Top 25 Nintendo 64 Games (Editor's Choice 2018)

A List of the Best N64 Games

On September 29th, 1996 one of wonderful things happened. The famous Nintendo 64 was launched for the first time in the United States. Obviously, soon it became available across the world and in its lifetime it was sold in more than 32 million units. The console was a game-changing piece of development that was paired with so many games over the years. Now, we will discover 25 games that are simply the best according to the highest number of gamers. Some of the most desirable games for you are right here, on the list.

25. Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue 3D

The game in question has been one of the most appealing of all times. In the game, you will have to rescue your friend Woody and defeat evil opponents. There is no need to explain the game in detail simply because you probably have watched the movie. The game is based on it up to the smallest detail. Gamers liked the abilities to jump, attack, defend and so much more.

One of the interesting elements in the game is a double jump feature which was described as a very desirable feature. Don’t forget that you will have to complete complicated missions and basically you will be in the shoes of a toy-size character.

24. Mace: The Dark Age 3D

The Mace: The Dark Age was originally developed by Atari Games and was ported to be compatible with N64. It is set in the year 1273 where 7 lords from Asia, Arabia, and Europe made a pact with an evil daemon. They are more powerful than ever before and you will have to defeat them using different weapons and fighting techniques. For example, you have a quick attack, strong end kick. You also are able to use evade move.

We also liked the fact the game features fantasy warriors, glorious weapons and it is located in the dark and dangerous world where daemons are more powerful than ever before.

23. Micro Machines

For all gamers who like race games, the Micro Machines are the ultimate answer. The game is completely different than any other you may play. For instance, you will drive trucks, cars, boats and other vehicles which are scaled like actual toys. This means that you will have races on a table, in the garden or in a pond. We also liked the fact the game is fast-paced and the graphics are actually better than we believed at first. Up to 8 gamers are able to play this game using Pad Share.

Players can store their progress and continue it after, which is appealing if you are planning to complete various missions and career mode. There is no need to tell you that the world looks completely different from this perspective and it makes the game one of a kind.

22. Top Gear Rally

Top Gear Rally is a simple and advanced game at the same time. Let us explain. The game has only 5 courses and a limited car selection. It is relatively simple and you will have to drive one car for a long period of time, before you unlock new ones. However, once you start winning and playing for more severe results, you will notice that mirrored courses are unlocked, new cars are available and the weather conditions are charged.

The game is developed by Boss Game Studios originally and it was an attempt to provide Top Gear game from SNES to N64. One of the same features is the paint shop where you can change the color of a car.

21. Ms. Pac-Man: Maze Madness

The Ms. Pac-Man: Maze Madness is probably one of the simplest games you can find for N64. The game tells a story of Ms. Pac-Man who is led by Professor Pac through 8 impressive mazes. As a gamer, you will have to defeat Mesmeralda, an evil witch and complete all the mazes. You probably know that the game requires directional pad only and can be played solo or in a multiplayer mode.

Although simple and easy to play, the game offers you the ability to watch the movement and actions in 3D. The graphics are better than you would expect and the sound is even better.

20. Deadly Arts

Most of you have probably played the game in question. It is originally developed for gamers in Japan but was re-made for the rest of the world. The game was published by Konami and it made N64 even more popular back in a day. So yes, there are a lot of features, advantages, and facts we all love about the game.

At the first sight, we must add that the game has 10 characters and it is based on ring fighting. 2 characters are unlockable bosses, but thanks to the cheat codes, you can unlock them as well. Don’t forget that you have the ability to create your own character and play the game.

19. Chameleon Twist 2

For those who played Chameleon Twist, there won’t be a need to explain the sequel. The sequel features Davey, we all know and his friends. They are trapped in another realm which switches shapes as they move along and creates humanoid creatures. The white rabbit which was present in the first sequel is present as well.

The bottom line is to navigate through the world, reach the sky (literally) defeat the boss and escape the realm. We liked the graphics and the movement options inside the game.

18. Tonic Trouble

Tonic Trouble is a weird game that is almost completely explained with the title. What this means is that you get to play as Agent Ed, who is an alien by the way. He comes to Earth with a substance that has the ability to turn objects into life forms. Grögh is the name of a human who will be a bad guy in the game.

Ed must fight the various creatures (objects who got a life) and defeat the bosses in order to escape and prevent major catastrophes. An interesting fact is that David Gasman borrowed the voice of Ed.

17. Worms Armageddon

Worms Armageddon is simply one of the best games for N64 or any other console you may have in mind. The sole idea is to defeat the opponent using different and strange weapons. There are over 50 different weapons in the game and each one is completely unique. Each player has the ability to choose different weapons and the game is turn-based.

If this sounds familiar, it is simply because there were a lot of similar games over the years. For example, we know that Pocket Tanks is basically the same. Back in a day, Worms Armageddon was the only game of this kind with players playing it even today.

16. NFL Blitz

Here we have one, a newer game for N64. What’s must be mentioned is the different engine of the game. It uses 60 frames per second and it comes with all-new collision system. As such, the game is extremely appealing, fast-paced and comes with different possibilities.

Players have the ability to play online or offline and in both cases, each one will control a 7-people team. The rules are the same as in football and the graphics are superb. The thrill this game offers is simply stunning.

15. Mortal Kombat 4

The first thing you should know is that the game is similar, almost identical to Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. Nevertheless, the fourth sequel brought us better graphics, more possibilities, 3D world of the modern era and better sounds. This version of the game has been known for frequent updates, around 3 times per year.

The gameplay shouldn’t be mentioned, simply due to the fact, all of you know it. If there is a gamer who didn’t play this game, all we can add is that you will use magic and combat skills to defeat your opponents.

14. Dr. Mario 64

Dr. Mario 64 was published by Nintendo and it was created for the United States and China only. There was no Japanese version. The gameplay is incredibly simple due to the fact the game is based on solving different puzzles. We should add that the game is actually based on Nintendo Puzzle Collection, so there are plenty of similarities. The main differences are the sounds and the user interface.

Perhaps you believe that the game is too simple to ordinary. Let’s just reveal that it will keep you occupied for hours and you will definitely want to complete all the levels. It is a highly addictive game and it had to be on our list.

13. BattleTanx: Global Assault

Due to interesting and unique gameplay, the game is one of the best for N64. You will be in the role of Griffin Spade who leads the army of mind-controlled tanks. Your main opponent is Cassandra who kidnapped your son! In the game you will have to travel from the United States to Europe, defeat different opponents, defeat Cassandra and free your son.

Thanks to the unique gameplay, you have countless possibilities. The gameplay is highly addictive and loaded with powerful weapons, complicated missions, and desirable actions. The game was launched in 1999 and quickly became one of the best games for N64.

12. San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing

The San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing was revealed in 1996 and it is available for Sony Play station, Nintendo 64 and PC. There are some differences between the versions. For instance, the Nintendo version has 6 tracks and 8 cars, alongside 2 tracks you will have to discover.

One of the most important advantages is the compatible cabinet which allows for you to use a steering wheel and pedals to play the game. It was available for online and offline gameplay.

11. Harvest Moon 64

Harvest Moon 64 came out in 1999 and it probably was one of the first games of this kind. It is a farm simulator where you must meet the social and economic requirements in order to succeed the game. We liked the attention to detail, the possibilities inside the game and so much more.

The game is the third sequel in the series and it is well-known as one of the best farm simulators for N64 of all times. In addition, the story in the game is very desirable and comes with plenty of details.

10. Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible is the game based on the movie with the same name. It should be released in 1996, at the same time as the movie, but the gap was massive and we got the game almost 2 years after the movie. The gameplay is similar to the movie and yes you will see the famous CIA computer heist.

The only drawbacks of the game were the generic design of the character. It didn’t look like Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt in the movie). Anyway, the game is incredibly interesting and complicated. We should add that this was one of the first games ever released for N64.

9. Command & Conquer

Command & Conquer is one of those games that have too many sequels and expansions. As a matter of fact, there are 9 expansions in total. It is available for PC as well and the gameplay is more than just known. You will play a real-strategy game where you should create a base, develop your army and defeat the opponents. The first sequel of the game was so popular that we can see millions of people play it even today.

One of the most appealing elements of the game is the ability to train dogs. It was removed from the game in newer sequels and it was never available again. The game is sophisticated as well and requires your patience.

8. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron was released in 1998 and soon became the game to lay for N64. The story is placed between IV and V episode of the famous movie. You will have to fly, race, fight and defeat countless opponents using some of the main and the most popular chips featuring the movie. Yes, Millennium Falcon is available as well.

The graphics were special back in a day and the music was even better. It is the first game that featured space combats so you can imagine the popularity and the appeal in 1998.

7. Duke Nukem 3D

The first thing we must reveal is that this game was launched in 1996. Then we must add that the game soon became the synonym for the update. It was the first of first-person shooting games where gamers could use urinals, tip the strippers and interface with others in general. You also were able to look up and down, and use additional movements.

When it comes to the gameplay, it is reasonably interesting. The sole purpose of the game is to fight off aliens and save beautiful women. As Duke Nukem, you were able to use different weapons to perform complicated missions and so much more. It is a game you simply must try, at least.

6. Spider-Man (2000)

Obviously, the game is based on comics and it follows the fight and action between actual Spiderman and Brock who was infected by Venom, an alien form. He is a bad guy in the game. Spiderman will have to prove he is not responsible for the actions of evil Spiderman and he will obviously have to defeat it.

The story is set when Professor Octopus is back and well and he is accepted by the community. On a presentation of a new gadget, evil Spiderman steals it and escapes. Peter will have to locate him and eliminate the evil Venom.

5. Excitebike 64

Excitebike 64 is another game launched in 2000 that features 3D gameplay and soon became more than just popular. As you may know, the actions in the game are focused on you as a character completing complicated stunts on your motorcycle. The hill climb, the stunts, and the sound effects were ahead their time, which made the game a must-play.

By playing the game you will unlock other levels, bikes and so much more. It is highly desirable and thrilling game that definitely deserves your full attention. It is something you will definitely want to play today.

4. 1080° Snowboarding

The game came out in 1998 and it is one of the best-selling snowboarding games of all times. It is also the most popular for N64 due to several elements. You can choose between 6 different modes, including practicing, competing, time battles and so much more.

This game introduced the full movement controls alongside advanced and detailed actions that allowed the gamers to perform complicated and almost impossible stunts. The gameplay is another main advantage of the game that deserves your attention. Back in 1998 it was completely original and allowed the gamers to try new things, explore new possibilities and complete impossible missions.

3. 007: The World is Not Enough

007: The World is Not Enough is the game based on the same movie. It was released in 2000 and if you recall, the previous sequel Tomorrow Never Dies was a total failure. EA invested so much time and effort into making this version so much better. And, it actually is. In the game, you will follow the actions of James Bond and you will have to defeat Elektra King and undiscovered the main plot.

One of the main advantages this game has to offer is the number of weapons you were able to use. There are handguns, explosives, snipers, machine guns and so much more. All of this allowed to the layers to experience completely new gameplay that is actually similar to the today’s games.

2. Mario Tennis

If you like Super Mario and you like tennis, this is the game to play. You have the ability to play as different characters, including Mario, Wario, Luigi and so many more. The gameplay is realistic and it makes the game very easy to play. However, we know that it will keep you occupied for hours if not weeks in trying to complete the levels with all possible characters.

The graphics were above the average back then and it is still considered as one of better developments. Add the fact this game is one of the first of its kind and you can assume why a million gamers played it in the same year when it was released.

1. Perfect Dark

The best game for us has to be Perfect Dark. An interesting fact is that the game is related to Golden Eye 007. Don’t expect to see many, similar characters. The game has its own story and missions. The similarity is actually between the main plot. You will be a secret agent in the future who will be able to use different weapons and features in the game.

In order to help you understand why the game is so popular, we will have to reveal some glimpses of the plot. You will have to play as Perfect Dark, which is the secret name of the main agent. There are two main factions in the game which are Carrington Institute and dataDyne Corporation. You will have to stay undetected and to avoid being caught. The story of the game is actually located in the future in 2023 actually.

Which N64 Game You Should Opt For

All of the games we have mentioned here have the same list of advantages. They are interesting to play, they offer plenty of new things and they are commonly known as the best N64 games of all times. Keep in mind that we tested and reviewed over 1.000 different games in order to provide you with the list. These ones are simply the best according to the highest number of players and gamers who have been playing the games for a decade or more. The bottom line is that you will appreciate all the games on the list as soon as you play them for the first time.