Nintendo 64

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.

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Nintendo 64 Games

Title Rating « Publisher Players Genre US Date Price
Banjo-Kazooie Banjo-Kazooie 10/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 31 May 98 -
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber 10/10 Square Enix 1 Strategy 29 Mar 10 1,000 points
Paper Mario Paper Mario 10/10 Nintendo 1 RPG 16 Jul 07 1,000 points
Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64 10/10 Nintendo 1 Platformer 19 Nov 06 1,000 points
Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64 10/10 Nintendo 1 Platformer 26 Sep 96 -
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 10/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 18 May 09 1,000 points
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 10/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 26 Feb 07 1,000 points
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 -
Blast Corps Blast Corps
aka Blastdozer
9/10 Nintendo 1 Action 28 Feb 97 -
Conker's Bad Fur Day Conker's Bad Fur Day 9/10 THQ 4 Adventure 04 Mar 01 -
F-Zero X F-Zero X 9/10 Nintendo 4 Racing 25 Jun 07 1,000 points
Mario Kart 64 Mario Kart 64 9/10 Nintendo 4 Racing 29 Jan 07 1,000 points
Perfect Dark Perfect Dark 9/10 Rare 4 Action 22 May 00 -
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 -
Sin and Punishment Sin and Punishment 9/10 Nintendo 1 Import 01 Oct 07 1,200 points
Star Fox 64 Star Fox 64
aka Lylat Wars
9/10 Nintendo 4 Action 02 Apr 07 1,000 points
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 9/10 LucasArts 1 Action 07 Dec 98 -
1080° Snowboarding 1080° Snowboarding 8/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 28 Jan 08 1,000 points
1080° Snowboarding 1080° Snowboarding 8/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 31 Mar 98 -
Diddy Kong Racing Diddy Kong Racing 8/10 Nintendo 4 Racing 24 Nov 97 -
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 -
GoldenEye 007 GoldenEye 007 8/10 Nintendo 4 Action 25 Aug 97 -
Mario Golf Mario Golf 8/10 Nintendo 4 Sports 06 Oct 08 1,000 points
Mario Party 2 Mario Party 2 8/10 Nintendo 4 Party 20 Dec 10 1,000 points
Mario Tennis Mario Tennis 8/10 Nintendo 4 Sports 28 Jun 10 1,000 points
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 -
Pokémon Puzzle League Pokémon Puzzle League 8/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 05 May 08 1,000 points
Star Wars Episode I: Battle for Naboo Star Wars Episode I: Battle for Naboo 8/10 LucasArts 1 Action 18 Dec 00 -
Star Wars Episode I: Racer Star Wars Episode I: Racer 8/10 LucasArts 2 Racing 18 May 99 -
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil Turok 2: Seeds of Evil 8/10 Acclaim 4 FPS 10 Dec 98 -
Wave Race 64 Wave Race 64 8/10 Nintendo 2 Racing 06 Aug 07 1,000 points
Donkey Kong 64 Donkey Kong 64 7/10 Nintendo 4 Adventure 24 Nov 99 -
Jet Force Gemini Jet Force Gemini
aka Star Twins (Japan)
7/10 Nintendo 4 Adventure 11 Oct 99 -
Pokémon Snap Pokémon Snap 7/10 Nintendo 1 Simulation 10 Dec 07 1,000 points
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 -
Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros. 7/10 Nintendo 4 Fighting 21 Dec 09 1,000 points
Turok: Rage Wars Turok: Rage Wars 7/10 Acclaim 4 Shooter 31 Oct 99 -
Bomberman Hero Bomberman Hero 6/10 Hudson 1 Adventure 07 Mar 11 1,000 points
Mickey's Speedway USA Mickey's Speedway USA
aka Mickey no Racing Challenge USA (JPN)
6/10 Nintendo 4 Racing 13 Nov 00 -
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire 6/10 Nintendo 1 Action 03 Nov 96 -
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards 5/10 Nintendo 4 Action 25 Feb 08 1,000 points
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Turok: Dinosaur Hunter 5/10 Acclaim 1 FPS 28 Feb 97 -
Hybrid Heaven Hybrid Heaven 4/10 Konami 1 Action 31 Aug 99 -
Yoshi's Story Yoshi's Story 4/10 Nintendo 1 Action 17 Sep 07 1,000 points
Cruis'n USA Cruis'n USA 3/10 Nintendo 2 Racing 31 Mar 08 1,000 points
Castlevania Castlevania
aka Castlevania 64
- Konami 1 Action 31 Dec 98 -
Killer Instinct Gold Killer Instinct Gold - Nintendo 2 Fitness Jul 1997 -
WinBack: Covert Operations WinBack: Covert Operations
aka Operation: WinBack (EU/AUS)
- Koei 4 Action 20 Oct 99 -

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