Top 10 N64 Games

A classic console deserves a top 10 list. The N64 is approaching 18 years of age after being released in 1996 or 1997 depending on the region of the world you live in. The N64 still entertains me to this day, even if I do have to use emulators to play the games I own. The N64 was the console that really kickstarted me into gaming, I had a Super Nintendo but never played many games on it. The N64 is possibly my all time favourite console, even though the controller was a bit strange. I have bought re-mastered versions of many N64 games because they are great games and gave me nostalgia! Anyway, to the top 10!

Honourable Mentions: Cruisn’ USA, Wipeout FX, Mario Golf and WWF No Mercy

10.Super Smash Bro’s

A fighting game that I actual like. Super Smash Bro’s gives a completely Chaotic aspect into fighting games that made it great to play! Particularly with 4 players. The gameplay was great as it allowed skilled players and button bashers equal chance, which I need as I suck at fighting games! Super Smash Bro’s was one of those games that you couldn’t play alone, so getting friends over was necessary.

9. Jet Force Gemini

Jet Force Gemini was a brilliant game that I feel went under the radar for a lot of people. A diffcult game to get used to, but brilliant to play. You choose between 3 main character and I remember there being a co-op aspect to it as well. There are tons of little added bonus’s dotted around the game, including mini games like races, there’s a lot to do! Best part is, you can pick a dog in a tank.

8. Perfect Dark

Perfect dark was basically Goldeneye with different graphics, for that reason its not as high as Goldeneye. It was still a fun game with a great story to follow, there was lots to explore in the Carrington institution too. It does flop a bit as it used some of the exact levels from Goldeneye in multiplayer, aside from that though, a great game.

7. Duke Nukem

“It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I’m all out of gum” a game that was rated a little higher than my age when I first played it. Duke Nuken took a first person shooter game, that would be ok by itself, and added some comedy into the mix. Duke Nukem is full of great one liners and more interesting things to find. Its a game full of hidden areas in a semi decent story. It may not be everyones idea of a perfect game, but it did come quite close!

6. Star Wars: Rouge Squadron

One of the best Star Wars games that isn’t Battlefront. Rougue Squadron became the game that everyone wanted, just to be able to fly star wars space ships! It was really fun to play and came with some difficult parts too. Definitely took a different look at how games could be made, its probably the only flying game I want to play now as it has character. And who wouldn’t want to pretend to be in an X-Wing

5. Mario Kart 64

Do I need to say much? Its Mario Kart, everyones played it! This had one of the harder Rainbow Road tracks of the series

4. Banjo Kazooie

Banjo Kazooie is one of my childhood favourites. A third person RPG but slightly puzzle game, not just because you hunt for Jigsaw pieces called “Jiggies”. Banjo Kazooie had a lot to do in the game, even now it takes a good 8 hours to complete. Theres a great variation of maps in the game and a fun story. One of my greatest achievements was completing the game to 100% on the XBLA version.

3. Zelda: Ocarina of Time

One of the best RPG games of all time. Zelda is well known because of this game although most still don’t know that Zelda is the princess and Link is the main characters name… it was never made fully obvious. Zelda: Ocarina of Time was great as it catered to everyone, I liked to play the story and the puzzles where difficult for me when I was young (some still are!). My sister loved the horse parts of the game with Epona. Music was the main part of this game, using the ocarina was key, this also meant learning some simple tunes via the C-buttons, we all had the songs written down didn’t we?

2. Goldeneye

A game that paved the way for first person shooter games. Goldeneye was not a game that received a lot of hype at its E3 showing in 1997, most probably it was expected to be just like most movie based games. Goldeneye introduced most to their first experience of competitive first person shooter multiplayer. Goldeneye was a had a great story, following the story of the book and film of course. There were also a whole heap of cheats that were available from the game as well as a way to make the multiplayer maps much larger.

1: Super Mario World 64

Super Mario World 64 was the top sold game over the N64 lifetime selling around 11.5 million copies world wide. It was a launch title for the N64 and probably contributed to many of the sales. Super Mario World 64 was one of the first 3D  platforming games which made it very unique. The gameplay was fresh, bringing new concepts to gaming with different variants of jumps. The graphics are extremely good for its age, it would probably pass of a Wii game now! The game also had a lot to do, there were multiple levels with 8 challenges in each. I think there is a ton of easter eggs that I never found in the game too! Super Mario World is still making me come back for more even now, definitely one of the best games ever made.

What do you think? Have I missed out a game you would have put in? Why not comment below, I may have forgotten something anyway!

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