The N64 did so many things right and breaking down the top 10 games of our youth was no easy task. But after much heated debate with thrown pens and shurikens (wait, what?), we decided on these elite 10 N64 games. If you missed any of these titles- do yourself a favor and find a way to play them!
Conker’s Bad Fur Day
If you don’t know what Conker’s Bad Fur Day is and you call yourself a gamer, then shame on you. It was one of the only Mature rated titles on the Nintendo 64 and was rife with parody and comic relief in general. The multiplayer was pretty awesome, as well because of multiple types of game modes to choose from.
Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart got its start on the Super Nintendo, but the series really hit its stride on the Nintendo 64. It’s also the first game to introduce battle mode.
Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64, while still not better than Super Mario Bros. 3 or Super Mario World, is a great game that did a lot for the modern 3D platformer.
Banjo Kazooie, like Conker, is another classic game created by Rare back in their heyday before Microsoft acquired them. Featuring a bear and a bird as they thwart an evil witch’s plans, this is classic 3D platforming gameplay.
Jet Force Gemini
Jet Force Gemini was a pretty awesome shooter that didn’t have to be gory or include humans as the baddies that you were wasting. The game centers around a team with a dog as they kill giant bugs. It’s basically a tamed down version of Starship Troopers.
Star Wars Episode 1 Racer
Star Wars Episode 1: Racer is inspired by the epic pod race scene from Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace, when young Anakin beats everyone to become the underdog winner. The game is similar to the F Zero series of games.
Super Smash Bros
Super Smash Brothers came out of far left field but it proved to be a winning formula. The Smash Bros. series is all about pitting your favorite Nintendo characters against each other as they duke it out for video game hero, or villain, supremacy. Four players could battle it out simultaneously, with items like pokeballs and fire flowers. The game is simply amazing and the series is one of Nintendo’s highest earners, for obvious reasons. The game is too damn fun.
Golden Eye 007
Oh man, this game really took everyone by surprise when they played it for the first time. Golden Eye was the game that cemented the N64 as the console to own. Not only was the single player engrossing, but the multiplayer kept friends entertained time and time again.
Zelda Ocarina of Time
So many great games came out on the N64, new consoles almost pale in comparison. Besides Majora’s Mask, I haven’t played a better Zelda game since Ocarina of Time, excluding A Link to the Past.
Although it doesn’t have a storyline like the traditional pokemon games, Pokemon Stadium was still a blast to play. We all ate this stuff up as a kid, and some people still love pokemon. I don’t buy into the series anymore, but man did I have everything pokemon back when I was a kid, and if you were a youngster in the nineties, then you probably did as well.