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
Conker's Bad Fur Day Conker's Bad Fur Day 9/10 THQ 4 Adventure 04 Mar 01 -
Star Wars Episode I: Battle for Naboo Star Wars Episode I: Battle for Naboo 8/10 LucasArts 1 Action 18 Dec 00 -
Banjo Tooie Banjo Tooie 9/10 Nintendo 4 Adventure 20 Nov 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 -
Donkey Kong 64 Donkey Kong 64 7/10 Nintendo 4 Adventure 24 Nov 99 -
Resident Evil 2 Resident Evil 2
aka Biohazard 2 (Japanese title)
9/10 Capcom 1 Action 31 Oct 99 -
Turok: Rage Wars Turok: Rage Wars 7/10 Acclaim 4 Shooter 31 Oct 99 -
WinBack: Covert Operations WinBack: Covert Operations
aka Operation: WinBack (EU/AUS)
- Koei 4 Action 20 Oct 99 -
Jet Force Gemini Jet Force Gemini
aka Star Twins (Japan)
7/10 Nintendo 4 Adventure 11 Oct 99 -
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 -
Hybrid Heaven Hybrid Heaven 4/10 Konami 1 Action 31 Aug 99 -
Quake II Quake II
aka Quake 2
7/10 Activision 4 FPS 31 May 99 -
Star Wars Episode I: Racer Star Wars Episode I: Racer 8/10 LucasArts 2 Racing 18 May 99 -
Beetle Adventure Racing! Beetle Adventure Racing! 9/10 Electronic Arts 4 Driving 24 Mar 99 -
Castlevania Castlevania
aka Castlevania 64
- Konami 1 Action 31 Dec 98 -
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil Turok 2: Seeds of Evil 8/10 Acclaim 4 FPS 10 Dec 98 -
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 9/10 LucasArts 1 Action 07 Dec 98 -
Banjo-Kazooie Banjo-Kazooie 10/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 31 May 98 -
Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
aka Ganbare Goemon: Neo Momoyama Bakufu no Odori
8/10 Konami 1 Action 16 Apr 98 -
1080° Snowboarding 1080° Snowboarding 8/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 31 Mar 98 -
Snowboard Kids Snowboard Kids
aka Snobow Kids (Japanese title)
7/10 Atlus 4 Racing 03 Mar 98 -
Diddy Kong Racing Diddy Kong Racing 8/10 Nintendo 4 Racing 24 Nov 97 -
Mischief Makers Mischief Makers 8/10 Nintendo 1 Platformer 01 Oct 97 -
GoldenEye 007 GoldenEye 007 8/10 Nintendo 4 Action 25 Aug 97 -
Killer Instinct Gold Killer Instinct Gold - Nintendo 2 Fitness Jul 1997 -
Blast Corps Blast Corps
aka Blastdozer
9/10 Nintendo 1 Action 28 Feb 97 -
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Turok: Dinosaur Hunter 5/10 Acclaim 1 FPS 28 Feb 97 -
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire 6/10 Nintendo 1 Action 03 Nov 96 -
Pilotwings 64 Pilotwings 64 9/10 Nintendo 1 Action 29 Sep 96 -
Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64 10/10 Nintendo 1 Platformer 26 Sep 96 -

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