N64 Reviews

Paper Mario (Wii U eShop / Nintendo 64)

Paper Mario (Wii U eShop / Nintendo 64)

Historical document

Can we take a moment to appreciate just how gloriously wacky it is that a game like Paper Mario exists in the first place? This is an idea that followed in the footsteps of Super Mario RPG, the Square/Nintendo collaboration which in itself marked a big departure in genre for the Mario universe. Nintendo would continue down this...

Donkey Kong 64 (Wii U eShop / Nintendo 64)

Donkey Kong 64 (Wii U eShop / Nintendo 64)

He's finally back, but does he still kick some tail?

At the mere mention of Nintendo's first 64-bit console, many of us find it difficult not to get swept up by a wave of nostalgia. We drift through countless memories of flickering TV screens and eye-popping graphics, washing up on the shores of 3D gaming's first bold steps onto a Nintendo platform...

Super Mario 64 (Wii U eShop / Nintendo 64)

Super Mario 64 (Wii U eShop / Nintendo 64)

Platforming perfection

There are two types of gamer – those who have played Super Mario 64 and those who should. Regularly placing towards the high end of 'best game ever' lists, Super Mario 64 has become a standard name-drop in many a classic gaming debate. Since launching in 1996, there have been a number of successors and contenders for the...

Quake II (Nintendo 64)

Quake II (Nintendo 64)

Worth the "Stroggle"?

When it comes to first-person shooter games on the Nintendo 64, there’s one title which stands out above all the rest: GoldenEye 007. During the late 1990s, Rare’s Bond-themed masterpiece provided gamers with countless hours of single- and multiplayer fun, and because of this it is still fondly remembered by many to this...

Densha de Go! 64 (Nintendo 64)

Densha de Go! 64 (Nintendo 64)

Lost in "trainslation"

The massive surge in the number of simulation games over the past few years has been nothing short of baffling. Years ago, Microsoft Flight Simulator was essentially the sole attraction in this specialist genre, but now it seems virtually anything can and should be turned into a simulation. Road Works Simulator, Farming...

Jet Force Gemini (Nintendo 64)

Jet Force Gemini (Nintendo 64)

A Rare gem?

The Nintendo 64 and Rare go together like Banjo and Kazooie. The developer was behind several of the stellar titles found on the system, many of which were some of the most original games in history. One of the most unique titles released by the UK-based developer was the 3D action-shooter Jet Force Gemini, which launched in 1999. While...

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil (Nintendo 64)

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil (Nintendo 64)

Oblivion is at hand

Acclaim Entertainment must have always had a good feeling about Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. Before the game was even released in 1997, the company announced that it was already working on a sequel. In hindsight of course, it’s easy to see why Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was such a massive success; it released at an ideal time in the...

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (Nintendo 64)

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (Nintendo 64)

A game worthy of acclaim?

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was a wise and lucky move for publisher Acclaim Entertainment. In the late '90s, the company was struggling financially and drastically needed to change its fortunes. Making good on its purchases of Valiant Comics in 1994 and development studio Iguana Entertainment in 1995, Acclaim used the rights it...

Blast Corps (Nintendo 64)

Blast Corps (Nintendo 64)

Blast from the past

Long before the mainstream commercialisation of video games that exists today, developers were mostly free from the shackles of big business. AAA games weren't bound by "sequelitis" — although it was still very much present — and the relative youth of 3D gaming had paved the way for innovation. In this regard, Blast Corps is...

Pilotwings 64 (Nintendo 64)

Pilotwings 64 (Nintendo 64)

Flying high

Releasing alongside Super Mario 64 when the Nintendo 64 launched back in 1996 (1997 if you're European), it was somewhat inevitable that Pilotwings 64 was never going to see the same commercial or critical success. Simply put, Mario's first 64-bit adventure was a masterpiece and proved that Nintendo could recreate its flagship franchise...

Bakuretsu Muteki Bangaioh (Nintendo 64)

Bakuretsu Muteki Bangaioh (Nintendo 64)

Insanity redefined

Bakuretsu Muteki Bangaioh (which translates as Explosive, Invincible Bangaioh — you might know it as Bangai-O) is a relatively obscure Japanese exclusive for Nintendo 64 that holds a rather interesting history. Released in 1999 and developed by Treasure — the same team that produced the Sin & Punishment games — it is...

Star Wars Episode I: Racer (Nintendo 64)

Star Wars Episode I: Racer (Nintendo 64)

Watto way to go

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace may have been panned by film critics and audiences alike when it released back in 1999, but not everything borne out of it was as big a disaster as Jar Jar Binks. One of these truly rare exceptions was Star Wars Episode I: Racer, a sci-fi racing game developed by by LucasArts. The game was a...

Beetle Adventure Racing! (Nintendo 64)

Beetle Adventure Racing! (Nintendo 64)

Infested with Bugs

These days, considering most of us have become accustomed to the smooth frame rates and high definition resolutions provided by modern consoles, revisiting the Nintendo 64 can sometimes be a painful experience as you may find that some of your favourite games haven’t aged very well. Fuzzy textures, choppy frame rates and limited...

GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo 64)

GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo 64)

Are those golden eyes wearing rose tinted specs?

Highly revered by countless N64 owners, GoldenEye 007 is often credited with kick-starting the first-person shooter craze on consoles. It not only showed that a good FPS could be crafted for a machine other than a high-spec PC, but arguably also created the multiplayer FPS phenomenon. In fact, if it...

Mickey's Speedway USA (Nintendo 64)

Mickey's Speedway USA (Nintendo 64)

Another kart racing game? Oh, boy!

By the end of the Nineties, UK developer Rareware had established itself as one of the most talented softcos in the world, and along with Nintendo's own in-house output, had helped to placate Nintendo 64 gamers throughout most of the console's life with a steady supply of premium software. Having delivered the...

Turok: Rage Wars (Nintendo 64)

Turok: Rage Wars (Nintendo 64)

Rage against the machine (gun)

Multiplayer has been a mainstay in first person shooters since only a few years after the genre's formal debut. Nonetheless, PC gamers had been shooting each other either in LAN setups or online for many years before console FPSes got in on the act. It wasn't until GoldenEye 007 hit the N64 that the idea of getting...

Diddy Kong Racing (Nintendo 64)

Diddy Kong Racing (Nintendo 64)

A Rare treat, or will it drive you bananas?

For fans of Nintendo kart racers, 1997 has to go down as one of the greatest years in the history of the genre. Not only did it witness the European and North American release of the iconic Mario Kart 64, but Rare also introduced their own challenger to the karting crown with Diddy Kong Racing on the same...

Bomberman Hero (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Bomberman Hero (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Bomberman flies solo

Apart from the very first game in the series, Bomberman has always been famed for its frantic, fast-paced, and, above all, fun multiplayer modes. Pretty much every single game starring the little guy has featured support for multiple players, with most of the Nintendo outings allowing four or five, and others like Saturn Bomberman even allowing up to ten. Despite this,..

Mario Party 2 (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Mario Party 2 (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

It's party time!

The Mario Party series has become quite successful for Nintendo and has brought many gamers and their families together over the years. Nintendo, obviously still concerned over the taxing controls of the original Mario Party which caused more than a few blisters and hand cramps among players, have decided to skip straight to Mario...