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Top Ten Tuesdays: N64 Games

Tom Silkstone
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Top Ten Tuesdays: N64 Games

Back in the day, I used to be a loyal Sega Megadrive owner, well I say loyal it was more to do with the fact that I couldn't afford to pay for another console along with an extra set of games, so I had to settle for taking control of the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog and Echo the Dolphin. Then a magical Christmas or birthday came along, I can't remember which it was for too long ago, and I received a rather large present that I quickly unwrapped to reveal a shiny, brand new Nintendo 64, which threw me into the world of Nintendo along with everything it had to offer. I quickly fell in love with the fantastic range of games that were available and I've decided to chronicle my favourites for you to peruse through at your leisure.

10 Diddy Kong Racing

Top Ten Tuesdays: N64 Games

This is the first of many Rare games to feature in this list. Diddy Kong Racing sadly lost out when pitted against Mario Kart in my opinion, but I still loved having the choice of zipping around in either a car, a hovercraft, or a plane, trying to collect as many balloons as possible whilst maintaining first place to gain all the glory. Whizpig was a great arch enemy, who you really wanted to defeat, and lets not forget that this was the game where we got our fist glimpses of Banjo and Conker.

9 Banjo Kazooie

Top Ten Tuesdays: N64 Games

Bringing us an unlikely partnership between bear and bird, as well as another fantastic villain in the form of Gruntilda, Banjo Kazooie was a great platform game that contained some brilliant characters in a classic fairy tale style story. Running around the environments learning new moves thanks to Bottles the mole was great fun, and collecting all the musical notes, jiggys, and the cute little Jinjos provided gamers with a satisfying challenge. Also, I can remember being particularly scared by this game after venturing too far out into the sea in one of the beach levels, as I was soon pursued by a shark with murderous intentions and quickly had to make a break for land to avoid his deadly jaws.

8 Donkey Kong 64

Top Ten Tuesdays: N64 Games

Donkey Kong 64 was one of the few games that required the expansion pack to increase the consoles RAM to a level where it was capable of running the game, which would certainly account for the fact that it was one of the more impressive looking titles on the 64. It also introduced us to some of the extended members of the Kong family, each of which had specific musical instrument attacks and where required to grab all the golden bananas, plus their own uniquely coloured bananas in every area. King K. Rool and his army of Kremlings also returned to pose a threat to the DK Isles yet again. On a more recent note, I have to say that whilst Donkey Kong Returns looks like it's going to step back into the series classic format, I can't help but feel that it's a step backwards from this game.

7 Mario Kart 64

Top Ten Tuesdays: N64 Games

Mario Kart has been the embodiment of multiplayer racing fun since it was first conceived and the 64 version was no exception. Gaining trophies in the single player is rewarding and unlocked the unlocked the extra difficulty, which allowed you to play on mirrored versions of the racing tracks. Your choice of character was also important, as you were abele to nip round the tracks with lightweight characters like Toad, or barge your enemies off the road using heavyweight characters like Bowser, however my favourite character was Yoshi who fit into the balanced middleweight characters. This instalment of the series also contains my favourite version of Rainbow Road.

6 Super Mario 64

Top Ten Tuesdays: N64 Games

What can I say about Super Mario 64, it was and still is an outstanding platform game that encouraged gamers to explore large worlds, in order to grab as many stars as possible to progress further in your quest to save Princess Peach yet again, after Bowser invades her castle and takes it over. Not only were the graphics and gameplay amazing, but the soundtrack was something very special as well and it's certainly stuck in my mind over the years. Mario derived special powers from different caps that were left lying around the environments, including the wing cap, the vanish cap, and my personal favourite the metal cap, which transformed the persistent plumber into a silver version of himself that was immune to most types of damage. Yoshi also made a brief appearance, but you'll only get to see him if you take the time to grab 120 stars.

5 Lylat Wars

Top Ten Tuesdays: N64 Games

Lylat Wars, or Star Fox 64 depending on whereabouts in the world you live, was one of the first games that came out for the Nintendo 64 and the two were often included in a bundle, which meant that in a lot of cases this was the first game that 64 owners got their hands on, and in my opinion it remains one of the best to this day. Blasting wave upon wave of enemies to their graves was immensely enjoyable, whether you were engaging them in dogfights in space or just above one of the many planets' surfaces, scrambling across the ground in your battle hardened little tank, or gliding through the sea in your streamlined submarine. The number of ways that you could get to the final battle against Andross meant that the single player had a lot of re-playability, and the multiplayer provided gamers with a great experience.

4 Perfect Dark

Top Ten Tuesdays: N64 Games

Aliens, a gun that could shoot through walls in a similar fashion to the rail gun seen in Eraser, a frantic multiplayer experience, a paranoid plot, and a female lead, what more could you want from a futuristic espionage game! Rare obviously built on Goldeneye's engine, to bring us Joanna Dark's debut and it certainly paid off because this is a wonderful first person shooter with an arsenal of sublime weapons for disposing of your enemies. Also, extra points have to go to this title for providing you with a little grey alien companion called 'Elvis', who's present in a couple of missions.

Conker's Bad Fur Day

Top Ten Tuesdays: N64 Games

Despite being set in a cartoon world this is a game that's definitely targeted for adults and starred a fluffy little squirrel who first appeared in Diddy Kong Racing and shocked us all, in the best way possible, by being foul mouthed, lecherous, and enjoyed a drink or two. In my opinion this is the number one comedy game, and nothing since has come close to making me laugh quite so much, thanks largely to the amusing script, colourful characters, and the endless movie spoofs. It also had a brilliant multiplayer, and contained one of the most sinister video game enemies in the form of the Teddies.

2 The legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Top Ten Tuesdays: N64 Games

Like most people, Ocarina of Time blew my mind, and the scale of the game wasn't apparent at first as you casually explored the village that Link first finds himself in. Then the plot of the game thickens and you get to venture out of the village, which leads to a breathtaking moment as you get your first look at the plains of Hyrule and you realise that the world you're about to explore is massive. Getting around is one of the first problems that you need to solve and luckily the solution comes in the form of Epona. Then you get to embark on your quest to defeat Ganondork and save Hyrule, during which you meet a whole host of characters including the Gorons and the Zoras. Needless to say, pretty much everything about this game is epic and it's marvellous to watch the story unfold before your eyes.

1 Goldeneye 007

Top Ten Tuesdays: N64 Games

Yep that's right, no real surprises here. The single player allowed James Bond and first person shooter fans alike to drop into 007's shoes and progress through the familiar surroundings of the film. The various difficulty levels allowed you to keep going back for multiple play throughs and 007 mode was a challenge even for the toughest gamer. However, it's the multiplayer that's kept people going back for more, and I have to admit that if I'm given the choice between a modern multiplayer shooter and Goldeneye's multiplayer, deciding between them can still be a challenge. So, in conclusion this has reached the top spot not only because it's a superb game, but also because it's stood the test of time and still makes people root around crowded store rooms to find their old consoles and brush off the dust for yet another action packed session.

The N64 had a fantastic range of games, including the likes of Rogue Squadron, 1080 Snowboarding, F Zero X, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, which all narrowly missed out on placing in the top ten, however the ones that made the list certainly deserve to be there because they're all amazing titles.

Add a comment8 comments
Gunn  Sep. 21, 2010 at 19:54

I never had an N64 but did manage to borrow one for a few weeks and in that time I maxed out on Mario 64, Ocarina of Time and 1080, still have great memories of those games.

Phil  Sep. 21, 2010 at 20:31

I think I could still just about play through Goldeneye dam level blind folded!

Azbo  Sep. 21, 2010 at 20:57

Meh, not sure about the order of those but they were all great games. Still own all of em.... somewhere.

Barry  Sep. 21, 2010 at 22:22

I didn't expect it to be on here anyway, but my favourite was the series of WWF games at the time, WrestleMania 2000 I remember best, I guess you had to be into that to really appreciate it, but still to this day I haven't played a more fun 4-Player on one console game (GoldenEye coming a close 2nd to that of course.)

Michael  Sep. 21, 2010 at 23:18

I own every game on this list apart from conker's bad fur day including all the ones which narrowly missed the top ten, all fantastic games and best consoles ever imo.

evil_gn0me  Sep. 22, 2010 at 00:16

diddy kong racing really?
That game was so slow mario kart was its superior in almost every way.
I think much more deserving titles would be blast corpse, silicon valley, but especially Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire was an incredible game back in the day

Matt Gardner  Sep. 22, 2010 at 00:44

Absolutely loved WCW vs NWO Revenge back in the day and WWF No Mercy :D

Natz  Nov. 5, 2010 at 13:02

Ahh, the breath taking days of the N64, i still remember it like it was yesterday, wait a second, it was only just yesterday! :D Despite the wii hosting so many amazing and fun games, i still often go back in time and re play the classics.

And what do you know, they are all here! :)

Diddy Kong Racing Vs Mario Kart?? Oh, please don't make me chose! Both where worth their weight in gold! And had their differences, yet had that little special spark that only Nintendo and rare (together) could produce! I loved the fact in DKR you could chose from not just a standard kart, you could also get a hover craft, (which was a little hard to control) and a plane, unlike MK's kart only option. The levels where crisp and fresh, bursting with fun twists and turns, the characters them selves added to the fun! Nothing against Mario Kart though! I just find these 2 hard to chose from, as both do their job in playability! :)

Lylat wars was one of the best games i have played that wasn't in my "star wars" collection ;) The characters sure made it much more fun to play rather than having chubbaka growling and making noises at you, or having to deal with Hahn Solo's antics behind the wheel. Nicely made levels too, and the story line wasn't too original, in regards to the whole "space cadet" scheme of things, but i loved the playability, and no stop action!

Super Mario 64. oh yes, the all time anticipated 3D Mario adventure, despite it's terrible camera, it had a few lovable moments. After playing 2D Mario games until SM64, i could only sit back and enjoy the magic Nintendo had produced. At times though, the game did glitch, become unstable when right up close to walls and other objects, but all was forgiven when beating Bowser, after all the cake might be a lie, but Bowser doesn't kid around! Great game, had me going for weeks on end trying to beat it, for now though more polished up Mario games such as Super Mario Galaxy and New Super Mario Bros Wini, i really like the old classics, they are what has made the newer games possible after all! :)

Donkey Kong 64, the same as SM64, a very much anticipated game! After seeing the Kong's doing it 2D, and then bust their moves on an all new adventure like this, was very much a treat! Eye candy all over, the game itself played flawless, characters where a great way to suit your mood, or quest! Lovely polished levels, fun and exciting twists and funny comical sense, something Nintendo and Rare where fondly known for!

Ahhhhh, Conker! When i first got this game, i really had thought "what is Nintendo doing?" obviously they knew what they where doing, not only was this game "one of a kind" Platformer, it had the most amusing (and disturbing) potty humor i have ever seen! No doubt in a comical sense, that is why the game got a mature rating? Even though it was full of swear words, farts and violence? Oh please, television alone would mass produce this, and on a daily basis! Conkers Bad Fur Day was pure win! The kind of disgusting humor appealed to so many who where always used to Nintendo having a more subtle, kiddie manner to themselves, and with the release of CBFD they proved once again that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover! :) Or maybe, a game by it's cover! lol.

CBFD had it's own random ways to get you hooked, from poo covered worlds, to matrix remakes, the Multi player was amazing! I never thought a cute little character could kick so much ass with a gun! In theory, what would Mario look like with a grenade launcher? *chuckles to herself* It's the things like Conkers Bad Fur Day that make video gaming a whole lot of fun! Things we could only pull off if our minds where truly that disturbed, comical and amazing! The game played nicely from the first scene, story book feel to the game play, with funny edge of your seat cut scenes. Shame it never got to see a sequel on the game cube though.

The Legend Of Zelda- I cried at the end, when i finished the game. (confessions of a video gamer here). Such a beautiful game, story line was amazing, and the worlds just seemed to flow naturally with Link as he went along. I never really played much of the other Zelda games until Ocarina, i did however go back to a SNES Zelda game, but never really enjoyed it as much as Ocarina, for some reason the story really got me hooked, i guess that was Nintendo's plan from the start. The new Zelda game on the Wii, The twilight princess didn't really do it for me, in terms of playability and fun. But Twilight is still a beautiful game, just not as smooth and enjoyable as Ocarina was.

Banjo Kazooie would have to be one of my favorite platformers along side CBFD and Mario, such fun!! I could write a book (and i think i have) about these, as they are fondly in my collection! :) Very similar to Super Mario 64, in terms of playability, yet they went a step better in the camera department. The levels where nicely done, which at first i was baffled, thinking Mario could only have crazy and random worlds! This was a nice change from Mario games, and the bird and bear concept was entertaining too! Loved the music to go with it as well. It was like CBFD and SM64, you had to put the controller down and just sit there to absorb the music, especially Dire Dire Docks (SM64), and the Rock Solid nightclub in CBFD. There was a reason to put your controller down, or just go around whizzing on people in CBFD lol.

Golden eye and perfect dark- I don't know which ones better! I'd stick to Golden Eye, since i have watched the series when i was a kid, and love all that detective, type of story, Bond was one of the best secret agents of all time! Dark was a copy of Golden eye, please, don't verbally bash me when i say this, but it's just my 2 cents worth. Both games are equally as impressive both in game play and plot. Much like Halo, there are people who cannot play these games for too long without getting "motion sickness", i am one of them. But i loved 007 on the N64, played it when i could due to the fact it was so addictive! :)

I think i have stated enough, thanks for putting up this top 10, got lots of good memories, blast from the past warm fuzzy feeling inside. Think i'll go play some now!


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