At almost 21 years old, the Nintendo 64 can almost buy itself a beer. This little console was released on June 23, 1996, and has aged remarkably well, especially compared to other gaming fads and technologies that have fallen by the wayside as cooler options took their place. While Nintendo has released more consoles (most recently the Nintendo Switch), the N64 has kept its place in the hearts of gamers around the world.
Most 90’s kids have a favorite N64 game, and we all like to argue about which games are the best N64 games of all time. Here’s our personal top 10 list:
Star Fox 64
This super short game didn’t sacrifice an iota of popularity in response to its brevity – in fact, the game’s many shortcuts, side levels, and secrets keep players coming back to play again and again, even though the entire story can be finished in a few hours. As a bonus? This iconic game is the home of one of the most iconic lines to gamers around the world: “Do a barrel roll!”
This game defined the multiplayer genre, and is incredibly robust – even in 2017 – with its dozens of minigames. The cheerful setting and perfect three or four player experience has been copied by many other designers, and Mario Party is now a longstanding series with new versions coming out frequently.
A favorite of those who lived in college dorms in the 1990’s, this game allows players to follow James Bond on a new adventure. While the graphics are a bit outdated, the play experience is still incredibly fun. Though the main feature for many fans is the multiplayer feature which allowed players to choose famous characters from the older films. Additionally, GoldenEye 007 was responsible for many gamers’ introduction to first-person shooters.
Super Smash Bros
Do you like button mashing? Because this is the game for you if you do. While there are plenty of gamers who apply strategy and learn their favorite character’s best moves, this game is also highly accessible to new gamers who just want to have a ton of fun without having to learn too much. Also, there’s a lot to be said for a simple game that’s all about catharsis and yelling at your friends. Super Smash Bros was the start of a new fighting genre using players from different games and has since seen an immense following each new version.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
For many, the only fault of this game is that it’s not Ocarina of Time, and it’s thought of as one of the best game sequels in history. The story stands almost completely independently from Ocarina of Time, with major characters (such as the titular Zelda, as well as Ganondorf) being absent, and a new location serving as the setting.
The Nintendo 64 is quite possibly the most classic console, and we’re pretty sure it will never fall out of favor. While these ten games are our favorite, there are many more that competed for a place on our list – it’s hard to find a N64 game that doesn’t hit someone right in the nostalgia.