Nintendo 64, with more than two decades behind it, remains one of the best consoles in the history of video games. The catalog of games that it enjoyed at the time was impressive, with star titles of great importance in the industry. From Liga de Gamers, we have encouraged ourselves to make a Top 25 of the best games of the Nintendo 64. Find out what they are!
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
We start with one of the best-rated games, both by critics and by players! Ocarina of Time was a leap to 3D in the saga and innovated in various playable mechanics that many games later took advantage of.
It's a memorable adventure from start to finish, as Link must travel back in time in order to stop Ganondorf. There is a good variety of temples and dungeons that, to overcome, you will need to use items and weapons that you unlock. It also presents secondary missions, with very interesting rewards.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time perfectly combines elements of action, adventure, and puzzles. For anyone who likes these genres and the Link Saga, the game was plain and simple a must-have for the collection.
2. Super Mario 64
With Super Mario 64, another well-known saga made the leap from 2D to 3D. With the change, it was expected that the gameplay would have some modifications, but this installment knew how to keep the essence at 100%. The innovations did nothing but improve the formula of the saga much more.
In Super Mario 64, the player has more freedom to explore and move around the stage. Princess Peach is captured in the castle by Bowser and, like Mario, we must recover stars until we face the villain par excellence. And not just once, but three times! The game knows how to arouse the player's interest and has a lot of content, and for all these virtues it wins the second position.
3. Perfect Dark
Perfect Dark is the perfect shooter (excuse the redundancy) for the Nintendo 64. Stealth is a crucial element to getting through each stage without too many problems, but once things go wrong, there's no shortage of tools. The arsenal of weapons is plentiful, each with secondary fire modes or special features. The story mode is a challenge but the game knows how to measure the difficulty well, giving you freedom of movement and order of completion of objectives.
Beyond the single-player campaign, Perfect Dark includes cooperative and competitive multiplayer options. Free-for-all mode can be customized to your preference, such as a specific weapon type or scenario. The cooperative mode, apart from the campaign mode, allows you to fight against bots together with your friends, in order to overcome challenges.
Whether you choose to play solo or battle it out with and against your friends, Perfect Dark is a great game!
4. GoldenEye 007
We come from a shooter that is a masterpiece, and we continue with another! GoldenEye 007 laid the foundation for the great work that is Perfect Dark. For that reason, there is not much to add to what was said with the previous game, but we will say that it is one of the titles that best handles difficulties.
Playing on one difficulty or another doesn't just mean changes in damage applied and received. Beyond that, GoldenEye 007 modifies the number of objectives to complete and changes ammo availability. What's more, once you complete the game on the highest difficulty, you have full control over the characteristics of the enemies!
Given these details, it's no surprise that GoldenEye 007 is one of the most replayable shooting games of all time.
5. Conker's Bad Fur Day
Conker's Bad Fur Day surprised us with its more focused proposal for a larger audience. In contrast to many Nintendo 64 games, which used to be made for all ages, in this title we find a very thug protagonist. Conker's only job is to get back with his girlfriend, and what a trip that is!
Conker's Bad Fur Day poses a series of challenges to overcome at each level. There are times when we will have to collect objects and stages with puzzles to solve. There is also no shortage of races or boss battles. Come on, there is a good variety! The multiplayer is very good, with no more and no less than seven modes in which to destroy your friends.
6. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is another game in the franchise that is well-loved by fans. It serves as a sequel to Ocarina of Time, but the gameplay and tone of the game couldn't be more unique. It maintains aspects of the predecessor such as dungeons and puzzles, but it has a detail that changes everything: the time limit.
The moon will fall in three days (which in real game time is just under an hour), which means that to save the world, you have to hurry! Fortunately, it is possible to go back in time and save a good part of the progress. This dynamic helps keep things interesting in the game, especially when combined with the gameplay changes each skin brings.
In short, Majora's Mask is a unique game that is worth enjoying, no matter how many years pass.
7. Super Smash Bros. (Smash 64)
Super Smash Bros. was a surprise for those who were looking for a good fighting game on the Nintendo 64 platform. It is the first game in what would become a franchise applauded by millions of people around the world. With this game, we could hit each other managing our favorite characters from different Nintendo franchises.
One of the aspects that caught the attention of Nintendo 64 players was the absence of life bars. Super Smash Bros introduced percentages and there was only one way to defeat an opponent: by knocking them off-screen. It soon became a fun game for evenings with friends. Who would have thought that today, the saga would continue to give war!
8. Paper Mario
Unlike the games in the main Mario series, Paper Mario focuses more on RPG elements. The combats take place in turns, with great importance on pressing buttons at the right time. Of course, it does not leave behind some platform aspects, but it moves away a bit from what a Super Mario usually offers.
To rescue Princess Peach, we need to first find all seven Star Spirits. It is not an easy task although, fortunately, we will have the help of characters to overcome puzzles. With all these innovative elements for the saga, Paper Mario was a fresh breath that many players were able to enjoy on the Nintendo 64.
9. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is one of the best skateboarding games around, if not the best. It successfully took and improved on the foundation of its predecessor, another game that also came out for the Nintendo 64. The number of tricks and moves you can do is quite large and the game leaves you completely free to accomplish the objectives in any order you want.
A great incentive is a possibility of skating with your friends. Face to face, one could see if he was better than the other or if he still had a way to go. In addition, the creation of skating rinks greatly extended their life, especially due to the variety of elements that can be placed. Between this and the different multiplayer game modes, fun was guaranteed!
10. Donkey Kong 64
Donkey Kong 64 puts us in control of the famous gorilla Donkey Kong, who has the important task of preventing the destruction of his beloved island. Each level is a challenge and the amount of objectives and collectibles that the game has is impressive. Imagine; you can collect more than 3000 collectibles!
To progress the game, you must recover the bananas that Donkey Kong lost and rescue his friends. The other characters can be controlled, a fundamental aspect in order to beat all the levels and complete each puzzle in the game. Donkey Kong 64 is a fairly long platform game, which you can play for weeks until you get everything.
We move on to another 3D platform game! Banjo-Kazooie is very similar to games like Super Mario 64 and Donkey Kong 64 and is no slouch in quality. This time the player must collect musical notes and puzzle pieces in the order they want. You can jump, climb, swim, and even fly!
In addition to interacting with quite a few characters in Banjo-Kazooie, from time to time we get help from a shaman who will turn us into different creatures. Sounds crazy, right? And what fun it is! In addition to this game, we make special mention of Banjo-Tooie, a very good sequel that also came out for Nintendo 64.
12. Resident Evil 2
Nintendo 64 is not a console that had much survival horror and, therefore, it was appreciated that Resident Evil 2 gave it a visit. It is a well-achieved survival and horror game, in which we control Leon and Claire with the aim of escaping Raccoon City. The task is not easy at all, as the zombies do everything possible to surround us and attack us.
An interesting theme of Resident Evil 2 is the scarcity of resources. When one least expects it, the situation can go awry and, if we do not have enough ammunition or healing objects, we will find ourselves in a bind! In this sense, the game knows how to maintain tension. Another point in favor is the fact of presenting four scenarios, which are like four campaigns with some differences. A game to remember!
13. Mario Party 2
Any of the three Nintendo 64 Mario Parties are fun! Of all of them, 2 is one of the best Mario parties of the entire saga. The 64 minigames it has are really fun and it is a delight to compete against the AI or against friends. It is important to perform well in each minigame in order to get coins. With them, you can get stars or objects that will help you in the game.
For a solo game, it wasn't bad at all, but the best thing about Mario Party 2 is the rivalries that are generated between all the players that participate. An ideal party game!
14. Jet Force Gemini
Jet Force Gemini is one of the best shooters you can play on the Nintendo 64. You will control three different characters in order to rescue the Tribals and defeat Mizar, a tyrant who seeks to dominate the universe. The phases are developed without predetermined linearity, being able to explore up to 15 different worlds with different objectives to meet.
This game allows cooperative play, although the second player is quite limited in options. It is also possible to play against each other in Jet Force Gemini through different modes. If you don't know much about the main story, there you have more hours of gameplay!
15. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
Nintendo 64 was a platform that enjoyed good installments based on the Star Wars universe. There's the awesome Rogue Squadron and the ones set in Episode I: Racer and Battle for Naboo. However, at Liga de Gamers we want to highlight Shadow of the Empire, an action and adventure game set in the same era as Episodes V and VI.
In Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire we drive Dash Randar, a character skilled with the blaster and speeders. The settings range from Hoth to Mos Eisley to Coruscant, and we'll meet familiar characters like Han Solo, Luke, and Leia. We'll even face off against Boba Fett! Luckily, the game gives us a jetpack so, like Obi-Wan, we have a height advantage.
16. Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart 64 is the second installment of the best-known racing game saga on Nintendo consoles. Compared to the most recent editions, Mario Kart 64 doesn't stand out with huge numbers, but it's nice to spend hours playing this game!
Although Mario Kart 64 only has eight playable characters, there are four Grand Prix cups, different displacements, and mirror modes. Beyond Grand Prix, there is no lack of time trial circuits and Battle and VS multiplayer modes. With these modes and the good gameplay that characterizes the saga, we can only say that Mario Kart 64 is one of the essentials for every Nintendo 64 collection.
17. Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Within the platform genre, Rayman has always been an entertaining and high-quality saga. Rayman 2 opted for 3D not only for graphics but as the basis for the playable approach. The Robot Pirates are a great threat, so we must help Rayman to stop them and rescue his friends.
In the beginning of the game, Rayman loses his powers. For this reason, Rayman 2 challenges us to recover his powers, solve puzzles and collect lums to access more levels. It's a long game, very solid gameplay-wise, and the story has its funny moments!
18. Wave Race 64
How about a racing game on water instead of concrete? Wave Race 64 is the counterpart to Mario Kart 64, in which we drive jet skis and show off our stunt skills. Whether you're playing championship, time trial, or stunt mode, you'll need to stay on track and do your best to emerge victoriously.
Waver Race 64 features four selectable characters, each with its own characteristics. This allows you to tweak your play style a bit, which helps to go into championship mode. This mode can be overcome with different difficulties and, as you can imagine, you will have to repeat many circuits to overcome the Expert difficulty!
19. Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
Ogre Battle 64 is a tactical role-playing game that puts us in the context of a civil war. The political intrigues are numerous and the enemies grow with every hour of play. The combats are curious, to say the least, as they take place with a very particular version of turns in real-time.
A strong point is that the game ends according to the way you resolve the fights and the characters you have recruited, among other details. Therefore, it is an attractive role-playing game to explore! Unfortunately, it didn't have much stock going to countries outside of Japan, so it didn't become as well known as other games on the list.
20. WWF No Mercy
Wrestling lovers were in for a treat when WWF No Mercy hit the market. It is a fighting game with many options in-game modes and customization. In addition to having a good repertoire of movements, WWF No Mercy invites us to participate in seven different stories to win one of the champion titles.
In addition to that, WWF No Mercy includes the option to play multiplayer. With modalities such as Ladder Match, games with friends are as fun as they are competitive.
21. Star Fox 64 (Lylat Wars)
Star Fox 64, also known as Lylat Wars, is a shooting game in which we maneuver three types of vehicles. We must drive through phases in air, land, and sea, and eliminate the enemies that appear on the screen. There are levels of the game that are difficult to overcome, but we are not alone!
In Star Fox 64 we will receive the help of some companions. Thanks to them, you can get information about bosses or have the option to use alternate routes. With this and power-ups, Star Fox 64 knows how to give us enough tools to deal with the threat. It's a good action game and it's no surprise that it ranks among the best Nintendo 64 games.
22. Blast Corps
Blast Corps is a mix of puzzle-solving, driving, and destruction all over the place, but the most important thing of all is destruction! The game challenges you to clear a path so that a nuclear missile vehicle can move without colliding with any objects. Despite having a very direct and simple premise, the game gets more complicated with each level and becomes a visual spectacle. If you want to get rid of stress, play Blast Corps!
23. F-Zero X
F-Zero X is a good alternative to Mario Kart 64, with faster gameplay and crazier tracks. This installment of F-Zero, in addition to making the leap to 3D, is much more complete than its predecessor. It has a greater number of vehicles, tracks, and modalities, with the X Cup as the most interesting addition. In that mode, you race on randomly generated circuits!
For all of us who prefer aggressive driving and varied circuits with numerous curves, turbos, and loops, F-Zero X gave us many hours of entertainment.
24. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
The Turok is a really fun shooter. We handle a fairly skillful character, capable of using a variety of weapons and moving with agility. The second installment, Seeds of Evil, consists of six levels in total, and to unlock all of them, you need to collect keys. Some are very hidden!
In Turok 2, we face a series of creatures inspired by dinosaurs and reptiles. Enemies are everywhere, but luckily there's plenty of ammo! The game wasn't bad at all, both visually and playable, although the presence of the fog wasn't entirely to our liking.
25. Pokémon Stadium 2
Pokémon Stadium 2 is a game in the franchise that does not follow a plotline. Instead, it has before us a series of gyms and tournaments to overcome using the Pokémon we want. Apart from this, it includes a series of mini-games in which up to four players can participate. If all you're interested in is getting straight into the action, this game was perfect!
An interesting detail is that Pokémon Stadium 2 was compatible with the Transfer Pak. That allowed you to use different Pokémon from the Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, and Crystal editions, among other features.