2 consoles, the PS1 and N64. Its a true shame. If a person wanted the best experiences, they needed both.

Still doesn't change the fact that the best platformer belonged to N64 (Super Mario 64), and the best RPG to N64 (Paper Mario), and the best adventure game to N64 (The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time), and the best shoot-em-up to N64 (Star Fox 64), and the best First Person Shooter to N64 (Goldeneye), and the best racer to N64 (Wave Race 64), and the best fighter to N64 (Killer Instinct Gold), and the best adult game to N64 (Conker's Bad Fur Day), and so on and so on. Nintendo didn't receive the best in quantity, but it sure made up for it in quality.

Omega

#4

Omega said:

My all time favorite game is Shadow Man. Though I've never played it on the N64 but afaik the N64 and PC version are the same.

bboy2970

#6

bboy2970 said:

Ummm...excuse me but, PAPER MARIO!!! That is one of the greatest N64 games IMO! How can that not even AT LEAST be in the honorable mentions section? That game is just so fantastic!

Rawk_Hawk

#7

Rawk_Hawk said:

This game will never get nominated but I really liked Castlevania(64). Also RE 2 was an awesome port as well.

wqerty

#8

wqerty said:

although I brought my N64 with 13 absolutely classic games(in 2011 lol) , right now it's just two zelda games, others I just can't get myself into actually playing them.

3DS

#9

3DS said:

GoldenEye 007, Star Fox 64, Super Smash Bros, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask and Super Mario 64 are the most amazing Nintendo 64 Games I have played :)

photofool83

#10

photofool83 said:

Super Mario 64 has had the biggest wow factor for me so far from any game. I was 13 years old and saved up all of my change from lunch money to get it. The first time I popped it in to play my mind was blown. It was just utterly amazing to my 13 year old mind and I raced home each day from school to play it. There were so many great memories from my N64 and the games including, Mario Kart 64, Star Fox 64, Bomberman 64, Mario Party 3, Mischief Makers, Goldeneye, Pokemon Snap and many, many others. Thanks Nintendo!!

Morphbug

#11

Morphbug said:

Oh, how embarassing, you completely forgot to put "Harvest Moon 64" on that list, don't worry it could happen to anyone.

Shiryu

#12

Shiryu said:

My favourite game for the N64 is Jet Force Gemini. Remember when RARE was like that?

Mmaster83

#14

Mmaster83 said:

Turok, Pilotwings 64, Blast Corps, Starfox 64, Shadows of the Empire to add a few more!

Omega

#17

Omega said:

@7: I hereby nominate Castlevania64 for 1998 Nintendo 64 game of the Year. :-)

rubikon

#19

rubikon said:

Fighters Destiny.... Ah i will never forget this sweet feeling as i finally managed to unlock the Joker..

Scarhino89

#20

Scarhino89 said:

Jet Force Gemini was a real masterpiece!! Why Microsoft don't release this game on XBLA ? :'(

MasterGraveheart

#21

MasterGraveheart said:

You guys putting Mischief Makers on there made my day, but Majora's Mask getting a nod over Ocarina of Time was the icing on the cake. :)

KittyKatMeow

#22

KittyKatMeow said:

Majora's Mask! Good to see it on here! I prefer it to Ocarina of Time, it just feels more developed--more complete. They're both great fun, and my two favorite games from the N64! Also loved Banjo-Kazooie and Super Smash Brothers, great list!

JayArr

#23

JayArr said:

Loved all the games on your list. My other favorites were Blast Corps., WWF No Mercy, and Donkey Kong 64.

Stine

#24

Stine said:

I love Ocarina of Time and Paper Mario. Super Mario 64 has also grown on me.

AlbertoC

#27

AlbertoC said:

Banjo-Tooie and Jet Force Gemini definitely deserve to be on all lists of this kind on the world, even if they didn't got released on that region, period. :D

Difool

#29

Difool said:

Ok, Shadowman, Perfect dark, turok, Excitebike 64, Goemon, SW:rogue squadron.....

But, the perfect game es SMB64

Crystalking18

#30

Crystalking18 said:

Well I was going to say Sin and Punishment and Banjo Kazzoie, but since those games have been mentioned, I should at least say how Kirby 64 was a great game along with Pokemon Snap being one of the most unique games I've played.

sc100

#31

sc100 said:

Some other games that haven't been mentioned yet: Beetle Adventure Racing, Mario Golf and 1080 Snowboarding.

Expa0

#32

Expa0 said:

My fav N64 games are prolly:
Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon, Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64 and Lylat Wars. Mischief makers is great also.

Overall Nintendo 64 is Nintendo's weakest home console after Wii because it's complete lack of RPGs and the horrible HORRIBLE controllers. PS1 won this gen no contest.

V8_Ninja

#33

V8_Ninja said:

You fools! Star Fox 64 is the ONLY game worthy of the title of "The Best N64 Game"! Zelda ain't got NUTHIN' on Star Fox!

belmont

#34

belmont said:

@Heavy_Barrel
@Omega
I Agree, Castlevania 64 was underrated, it is a very good game.

My favourite game was Ocarina of Time until some years later when I tried Majora's Mask. It is superior in every aspect.

@expa0
I agree. N64 was killed by the complete lack of RPG games. Playstation was better.

JimLad

#35

JimLad said:

Oh come on, you're not seriously suggesting Majora's Mask was more memorable than Ocarina of Time...
The greatest game ever made...
Have you forgotten the impact it had back in 1998?

I'd give a mention to Body Harvest, and Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon too.
You can see by looking at the comments though, why the N64 was so great. The NES and SNES had many great games, but the N64 had amazing games that made your jaw drop.
I think the ten most memorable are: Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Goldeneye, Mario Kart 64, Banjo Kazooie, Star Fox 64, Mario Party, Smash Bros, Majora's Mask, Donkey Kong 64... in that order.
Not personally my most memorable, but these are the games I think that made the most impact.
Perfect Dark was my absolute favourite, and still is my favourite game to this date.

WhiteTrashGuy

#36

WhiteTrashGuy said:

Conker's Bad Fur Day! I had a 64 since launch, but no game pushed that system to its limits like the foul-mouthed squirel. From the voice acting to the awesome references and gameplay. It was the first game to have bullet-time and the RE-Style beginning of Dracula's Castle with full-on TUROK style FPS control!?!? Too bad the XBOX port sucked.

The_Fox

#37

The_Fox said:

What, no Paper Mario? The N64 had atrocious support for the RPG genre so you'd think that would be an easy pick.

vherub

#40

vherub said:

mario kart 64, I easily played a couple thousand hours of splitscreen. So much of that game is burnt into my permanent memory, from how to best make the wallcut jump on wario stadium to being able to sense the moment the game starts running fast.

NX01Trekkie1992

#41

NX01Trekkie1992 said:

Banjo Kazooie, I spent half my childhood on that game, even though I only ever borrowed it from my cousin, I found a cheap copy on eBay a few years ago though, instant buy, and I still play it all the time.

I must say though, that Smash Brothers (which I still play all the time too, and is currently sitting in my N64 on top of my desk), Super Mario 64, and Majora's Mask are all favourites of mine too.

SPEtheridge

#42

SPEtheridge said:

Man i loved my N64 still got it today, still remember getting it for Christmas with Mario, Pilotwings and GoldenEye, oh and the Christmas after when ocarina came out, man i must have played that for 2 weeks without leaving my room! Nothing beats going back and playing some of these classics they may not be as good as they were but they sure bring back the memories

Luffymcduck

#43

Luffymcduck said:

Super Mario 64, Donkey Kong 64, Lylat Wars, Diddy Kong Racing, Banjo Kazooie, two Zeldas... N64 had great games. F-Zero X is kinda meh for me since I played the far superior GX before I had a chance to play the N64 one.

Link79

#44

Link79 said:

The N64 didn't quite live up to the greatness of Snes but it was still awesome!
I don't regret choosing it over PS1 for a minute.
This thing gave me many hours of thrilling game experiences!
No one's gonna tell me N64 flopped. Pity how poorly it was treated on VC.

TheGreenSpiny

#45

TheGreenSpiny said:

No Mario Kart 64 or Star Fox 64??? This list is an epic fail! The fact that Kart brought 4 player gaming to the masses and Fox brought rumble to the masses should make them automatically on the list. F-zero X over Wave Race? Hell no!

@Belmont: Playstaion better? What a joke. Playstation didn't have a single game of the calibur of any of these games listed.

g-silent007

#46

g-silent007 said:

I have no idea why Star Fox 64 and Mario Kart 64 were not included on the list... those are easily the best games on the system. Although Donkey Kong 64 also deserves a mention.

belmont

#47

belmont said:

@JimLad
Yes this may seem strange but I can explain my point of view.
I don't think that there is a Zelda game that can called greatest game ever made.
OOT had a great impact surely but this doesn't mean that it can't be surpassed. It has happened many times in the history of gaming.
From the Graphics and Sound point of view MM was better since it used the expansion pack.
But the best think about MM was the story and the atmosphere. MM has an interesting and captivating story with a more mature feel than OOT. I liked very much the way the story moved, it had a more cinematic feeling like more recent games. I was interesting to see and affect the everyday life of the citizens. All of them had some kind of character development, even on the mail enemy. This was kind of absent in OOT when there was more of a "fairy tale" story and little character development.
Moreover, in my opinion, the best think in MM is the anxiety that gives to the player. IMO a great moment in gaming is if, for some reason, three days pass and you weren't able to take the ocarina of time back.

@TheDarkness Since the talk was about RPG games it is clear who the winner was.

ThomasBW84Admin

#48

ThomasBW84 said:

Good to see so many varied opinions, such is the nature of a poll like this!

@JimLad - as explained in the article, Ocarina of Time was an exceptional game, but it seems appropriate to give Majora's Mask some recognition. OoT has had a huge profile this year with the 3DS release, whereas Majora's Mask, due to coming later in the console's lifespan, perhaps, often misses out in these kind of lists. Just check out our OoT reviews (both versions) if you want a good idea of how we feel about that game.

If compiling this list reminded me of anything, it's that the N64 had a high number of seriously good games. We had to leave out some crackers, simply because to cover them all would take too long, and would defeat the purpose of creating a poll and stimulating debate. As a console, its certainly been a big part of my gaming life, and it's nice to see that's the case with plenty of other people as well :)

Ren

#49

Ren said:

I haven't bumped into many who remember Body Harvest. that was one of my all time faves, also by DMA and very much reflects what later became Grand Theft. So much fun. Killing giant bugs, so many weapons, so many vehicles, such a huge world, time travel. It had everything, but no one I ask has ever heard of it.

Noire

#50

Noire said:

I'm happy to see Mario Tennis up there. I played that game in multi way more than stuff like Kart 64 or Smash Bros. That game is ridiculous amounts of fun. Sin and Punishment is an excellent choice too imo.

Sad to see no Paper Mario up there, though. I'd probably take that over anything else listed, except SM64.

Kid_A

#51

Kid_A said:

Lack of Paper Mario is definitely shocking, but as Thomas said, there's just too many good games to name all of them.

Tasuki

#52

Tasuki said:

During that era I couldnt say which one was better Playstation or the N64. I went with the N64 while my friends all went with the PS or the Saturn. I never regretted buying and there were alot of good games on it like GoldenEye and Killer Instinct Gold. I foolish traded my N64 when the Gamecube came out and didnt have a N64 again untill a few months ago. Defiantly glad I picked one up. Because of that I dont trade in any of my systems anymore.

sonik

#53

sonik said:

My top 5 N64 games are:
1: Zelda ocarina of time
2: Super mario 64
3: Blast corps
4: Wave race 64
5: Goldeneye

Note: I have sold away my N64 before majoras mask was relesed, so I never played that game on N64.

FonistofCruxis

#55

FonistofCruxis said:

Great list and I'm glad that you chose Majora's mask over Ocarina of time but Paper Mario should've been on there.

Ryno

#56

Ryno said:

This is when I left Nintendo and had a fling with the darkside (Playstation). Oh well my least favorite generation of consoles anyway; the early blocky 3D just doesn't do it for me.

Sgt_Ludby

#57

Sgt_Ludby said:

Woah, I wasn't the only one who played International Superstar Soccer 64?! I was with my mom at Hollywood Video (R.I.P) and we saw it used for like $3 so she got it for me. My cousin and I had soooo much fun playing it together. We would take breaks from our extensive elementary school schedules and have sleepovers every weekend to play it together lol I'm only a senior in high school now, but boy, this reminiscing sure makes me feel old!!

TKOWL

#59

TKOWL said:

Majora's Mask is hands-down the best N64 game out there. Such a unique premise, sketched out through fantastic gameplay mechanics and one of the best atmospheres in gaming history. Of course I beat it with the GCN version, but I recently bought the holo-cartridge and I plan on beating it gamain the real way.

coolvw93

#62

coolvw93 said:

what about mario kart 64, that was the best racing game on the system. And you cant forget Hey You Pikachu!

WertyYertrew

#63

WertyYertrew said:

I started gaming with the N64, and even today it remains one of my favorite gaming systems of all time. The amazing library alone should win it awards, not to mention it introduced the concept of a three-dimensional game.

EDIT: Actually, it didn't (the SNES had quite a few 3d moments itself) but what I meant to say is that it standardized 3D games. Looking at that list, there's really only one 2d platformer on there, and even that's rather obscure.

SKTTR

#67

SKTTR said:

Killer Instinct Gold
GoldenEye
Perfect Dark
Conker's Bad Fur Day
Jet Force Gemini
Blast Corps
Body Harvest
Mortal Kombat Trilogy
Hexen
Doom 64
Forsaken 64
Quake 1
Nightmare Creatures
Quake 2
Duke Nukem 64
Castlevania
Duke Nukem: Zero Hour
MACE - The Dark Age
Turok 1
Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness
Turok 2
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
Turok 3
Bangai-O
Turok: Rage Wars
BIO F.R.E.A.K.S.
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero
Resident Evil 2
Mortal Kombat 4
Command & Conquer 64
F-Zero X
Wave Race 64
Excitebike 64
1080° Snowboarding
Road Rash 64
Hybrid Heaven
Aydin Chronicles: The First Mage
Command & Conquer 64
Fighters Destiny
Sin And Punishment
Starcraft 64
Lylat Wars
The New Tetris
Tetrisphere
Wetrix
The 4 Star Wars games.

The N64 was just the most hardcore of all the kiddy consoles! It had the best versions of all those violent and bloody "mature" action and killer games and realistic sports and racing games that were almost simulation like, and groundbreaking puzzle games, action-adventures, 3D-platformers, basically something excellent in every genre. Most releases were exclusive, and the few ports were usually enhanced with 4 player modes and other extras. It had the best 3D graphics as well, compared to everything else at the time. And finally, it introduced analog controls and rumble, and fresh new franchises like Super Smash Bros., Mario Party and Pokémon that have turned into multimillion sellers. It was good to be a young boy at the time. :)

DestinyMan

#68

DestinyMan said:

Banjo Kazooie might be technically better, but Super Mario 64 without question revolutionized the gaming industry. I do find it odd that you all didn't even mention Paper Mario, which is a game that I find to be my favorite Mario RPG of all, much less one of my favorite N64 games. Even if it had a split reception by some, Donkey Kong 64 should be remembered too.

ToneDeath

#69

ToneDeath said:

If I was to make a list of my favourite games, I think most of them would be N64 games.

ToadFan

#70

ToadFan said:

Mario Tennis was actully fairly good... through overall I think Ocarina of Time and Sin and Punishment are the best. :3

NX01Trekkie1992

#72

NX01Trekkie1992 said:

I forgot to mention earlier how big a fan I am of Pokemon Snap (first N64 game I got, my parents bought it for me when I bought the system after saving for 3 years to buy it with my little kid allowance), and Dr Mario (the only N64 game EVERYONE in my family played, as my mom didn't start playing much until Wii Sports and Wii Fit, and my dad until the GC), sadly, I can't find either of those cartridges along with my SM64 cartridge...

grumblebuzzz

#73

grumblebuzzz said:

Paper Mario should have definitely gotten a mention here; although it came near the end of the N64's lifespan, it's always stuck with me as one of the most memorable games the system had to offer.

darklinkinfinite

#74

darklinkinfinite said:

You know, no one else will agree with me but I really enjoyed Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage. I never finished it though since I was using a crappy third party memory card and lost about 30 hours of progress.

I remember when THQ used to make RPGs. While not many enjoyed Aidyn, It was interesting to watch THQ's rpgs evolve from Quest 64 to Aidyn to Summoner and finally the sublime Summoner 2/Goddess Reborn. I really miss the Summoner series but I don't hope THQ brings it back lest they go the way of Red Faction andcompletely change the premise.

Knux

#75

Knux said:

What madness is this!? Paper Mario should be on that list! :O
Oh well, at least Super Mario 64 and Majora's Mask are mentioned. :D

astarisborn94

#76

astarisborn94 said:

The Nintendo 64 is my all-time favorite console. It got me into gaming and I had so many fond memories of it. If not for Super Smash Bros. 4 and my PS3, I would be going retro gaming by now.

Retro_on_theGo

#77

Retro_on_theGo said:

Pokemon Stadium 2 was pretty memorable. If you were a little kid with the Gold/Silver crazy hitting the country you fell in love with this game. Awesome graphics and incredibly fun mini-games. Sure it doesn't beat any of the games on the list, but it is one of my most memorable games.
But that's probably because I love Pokemon so much. :P

Slapshot

#79

Slapshot said:

I had a mint condition copy of Space Station Silicon Valley in my hands today! :)

Doma

#81

Doma said:

My top 10 would be:

Perfect Dark
Mario 64
Majora's Mask (you were correct to include this over OoT)
Goldeneye 007
Smash Bros
Pokemon Stadium 2 (Agree with @Retro_on_theGo)
Banjo Kazooie + Tooie
Ocarina of Time
Lylat Wars
Paper Mario

Perfect Dark gets the top spot from me cause it just had the full-package, a perfect single AND mutiplayer game with masses of content. Best FPS to this day.

Ichabod

#84

Ichabod said:

The N64 is probably (no definitely) my favorite Nintendo system ever made. It was the first system that truly spelled out multiplayer action. Soooo many games had me and my friends huddled around the TV, roaring in laughter and screaming at each other pulling some bad trick out of the hat. These ranged from Smash Bros, Mario Kart 64, GE, Conkers (soooo much Conkers), Hexen (a brilliant game), and many more. This system was a master piece that was a crowning achievement in Nintendo's past. I hope Nintendo brings back this spirit of gaming, and give us something for us adults beyond a handful of meager titles.

TwilightV

#85

TwilightV said:

NOBODY mentioned Glover?! >8C

Anyways, I see a few noteworthy games that would've been perfect for the list. Pokèmon Stadium, Harvest Moon 64, Aidyn Chronicles, Rogue Squadron, just to name a few.

RantingThespian

#86

RantingThespian said:

Some of my favorite games are:

Mario Party (the very first was the best)
Mario Golf
Bomberman 64 (best Bomber-man game of all time!)
Star Wars: Rouge Squadron
Mario Kart 64 (still the best!)

Edit: Oh, and my most hated N64 game is Quest 64. God, I loathed that game. I regret ever buying that garbage.

komicturtle

#87

komicturtle said:

Thank you for recognizing Mischief Makers. Such an amazing game.

Other games: Harvest Moon 64, Bomberman 64, Duke Nukem 64, Kirby and the Crystal Shards and Pokemon Stadium 2.

Hey You Pikachu! was a great game too. Paper Mario is golden. And don't forget Goemon!

vdallos

#88

vdallos said:

You miss paper mario, Mario party, Mario kart 64, goemon games, some wwe vs nwo, star fox 64...I must play with my good old N64.

Omenapoika

#90

Omenapoika said:

SO nostalgic, I was shocked to realize it's 15 years old :D
I remember when all I played was Pokemon Silver and Ocarina of Time... So cool times! While reading about all the games in here, I remembered the gaming magazines... And pokemon cards. And Pokemon stadium. And lickitung eating sushi.

Curt

#91

Curt said:

Donkey Kong 64, Majora's Mask, Paper Mario, and Banjo Tooie are my top picks from the N64 catalog.

TheAmazingRaccoon

#94

TheAmazingRaccoon said:

me and my friend always rented 3 titles for the 64: Rouge Squadron (we played it the most despite its lack of multiplayer. We would take turns on levels), Mario Kart 64 (moo moo farm ftw) and Goldeneye. I now have Mario Kart in the VC, and the other two in cart form. My all time favorite was Conker's Bad Fur Day. Everything about that game was awesome. It was the first thing I ever purchased online. I have never laughed so hard from a video game before or since, and it only got funnier over the years as I watched all the movies it references. Singing along with the great mighty poo was so memorable. The worst thing about Rares downfall (I know they they are still around, but they aren't really) is that we probably wont see a squeal (on any console).

JusticeColde

#95

JusticeColde said:

Whoa whoa whoa, How can Y'all forget WCW/nWo Revenge, WWF Wrestlemania 2000 & WWF No Mercy?

They are declared as the absolute best wrestling (and possibly fighting) games to have ever been released (right in the same spot as WWF SmackDown, Here Comes the Pain & Shut Your Mouth)
and You couldn't at least give a small mention?

darklinkinfinite

#96

darklinkinfinite said:

I'm also glad to see a few people saying they enjoyed Castlevania 64/Legaxy of Darkness. I find it difficult to find a game treated more unfairly than that. When it was released it recieved plenty of great reviews and then the public opinion turned on it and suddenly its the black sheep of the series. Igarashi's attitude toward the game certainly didn't help (it was the only console Castlevania he removed from the main series).

Personally, Legacy of Darkness is my favorite Castlevania game. I'm a fan of pre-Igarashi Castlevania and despite the game being in 3D, I find it has much in common with the classic games before Igarashi took over the series.

Legacy of Darkness has some amazing setpieces. Fighting your way out of a sinking ship, wandering through the Villa and hedge maze, standing on the face of the clocktower, and the moody rise up the stairs to the castle keep. Truly an amazing game!

TheGreenSpiny

#98

TheGreenSpiny said:

@belmont: The discusion was never about which system had better RPGs (a niche market genre) but about what were the most memorable N64 games. None of the RPGs on the playstation were ever as good as Paper Mario anyway, so let's be honest that playstation sucked. Nothing on the playstation ever set the standards the way the N64 did, so we all know what the better system was.

Ichabod

#99

Ichabod said:

@JusticeColde
I'm right there with you man. N64 had the best wrestling games out of any system before them and after. The controls were so clean and user friendly, and there was nothing better than grabbing a weapon and rushing around the ring banging in heads!

Grackler

#100

Grackler said:

There's just to many good N64 games to chose! I personally think each and every game there is awesome, along with things like Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon, Rocket: Robot on Wheels, Shadowman, Turok, Excitebike 64, No Mercy Blast Corps, Beetle Adventure Racing...there's too many!
Seriously, still my favourite console ever. Good to bad game ratio WAYYY higher than anything else I've ever owned!

Rainman

#101

Rainman said:

It was Dr. Mario 64 for me. 4 player mode is a blast. Haven't dusted off my N64 and the 134 games I have for it in quite a while though. Time to sell the collection I think.

TheAmazingRaccoon

#102

TheAmazingRaccoon said:

totally forgot about Beetle Adventure Racing. I consider it to be the best racing game ever. The tracks were animated and varied, the vehicles had nifty physics and it had a neat multiplayer (beetle battle, Dr. Seuss would be so proud). Not to mention the colour changing alien beetle and pulling other cars over with the police beetle. I remember they reskinned it as holden HSV racing, but the cars didn't match the rest of the game (besides, VW is better than Holden anyway. prepare for backlash).

Grackler

#104

Grackler said:

@103 It was a great racer! Didn't know it ever reappeared reskinned. Criminally undersold, and in these modern times I really miss having the odd racing game that favours fun over simulation (Mazza Kart excluded, obviously!)
@104 and all of those too! (I'd plump for XG 2 over 1 myself, but I loved all of those!)

DrCruse

#105

DrCruse said:

Could've been a great console had they gone with CDs instead of cartridges. It's Nintendo's worst console in my opinion. A few great games, but a few games don't justify a console.

47drift

#106

47drift said:

Star Fox 64 and Diddy Kong Racing, for me. They were my most played games, and both of them hold familial memories!

Skogur

#107

Skogur said:

Oh the N64, such a amazing console. (the best console ever imo)
I was surprised that you've mentioned Mischief Makers, that game is awesome!

daznsaz

#108

daznsaz said:

they still havent gone with discs even now for the 3ds.and amazingly they and others can still make great games.they must know what their doing is my guess.

RedYoshi999

#109

RedYoshi999 said:

Nice list there. The N64 will always be my favourite console since I grew up with it :) I definitely agree with putting Majora's Mask over Ocarina but I still love both. Other favourites are: Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Mario Party 1-3, Paper Mario, Donkey Kong 64, Banjo Tooie/Kazooie and Goldeneye 007. So many great games :D

Wildfire

#110

Wildfire said:

Castlevania (64) for the win!! Despite my all time favourite being The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, I don't know how many hours I spent playing Castlevania and loving every minute of it!

Spoony_Tech

#112

Spoony_Tech said:

I'm a little late to this party. I agree with most mentioned in the article. I would only disagree with tennis. I would go with Mario golf for that one. Great level design and great physics. Would also like to add pilot wings,Blast corps,paper Mario, turok, oger battle 64 and killer instinct!

I'm going to also agree with beatle adventure racing!

Joco84

#113

Joco84 said:

Blast Corps, LOZ: OOT, LOZ: MM, Mario 64, Lylat Wars (SF64), GoldenEye, Perfect Dark, Donkey Kong 64, Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, Jet Force Gemini, Body Harvest, SS Silicon Valley, Super Smash Brothers, F-Zero X, Snowboard Kids 1&2, 1080 Snowboarding, Extreme G 1&2, Turok 2, Shadowman 1&2, ISS 64, WCW vs NWO World Tour/Revenge, WWF No Mercy, WWF Wrestlemania 2000, Conkers Bad Fur Day, Paper Mario, Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, Wave Race 64, RE 2, Diddy Kong Racing, Mario Kart 64, SF Rush 2, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, Tony Hawks 2, Duke Nukem 64, Pilotwings 64, Mario Party 1,2,3,4........

....oh my god, I love my N64!!!

Favourite console of all time!

niggyt2004

#114

niggyt2004 said:

what about WWF No Mercy , was a great game for its time, ammount of characters and CAW. it was one of the most playable WWE games until smackdown turned up

Tanooki-Time

#115

Tanooki-Time said:

Donkey Kong 64 is one of my favorite games of all time. Incredible story mode, and the multiplayer just never gets old!

schumaga

#116

schumaga said:

All those games are great, but doesn't Paper Mario deserve a place in that list? After all, it's the best 64 game for me

Ben_Rage_V2

#118

Ben_Rage_V2 said:

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who thought Mario golf and Tetrisphere deserve to be honorably mentioned. In some ways, my favorite memories were on the N64. Especially the multiplayer experiences like Mario kart, Golden Eye, Perfect Dark, F-Zero, Killer Instinct, Mario party 1 & 2 and Mario Golf.

Ben_Rage_V2

#119

Ben_Rage_V2 said:

I think future consoles will go back to some form of cartridges. Solid state memory is sooooo much faster than DVD/BluRay and HDD's. It's the future of PC hard drives.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#122

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

A good gaming era this as there was the PS1 and the N64 which were both ace. Prefered the N64 software though marginally overall.

OoT, Goldeneye, Super Mario 64, Paper Mario, Banjo Kazooie, Wave Race 64, Mario Tennis 64, Rayman 2, Donkey Kong 64, Mario Party 3, Excite Bike 64, F-Zero X, Mario Kart 64, Pilotwings 64, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Pokemon Puzzle League were the ones I most loved. OoT and SM 64 were my clear favourites here.

sketchturner

#123

sketchturner said:

My top 5:
1.Majora's Mask
2. Body Harvest
3. Goldeneye
4. Jet Force Gemini [still has the best soundtrack of all time]
5. StarFox 64

Honorable mention to Winback: Covert Operations, Shadow Man, Diddy Kong Racing, Ocarina of Time, Blast Corps, Mario 64.

Bassman_Q

#124

Bassman_Q said:

Great list though I personally think Banjo-Tooie trumps Banjo-Kazooie in almost every way, though both were outstanding.

But man, the N64 was one piece of work. :)

StuffyStuff

#125

StuffyStuff said:

Banjo Kazooie is my favorite game on the N64 and is in my top 5 games of all time. I really like Perfect Dark though. I still play it with my friends today.

eviLaTtenDant

#126

eviLaTtenDant said:

I never had a N64 and while its lineup doesn’t really amaze me as much as the SNES's i'd really love to play all its great platformers. (I went from the NES, all things Game Boy to the PS1 to the Gamecube, DS and Wii. Along with some PC gaming until the Wii era.)
I only got into Paper Mario, Super Mario 64, Star Fox 64, Mario Kart 64, Sin and Punishment, Pokémon Snap on the VC and Ocarina Of Time on the 3DS. Except for Pokémon Snap which is still decent they’re all really great games on their own right. My favourite out of these would be Sin and Punishment.

I’m a bit surprised to see no love for Mega Man 64 and Mario Party in the comments. The former because from what i've seen it seems good and quite unique to me, the latter because it was a new series that you could play with anyone.

Here’s to hoping that Ninty does everything they can to bring more of these great N64 games to the VC.

PS: Been wondering if they might use the 3DS’s circle pad attachment to bring N64 VC games to it.

StarDust4Ever

#127

StarDust4Ever said:

I can't vote because I don't use Facebook. It really is a tough call. Too many excellent platformers to choose from, but I'll have to go with Super Mario 64. All of the Nintendo and Rare published titles that I have played so far were great. I'd say that between the Nintendo and Rare titles, you'd be hard pressed to find as many great games on the PS1, aside from possibly the Final Fantasy and Spyro games.

Capt_N

#128

Capt_N said:

My fav console is a tie between the Nes, & SNes. The N64 is not my fav console. However, it does have some great games. B/c of it's four-player capabilities, the N64 was great for entertaining a room full of people. My favorite N64 titles are(in no particular order):
1. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
2. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
3. Super Smash Bros.
4. Mario Kart 64
5. Tetrisphere
6. Pilotwings 64
7. Excitebike 64
8/9. Mario Tennis/Golf (love custom character creation, & the characters not only had better model design, but could be deleted from the N64 counterparts w/o deleting the whole game, completely unlike Toadstool Tour, or even Power tennis which doesn't even feature character creation.)
10-12. Mario Party /2/3
13. Super Mario 64
14. GoldenEye 007

The weakest ones for me on that list would be #s 5, 7, &, 9.

Also, the multiplayer experiences are what made things (really) fun, w/ the N64.

Since I'm not made of money, if a console has at least 7, or 8 titles I want during it's lifespan, I'm ok w/ it.

Henmii

#129

Henmii said:

Best games:

Banjo Kazooie and Zelda: Oot

Jett force gemini is pretty sweet too!

apa-sl

#130

apa-sl said:

My biggest Nintendo-related dream: to see Rare at it's glory with an outstanding sequel of Conker's Bad Fur Day. Best and sadly most forgotten games ever. OF course Super Mario 64, Paper Mario, Mario Kart, Wave Racer, Turok and N64 Zeldas also kicked butt. I remember when in Primary school I was watching screens from turok in one magazine (they were the size of a post stamp) and could not believe that Turok had such realistic graphic, haha

seronja

#132

seronja said:

my top 10 would be: ( only 1 per franchise )
1. banjo-tooie
2. killer instinct: gold
3. perfect dark
4. the legend of zelda: ocarina of time
5. conkers bad fur day
6. super mario 64
7. star fox 64 ( a.k.a. lylat wars here in Europe )
8. goldeneye 007
9. f-zero x
10. donkey kong 64

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