Nintendo 64

Nintendo 64

After the amazing NES and SNES, people expected the N64 to run away with the industry and put Sony and Sega in the shade. It didn't happen. Nintendo decided to stick with carts while its rivals picked cheaper discs, and this not only put customers off but also made software houses think twice about supporting the system. Losing former ally Squaresoft was possibly the biggest blow to Nintendo's pride, and the company went on to produce the best selling Final Fantasy VII on the Playstation.

Having said all that, the N64 was home to gaming experiences that simply were not possible on rival machines. Games like Goldeneye, Zelda, Starfox 64 and of course Mario 64 were (and still are) solid-gold classics. With Virtual Console support, now is probably a good time to reassess this often misunderstood console.

Read our Nintendo 64 hardware focus

Nintendo 64 Games

Title Rating Publisher Players « Genre US Date Price
All-Star Baseball 99 All-Star Baseball 99 - Acclaim 4 Sports 30 Apr 98 $27.99
Banjo Tooie Banjo Tooie 9/10 Nintendo 4 Adventure 20 Nov 00 -
Beetle Adventure Racing! Beetle Adventure Racing! 9/10 Electronic Arts 4 Driving 24 Mar 99 -
Conker's Bad Fur Day Conker's Bad Fur Day 9/10 THQ 4 Adventure 04 Mar 01 -
Diddy Kong Racing Diddy Kong Racing 8/10 Nintendo 4 Racing 24 Nov 97 -
Donkey Kong 64 Donkey Kong 64 7/10 Nintendo 4 Adventure 24 Nov 99 -
GoldenEye 007 GoldenEye 007 8/10 Nintendo 4 Action 25 Aug 97 -
Jet Force Gemini Jet Force Gemini
aka Star Twins (Japan)
7/10 Nintendo 4 Adventure 11 Oct 99 -
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards 7/10 Nintendo 4 Action 26 Jun 00 -
Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside - Nintendo 4 Sports 27 Apr 98 $14.99
Madden NFL 2000 Madden NFL 2000 - EA Sports 4 Sports 31 Aug 99 $45.90
Mario Party 3 Mario Party 3 - Nintendo 4 Board Game 06 Mar 01 -
Mario Tennis Mario Tennis 8/10 Nintendo 4 Sports 28 Aug 00 -
Mickey's Speedway USA Mickey's Speedway USA
aka Mickey no Racing Challenge USA (JPN)
6/10 Nintendo 4 Racing 13 Nov 00 -
Perfect Dark Perfect Dark 9/10 Rare 4 Action 22 May 00 -
Quake II Quake II
aka Quake 2
7/10 Activision 4 FPS 31 May 99 -
Snowboard Kids Snowboard Kids
aka Snobow Kids (Japanese title)
7/10 Atlus 4 Racing 03 Mar 98 -
Superman: The New Adventures Superman: The New Adventures
aka Superman 64
- Titus Software 4 Action 31 May 99 -
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil Turok 2: Seeds of Evil 8/10 Acclaim 4 FPS 10 Dec 98 -
Turok: Rage Wars Turok: Rage Wars 7/10 Acclaim 4 Shooter 31 Oct 99 -
Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey '98 Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey '98 - Midway 4 Sports 03 Dec 97 $4.99
WinBack: Covert Operations WinBack: Covert Operations
aka Operation: WinBack (EU/AUS)
- Koei 4 Action 20 Oct 99 -
1080° Snowboarding 1080° Snowboarding 8/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 31 Mar 98 -
Goemon's Great Adventure Goemon's Great Adventure
aka Mystical Ninja 2 Starring Goemon (European title); Ganbare Goemon: Derodero Douchuu Obake Tenkomori (Japanese title)
8/10 Konami 2 Adventure 22 Sep 99 -
Killer Instinct Gold Killer Instinct Gold - Nintendo 2 Fitness Jul 1997 -
Mace: The Dark Age Mace: The Dark Age - Midway 2 Fighting Oct 1997 -
Star Wars Episode I: Racer Star Wars Episode I: Racer 8/10 LucasArts 2 Racing 18 May 99 -
Banjo-Kazooie Banjo-Kazooie 10/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 31 May 98 -
Blast Corps Blast Corps
aka Blastdozer
9/10 Nintendo 1 Action 28 Feb 97 -
Castlevania Castlevania
aka Castlevania 64
- Konami 1 Action 31 Dec 98 -
Hybrid Heaven Hybrid Heaven 4/10 Konami 1 Action 31 Aug 99 -
Mischief Makers Mischief Makers 8/10 Nintendo 1 Platformer 01 Oct 97 -
Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
aka Ganbare Goemon: Neo Momoyama Bakufu no Odori
8/10 Konami 1 Action 16 Apr 98 -
Paper Mario Paper Mario 10/10 Nintendo 1 RPG 05 Feb 01 -
Pilotwings 64 Pilotwings 64 9/10 Nintendo 1 Action 29 Sep 96 -
Resident Evil 2 Resident Evil 2
aka Biohazard 2 (Japanese title)
9/10 Capcom 1 Action 31 Oct 99 -
Star Wars Episode I: Battle for Naboo Star Wars Episode I: Battle for Naboo 8/10 LucasArts 1 Action 18 Dec 00 -
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 9/10 LucasArts 1 Action 07 Dec 98 -
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire 6/10 Nintendo 1 Action 03 Nov 96 -
Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64 10/10 Nintendo 1 Platformer 26 Sep 96 -
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 10/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 23 Nov 98 -
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Turok: Dinosaur Hunter 5/10 Acclaim 1 FPS 28 Feb 97 -
Shadow Man Shadow Man - Acclaim - - 31 Jul 99 -
South Park South Park - Acclaim - - 12 Dec 98 -
WWF No Mercy WWF No Mercy - THQ - - 17 Nov 00 -

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