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Mario Tennis (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Mario Tennis (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

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When Mario Golf was released back in 1999, it was already known that Camelot was working on another Mario sports title for the N64. After a decent title released for the sadly ill-fated Virtual Boy a few years before, Camelot gave Mario another go at tennis. Mario Tennis on the N64 functions a bit differently from Mario Golf in that you do not...

Mischief Makers (Nintendo 64)

Mischief Makers (Nintendo 64)

Go Go!! 2D Treasure Makers

With a US release in 1997 Mischief Makers, or Go Go!! Trouble Makers in Japan, was not only an early example of a N64 centric side-scrolling 2D platformer, it also successfully made its mark in gaming history by being the first Treasure game to land on a Nintendo platform. However, it would be shallow to describe Mischief...

Perfect Dark (Nintendo 64)

Perfect Dark (Nintendo 64)

Suck it, Bond

From its debut in 1997, developer Rare and the terrifying digital avatar of Pierce Brosnan ruled over the console shooter space in the Nintendo 64 tie-in of a then-two-year-old Bond movie, GoldenEye 007. Not only did it justify the genre on consoles while proving that movie games don’t have to suck, it became one of the defining...

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (Nintendo 64)

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (Nintendo 64)

"I've lost Artoo!"

A long time ago (around 13 years to be precise) in a galaxy not so far away, and when Nintendo 64 hardware was still fresh off the factory production line, LucasArts released Shadows of the Empire. Unfortunately for Star Wars fans everywhere, it was a pretty average affair, with only the Battle of Hoth level proving to be truly...

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Nintendo 64)

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Nintendo 64)

Lurking in the shadows lies a foreboding adventure

The anticipation surrounding the launch of a new console is among the most exciting moments in a gamer's calendar, and one of the most notable hardware changeovers was between Nintendo's SNES and N64. The significance of the N64 generation is not only the enhancements afforded by an extra 48-bits of...

Banjo Tooie (Nintendo 64)

Banjo Tooie (Nintendo 64)

Can you bear second helpings?

Banjo Kazooie was a game that revolutionised platforming on the N64: Rare's off-the-wall-humour, creative level design and sublime controls made it the pinnacle of platforming on Nintendo's console. Fans of the original will most likely remember Rare's lavish promises about the second game, Banjo Tooie, including the...

Hybrid Heaven (Nintendo 64)

Hybrid Heaven (Nintendo 64)

The N64's own Metal Gear Solid? If only.

Back in 1998, Konami's Metal Gear Solid took the gaming world by storm. Its masterful combination of action-packed gameplay and cinematic storytelling was unlike anything ever before seen in a videogame. The only bad news was that unless you owned a PlayStation, you wouldn’t be playing it, as it was...

Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (Nintendo 64)

Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (Nintendo 64)

Save Japan from a group of stage performers by throwing coins and hitting robots with your trusty kiseru pipe. You know it makes sense!

What do you get if you take a generous helping of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, mix well with a portion of Mario 64, and add a heavy sprinkling of traditional Japanese culture? The answer, of course, is Mystical...

Donkey Kong 64 (Nintendo 64)

Donkey Kong 64 (Nintendo 64)

Donkey Kong’s first foray into 3D, but is it more chump than chimp?

With the success of the Donkey Kong Country trilogy on the Super Nintendo, it wasn’t surprising when fans of the series called out for a next-gen instalment on the Nintendo 64. And so, in time for Christmas of 1999, Rare obliged as gamers were introduced to Donkey Kong 64. In a...

Super Smash Bros. (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Super Smash Bros. (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Does the original Super Smash Bros. still knock out the competition these days?

Nintendo's most popular (and only!) fighting franchise started off quite strangely - in fact, it originally didn't even have any existing Nintendo characters! Created by Kirby Creator Masahiro Sakurai of HAL Laboratory and Satoru Iwata, the game was originally called...

Conker's Bad Fur Day (N64)

Conker's Bad Fur Day (N64)

One mean %&*@% Squirrel…

Once upon a time, there was a cute little squirrel that captivated the hearts of children in his debut game for the Game Boy Colour. This red-tailed critter was known as Conker: Conker The Squirrel. No one knows the full extent of what happened to this cute woodland creature in his transition to the N64; he had a...

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)

After ending the terror in Hyrule, Link sets out to find another quest to complete, but on his way he stumbles into the wait of another evil force.

Ocarina of Time proved that the Zelda series was even more captivating in 3D than it was in 2D. It is still regarded as one of the greatest games ever made, but despite this, at the very end of the N64's...

Banjo-Kazooie (Nintendo 64)

Banjo-Kazooie (Nintendo 64)

Platforming perfection…

Back in the days of the N64’s prime, there was one firm that still managed to stand out from the rest, Rare. The UK based outfit were responsible for some of the greatest games the world has ever seen – Goldeneye, Diddy Kong Racing, Perfect Dark, and not to forget, the classic Banjo Kazooie... Staring Banjo, the placid bear with a ferocious sense for adventure, and..

Mario Golf (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Mario Golf (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Tee off with Mario and friends as they put a new spin on golf!

After Mario's forays into non-platforming genres, such as Mario Kart, Mario's Picross and Dr. Mario, Nintendo realized something: Whatever you put Mario in, it will sell. Soon after, they made loads of Mario sports games - Starting with Mario's Tennis on the Virtual Boy, Nintendo soon made the plumber try golf, and, more recently,..

Pokémon Puzzle League (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Pokémon Puzzle League (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Put your Pokémon-battling and puzzling skills to the test against the best Trainers in Puzzle League Village!

Still waiting for Tetris Attack? Well, technically you don't have to wait any longer - Puzzle League is basically the same game with a different name. Tetris Attack, the SNES game, was a Westernized version of the Japanese game Panel de Pon, which starred its own cute cartoon characters..

Cruis'n USA (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Cruis'n USA (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Put pedal to metal and hang on for a wild ride across the highways of America!

One of the first games to be announced for Nintendo’s 64-bit console, Cruis’n USA was given a fair amount of attention when it was first released; for the 32-bit generation, driving games that had established the credentials of rival machines (Ridge Racer for the...

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Kirby’s first 3-D adventure is also his Nintendo 64 debut.

Since the first Kirby game, we’ve seen our puffy pink friend in a series of high quality platform adventures (not to mention spin-offs) up until the release of Kirby 64 back in 2000. Despite predictably rendering Kirby’s world in 3D for the first time, true to form for a N64 outing our...

1080° Snowboarding (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

1080° Snowboarding (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Prepare to experience the thrills and chills of the ultimate extreme sport in 1080 Snowboarding.

1080 Snowboarding is a title that divided gamers when it was first released. Here was a game that mixed Nintendo’s usual penchant for killer gameplay with a more serious subject matter than the company was used to dealing with. It got lazily compared...

Pokémon Snap (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Pokémon Snap (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

In Pokémon Snap, you capture Pokémon not with a Poke Ball but with a camera!

Pokémon Snap's an odd one - it's not an adventure game like the handheld versions or a fighting game like those on the console. Instead, you have to take pictures of Pokémon! You play as Todd, who you might know from the anime. He has been asked by Professor Oak to take pictures of the various Pokémon around the..