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The Top 25 N64 Games of All Time

As IGN celebrates its twenty fifth anniversary, we’re updating our earlier Top N64 Games listing, initially written greater than 21 years in the past, to rejoice the N64 video games which have left the largest mark not simply on our lives, however on the business as an entire.

As all the time with any variety of listing like this, it’s necessary to ascertain our standards to elucidate as greatest as we will why some video games made the listing and others didn’t. First, whereas we did not have a tough rule on solely together with video games that have been unique to the Nintendo 64, we additionally didn’t wish to embrace video games which are simply merely higher on different platforms of that period, like Resident Evil 2 and Rayman 2.

Second, we tried to think about a quantity of elements, together with historic significance, how good it seemed and performed on the time, along with how nicely it holds up in the present day, y’know, simply in case you’re nonetheless capable of dig your outdated N64 out of the closet. The video games towards the highest of this listing are those that we really feel have the perfect mixture of these three standards, whereas those in the direction of the underside, or those that did not make the lower, may be sturdy in a single of these features, however missing within the others.

Finally, one final observe, as a result of our employees is usually made up of individuals who performed Nintendo 64 video games launched solely in North America, we determined to maintain this listing import free.

The Top 10 N64 Games of All Time

25. Banjo-Tooie

The followup to Banjo-Kazooie expanded on what made the primary nice, including 8 extra attractive (if stuttery on the Nintendo 64) ranges to maintain the collecta-a-thon going whereas not shaking issues up an excessive amount of. In addition to selecting up proper the place Kazooie left off, Tooie was additionally a continuation of Kazooie in one other artistic manner: While the unique plans to hyperlink the cartridges by bodily swapping them forwards and backwards within the N64 was nixed by Nintendo, unexplained mysteries from the primary recreation together with very well-hidden, literal Easter eggs and the bafflingly inaccessible Ice Key did make appearances in Tooie, and helped the pair of video games really feel like one journey.

Banjo-Tooie was up towards some beloved platformers in our choice course of together with Conker’s Bad Fur Day and Donkey Kong 64, each from Tooie’s developer, Rare. But Tooie’s platforming, augmented by goofy transformations and infinite new strikes, was refined in comparison with DK64, and its explorable areas dwarfed Conker, giving it the sting. – Samuel Claiborn

24. Pokemon Stadium 2

Like the unique Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Stadium 2 didn’t have a narrative of its personal, however offered an superior enlargement of types to Pokemon Trainers with Pokemon Gold, Silver, or Crystal on the GameBoy Color. The switch pak for the Nintendo 64 controller allowed you to battle with your personal Pokemon from the GameBoy Color video games within the Gym Leader Castle and most of the tournaments within the Stadium, see 3D Pokemon fashions on the Lab, play the Pokemon GameBoy video games at double or triple velocity when you unlocked the Doduo or Dodrio modes, and extra.

The 12 new mini-games and quiz mode offered hours of leisure with mates, and new to Pokemon Stadium 2, the Pokemon Academy was like a built-in technique information that taught helpful techniques with exams within the kind of precise Pokemon battles. Overall, Pokemon Stadium 2 was simply an extremely welcome addition for Pokemon followers on the Nintendo 64. – Casey DeFreitas

23. Blast Corps

Rare’s ingenious Blast Corps, about clearing a path for a runaway nuclear missile provider, is one of these wonderful video games from the interval that appears like one factor, however is definitely one other. While the assortment of damaging {hardware} like big bulldozers, dump vans, and mechs with evocative names like ‘Thunderfist’ or ‘J-Bomb’ appear purely targeted on cruising round and blowing stuff up, Blast Corps is as a lot a puzzle recreation as the rest.

At the time, we praised its catastrophe film vibes, imaginative bonus video games, and sharp graphics, whereas solely criticizing its brevity, which at 11 hours for the story and aspect missions in accordance with How Long to Beat, actually isn’t that dangerous by in the present day’s requirements. As with many video games on this listing, Blast Corps nonetheless holds up remarkably nicely in the present day and begs the query of why there haven’t been extra video games since that borrow from it exterior of the occasional big monster recreation. – John Davison

22. Space Station Silicon Valley

Although Nintendo 64’s library is outlined by its sturdy first- and second-party efforts, you’ll discover some real third-party gems from some of the perfect builders of the day (and likewise in the present day) when you dig a bit deeper. We enormously loved Sucker Punch’s sturdy debut with Rocket: Robot on Wheels or Paradigm/EA’s Beetle Adventure Racing, however we wish to spotlight an oft-forgotten little treasure referred to as Space Station Silicon Valley. DMA Design’s 1998 puzzle recreation casts gamers because the stays of a broken robotic — a strolling microchip — who may take over a spread of robotic animals to unravel sensible and infrequently hilarious puzzles.

Each animal, from super-speedy mice on wheels to missile-firing hyena sizzling rods, introduced distinctive controls and skills to take down enemies and overcome tough ranges. Space Station: Silicon Valley’s designers and its lead programmer, Leslie Benzies, discovered an attention-grabbing method: a sandbox stuffed with “automobiles” that each one felt in a different way and have been simply enjoyable to fiddle with. Ultimately, its low gross sales ensured that we by no means noticed a sequel. The crew, nevertheless, wasn’t discouraged and began work on Grand Theft Auto III. We shall forgive them for by no means returning to Silicon Valley. – Peer Schneider

21. Beetle Adventure Racing

It could be straightforward to dismiss 1999’s Beetle Adventure racing as a cynically-motivated licensed recreation created solely to showcase Volkswagen’s New Beetle, launched the earlier yr. To achieve this could be to miss a key second within the evolution of racing video games that has led us to the place we’re in the present day with the extra playful Need for Speed or Forza Horizon video games.

What it lacked in automotive selection, it greater than made up for in its degree design. Thanks to EA Canada’s collaboration with Pilotwings 64 developer Paradigm Entertainment, it was capable of deal with six big tracks that featured so many shortcuts and sideroads that exploration was an necessary aspect of efficiently profitable races. – John Davison

20. 1080° Snowboarding

Pre-dating the seminal SSX by two years, 1080 was a uncommon instance of Nintendo taking a swing at a extra critical sports activities recreation and delivering one thing particular. While its graphics have been totally attractive, its deal with realism made it really stand out. Much like Wave Race 64 managed to convey the sensation of water, this captured the texture of shifting over (and generally by) snow in ways in which hadn’t been seen earlier than.

(*25*) evaluations on the time lauded how satisfying it felt, however many gamers discovered it punitively difficult at first on account of its demanding management scheme that had you absorbing impacts with a squeeze of the Z-trigger. – John Davison

19. WWF No Mercy

It’s telling that one of the principle promoting factors of the upcoming AEW online game is that it will likely be largely impressed by WWF No Mercy, even going so far as bringing its director, Hideyuki Iwashita, on board for its improvement. Why? No Mercy represented the top of an period of wrestling video video games. Its easy combating mechanics made it tremendous straightforward for even informal wrestling followers to leap in, choose their favourite wrestler, and have a good time with minimal onboarding.

It was one of the uncommon 4 participant video games that didn’t require break up display, making it a superb social gathering recreation, however along with that, it additionally had one of the higher single participant story modes of any wrestling recreation, even to this present day. One the place your decisions and efficiency in a match truly made a distinction within the path of the story. Wrestling video games have since turn out to be higher at simulating the expertise of skilled wrestling, however No Mercy represents the height of how enjoyable a wrestling recreation could be, even at its most simple degree. – Mitchell Saltzman

18. Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart 64 constructed upon the pixelated Mode 7 gameplay of its SNES predecessor and launched absolutely 3D programs for the primary time, ingeniously mixing polygons and 2D sprites for a unbelievable array of big, sprawling raceways full of tunnels, big ramps, and iconic Nintendo characters and areas. By the tip of just a few laps round a stage of this chaotic kart racer, the roads are normally affected by discarded banana peels, ricocheting turtle shells, and eight intensely aggressive gamers all vying for the #1 spot. The result’s equal elements difficult and hilarious; touchdown an ideal blue shell projectile on an unsuspecting participant and nabbing a slim victory as a minimum second is a sense like no different in video video games.

With numerous issue speeds, hundreds of hidden shortcuts and a time trial mode, racing is all the time a blast in Mario Kart 64, however that’s solely half the story right here. The recreation’s endlessly enjoyable battle mode is dwelling to a small however rattling close to good set of multiplayer phases which have gone on to turn out to be some of probably the most memorable within the historical past of the kart racing style. Later video games like Mario Kart: Double Dash and Mario Kart 8 introduced the collection to daring new locations however Mario Kart 64 is a traditional kart racer that also holds up in the present day. – Brain Altano

17. Diddy Kong Racing

To this present day, there exists the heated dialogue of which mascot racing recreation was Nintendo 64’s greatest. And truthfully, it’s a troublesome query, primarily as a result of they’re all so completely different. But there’s little doubt in our minds that Diddy Kong Racing deserves a spot in our high 25. On the floor, it nearly appears like a Mario Kart 64 clone, with Nintendo’s characters changed by these from the Rare universe, however you’ll rapidly uncover there’s a lot extra.

Diddy Kong Racing was dwelling to loads of issues not seen within the kart racing style on the time. For starters, there are extra automobiles than simply karts! Racers can soar by the air in a propeller airplane, and skim the water on a hovercraft. The cherry on high is that nearly each course is tuned to go well with any of these automobiles, so whilst you’re floor degree racing on a traditional kart, you may be enjoying break up display with somebody within the air. Pair that with a full on story mode, full with boss races, secret characters to unlock, and even a mini-open world to cruise round in, and Diddy Kong Racing proved it deserves to be remembered as one of the perfect racers the Nintendo 64 needed to provide. Also, nearly each monitor within the soundtrack is a bop, simply belief us. – Mark Medina

16. F-Zero X

At a time when racing video games started to deal with element and realism, Nintendo’s EAD crew went into a totally completely different path: up, and down, inside and outdoors of twisting tubes and halfpipes. Unshackled from the flat Mode-7 plains of its SNES predecessor, F-Zero X dazzled with probably the most complicated and twisted curler coaster tracks ever seen in a racer. F-Zero X didn’t simply have 30 rides to select from, it was capable of show ALL of them on display directly. The proven fact that it created such a singular pack racing expertise at excessive speeds and pulled all that off at an unrelenting 60 frames per second makes it one of probably the most notable technical achievements for Nintendo 64. F-Zero X is a good recreation — however Nintendo didn’t cease there.

In Japan, house owners (each of them) of the Nintendo 64DD add-on drive have been capable of not simply get extra tracks and vehicles, the enlargement (hyperlink: https://www.ign.com/video games/f-zero-x-expansion-kit) unlocked the very monitor editor Nintendo’s designers used to make tracks. – Peer Schneider

15. GoldenEye 007

GoldenEye 007’s first individual single participant marketing campaign not solely recreated (and expanded on) some of the perfect and most action-packed scenes from the movie of the identical identify, nevertheless it additionally introduced in a set of Bond impressed gadgetry, breaking from the everyday “run and gun” type shooters that had saturated the style on the time. Sure, there have been definitely a lot of issues to shoot at, however the marketing campaign managed to additionally chuck in stealth sequences, amusing unlockable cheats, and more and more difficult targets for gamers keen to replay the sport on greater difficulties. To this present day, GoldenEye 007 is considered one of the perfect online game diversifications of a characteristic movie and raised the bar for FPS single participant modes.

However, it’s in multiplayer mode the place GoldenEye 007 actually discovered a life of its personal, bringing as much as 4 gamers collectively in the identical room for hours of modern (and traditional) James Bond themed deathmatches. The mixture of glorious, diverse multiplayer ranges, customizable weapon and gizmo units, and a roster of iconic James Bond heroes and villains result in infinitely replayable multiplayer mayhem for any group of mates keen to assemble round a tv collectively. For England, James. – Brain Altano

14. Mario Party 3

What was Mario Party’s greatest second on the Nintendo 64? Here at IGN it boils down to 2 nice video games: Mario Party 2 or 3. It’s a troublesome selection, not like the very straightforward selection of selecting Waluigi, who made his Mario Party debut in Mario Party 3, together with Daisy. In addition to including characters, Mario Party 3 simply had extra stuff, together with 70 new minigames (MP2 had solely 64, some of which have been recycled from the primary recreation), and 5 new boards, a number of of which stay fan favorites, together with the trap-filled, ultra-wacky Waluigi board — a uncommon window into the twisted thoughts of Waluigi. There have been additionally extra boards included within the new Duel Mode, a singular mode to Mario Party 3 that targeted on two opponents dealing with off, in case just a few mates couldn’t make the social gathering.

While the Mario social gathering collection thrived for a bit on GameDice as nicely, the love these video games obtain on the Nintendo 64 is smart: You and three mates may most likely supply 4 controllers for Goldeneye, Smash, and Kart already, however these video games took numerous talent ranges, whereas mainly anyone may play Mario Party, so many informal gamers have been capable of take part on the split-screen sofa chaos, leading to fond reminiscences — and lasting rivalries. – Samuel Claiborn

13. Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber

In addition to a sundry of platformers and racers, Nintendo 64 was dwelling to some actually attention-grabbing experiments in genres extra generally discovered on PCs… or nowhere in any respect. Remember, Animal Crossing began on N64 – albeit solely in Japan. But it was the real-time technique style that noticed some very distinctive and memorable experiences on N64. We’d be remiss to not give an honorable point out to the wonderful controls of StarCraft 64 — however our console RTS coronary heart of course firmly belongs to Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber.

Closely modeled after The March of the Black Queen on SNES, Ogre Battle serves up map-based real-time technique gameplay with an RPG-like battle system. On the floor, it’s an odd combine of 2D and 3D, RTS and RPG, story and exploration, and gameplay that places extra weight on the planning section than the precise battle itself. Yet in some way, all of it comes collectively and works superbly. While video games like Fire Emblem (and the Tactics collection) have carried the torch since Ogre Battle’s final hurrah on NeoGeo Pocket, we nonetheless cling collectively in hopes Quest’s technique RPG collection makes an surprising return. – Peer Schneider

12. Mario Golf

Developer Camelot had already confirmed it may make an addictive golf recreation with Hot Shots Golf on the PlayStation, and nsurprisingly, injecting that very same method with beloved Nintendo characters sweetened the deal even additional. Mario Golf is an uncomplicated tackle the game with easy-to-learn controls that result in nice satisfaction when your shot goes simply as deliberate. Mario, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, and the remainder of the crew all have completely different stats, particular powers, and a number of costumes to unlock. Mushroom Kingdom-themed programs would not seem till later entries within the collection, however there may be nonetheless selection on the inexperienced.

Today, Mario has an extended and celebrated historical past of leaping out of the platforming style into numerous sports activities actions. But Mario Golf was the primary time Nintendo gave its star his personal sports activities recreation on a console. (Mario’s Tennis had faulted on the Virtual Boy just a few years earlier.) Of course, the Mario Golf collection continues to be going sturdy in the present day, with Mario Golf Super Rush launched on the Nintendo Switch in 2021. But the collection got here out swinging and landed a hole-in-one with this N64 spherical. – Daemon Hatfield

11. Pokemon Puzzle League

Pokemon Puzzle League wasn’t the primary time the legendary tile matching puzzle recreation Panel de Pon was reskinned and rebranded for a launch on a brand new platform, nevertheless it’s all the time a great time irrespective of whichever kind it takes, and Pokemon Puzzle League is not any completely different.

There are some really glorious covers of the nostalgic themes discovered within the US model of the Pokemon anime, a ton of playable characters with their very own voice quips, and a difficult story mode that has you going by the titular Pokemon Puzzle League, combating gymnasium leaders, gathering badges, and in the end turning into the best Pokemon Puzzle Master of all of them. – Mitchell Saltzman

10. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

While GameDice’s Star Wars: Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron 2 is a fan favourite, the unique recreation for N64 is not any sleeping Wookie. This galaxy far, distant dream come true adopted the adventures of Luke Skywalker as he piloted his manner by 15 missions in acquainted and new areas like Tatooine, Corellia, Mon Calamari, and the Hoth-like Fest that was stuffed with AT-AT walkers to topple together with your Snowspeeder’s tow cable. Wait a minute… no Hoth? Don’t fear, the long-lasting battle from The Empire Strikes again, alongside Beggar’s Canyon and The Death Star Trench Run, have been unlockable secrets and techniques that made the sport that rather more thrilling, pushing you to realize all these tough medals.

Fun reality: Rogue Squadron was launched shortly earlier than Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and Lucasfilm gave the crew the design for the Naboo Starfighter to make use of in recreation, nevertheless it needed to keep secret for six months after launch to coincide with the film’s launch. – Adam Bankhurst

9. Wave Race 64

Nintendo’s third recreation for the Nintendo 64 after Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64 so completely nailed an underrepresented racing style, it’s truthfully robust to play a more moderen PWC/jet-ski racer and never really feel that one thing’s lacking. That “one thing” is the way in which the watercraft management, the way in which the everchanging waves and ocean currents impression the dealing with, and, of course, how every degree modifications with the tides.

The dynamic climate and water circumstances vary from delicate, comparable to fog obscuring your imaginative and prescient and finally burning off, to dramatic, the place whole parts of a monitor are altered. Unlike the aforementioned Mario 64 and Pilotwings, Wave Race 64 doesn’t ease gamers into their combat towards the weather. But the excessive issue curve finally offers technique to being one with the controls and pulling off probably the most spectacular stunts and even diving nose-first into the waves to bypass obstacles. Also, you get to experience a dolphin. That’s nearly as good because it will get proper there. – Peer Schneider

8. Super Smash Bros.

No one knew what to make of Super Smash Bros. when it was first launched in 1999. In typical Nintendo trend, Smash Bros. was not like any fighter that had come earlier than it. Instead of a life bar, characters would have their injury go up till they have been knocked off the display. There have been all types of wild objects like beam swords and invincibility stars. It was no marvel that a lot of the modern protection appeared bemused by it.

What individuals did not understand was that Smash Bros. was laying down a method that may endure for greater than 20 years, making it one of Nintendo’s hottest collection. While comparatively less complicated than its successors, the unique Super Smash Bros. nonetheless stands as one of the N64’s most entertaining social gathering video games, replete with ridiculous moments and quite a few nods to Nintendo historical past. Even in the present day, Pikachu’s plaintive “Pika Pikaaaaaaaaa” whereas flying into the space attracts fun. Dated as it’s in some methods, the unique Super Smash Bros. continues to be a delight. – Kat Bailey

7. Paper Mario

In a post-Super Mario 64 world, it was a daring transfer of Nintendo to alter up Mario’s artwork type and gameplay so drastically, but it’s exhausting to overstate simply how lovely it was (and nonetheless is!) seeing all of Mushroom Kingdom’s residents in paper kind. It additionally constructed upon the wonderful turn-based RPG basis that originated in SNES’ Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and continued to permit us to crew up with charming and attention-grabbing characters.

In one other twist to the method, N64’s Paper Mario additionally allowed us to play as Princess Peach at a number of factors within the recreation and allow us to study extra about Bowser’s evil plan and even bake a delicious-looking Strawberry Cake to bribe a Shy Guy. To this present day, Paper Mario is an extremely distinctive and particular expertise. – Adam Bankhurst

6. Star Fox 64

Star Fox 64 is one of the N64’s defining video games. It’s not simply the top of the collection; it’s additionally arguably one of the perfect shoot ’em ups ever made. Star Fox has tried ever since to seize simply what made Star Fox 64 so particular, nevertheless it’s uncertain that it’s going to ever have the ability to recreate the uncooked spectacle that was Star Fox 64 in 1997.

A showcase recreation for the N64, Star Fox 64 was a technological pioneer for Nintendo, being among the many first console video games to characteristic fully-voiced dialogue and rumble suggestions.

But what makes Star Fox 64 really timeless is its design. The Lylat System is a playground, which invitations you to undertake a number of rapid-fire playthroughs to be able to plumb all of its secrets and techniques. Easy to select up, Star Fox 64 can turn out to be brutally difficult on Expert, which makes incomes Fox’s iconic shades all of the extra satisfying. Today it is principally remembered as a meme generator due to quotes like “Do a barrel roll,” however Star Fox 64 may maintain up higher than any recreation within the N64’s library. It’s a real traditional. – Kat Bailey

5. Perfect Dark

As nice as Goldeneye 007 was, Rare managed to high it in each manner with Perfect Dark three years later. When Perfect Dark arrived on N64 in 2000, it was the perfect first-person shooter a console had ever seen — as near good as was most likely attainable on Nintendo’s growing old 64-bit system. Dozens of thrilling weapons have been at gamers’ disposal, together with a number of ingenious weapons just like the FarSight XR-20, an x-ray railgun. The extremely tweakable Combat Simulator offered the top of split-screen gaming on the flip of the century. Get 4 mates collectively, throw in just a few of the varied bots that every had their very own playstyles, and that was many, many nights of gaming sorted.

Perfect Dark is a slower-paced shooter than most trendy entries within the style, nevertheless it stays enjoyable and really playable in the present day. A intelligent strategy to issue within the single-player marketing campaign ADDED mission targets if you performed on greater ranges — a way more considerate technique to handle issue than merely rising enemy well being and injury. Because of its standard film tie-in, Goldeneye raked in far more gold. But Perfect Dark practically perfected what Goldeneye began. – Daemon Hatfield

4. Banjo-Kazooie

To really perceive the significance of Banjo-Kazooie, all you need to do is have a look at the thrilled reception to the addition of the bizarre but charming bear/chicken combo to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s hallowed roster, over 20 years after its preliminary launch. Why? Banjo-Kazooie has withstood the take a look at of time as each a personality duo and a recreation. Following the game-changing launch of Super Mario 64, Rare took what was so particular about that recreation and constructed upon it to create a timeless and hilarious journey with an unlikely crew.

From assembly and combating memorable characters like Gruntilda and Mumbo Jumbo to looking far and large for the long-lasting golden puzzle items referred to as Jiggies to discovering and saving hidden Jinjos that have been positioned round every degree, there was all the time a purpose to smile whereas enjoying Banjo and Kazooie. Actually, there was all the time a purpose to smile, interval, as who can neglect the lovely animations that have been Banjo-Kazooie’s save recordsdata, the place the duo would sleep, prepare dinner, and even play a Game Boy. – Adam Bankhurst

3. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

Though inbuilt the identical engine as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask launched an entire new realm of notable set items, quirky characters, and unforgettable gameplay mechanics within the kind of the well-known three-day time-loop and two-dozen transformative masks. Mature themes abounded in each heart-wrenching side-story, which can have overshadowed the core storyline of the upcoming finish of the world if not for the large, threatening moon overhead. The looming sense of doom instilled a way of urgency and significance to each activity, and since solely a lot may very well be completed in three days, it left gamers with a dilemma of who to assist – even when it might all be for naught if the falling moon couldn’t be stopped earlier than the timer ran out.

It all sounds fairly gloomy, however the grand sense of journey and intelligent puzzles anticipated in a Zelda recreation are in-tact, and Majora’s provides the joys of discovering new masks with new talents, making Majora’s Mask completely enjoyable and rewarding. Where Ocarina of Time is undeniably a traditional masterpiece, Majora’s Mask provides a little bit spooky spice that makes it distinctive, memorable, and one thing really particular in its personal proper. – Casey DeFreitas

2. Super Mario 64

Prior to 1996, the thought of Mario as something however a aspect scrolling platformer was out of the query. After all, it was a longtime method that had labored for Nintendo for the reason that inception of their first console. But as {hardware} advanced, the video games wanted to as nicely, and the leap from 2D to 3D was by no means extra smooth than with Mario. A launch recreation for the system, Super Mario 64 continues to be considered one of the greats for 3D world design and character motion, which is insane to consider when the sport truly had loads going towards it!

Not solely was Mario already cemented as one of the greats of the 2D aspect scrolling style, Super Mario 64 additionally had a slew of tweaks and modifications that appear fully regular now, however have been impossibly big dangers again in these days. For starters, it was Nintendo’s first Mario recreation that was solely single-player, good for individuals who didn’t wish to share.Power ups have been fully revamped, made into numerous caps, and even the facility star, which as soon as made Mario invincible for a short while, was altered to turn out to be the very factor you collected as an alternative. Yeah, this was a a lot completely different recreation.

Despite every thing, Super Mario 64 would go on to be one of Nintendo 64’s biggest video games of all occasions, and nonetheless stands as a main instance of 3D platforming and world design carried out proper. Even in the present day, most individuals bear in mind the place all 120 stars are positioned and know precisely what you get for finishing the duty. They bear in mind the three iconic Bowser boss phases, and you may nonetheless recall the sensation of being shot from a cannon with a wing cap in your head. It’s acquainted sufficient to really feel like a Mario recreation, however completely different sufficient that it actually felt like an evolution of the collection. When it involves 3D platformers on the Nintendo 64, it merely doesn’t get higher than Super Mario 64. – Mark Medina

1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

When it first got here out in 1998, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time appeared like a messenger from the longer term. Somehow, Nintendo’s prestigious EAD crew led by Shigeru Miyamoto had not simply created an interesting 3D evolution of the traditional Link to the Past — with its twin time zones and intelligent puzzle dungeons — it successfully wrote the guide on 3D journey and exploration video games.

Ocarina of Time surprised gamers with an natural, fully-explorable world. A mountain within the distance wasn’t only a background texture (nicely, technically, it was). Players rapidly discovered that every thing on the horizon was a spot to find and discover. You simply had to determine the means to get there.

From the progressive digicam lock-on system, the timeless 3D sword fight system, utilizing rumble suggestions to find secrets and techniques, horseback driving, 3D traversal and puzzle fixing with iron boots, hookshots, boomerangs, slingshots, and bows, to utilizing the Lens of Truth to see by illusions, Ocarina of Time consistently challenged us, stunned us, and added layer upon layer of a world we thought we had already explored. The trails it blazed are nonetheless seen in open-world video games in the present day — everytime you shoot at a ladder to make it fall or whistle in your horse — however twenty years later, it’s additionally nonetheless as playable and fulfilling as ever. And that’s the reason Ocarina of Time stays our high choose for greatest Nintendo 64 recreation of all time. – Peer Schneider

Those are our 10 picks for the perfect N64 video games of all time. What are yours? What are your favourite N64 reminiscences? Leave all of it within the feedback beneath. For extra high 10s, try our high 10 co-op video games, and the highest 10 Star Wars video games of all time.

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