Friday Favorites: Nintendo 64 Games

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While we have yet to hear Nintendo say anything about creating a mini N64 Classic console — indeed, I believe the company has fairly recently stated that they have no plans for it — I’m still hoping for one some day. Here are some of my favorite N64 games from back in the day.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Fun fact: I never actually finished a playthrough of this game on the N64 cartridge. Instead, my first full playthrough was on the Wii’s Virtual Console. Nevertheless, this was my first foray into Hyrule as a kid, aside from watching my uncle play a bit of Link to the Past on the SNES. I remember using my uncle’s save file on Ocarina of Time back at my grandparents house, mainly due to him having Epona so I could ride her around Hyrule Field.
Pokemon Puzzle League
A casual puzzle game starring the mascots of one of my favorite franchises was brilliant. Aside from the actual puzzle challenges, I just adored the background music that played during the levels. Medleys taken from the anime and movie soundtracks just made my day.
Super Smash Bros.
We never owned this game, but our cousins on our father’s side of the family did. The only downside was that we didn’t see these cousins too often during the year, just for some birthdays and Christmas. For a while, though, I’d always try to finagle my way into playing some of their video games during family gatherings, and this was one of the top contenders. Super Mario Kart 64 was another favorite.
Paper Mario
Being a simple RPG with a unique aesthetic and considered the spiritual successor to my favorite SNES game, Paper Mario had to be included on this list. While I hear that many believe the sequel — The Thousand Year Door — to be the best in the Paper Mario series, the N64 installment is my favorite. The characters, colorful locations, the music, and the charming story all make this a great game.

What are some of your favorite Nintendo 64 games? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Readers Comments (3)

  1. When I think Nintendo 64, my mind rushes to Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie/Tooie, Zelda: OoT and MM, Mario Kart 64, and Smash Bros. It’s probably the console that gives me the most childhood nostalgia. I still own my original system from 1997, although it’s started to give out on me and I can’t play it anymore :'(

  2. My favorite N64 games are Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, and Paper Mario. Not necessarily in that order. I liked your choices! Seeing Pokemon Puzzle League in there was quite unexpected, I must say.

  3. Some great games here, OOT and Smash Bros are amazing but where is Goldeneye? I’m not an FPS fan but loved that game!

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