Our Favorite Nintendo 64 Games

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We’ve been able to have blasts from the past with the classic mini consoles, but there is another older console that is dear to our hearts. The N64 was probably one of our best eras of gaming, being old enough to complete games on our own with a better understanding and fondness for plenty of the series that were on the console. One of my favorites for the console — which will be a complete surprise to no one — is the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Being one of my first video games, it’s one of my favorites mainly for nostalgia and for introducing me to this amazing franchise.

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Ocarina of Time is hands-down one of the best games ever. Even though I never played it myself, I used to love watching you play through it – especially the harder temples. I still love watching you play. For me, though, I have to say Paper Mario. My, we are predictable, aren’t we?

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We are definitely a bit predictable with some of our favorites, but they’re great games! Paper Mario for the N64 was the strong start of a series — even if it didn’t have the strongest finish — and continued the RPG genre for Mario and friends after Super Mario RPG. Speaking of being inspired by RPGs, my second favorite N64 game would be Pokemon Stadium 2. Both installments are the same concept, but the second has both generations of Pokemon that were out at the time.

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Oh, yeah. Pokemon Stadium 2 was a great one. I agree, I think the second one was better, but they had more to offer. Speaking of big franchises though, you can’t go wrong with the Mario Party series. Mario Party 1, 2, and 3 were all on the Nintendo 64. Mario Party 2 was definitely the best of the three, but they were all great fun.

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The Mario Party series, especially the earlier games, is fantastic. Mario Party 2 is definitely a favorite, but I do miss Mario Party 3 a lot as well. It may be due to the fact that we have Mario Party 2 for the Wii’s Virtual Console and we haven’t played Mario Party 3 since the N64’s time. I also have fond memories of Mario Tennis. I remember renting that often enough from Blockbuster, but I really don’t remember why I was so interested in it, haha! It was just a fun game for me back then. Despite that, oddly enough, I have no interest in the Switch’s Mario Tennis game.

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Oh, wow. Mario Tennis. I honestly don’t even really remember that one. But really, though, how can we forget Super Mario 64? That game is iconic even though we didn’t fully beat it until just a couple years ago.

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Ah, yes, Super Mario 64… That is still one of the best games out there, despite how frustrating it can be to play nowadays with the controls and Mario sometimes being a dork. Still, it was absolutely satisfying to get all 120 stars in the game! The N64 was a great era of gaming, and I wish now more than ever that there will one day be an N64 Classic.

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I can only keep my fingers crossed for a Nintendo 64 Classic someday. Seriously, Nintendo. They would make bank if they did that and so many people would be super happy.

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Friday Favorites: Ocarina of Time Songs

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

On our Twitch channel, I started playing through The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on my solo streams. I adore the soundtrack of the game, especially with how much magic is part of the music. Today’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to the songs you learn in the game.

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Minuet of Forest

As one of the first songs you learn as adult Link, this song was always a little bittersweet to me. It starts with a high note but patters off like a memory. It’s fitting considering Link is returning to the place that is no longer his home.

Saria’s Song

This was the song that always got stuck in my head whenever we played this game, with its upbeat tempo. As kids, I always thought it Darunia’s dance when you played the tune was ridiculous!

Nocturne of Shadow

The Shadow Temple is one of the creepiest temples in Legend of Zelda history to me, but I adore the tune that goes with it. It’s a solemn song and a little ominous, warning you of whatever danger you’re about to face.

Song of Storms

I love the power that’s in this tune. Not only that, the origin of this song is so amusing to me. You learn the song as an adult from the man in the windmill, who learned it from you when you were a kid. The time loop is great!

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Friday Favorites: N64 Games I Wish I Played

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

The Nintendo 64 was a highlight of my early gaming years, but thinking back on it… I didn’t play too many Nintendo 64 games. Rather, the GameCube is our largest collection of physical games. This week’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to the Nintendo 64 games I wish I had tried as a kid.

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Harvest Moon 64

I didn’t get into the Harvest Moon franchise until an old friend gifted me with Friends of Mineral Town for my birthday one year. I wonder how I would feel about the franchise had I started with Harvest Moon 64, a game that I’ve heard is a favorite in the community.

Star Fox 64

My first introduction to Fox McCloud was in Super Smash Bros. I had no idea who he was and, even then, I didn’t really think to look up any other N64 games that he could have been in. After Smash Bros., my first taste of Star Fox was Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube which, apparently, is a bit of a departure from the normal formula of a Star Fox game. It would have been great to give the N64 Star Fox a try!

Donkey Kong 64

Technically, I believe we have this game cartridge, although I’m fairly certain we “borrowed” it from family or a family friend and never returned it. I don’t remember playing much of this game, just a few levels here and there while at another’s house, but the idea of the game intrigued me. That, and the theme song was just so damn catchy.

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Friday Favorites: Nintendo 64 Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

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.

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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.

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Flashback Friday: Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards

Double Jump Kris MiiThe year is halfway over! Panic in the streets!

Okay, not really, especially since we have so many good titles being released during the second half of the year, but it’s insane how quickly 2018 seems to be going.

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Pretty sure our copy of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards was accidentally stolen from a friend.

On that note, Kirby 64 was Kirby’s only appearance on the Nintendo 64 (unless one counts Kirby’s appearance in Super Smash Bros.), being released way back in 2000. The game was a side-scrolling platform like most of the Kirby games at that time, with Kirby strolling along and sucking up enemies for their powers to get through the level. Kirby travels through six planets this time while on a quest to defeat the big baddie named Dark Matter.

Dark Matter had invaded a planet that was populated by fairies for their powerful Crystal. One of the fairies escapes with the Crystal and finds Kirby, but the Crystal shatters. Kirby and the fairy team up to find the rest of the shards while gaining enough power to defeat Dark Matter. Other allies in the game include Waddle Dee, Adeleine, and even King Dedede as you go through the game.

The game was generally received favorably, with mostly good reviews. While Kirby looks kiddish with its bright graphics and cute characters, it allows the player to create power combos with Kirby’s copy ability, which most critics seemed to enjoy. The game was re-released on Nintendo’s Virtual Console about three years ago.

This was actually the first Kirby game that I ever got to play. I knew Kirby from Super Smash Bros., having played that game before The Crystal Shards, but borrowing and apparently keeping this game gave me a taste of the Kirby franchise. It wasn’t bad at all, but I was definitely more interested in the adventures of the Legend of Zelda games!

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N64 Classic Wish List

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Rumors abound that Nintendo will be giving us the N64 Classic at some point in the future. Everyone and their mother has a wish list detailing what games they would like to see on a classic version of the N64 console, and Rachel and I are no exception. Frankly, I think a couple of the obvious games would be the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, despite those having been remade for the Nintendo 3DS family.

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If this turns into a real thing, I really want the Mario Party 1, 2, and 3. I would hope, after hearing so many complaints from the latest Mario Party games, especially Top 100, Nintendo would listen and add the original 3 Mario Party games onto the tiny console.

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At least one of those has to be on there! I believe Mario Party 2 is the most popular, but Mario Party being the original probably has a better shot at being on there if Nintendo could only pick one. I’d love to see Pokemon Stadium, either one if not both, on the Classic console. Those games were so much fun!

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I would prefer both Pokemon Stadiums. While they’re at it, they can add a brand new one as well. Pokemon Snap would certainly be great to revisit as well. People would go nuts for that, I think.

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I wonder if the Poke Finder in the Rotom Dex in Sun and Moon was supposed to be a little nod to Pokemon Snap? People would love it if Snap made a comeback in the N64 Classic! The original Smash Bros., Super Mario 64, and Harvest Moon 64 would be great additions, if not shoe-ins, as well.

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I would love to play the original Smash game again. That’d be so much fun, especially with the new one coming out. Also, I’m sure this is a given for me, but I’d love to have Paper Mario on there. We have it on the Wii from the virtual console, but it’d be fun to play it on the Nintendo64 again… even if it shrunk.

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Yoshi’s Story would be adorable to see again, and Mario Kart 64 would be fun to revisit. I’m sure fans of Star Fox 64 would welcome it, as well as Donkey Kong 64. There are quite a few games with “64” in the title, aren’t there?

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I was just going to say, there are a lot of “64” games. I’d love to play Donkey Kong 64 again and even play Banjo Kazooie, which is a game I’ve never tried myself. Overall, the Nintendo64 was a classic and had so many great games. I really do hope they bring it back.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Nintendo 64 Games

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I don’t know why, but I’ve been taking a trip down memory lane lately. Here are my favorite games from the Nintendo 64.

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Pokemon Stadium 2

I loved both games, but the second always stuck out in my head the most. I think it was because the Johto Pokemon were involved so there was more variety and I enjoyed the mini-games more. This is a game I would love to play again soon.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

While I’ve never played this game myself, I loved watching Kris play when we were kids (and even now). It’s one of the best Zelda games. The dungeons, the music, and even the graphics are all memorable.

Mario Party 2

It’s an old-school Mario Party and it’s the best one. End of story.

Super Mario 64

This is my favorite Mario game ever. The level designs and variety were wonderful, despite me not being very good at the game. I still loved it and the music is catchy and gets stuck in my head all day.

Paper Mario

If you know me, you know if this is my all-time favorite game ever. It’s just fabulous.

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