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. Doom 64 (N64)
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.
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.
27. Mario Golf (N64)
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.
From the makers of the excellent WWF No Mercy, this was the last WCW game AKI worked on before publisher THQ got its hands on the WWF licence. WCW/nWo Revenge was lightyears ahead of Acclaim's efforts in the genre elsewhere at the time, and there are those that would argue that it remains one of the best, if not the best, wrestling game of all time.
Edge of Reality's port of Neversoft's first Tony Hawk game arrived around six months after the PlayStation version. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (or Tony Hawk's Skateboarding as it was known in Europe) stands up very well gameplay-wise on Nintendo 64, although the reduced storage space on a cartridge versus Sony's discs means texture quality and, more importantly, audio both take a hit. It's still a fine way to play the first game, though.
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.
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.
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...
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.