11 Brilliant Games That Must Feature On The Nintendo 64 Classic

Nintendo is plotting a retro version of the console classic – so which games are essential?

The Nintendo 64 game console.
Nintendo 64 The best console of the 1990s? Image Nintendo

The Nintendo 64 could be getting a reboot amid rumours suggesting a “classic” version of the console, in keeping with the recent NES and SNES efforts, is in the works.

One eagle-eyed fan recently spotted that Nintendo recently filed a trademark proposal focusing on the iconic design of the N64 controller.

Similar trademark proposals were filed prior to the unveiling of plans for the NES and SNES Classic, sparking mass speculation that a similar console, complete with already built-in titles, could be on the way. But which games should feature on the Nintendo 64 classic?

Here are a few suggestions for starters.


11

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron.
A great Star Wars game Often overlooked by fans.

By the best Star Wars game to grace the Nintendo 64, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron was the first in a trilogy that continued on into the Gamecube. It also sold a staggering one million copies worldwide. 

10

Mortal Kombat 4

Mortal Kombat 4 on the N64.
The only decent fighting game on the N64. Street Fighter doesn't get a look in.

Decent fighting games were few and far between on the N64, but Mortal Kombat 4 made a decent fist (get it?) of things upon release, taking the beloved characters and setting of the original trilogy and giving it a bold, 3D update. The fatalities were a lot more eye-catching this time round, too!

9

Star Fox 64

Star Fox 64 on the Nintendo 64.
An update on the SNES classic That more than lived up to the billing

This slick update on the SNES favourite was not only bloody good fun, but was one of the first titles to truly take advantage of the N64’s four controller ports. The resulting multiplayer mode was a joy to behold.

8

Blast Corps

Blast Corps on N64.
Blast Corps. An underrated classic.

The hidden gem of the Nintendo 64, Blast Corps. was put together by Rare, the people behind the super-successful Goldeneye, but rarely got as much praise. It involved using a series of vehicles to blast buildings and thus block the path of a runaway nuclear missile carrier. Or something like that.

7

Diddy Kong Racing

Diddy Kong Racing on N64.
Diddy Kong Racing Second only to Mario Kart 64.

It may not have had the fan base of Mario Kart 64, but Diddy Kong Racing deserves plenty of credit as a spiritual sequel that showed bags of creativity and remains a lot of fun to play.

6

1080 Snowboarding

1080 Snowboarding on N64.
1080 Snowboarding Take that Tony Hawk!

While the Playstation and Playstation 2 had Tony Hawk Skating, N64 fans had 1080, a no-nonsense snowboarding game that was a lot of fun to play and looked absolutely gorgeous. Every time you load it up, you’ll wish you were out on the Alps.

5

F-Zero X

F-Zero X on the Nintendo 64.
F-Zero X Who needs Wipeout?

With the N64 version of Wipeout, Wipeout 64, proving somewhat clunkier than the Playstation version, this high-speed racing effort led the way for full-blooded racing fun. Another underrated title.

4

Mario 64

Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64.
An incredible platformer What a game!

The Nintendo 64’s original and best platform game brought Mario into the realm of 3D gaming and it’s an utter delight from start to finish that boasts endless hours of gameplay. A must-buy.

3

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on N64.
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. Where we all learned what an Ocarina was.

The only Role Playing Game worth dedicating countless hours to on the Nintendo 64, Zelda: Ocarina of Time is a rich tapestry of a title. Buy into it and you’ll be rewarded with a rich gaming experience.

2

Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart 64 on the Nintendo 64.
Mario Kart 64 The best racing game ever.

Another update on a SNES classic, Mario Kart 64 was as much a racing game as it was a comment on life itself. Sometimes you’ll be tearing away at the front, making a real success of things and then **WHAM** a tortoise shell comes along and you’re back to square one. 

1

Goldeneye

GoldenEye Nintendo 64 video games
GoldenEye The original and best N64 shooter. Image Picture Nintendo

What else but Goldeneye? Not only is it the greatest computer game movie tie-in but it’s also the best single and multiplayer game on the Nintendo 64 bar none.

Offering countless hours of death match fun with your mates alongside a satisfyingly long solo player offering, if this doesn’t feature then the Nintendo 64 Classic probably isn’t worth a damn.

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