Top 10 Games for the Nintendo 64
The Nintendo 64 is possibly the most popular videogame console ever made. Some of the best games were created for this system, and surely some of the best videogame hours have been spent playing these games. I received an N64 for my 11th birthday, and I immediately fell in love with it. I played a lot of games on that system, but I wanted to know if my favorite games were anyone else’s favorite games. I did a little research, and using the user ratings and, of course, my own opinions, I think I have selected a great list of the top 10 best games ever made for the Nintendo 64.
10. Worms Armageddon- This strategy game is sure to bring a lot of laughs to the table. You control a team of armed worms, taking turns with your opponents to fire different weapons as each other. The idea is to kill all your opponents’ worms, but before you think this is simple and boring, it is just the opposite. The various (and hilarious) weapons alone are enough to make this game fun. Couple that with strange accents and a goofy 2D layout, and you will be laughing and having a great time for hours.
9. Mario Tennis- This fast-paced tennis game combines the thrill of a sports game with the fun of all the Mario characters from past games. Play singles or doubles, and up to 4 people can play. The game play allows you to control virtually every detail of the game, including the difficulty level of your computer partner or opponent, and even the type of court. It plays like real tennis, including forehands, backhands, volleys, and smash hits. You can even play on a “Bowser Stage,” which causes the court to tilt, and items to be used against your opponents, much like Mario Kart. If you enjoy sports games and/or Mario, this is a game for you.
8. Super Smash Bros.- Super Smash Bros. is a great, simple fighter that virtually anyone can easily pick up. The multiplayer mode could be the best on the system, and a computer A.I. allows you to play multiplayer mode even when you’re alone. You pick your favorite Nintendo characters from past games, and throw them into stages that are also derived from previous Nintendo games. The multiple unlockables will be sure to keep you playing this game for a long time.
7. Donkey Kong 64-A well-worn storyline and characters you can’t help but to love mixed with fantastic sound and music is what you will get with Donkey Kong 64. This game is often underrated because of the plethora of 3D games released prior to this one. It’s hard to get excited about a new 3D game when fans are still drooling over the graphics of Mario 64, but Donkey Kong 64 leaves little to be desired and is sure to be a lot of fun for pretty much anyone.
6. Star Fox 64– The sequel to the original Star Fox on the Super Nintendo, Star Fox 64 is the game version of a good book you just can’t put down. This game is one of a kind; the outcome of the game is actually affected by the decisions you make throughout, and there are multiple different game paths that can come about. The awesome 3D graphics only add to everything this game already has to offer.
5. Perfect Dark- Perfect Dark has been called the “unofficial sequel to Golden Eye 007,” but while the game play closely resembles the former’s style, Perfect Dark is not just another first person shooter. With the artificial intelligence upgrade from Golden Eye, this game is pretty tricky, but it’s definitely a good time.
4. Paper Mario- This Mario RPG is a good combination of nostalgia and innovation. The 2D game play will thrill those who miss the original Mario games, while also moving forward in the evolution of video games. With a battle mode very similar to that of the Final Fantasy games (only incredibly simple), Paper Mario is extraordinarily unique and well thought out.
3. Golden Eye 007– Perhaps the most popular first person shooter on the console, Golden Eye is memorable to those who have played its numerous objectives. Three different difficulty levels, a fantastic campaign, phenomenal graphics and sound (for its time, of course), and multiplayer mode that never gets old, Golden Eye was the “Halo” of the 64, and there is no doubt that players will continue to enjoy this game for years to come.
2. Mario 64– Mario went 3D when Mario 64 was released, and this game was by far the most advanced of its time. As usual, Mario must save Princess Peach by finding all the power stars located in various levels that are accessed by jumping through paintings acting as portals. This game has enough side quests and extras that you will want to continue playing, even after you beat the game.
1. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time- Receiving a perfect 10 ranking from users, Ocarina of Time is the most popular game on the 64. As Link, you will travel around Hyrule to save Princess Zelda from Gannondorf, and your ocarina will help you along the way. Certain melodies have certain reactions. I think most 64 lovers will agree that Ocarina of Time is one of, if not the best game made for the console.