Yesterday was the Nintendo 64’s anniversary in Japan! It was released 20 years ago (it can drink in Japan!). In order to celebrate, we decided to briefly discuss our favorite N64 games. Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter!
I’ve already discussed why I love Majora’s Mask, and why it’s my favorite game of all time (and obviously, Smash is #2). So instead, I wanted to talk about one of my other favorite games — Perfect Dark. The game was the spiritual sequel to Goldeneye and improves on the formula in every single way possible. The multiplayer for this game is so far ahead of what Goldeneye can offer. Bots, more maps, more unique weapons, so many modes, skins…it’s amazing what Rare Ltd. had accomplished with Perfect Dark. The single player story was also fun — with the option for co-op. Who could forget the fact that DataDyne was fully explorable, with unique challenges? The game is so filled to the brim with content. Goldeneye paved the way, but Perfect Dark perfected the genre.
Is it okay for me to say Super Smash Bros.? It’s a cliche answer on a site whose focus is Smash Bros. but I still remember the time, where I saw the infamous advertisement on TV. At that time, I was a HUGE Pokemon fan and when I saw this commercial, it was a MUST to get the game. Beating Mario with Pikachu? And Kirby is there too? Donkey Kong versus Link?! Maybe it’s still pretty normal for nowadays, but back then, this was a HUGE deal for me. And also a huge deal to my friends, who were mostly Playstation-Fans. When they saw me beating up Ness with a Pikachu, they also HAD to play this game (At that time, we just pretended it was the Pokemon-Trainer since Earthbound didn’t came out in europe and we didn’t cared about the source of this weird Ness-Character. Ironic saying that here, isn’t it?). It was a blast and playing Smash Bros. on the N64 with my friends is still one of my favorite childhood-memories.
Honourable mentions: Mario Kart 64, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Stadium
Best N64 game? That’s hard given the N64 had so many good games. If I had to pick one, it would be Star Fox 64. It was one of the games I still come back to today. I still find it fun trying to get the best score and find ways to beat the levels. It worked so well because I could always come back to it and it was still awesome. There really hasn’t been a flight game that was as good as this one. And, of course, you can’t forget all the one-liners. You know your friends based on their favorite quote.
The one game I spent more time playing than any other for the N64 was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This game is of course one of the all time classics, but as a kid, it offered such a rich world to explore, and different ways to explore it that gave me years of entertainment. Even today I can still play it and enjoy it the same as when I first played it at the ripe age of 7. Few games helped mold my childhood than OoT (and the entire N64 in general). I can only hope the joy I got from the N64, the NX can recreate for the much larger gaming fanbase of today.
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