The N64 was first released in 1996 and came out amongst a wave of hype amongst gamers who had seen their beloved SNES consoles overtaken by the 32 bit generation. I was in year 11 at school at the time and was in 6th form when the console would really begin to take off with a wave of great releases.
However, as good as it was, it did almost feel like it was playing catch up from the start with the Playstation behemoth destroying everything in it's path. As Nintendo do though they carved out their own market with a number of popular and quirky titles and didn't rely too heavily on third party support which still rings true today and is likely part of their inner belief that they only want truly quality titles on their systems which stretches back to the NES days.
The system probably didn't sell as well as expected and Nintendo didn't really move with the times in the same way Sony did who had used the likes of Wipeout to make gaming more adult oriented and cool.
However, the system had some great titles and whilst you can use an everdrive to play these on original hardware as the carts can be expensive, an N64 classic would be a great addition to the mini range. Here at Tom's Retro Shack we'd like to see these games included:
Super Mario 64
A brilliant game that saw Mario venture into 3D for the first time. It established the N64 as a powerhouse and was like nothing seen before and the free roaming nature of the game still influences Mario games today.
Mario Kart 64
Fast and furious. A great game that had a lot to live up to after the SNES version which is strongly hailed as one of the greatest games of all time. It retains it's addictiveness and replay value and there was nothing like getting 4 mates round for a blast.
The ultimate multiplayer game for the N64, this game truly revolutionised multiplayer gaming. It had a great single player mode but it came into it's own with those 4 player death matches. One shot kills anyone?
The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
Simply put, one of the best games of all time which seems to go for most in the Zelda franchise. Set in the mythical land of Hyrule, players control the iconic Link as he sets out to rescue princess Zelda and thwart the evil plans of Ganondorf.
The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask
A follow-up to Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask flipped the Zelda franchise on its head once again. Having benefited from an upgraded version of its predecessor’s game engine, Nintendo released Majora’s Mask a mere two years after Ocarina of Time. Although players once again took the control of Link, absent are pivotal characters such as Zelda and Ganondorf. Furthermore, the game takes place in the land of Termina instead of Hyrule, yet it still manages to excel without the familiar setting and cast of characters.
Diddy Kong Racing
Mario Kart knock off? Hell no, this was a fantastic game in it's own right. Piggy-backing off the success of Mario Kart 64, Diddy Kong Racing took kart racing to a whole new level with the addition of multiple vehicle types–namely airplanes, cars, and hovercraft.
Ridiculous concept, fantastic game and typical Nintendo. Great gameplay, crisp graphics and it took everything that was great about Super Mario 64 and built on it.
Super Smash Bros
Take your favourite Nintendo characters and let them fight, crazy idea right? Well, this game started off a whole new franchise for Nintendo and had incredible replay value and entertainment and was so easy to pick up and play.
Whilst many will point to No Mercy as the greatest wrestling game on the N64 ( or even ever!), if it wasn't for Revenge and potentially World Tour before it the game wouldn't even exist. It just got the mechanics of wrestling so right and still feels right today.
So that's a handful of our fave N64 games that we would like to see on an N64 classic but what are yours?
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