30. Harvest Moon 64 (N64)

Harvest Moon 64 (N64)Harvest Moon 64 (N64)
Publisher: Natsume / Developer: Toy Box Creative
Release Date: 22nd Dec 1999 (USA) / 23rd Feb 2017 (UK/EU)

As with most entries in this farm sim series, let its gentle cycle of farm work and soil-based simulation seep into you and Harvest Moon 64 has the potential to suck hours and days from your life. It's hardly a technical tour-de-force, but tending livestock, sewing seeds, harvesting your crops and striking up a relationship doesn't require massive hardware horsepower, and the series' 64-bit entry is as engrossing as any.

29. Mischief Makers (N64)

Mischief Makers (N64)Mischief Makers (N64)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Treasure
Release Date: 1st Oct 1997 (USA) / 15th Jan 1998 (UK/EU)

A side-scrolling platformer on a system with very few of those to its name, and one from the makers of Gunstar Heroes, no less! Treasure's Mischief Makers is a brilliant little 2.5D platformer that has gained a cult following over the years, but made little impact at the time. Back in the late '90s, anything that wasn't 3D was largely dismissed by the mainstream as old hat. Do yourself a favour and track this one down if it passed you by.

28. Doom 64 (N64)

Doom 64 (N64)Doom 64 (N64)
Publisher: Midway / Developer: Midway
Release Date: 4th Apr 1997 (USA) / 2nd Dec 1997 (UK/EU)

Recently re-released on Switch and other consoles, DOOM 64 offered a unique take on the series' brand of shooting quite unlike previous iterations. It's different, yes, but different doesn't mean 'bad', and it's achieved something of a cult status over the years. Thankfully, the re-release means it's easier (and cheaper) to play these days, but real fans know that you need an N64 controller in your hands to get the true DOOM 64 experience. Yep.

27. Mario Party (N64)

Mario Party (N64)Mario Party (N64)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Hudson Soft
Release Date: 8th Feb 1999 (USA) / 9th Mar 1999 (UK/EU)

The game which started began the most almighty of parties that continues to this day, the series got off to a raucous start with Mario Party. Conspiracy theories that Nintendo created this game solely to force the purchase of additional controllers after Aunt Susan and Uncle Stan destroyed your analogue sticks are spurious.

26. Pokémon Stadium 2 (N64)

Pokémon Stadium 2 (N64)Pokémon Stadium 2 (N64)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
Release Date: 26th Mar 2001 (USA) / 10th Oct 2001 (UK/EU)

The original Pokémon Stadium was fine, but Pokémon Stadium 2 expanded the concept of a 3D companion cartridge to play alongside the mainline Game Boy games. It included Pokémon from both the Johto and Kanto regions and offered some juicy extras if you owned the Game Boy entries (we pity whoever had a Pokémon Stadium game without owning Blue, Red, Yellow, Gold or Silver!). Only in the soundtrack department did it arguably not live up to its predecessor, but otherwise this felt like the 'proper' execution of the concept.

25. Mario Golf (N64)

Mario Golf (N64)Mario Golf (N64)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Camelot
Release Date: 26th Jul 1999 (USA) / 14th Sep 1999 (UK/EU)

Camelot brought Mario and his golfing pals onto the 3D fairways in this excellent entry in his catalogue of sports games. This game also linked up with the superlative Mario Golf for Game Boy Color. They're very different games, and the handheld version is probably even better thanks to its brilliant RPG elements, but together they make an unbeatable pair.

24. Mario Tennis (N64)

Mario Tennis (N64)Mario Tennis (N64)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Camelot
Release Date: 28th Aug 2000 (USA) / 3rd Nov 2000 (UK/EU)

The first in the Mario Tennis series (second, if you count Mario's Tennis for the Virtual Boy) was one of a winning doubles team in the Mushroom Kingdom sports department from Camelot — the studio also released the brilliant Mario Golf for N64, as well as Game Boy Color versions of each game that linked up with their home console cousins via the Transfer Pak.

Mario's played a lot of tennis over the years, but this remains one of his finest on-court showings.

23. Sin and Punishment (N64)

Sin and Punishment (N64)Sin and Punishment (N64)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Treasure
Release Date: 1st Oct 2007 (USA) / 28th Sep 2007 (UK/EU) / 21st Nov 2000 (JPN)

Gamers in the West wouldn't be able to get their hands on Treasure's hectic N64 on-rails shooter (not easily, that is — there was always the option to import) until it came to the Wii U Virtual Console. It became a cult classic thanks to its developer's heritage and its Japan-only status, and while it's probably not worth importing a Japanese console to enjoy this game alone (and its sequel Sin and Punishment: Star Successor for Wii arguably improves on this foundation in every way), this is still a very fine shooter from a very fine developer. Cracking box art, too.

22. Wave Race 64 (N64)

Wave Race 64 (N64)Wave Race 64 (N64)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
Release Date: 1st Nov 1996 (USA) / 29th Apr 1997 (UK/EU)

Whatever you do, don't go back and play Wave Race 64. Its incredible water physics, tight controls, chunky visuals and titanic brilliance will immediately have you degenerate into a forum-lingering whinger and you won't be able to stop yourself complaining about the absence of this series (and F-Zero, and 1080° Snowboarding) from Nintendo consoles since the GameCube, and how Nintendo hates its fans and doesn't want their money, and how the success of the Switch means there's space for these 'lesser-known' franchises to make a return, and how we can't have nice things, and...

21. Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (N64)

Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (N64)Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (N64)
Publisher: Konami / Developer: Konami
Release Date: 16th Apr 1998 (USA) / 1st May 1998 (UK/EU)

A real gem in the console's catalogue, Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon makes you pine for the days when Konami still made video games. A surreal Japanese platforming adventure that combines a cast of colourful characters with oddball and endearing humour, it's a minor classic that's still worth playing today.