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In celebration of this mighty 64-bit console's 25th anniversary (in North America, following the Japanese anniversary back in June), we're republishing this reader-ranked list of the top 50 Nintendo 64 games ever. As with all our Top 50 library lists, this ranking is is based on User Ratings in the Nintendo Life games database and is subject to fluctuation, even after publication!

So, if you haven't rated your favourite N64 games, feel free to exert your influence and potentially switch up the order of the games below. You can also now check out our reader-ranked list of all the N64 games coming to Nintendo Switch Online in October, too. Enjoy!

The Nintendo 64 is a console which tends to divide gamers. Launching back in 1996 (or 1997 in PAL regions) as the gaming industry's bread-and-butter switched from sprites to polygons, the console represents — from a certain perspective — the first time Nintendo really dropped the ball. Tired of the platform holder's licencing terms, many developers jumped ship to Sony's PlayStation, attracted by fairer deals and cheaper disc-based media. In the meantime, Nintendo doubled down on an esoteric piece of hardware with confusing, kiddy-coloured controllers that were arguably out of step with gaming's maturing audience.

On the other hand, for many gamers the N64 evokes some of our very warmest, strongest gaming memories. It was while brandishing this console's three-pronged pad that many of us took our first steps into a three-dimensional Mushroom Kingdom or Hyrule, and the unrivalled excitement of 4-player split-screen Mario Kart or GoldenEye sticks in our mind like few other multiplayer experiences.

Thanks to the User Ratings submitted by readers, we present to you the top 50 N64 games ever. There's no doubt that we've got a fine selection of 64-bit lovelies below, but remember, this list is not set in stone. The ranking will continue to evolve automatically according to user scores submitted to the Nintendo Life game database, so don't worry if you missed out on 'voting' — you can still do so by simply scrolling down and rating them now!

And should the fancy take you, you can do the same for each of Nintendo's consoles with our top 50 best games lists, including NES, SNES, Game Boy, GBC, GBA, Nintendo DS, 3DS, GameCube, Wii, Wii U and more.

If there's a game bubbling under the top 50 that you'd like to rate, feel free to find it using the search tool below and give it a score out of 10. Otherwise, plug in your Rumble / Controller / Transfer / Expansion Paks and get ready for the best N64 games of all time...

Note. In order for games to become eligible, they need a minimum of 50 User Ratings in total.

50. Goemon's Great Adventure (N64)

Goemon's Great Adventure (N64)Goemon's Great Adventure (N64)
Publisher: Konami / Developer: Konami
Release Date: 22nd Sep 1999 (USA) / 22nd Sep 1999 (UK/EU)

This sequel to Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon took the character and colour of the original and threw in a bonus co-op mode for another wonderfully entertaining platform adventure with an off-the-wall Japanese flavour. There's an argument to be had over which is best, and we tend to lean towards the original, but they're both fine games.

49. Blast Corps (N64)

Blast Corps (N64)Blast Corps (N64)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Rare
Release Date: 28th Feb 1997 (USA) / 1st Sep 1997 (UK/EU)

Blast Corps involves clearing a path for a slow-moving truck carrying a malfunctioning nuclear missile to a safe detonation zone - a zone which is blocked by buildings and other structures ripe for destruction. As with many 64-bit titles, its early polygonal visuals are arguably looking a little dogged these days, but don't let its looks put you off. This incredibly silly concept makes for one of most fun games on the N64.

48. Ridge Racer 64 (N64)

Ridge Racer 64 (N64)Ridge Racer 64 (N64)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo Software Technology
Release Date: 14th Feb 2000 (USA) / 4th Jul 2000 (UK/EU)

As a quintessential PlayStation franchise, seeing Ridge Racer on N64 gave us a similar sensation as playing WipeOut on Nintendo's console — it was very welcome, but it still felt weird. While Ridge Racer 64 features tracks from previous games in Namco's racer series, it was actually developed by Nintendo Software Entertainment and later ported to DS as — wait for it — Ridge Racer DS. You're better off sticking with the 64-bit original, though.

47. Space Station Silicon Valley (N64)

Space Station Silicon Valley (N64)Space Station Silicon Valley (N64)
Publisher: Take Two / Developer: DMA Design
Release Date: Nov 1998 (UK/EU)

A quirky, body-hopping animal platformer from DMA Design before they would go on to become Rockstars, Space Station Silicon Valley is fun in concept and execution. Much like fellow DMA N64 title Body Harvest, what it lacks in looks it makes up for with intriguing gameplay ideas and satisfying mechanics — in this case involving possessing the various forms of wildlife in the biomes of the eponymous space station in order to survive and escape. It's not up there with the finest 3D platformers on the system, but it's a unique spin on the genre and very enjoyable B-tier fare.

46. Star Wars Episode I: Racer (N64)

Star Wars Episode I: Racer (N64)Star Wars Episode I: Racer (N64)
Publisher: LucasArts / Developer: LucasArts
Release Date: 18th May 1999 (USA) / 17th May 1999 (UK/EU)

Though this couldn't rival F-Zero X in pure performance terms, it was still a very impressive racer which had a progression system with purchasable pod enhancements. Based on the best bit of The Phantom Menace (apart from the Darth Maul bits and all the soundtrack), it had a special two-pad mode similar to GoldenEye which enabled some twin-stick precision that more-closely mirrored the controls of the onscreen pods. Watto’s banter and post-race rendition of the Cantina theme is also excellent. It's now available on Switch, too.

45. Snowboard Kids 2 (N64)

Snowboard Kids 2 (N64)Snowboard Kids 2 (N64)
Publisher: Atlus / Developer: Racdym
Release Date: 2nd Mar 1999 (USA)

A follow-up to Racdym's cult classic, Snowboard Kids 2 predictably picks up where the previous Mario-Kart-esque downhill cartoon racer left off. With loveable characters, plenty of colour and the kind of multiplayer fun that struck a chord with those who played it, this really should have got more mainstream attention.

Not that fans in the EU had much choice — Australia was the only PAL region where the sequel saw a release. Consequently, SBK 2 is one of the most expensive PAL N64 games on the retro market these days.

44. WWF WrestleMania 2000 (N64)

WWF WrestleMania 2000 (N64)WWF WrestleMania 2000 (N64)
Publisher: THQ / Developer: Aki
Release Date: 31st Oct 1999 (USA) / 12th Oct 1999 (UK/EU)

The first game released following THQ's takeover of licence holder duties from Acclaim, WCW's loss was very much WWF's gain. WWF Wrestlemania 2000 expanded on AKI's WCW/nWo Revenge from the previous year while bringing in the signature stable of World Wrestling Federation stars and setting the stage for the brilliant No Mercy.

43. ISS 64 (N64)

ISS 64 (N64)ISS 64 (N64)
Publisher: Konami / Developer: Konami
Release Date: 31st Jul 1997 (USA) / 1st Jun 1997 (UK/EU)

A brilliant rendition of the most popular team sport in the world, ISS 64 had depth, beauty, accessibility and gloriously entertaining commentary to boot. Not 'good' commentary, per se, but entertaining nonetheless. The FIFA games might be maintaining possession these days, but back in the '90s it was Konami who was really on the ball.

42. Jet Force Gemini (N64)

Jet Force Gemini (N64)Jet Force Gemini (N64)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Rare
Release Date: 11th Oct 1999 (USA) / 2nd Nov 1999 (UK/EU)

An underrated entry in the Rareware library, Jet Force Gemini coupled cute design with chunky, gungy third-person blasting in a world-hopping quest to defeat insectoid overlord Mizar. Juno, Vela and trusty good boy Lupus' adventure is not without flaws, but JFG is a surprising deep and satisfying one that's worth investigating if you're a Rare fan looking for gems that passed you by around the turn of the millennium.

41. Beetle Adventure Racing! (N64)

Beetle Adventure Racing! (N64)Beetle Adventure Racing! (N64)
Publisher: Electronic Arts / Developer: Paradigm Entertainment
Release Date: 24th Mar 1999 (USA) / 4th Sep 1999 (UK/EU)

Most people who played Beetle Adventure Racing! back in the day probably went in with low expectations, but coming from Paradigm Entertainment — a studio that worked with Nintendo on Pilotwings 64 and also made the excellent F-1 World Grand Prix games on the system — it's a fun, beautifully constructed little racer that's well worth revisiting.