My Top 10 Nintendo 64 Games

Updated on March 27, 2018
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Kyle Atwood is a published author of horror who plays too many video games and watches too many horror movies to be of sound mind.

Honorable Mentions

Don't worry, just because they didn't make the list, doesn't mean they were bad games. In fact, it was hard to make a list without them! Surely, had this list been a "My Top 25 Games on the N64", these games would have been on the list.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Donkey Kong 64, Jet Force Gemini, Blast Corps, Wave Race, Doom 64, Quake, Mario Party, Mortal Kombat: Trilogy

10: Shadow Man

One of the few horror games on the console that is also the most interesting. Shadow Man is great because it's different and it certainly stands out from the rest of the Nintendo 64's titles. Also, I'm a horror buff so there is a little bias in this entry which is why it is #10.

Shadow Man has an interesting story and concept entirely, the voice acting could have been a bit better but the game runs very smooth and has plenty of twists and turns and challenging enemies to keep you busy and invested in the world of Deadside.

9: Goldeneye

The first game in Nintendo's library that had the pleasure of ruining friendships. Literally, a friend and myself got into a fist fight and hitting each other with controllers over this game and, unfortunately, we never spoke again. But, all fond memories aside, Goldeneye's single player is certainly a ton of fun as well and, contrary to popular belief, I still have a wonderful time playing this game. Many FPS's do not age well and are usually only good for the current gen, in my opinion, but Goldeneye is still a ton of fun. *Removing nostalgia blinders now*

#8: Mario Kart

Another game that is infamous for ruining friendships. Never got into a fist fight over this one, but I've certainly had a few squabbles here and there-- even in my adulthood I argue with my wife over this exact version of the game (she's not a good loser). A racing/combat game that is one of the most fun times one could ever have with this system.

Personally, I feel like this one was a huge step-up from the SNES game and with good reason too. Better graphics, smoother animations, and a larger, more interesting variety of selection choices.

#7: Super Smash Bros.

What makes Super Smash Bros. and all of its following titles so fantastic, is that it is a one of a kind, easy to pick up fighting game that could easily be spent with hours and hours of fun not only with friends but also by yourself. It's very satisfying to win and hit your opponents, and brag to your friends about how bad you kicked their butts (even if you did use Captain Falcon or Pikachu).

The only issue I have with Super Smash Bros., is its aging. Not that SSB64 is a bad game by any means, it's just that every new entry in the series IMMENSELY surpasses the past installments. Still, this entry is one of those games that is still a ton of fun to pick up and play by yourself or with friends for nostalgia's sake.

#6: Paper Mario

Unfortunately, the N64 did not have many RPG's, considering Square Enix was working with Sony and their disc based format to make their many, many, MANY RPG games for the PS1. Most games were more action than actual RPG. However, Paper Mario was a ground breaker directing the RPG genre into a whole new light, often times I give the credit to Paper Mario for keeping action RPG's alive to this day. Not only is this game very, very good, it has also aged better than most of the games on the console.

#5: Mega Man 64

My personal favorite in the entire Mega Man franchise for whatever reason I don't know. The sound quality is amazing, the animations are too, the graphics stand the test of time and remain vibrant, yet retain that quirky "90's" vibe. The combat is very satisfying and the story isn't so bad either.

The physics of a can that you could kick really got me growing up and still gets me to this day, something small is a huge factor in my enjoyment for this game. Oh well, this is MY list after all, not the majority rules list.

#4: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

I will be the first to admit that the Legend of Zelda series is a tad bit over rated in my opinion. Go ahead, cast your stones because this game isn't number one on this list.

The most well-aged game on the system, no doubt.

What is there to tell that hasn't already been told? If you are viewing this list, chances are you know the Legend of Zelda series.

#3: Super Mario 64

Once again, what is there to say that hasn't already been said about this amazing game? Only recently has its age begun to show, even then, the game is still one of my favorite games of all time (as are other games on this list, oddly enough). Super Mario 64 is revolutionary. In fact, a lot of games now-a-days wouldn't exist had it not been for this launch title and all of its beautiful entirety.

#2: Banjo-Kazooie

I've had many, many fond memories with this wonderful, quirky game. In fact, this is my most nostalgic game on this system (right beside Super Mario 64). The music is wonderful, the characters are very different from one another but fit into this wacky world brilliantly, it's colorful, it's one-of-a-kind, yet, familiar in many ways.

Even the graphics are smooth for their age. There are only three games in the N64 library, that I can recall, that had graphics well beyond their time and have aged so well, like a fine wine, they only get better with age. When I boot up the 'ole N64 and start up this game, I always find myself blown away by the sheer look of this game and its opening sequence.

#1: Conker's Bad Fur Day

Whatever was great about Banjo-Kazooie, Conker's Bad Fur Day perfected. The pinnacle of platforming, comedy, and quirk. Conker's Bad Fur Day is a one of a kind game made by the masters of the N64: Rare. This has a great story, great bosses, great enemies, great allies, responsive combat, jelly blood, poop jokes, poop monsters, creative swear words, tight controls, and, I'll say it again, wonderful comedy.

What I said about Banjo-Kazooie goes for Conker's Bad Fur Day, but multiply that by five and you'll have the general idea of how great this game is. One-of-a-kind by every means (rather common theme among the games on the N64, isn't it?)


Unfortunately, I didn't get to experience this game until it was already a hundred dollar game in 2013 (then, after dropping that money on the game, Rare Replay was released some time after for the Xbox One). Still, this game is worth the play if you find it for the right price (no single game should be $100).

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