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Nintendo 64

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"Dinosaurs will fly."

The Nintendo 64 is lacking in quite a few genres, but still manages to have a respectable library (especially in the platform/adventure genre, where it especially shines!) One of the coolest factors in its favor was that 3-4 person multiplayer was made easier since it had 4 controller slots built in, instead of having to buy a dumb add on.
Another neat thing was the controller slot, which offered 3 big supports:

  • Memory Card, which let you save your game off the game cart for some titles and other fun stuff (such as saving your own customizable Bomberman)
  • Transfer Pak, which gave some limited but neat GBC connectivity with some games, such as Pokemon, Mario Golf, and Mario Tennis.
  • Rumble Pak, which shook the controller, gave you Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and was HUGE back in the day.

There is also another add-on thing called the expansion pak, which is needed for a few games from around 1999 and on to work, look cooler, and add better sound/video options as well, and is therefore one of the most quintessential instruments to having a complete N64 library.

Had a short-lived magnetic disk add on called the 64DD.

In China Nintendo released a N64 version commonly known as iQue Player (it goes under the Chinese name Shén Yóu Ji). It was planned to be their entry ticket to that market. Console looks like an Xbox gamepad that is connected directly to a tv set. Games can be bought in special kiosks or online and saved on memory card which goes into the iQue Player. Card has only 64 MB space so games can be stored in a cloud. Basically it's the same idea that stood behind Famicom Disk System or Super Famicom's Nintendo Power cartridges. Due to the piracy console was rather a failure, cancellation of Majora's Mask is the best evidence for that. Nintendo released 14 games which are almost the same as their standard N64 counterparts. All of them were translated to Chinese and almost everyone got Chinese dub. Only difference is that glitches and bugs were fixed (some were added...) and there is no Rumble Pack feature.

In summary, you should get a Nintendo 64 if you like classic Nintendo games, non-competitive multi-player/party games, and 3D platformers.

You should not get a Nintendo 64 if you're looking for RPGs, fighters, or a massive non-Nintendo library of good games.

[* Denotes that the game came out on the iQue Player]

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The ListEdit

Box Art Title Genre Description
1080-Snowboarding 1080° Snowboarding Sports A constantly underrated N64 game and an underdog among Nintendo's own properties. Don't ignore it just because it's a sport game, it's got satisfying gameplay and cheesy nineties style to boot. Might even remind you of a really reined-in Jet Set Radio (DC), stylistically speaking. A sequel was released for the GCN. Also available for Wii VC.
Army Men Sarges Heroes 2 N64 cover Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 2 TPS One of the best titles in the Army Men series, the N64 easily had the best version (possibly besides the PS2 version, which this editor hasn't played). Has a good, decent-length campaign with the addition of 4-player splitscreen multiplayer (includes color-based teams, a nice touch).
Banjo Kazooie Banjo-Kazooie Platformer Rare's first entry into the 3D platforming genre, drawing from much of what made Mario 64 a massive success and adding numerous innovations to the genre. Massive levels with some great level design and plenty of unlockable moves and transformations. Suffers a bit from excessive amounts of collectables, but is nonetheless one of the biggest games on the platform.

It was re-released on the Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade) with minor graphical updates, an online leaderboard and achievments.

Banjoe Tooie Banjo-Tooie Platformer Includes larger worlds, more moves, crisper graphics, and of course, THAT FUCKING ICE KEY.

Was also re-released on the Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade) with many of the improvements seen in its predecessor's port.

250px-N64 NA BattleTanx-1- BattleTanx Action A virus has wiped out 99% of the female population. Instead of leading to widespread sodomy, society collapses and the US becomes a battleground for roaming gangs of tanks. An excellent tank sim that'll take you through varied locales with interesting special weapons (if you can find them), including nuclear warheads. There are several multi-player modes as well, all very fun, even alone.
G01862o595o-1- Battle Tanx: Global Assault Action See above, only with more tank classes.
Beetle-adventure-racing518401-1- Beetle Adventure Racing Racing One of the more obscure N64 games. You race VW Beetles. All the courses feature tons of shortcuts and collectables.
Blast Corps Blast Corps Destroyan Underrated Rare classic. A truck is carrying nuclear material across the nation and needs you to destroy buildings before the truck collides with them. Amazingly hard.
Body harvest 64 Body Harvest Action A free-roaming sci-fi adventure made by Rockstar North, sort of a prototype for the future 3D GTA installments, game feels a little empty and devoid of much atmosphere, but has plenty of interesting challenges to confront, and a ton of different vehicles to take control of.
Bomberman 64 Bomberman 64 Platformer Hudson's first 3D installment of the Bomberman series. Makes some rather interesting changes from the original formula that will influence the future of 3D bomberman games such as spherical explosions, 8-directional controls and expansive levels. Features some interesting puzzle solving elements and boss battles.
Bomberman64 Bomberman 64 (Japanese 2001) Action This is a completely different game than the one above. The one above is known as Baku Bomberman in Japan. This one is more traditional being in 2D and all. Great mulitplayer romp with lots of fun minigames and classic bomberman action!
Bomberman 64 Second Attack Bomberman 64: The Second Attack! Platformer An interesting overhaul of the first Bomberman game. The action isn't quite as fast paced, but there is much more you can do, such as using different elemental bombs, each with a different effect (such as an ice bomb that freezes water for you walk on ("Bomberman can't swim.")). There is also special armor for you to find that gives you Megaman X style upgrades, although limited to permanent power-ups instead of new skills (It beats finding them or spending money, though.). In addition, there is also the inclusion of "Pommy", a little critter who helps you fight enemies and can be controlled by a second player. Pommy evolves into different more powerful forms that depend on what you feed him. Multiplayer is also a blast, although some prefer the first 64 game's over this one.
Bomberman Hero Bomberman Hero Action-Platformer A much more fast paced and action oriented entry to the Bomberman series. Features jumping and some of the best music in the series. One of the few Bomberman games to lack a multiplayer mode.

Also available on the Wii (Virtual Console).

Buck Bumble Buck Bumble Action A game about a cybernetic bee from the guys that programmed Starfox on the SNES, thus, this game plays a bit like Starfox as well. RIGHT ABOUT NOW IT'S TIME TO ROCK WITH THE BIGGITY BUCK BUMBLE.
Castlevania 64 Castlevania 64 Adventure/Platformer A fun 3D take on the classic vampire killing formula, but you'll need patience as the controls are somewhat shoddy. Would suggest playing Legacy of Darkness over this game.
Castlevania-legacy-of-darkness Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness Adventure/Platformer Prequel and remake of Castlevania 64. Much better than the first game and refines every flaw with Castlevania 64. Would be suggested over Castlevania 64, as it contains the whole Castlevania 64 game but revamped with the refined controls. The best 3D game in the series, or at least on the N64.
Chameleon Twist Chameleon Twist Platformer Disregarded by critics for having difficult gameplay controls and a strange life and continue system, Chameleon Twist is heralded for it's uniqueness and has gathered a cult following. Has a sequel where the main character is actually a chameleon (outside of Japan).
Conkers Bad Fur Day Conker's Bad Fur Day Platformer Notable for being the most adult game on the Nintendo 64. Also, it's fucking hilarious.

Updated on the Xbox with huge amounts of censorship.

Custom robo n64 Custom Robo* Fighting A japan only classic with customizable robots (go figure). Just like the Gamecube title but more retro. No English translation exists currently, but if you can read yes/no/save in Moonrunes, you can enjoy the combat of this game.
Customrobov2 Custom Robo V2 Fighting Sequel to the above. Alows up to four players this time around.
197070 13553 front Deadly Arts Fighting One of the few 3D fighters for the Fun machine that were FUN. The poor man's Tekken, Deadly Arts was an early 3D fighter for the Fun Machine. With a innovative character-creation mode(YOU CAN CREATE YOUR OWN MOVESET!), simple arcade controls, fast-paced battles(obviously, it's FIGHTAN) and a special stage WHERE YOU CAN BATTLE AS SUPERSIZED MONSTERS ON THE STREETS OF TOKYO, Deadly Arts is a solid fighter that fell to obscurity because a)Ergheiz and b) TEH N64 HAZ NO GAMEZ!
Diddy Kong Racing Diddy Kong Racing Racing Rare's own Kart racer for the console featuring Diddy Kong, along with a cast of Rare's own original characters, most of which were intended to get their own games in the future. Though much less memorable than Mario Kart 64, the game features three vehicles and a more fleshed out and challenging Adventure mode with boss races and coin collecting races that have considerable difficulty. Game was developed as a standalone kart racer to introduce new Rare protags and Nintendo shoehorned in Diddy. Battle tracks have more depth than their Mario Kart counterparts and is worth playing.


Also on the DS with upgraded graphics and online multiplayer. Banjo and Conker have been replaced by Dixie and Tiny Kong.

Doom 64 Doom 64 FPS It's a completely new Doom, exclusively on N64.

This game was done by Midway, it includes all new levels and sounds plus hi-res graphics done from scratch. Most of the enemies from both Doom and Doom 2 are in, with few exceptions. There's also a new weapon.

NOTE: a TC of this game exists for PC that has some extra content plus modablity

Donkey Kong 64 Donkey Kong 64 Platformer Standard adventure game fare, tons of collecting, many zany and fun challenges packed into large levels for each member of the Kong family. Features Donkey, Diddy, Tiny, Chunky, and Lanky. Do you like walking through a shopping mall, filling your cart with bananas? Do you enjoy collecting countless collectibles? If so, you will love this game.
Duke Nukem 64 Duke Nukem 64 FPS A port of Duke Nukem 3D. While technically the port is good, it's censored from most of its mature content (weirdly, though, all the porn related stuff have been changed into pro-weapon magazines and stores) and the controls could be a bit better.

This version has a lot of changes to the level layout; since this version only has the three original episodes, they took some of the The Birth (Episode 4) level architecture and spread it across the three episodes. There are also some weapon changes, the chaingun has been replaced with dual SMGs, the RPG with a grenade launcher, you have exploding dum-dum rounds to the shotgun plus there are two new weapons: a homing missile launcher and the plasma cannon. The boss enemies have 3D models for them as well.

Still awesome to own if you don't have any other means to play Duke Nukem 3D. The four player split screen cooperative is a must try for all Duke fans. Looks better than the Saturn and PSX ports but still a bit off.

Duke Nukem Zero Hour Duke Nukem Zero Hour TPS Duke travels back in time to shoot pigs in the dick with revolvers.
Drmario Dr. Mario 64 Puzzle An updated version of Dr. Mario with up to 4 players! Little touch ups here and there like theres a character roster to choose from and stuff to unlock. Music isn't quite as catchy as the original sadly.
Excitebike 64 Excitebike 64* Racing Are you extreme enough for this? I guess not, since it's been missing from this list for a rather long time! The best of the Excitebike games, this is a solid racing title with a fucking awesome track-creating mode. 'Sequel' Excite Truck is on Wii.
Extreme-G Extreme-G Racing Futuristic racing title. Cross F-zero's speed with Wipeout's weapons and you're nearly there.
Extreme-G2 Extreme-G 2 Racing Like the first but with new levels, bikes, weapons and music. Apart from that it's basically the same. Graphics have also been heavily improved at the cost of FPS.
Fighters Destiny 64 Fighter's Destiny Fighting Kickass fighting game akin to Virtua Fighter. Unique point based system (finishing off your opponent in different ways grants you different points) instead of conventional rounds. Sequel also on N64.
197326 42143 front Fighter Destiny 2 Fighting After some more characters, different company production and name change to just "Fighter Destiny 2", the series is back. All in all an ok entry in the series, it's pretty fun it has a good techno music score as well.
000000000350762 Flying Dragon FIGHTAN-RPG/Fighter That's right, not a typo dudes and traps. This game brings TWO motherfucking fightan games to the table.

The first, a chibi-sized animesque fighter reminiscent of World Heroes starring ROBOTOYOKOZUNA and Not-Yamcha. With RPG elements akin to Brawl's sticker mechanic, and learning supermoves from Wrestling Tapes. Yes, like NMH.

The second, a shameless Tekken rip-off. Not as good or innovative as the first one though.

Happything Fushigi no Dungeon: Fuurai no Shiren 2 - Oni Shuurai! Shiren Jou! Rouge-Like/ Mystery Dungeon Made by Chunsoft (Pokemon Mystery Dungeon/ Torneko games) The people who invented the genre. Similair to those games in, (there is even a monster catching portion to the game). Random dungeons, monsters, trap you know the drill. J only, but not the most difficult game to figure out.You may need a guide though...
F Zero X F-Zero X* Racing Difficult futuristic racing game. Third F-Zero game and first one in 3D. This game was a blast on the Super Nintendo. It was so amazing that they had to tone down the detail to keep the game at 60fps, but still an awesome racing game and the best on the Nintendo 64.
RED WIZARD IS ABOUT TO DIE Gauntlet Legends Action-RPG Great home version of the arcade game, with all the 4-player shooting, hack-n'-slashing, Turbo Attacks and treasure-grabbing intact, plus the ability to toggle most temporary items on or off so you can save them for later. The only things this port's missing are the FMVs and high-quality music. Also available on PS1 and Dreamcast, and overhauled for the PS2, Gamecube and XBox as Gauntlet Dark Legacy.

Compatible with the Expansion Pak for even smoother visuals.

Gex 64 Gex 64 Platformer A platformer for television and movie fans. Players control Gex, a smart-aleck gecko as he attempts to defeat the evil Rez in the Media Dimension, which features a variety of movie/television themed "channels" each with 3 remotes to collect in order to progress to the next stage. Features a lot of 80's and 90's pop culture one liners from Gex himself which are randomly spoken throughout the game, sure to tickle someone's funny bone (Voice by Cat from Red Dwarf!). Camera is a bit shoddy. Prequels on PSX, Saturn, PC and 3D0.
Glover Glover 3D Platformer A bit of a deviation from your typical adventure game. A wizard has accidentally turned himself into stone and sent some magic crystals off into various worlds, leaving the land devoid of life. One of the wizard's gloves transforms the crystals into balls to protect them from shattering, and must guide them back to the castle. One of the few N64 games to make interesting use of physics. Players can transform the crystal into balls of various weight and shape in order to solve certain puzzles and defeat bosses.

Also on PC!

Goemon's Great Adventure Goemon's Great Adventure Platformer A very difficult 2D multiplayer platformer, most definitely the hardest of the Ganbare Goemon series. Features some seriously over the top bosses and awesome first-person robot battles. Excellent style, play mechanics, and Japanese-techno musical score.
Goldeneye GoldenEye 007 FPS The first good console FPS and possibly the best movie game of all time. Still a blast on multiplayer, provided some asshat doesn't pick Oddjob.

Huge mouth on cover :I

Harvest Moon 64 Harvest Moon 64 Simulation One of the cuter games in the long-running farm simulation series. The characters and graphics are great, but the days are rather short, so prepare to rush everywhere you go, every single day.
Hexen-64 Hexen Adventure FPS A port of Hexen. This game has 3 different characters, each with different weapons and stats. There are also a shitload of inventory items and most work in a different way depending on the character.

To unlock new areas you must solve puzzles that revolve around a hub system.

While not as good looking as the original one on the PC it is essentially the same game. The controls are also very well done on the N64 and there is 4 player co-op and deathmatch.

Hey you pikachu! Hey You, Pikachu! Microphone orinted romp. Command your Pikachu around the Pokémon world with voiced commands delivered via mic peripheral. Talking to Pikachu through various missions like fishing or whacking a piñata is the game's whole draw, but the mic's voice recognition is awful and makes the experience mostly frustrating. If you can somehow get past that, the game can be very comfy and really makes you feel like a kid living among Pokémon in an everyday sense. No PAL release. Hard to find with mic.
Hotwheelsturboracing Hotwheels Turbo Racing Racing/Stunts Fun racan and stuntan.

Also on the Playstation.

Hybrid Heaven Hybrid Heaven Action RPG A unique entry in RPG history. A hybrid between fighting game and turn-based battle sim, player manuevers protagonist in a playing field until in position to attack, or be attacked. A very much overlooked title that tried something new.
Iggy Iggy's Reckin' Balls Racing/2D Platformer A racing platformer where you play as a cute ball thing. Race against other balls and beat them to the finish line. Climb vertically through platforms, jump over ledges and dodge enemies. Lots of unlockable characters!
Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine Adventure One of the best Indiana Jones games, often overlooked. Originally on the PC, but was ported on the N64 with superior graphics and controls. How that worked out for Lucasarts is beyond me (they could've just released a graphics mod...) but this is still a pretty good action-adventure game.
International Superstar Soccer 98 International Superstar Soccer '98 Sports It's Soccer but without the faggotry, though the cover doesn't help.
Jet Force Gemini Jet Force Gemini Action Third person shooter/adventure game by Rare. Great graphics, incredible soundtrack, brutal difficulty, unique co-op and a vast array of bug exploding weaponry make this game unforgettable. Don't forget to grab the tribals...
Killer Instinct Gold Killer Instinct Gold Fighting/CCCCOMBO BREAKER ULTRA ULTRA ULTRA! COMBO BREAKER! Killer Instinct's sequel on the n64. It has some pretty good graphics even though its not in full 3D, but the characters are way better than some of the Mortal Kombat cast. Pretty good fightan, some say it's hard to find.
Kirby 64 Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards Platformer Still a 2D platformer, but now with 3D graphics, its main draw is the ability to combine two types of powers into something new. This makes for great variety but each individual power is very shallow gameplay-wise. Requires nabbing all the collectibles for the true ending, but that's fine because it's very short. Somewhat of a cult favorite among Kirby fans, but not the most satisfying series entry.
Zelda Ocarina of Time Legend of Zelda, The: Ocarina of Time* Action-Adventure Even today, Nintendo fanboys consider Ocarina of Time to be one of the best games ever made (if not the best). It has aged quite gracefully and is still a marvelous 3D adventure, and the template for practically every Zelda title since (implying this isn't just a 3D Link to the Past). Everyone should at least give this a try.

Also on GCN, VC, and 3DS.

Majoras-mask box Legend of Zelda, The: Majora's Mask Action-Adventure An oddball entry in the venerated series, where Link must save the land of Termina from being crushed by its own Moon in three days (but you can reverse time, so no pressure!). Its morbid tones, mysterious story and occasionally dark side-quests make it an underdog and /v/ favorite, but it was still ranked 11th out of all Zelda games by Nintendo Power, mostly because of the "It's not OoT 2!" complex (See above). Make sure you play this before Twilight Princess for some extra goodness while going through the later.
Mario Golf Mario Golf Sports Mario characters play golf. Better than anything EA has come out with, true story. Sequel on Gamecube. Has GBC and GBA parallel games.
Mario Kart 64 Mario Kart 64* Racing Completely next-level gameplay compared to the SNES original, Mario Kart 64 became the template for all entries to come with simple but highly competitive and extremely addictive 3D racing. Some questionable stages aside, it's still an absolute classic with just the amount of depth necessary to keep you coming back all the time.
Mario Party 64 Mario Party Board Game/Minigames The humble beginnings of the Mario Party series, while very much random and unpredictable, remains a load of crap if you are good at video games. This game ruins controllers and palms, if you would like to keep both intact, DO NOT play the games where you must rotate the stick repeatedly. Future games fixed this mistake.
Mario Party 2 64 Mario Party 2 Board Game/Minigames Improving upon its predecessor, adds a slew of new wrist breaking minigames as well as board events, arguably the best in the series.
Mario Party 3 64 Mario Party 3 Board Game/Minigames Considered by most of /v/ to be the pinnacle of the series. A completely new set of minigames along with some of the best boards in franchise make this a fantastic multiplayer experience. The other 5 or 6 sequels are on Gamecube and Wii.
Mario Tennis Mario Tennis Sports Surprisingly a very solid sports game and the Mario cast's charm helps it stand out among the lot of tennis simulators. Multiple camera perspectives, tight controls, and lots of little details to how the characters handle and play that make it a worthwhile experience. Sequel on GameCube, along with side-games on GBC and GBA that could be linked up to unlock additional content. Fun fact: Waluigi debuted in this game.
Megaman 64 Mega Man 64 Platformer Port of the Playstation game Mega Man Legends, pretty much indiscernable from its counterpart. The sequel (Megaman Legends 2) is not available on this console. Features more save slots than the original PSX version, and fixed many clipping errors that were rampant in the original. Controls take some getting used to, though.
Mickeys Speedway USA Mickey's Speedway USA Racing A Disney kart-racer made by Rare with a modified Diddy Kong Racing engine. Pretty fun overall.
FUCKING JOUST Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits Volume 1 Compilation Good compilation of some classic midway games, like joust and whatnot, blah, blah, blah. Probably dirt cheap somewhere.
Mischief Makers Mischief Makers Platformer Another outstanding addition to the Treasure library of games, so you know it's good. Players control Marina, a cyborg girl created by the perverted Professor Theo, who sets out to save the planet Clancer from the evil empire and its three subordinates, the Beastector. THROUGH FIRE JUSTICE IS SERVED!

Shake Shake

NK4 N64 Cover Mortal Kombat 4 Fighting MK IN TREEEEE DEEEEE HUR DUR. Pretty Good port of the arcade game and worth a lookout, best version would be Gold on the Dreamcast.
Mk trilogy Mortal Kombat Trilogy Fighting Midway's answer to tekken tag tournament and vice versa. Has all characters from the first 3 games with features like noob saibot and other unlockables. Get it if you buy fighting games for the amount of characters they have or if you love MK.
Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon Action An adventure game starring the Mystical Ninja cast. Plays abit similar to, and even came out a year before, Ocarina of Time, but is much more heavy on platforming, but plenty of devious puzzles and unique powers to acquire for each cast member. The controls suffer horribly from the lack of a targeting system, and the camera's unreliable, but the great level design, unique style, and kickass soundtrack cancel those out. Worth playing for the crawling animations [IMPACT] alone.
Neon Genesis Evangelion 64 Neon Genesis Evangelion 64 Fighting/Rhythm/QTE I know it's a licensed game but boy does the remixed N64 MIDI soundtrack sound awesome, especially the remix of "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" in the menu for the Story Mode. Mostly in Japanese but there are walkthroughs you can follow if you are too afraid of the instructions which are in moonrunes. If you want to know the story without learning Japanese, watch the anime series which this game is based on, it also has more content which was left out of this game.

Features an unlockable 2-player mode which you and another player get to duke it out as one of the Evas or the Angels.

The New Tetris The New Tetris Puzzle It's Tetris, without any major garnishes.

Features '4-Player Frenzy'.

Ogre Battle 64 - Person of Lordly Caliber Ogre Battle 64 Strategy RPG Fuck long SRPG with a sweeping story and high degree of customization. Great replay-ability. Probably the N64's rarest game, an original cart nowadays costs a decent chunk of change ($50-200). Luckily, if you have a Wii, you can buy it off of Virtual Console for 1000 Nintendo Points ($10). Worth buying though, no matter what you spend. Notable for one of the worst Strategy Guides ever.
Paper Mario Paper Mario* RPG An RPG set in a paper cutout version of the Mario universe and imbued with untold amounts of charm and personality. Easy, turn-based and simple battle system where you play as Mario and one of multiple supporting partners, but perfectly-paced and balanced progress, never hitting a snag or lull like most JRPGs. The vibrant dialogue and smart fleshing-out of the Marioverse help a lot as well. Fair amount of side-content, but beware that there is no post-game. Available for the Wii VC.
Perfect Dark Perfect Dark FPS Superior in every way to GoldenEye. You get a laptop that can shoot people and deploy as a sentry turret, enough said. Has deep multiplayer customization and an excellent campaign but the framerate does drop considerably at times.

Also on the Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade with upgraded graphics and online multiplayer.

Pilotwings 64 Pilotwings 64 Flying Featuring, for the time, glorious huge open 3D worlds. You pilot a variety of craft through tests to win medals. Tricky to get all gold, even though there's a small number of craft, pilots, and tests. 
Pokemon Puzzle League Pokémon Puzzle League Puzzle Tetris Attack only with Pokémon characters and a neat 3D mode. The game borrows more from the anime than the games, so expect tons of awful voice acting to bother you while you puzzle. Other than that it's the definitive puzzler on the system.

Also available on the Wii (Virtual Console).

Pokémon Snap Pokémon Snap Rail-Shooter An unexpected Pokémon spin-off that plays basically like a rail shooter, you move slowly along a pre-set route through scenic stages trying to get the best photographs of dozens of Pokémon species. Unlocking new items will allow you to coax out new Pokémon and the game's secrets will encourage some replays. While it doesn't have a lot of content overall, trying to get the best possible shot of each Pokémon can be very addictive and the whole game-world is nicely and very organically realized. Available for the Wii VC with picture-saving.
PKMNstadium Pokémon Stadium RPG Nominally a 3D battle simulator for all the critters you collected in Pokémon Red and Blue (GB), which you could transfer here via a unique add-on. Offered a fair amount of challenges for your Pokémon and allowed you to use pre-set "rental" monsters if you didn't have your own to transfer, though this made the game harder. Also, a slew of shockingly fun and addictive mini-games. Seriously.
PKMNstadium2 Pokémon Stadium 2 RPG Now compatible with Gold, Silver, Crystal, and the whole second generation of Pokémon, pretty much the same as the first game but with a much greater variety of challenges (and even more mini-games) that made this worth owning even if you didn't have any monsters to transfer over. You could also win Pokémon for your GameBoy games, and use it as an extra deposit box for organizing your critters. The battle school was especially solid at showing you the ropes of competitive battling!
Quake n64 Quake First Person Shooter Quake ported on the N64 by Midway and pretty good for a port if you don't have a PC suited for gaming.
Guake II Quake II First Person Shooter the sequel to the first, if you liked the first, this is good too. Better on the PC like most of Id's games but still good if you dont have a good gaming pc.
Rakugakids box Rakuga Kids Fighting A stylistic fighting game by konami featuring a cast of weirdo kid drawings. Nice animations and fun it's cartoony style set this apart from most fighters. It's somewhat slow paced for a fighting game, and the load screens take quite a while for a cartridge based game. Pal and J only.

This is where Beartank originated.

Rayman2 Rayman 2: The Great Escape 3D Platformer Probably the best Rayman game ever (besides the first). Great game; it comes in a green cart so it's not hard to miss on any used game shelves. Requirements may be a little annoying if you don't have the Memory Pack Expansion Pack. Still, it's fucking RAYMAN so I bet you'll love it to bits.
678cc017f59b2ff6e08ba1ae6ebad75b-Resident Evil 2 Resident Evil 2 Survival Horror An awesome feat of data compression. Somehow they managed to get both the Leon and Claire discs on one cartridge here! It looks pretty good and even has some extra content! The DC version is still best, though. Anyway this is an excellent survival horror title so pick it up if you find it. Don't try to emulate it on Project64, though. Don't even try.
Robot Robot Ponkottsu 64: Nanatsu no Umi no Caramel RPG Since there are like, almost no RPGs on this system it's definatly worth looking into to. . The GBC games are pokemon clones, and this is like a pokemon stadium clone but you can run around in the arena (not as fun as it sounds though). Use the GBC transfer pack to unlock and upload stuff with the GBC games.
Rocket Robot on Wheels Rocket: Robot on Wheels Platformer You only have one wheel. Made by the guys behind Sly Cooper and Infamous. The plot involves you, Rocket, having to navigate throughout a Theme Park turned dangerous, to find all the tickets and tokens for the park. Also a raccoon kidnaps a walrus. Yeah, I don't know what they were smoking either. (pot seems too obvious)

Has a great physics engine. (That's right, a physics engine on the N64)

San Francisco Rush Extreme Racing for N64, Front Cover San Fransisco Rush Racing Almost perfect sandbox racing game. includes this.

Also has the best name entry music in existence.

SanFran Rush 2049 San Fransisco Rush 2049 Racing San Fransisco Rush, but in THE FUTURE! Has immensely improved graphics (without detriment to the framerate) and music.

Also on the Dreamcast.

Shadowgate64 Shadowgate 64: Trials of the Four Towers Adventure Classic style adventure game with great, medieval horror atmosphere and lots of puzzles to solve, and plenty of secrets to uncover. The last in a series (the first is on NES, and the second is on the Turbografx).
Shad64 Shadowman Platformer/Action-Adventure WTF KIND OF MUSIC IS THIS!?!?!?!

Mario 64-like game with some brick shitting moments. This version is the best with expansion pak but the PC platform sucks and stay the hell away from the PS1 version)

Sin and Punishment Sin & Punishment* Rail Shooter A fucking awesome rail shooter released only in Japan for the N64...but was localized by Nintendo through the Virtual Console on the Wii. There's also a fan-translation patch. Fuck, unless you're hearing-impaired, you don't even need any translation since all the dialogue is in (surprsingly good) English! Play this shit, goddamn, grab a high-res texture patch if you can (helps with aiming a lot). Sequel on Wii... get it now!
Snowboard Kids N64 Snowboard Kids Racing An Atlus made snowboard racing game with cartoony kids and boss fights. Has a good balance between characters and power-ups.
Snowboard Kids 2 N64 Snowboard Kids 2 Racing A cartoony racing game. Not as good as the original due to being less balanced. Still better than the DS 'sequel.'
South park game n64 South Park FPS A long time ago when the show was starting out, it was very risque among people, but kids loved it's stupid and wacky antics about farting and cursing and whatnot. So Akklaim decided why the fuck not and rehashed the Turok engine to make this game. I'm not shitting you this game has fog n everything! All in all an ok game with some interesting weapons and gameplay. I think theres 4 player so that should keep you busy with some bros.
Space Station Silicon Valley Space Station Silicon Valley Adventure-Puzzle You play as a robot who takes over various robot animals in order to solve puzzles. One of the lesser known titles in the N64's library. As with most N64 games, has an amazing soundtrack. Made by the people behind GTA. An infamous collision glitch prevents you from ever reaching 100%, thus you'll never see the true ending or play the bonus level (of course, nowadays you can watch them on Youtube). Also known to freeze frequently if the expansion pak is inserted, so remove it to play this.
Starcraft 64 Starcraft 64 RTS/ ZERG RUSH KEKEKEKEKE Yes, they ported Starcraft to the N64. I couldn't believe it at first either. Has both game expansions in it including some exclusive shit. Pretty damn good and all even adding split-screen multiplayer for you and your buds. An ok port that is nice and all, but the PC/MAC versions are still the way to go.
Starfox 64 Starfox 64/Lylat Wars* Rail Shooter The peak of the series. A bunch of furries shoot their way across the galaxy in order to keep a gigantic monkey head from taking over the Lylat system. Excellent music and actual voice acting give the battles a true cinematic feel, and this was the first game to use the Rumble Pak for force feedback.

Released as Lylat Wars in Europe and Australia with Lylat Speech as an extra.

Note: LOTS of secrets throughout this game to discover.

Also available on the Wii (Virtual Console) and the 3DS (with upgraded graphics).

Star Wars Episode I Racer N64 Star Wars Episode I: Racer Racing YEEEEAAAAAH Pod-racing! Straight from Star Wars Episode I, race as any racer in the pod-racing circuit with tons of racers, upgrading, tracks, and multiplayer fun.

Also available on the Dreamcast and PC. (The arcade one is a wholly different game.)

Shadows of the Empire Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Action Third-person Star Wars game. Effectively blends space combat and on-foot segments. You play as Dash Motherfucking Randar. Shooting at that motherfucking star destroyer has never been more fun. One of the N64's gems. By the way, isn't that some kick-ass boxart?
Star Wars Rogue Squadron N64 Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Flight Sim Fun flight combat game set in the Star Wars universe. Relive moments in and outside the movies.

Also on the PC. Sequels on the Gamecube.

Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64* 3D Platformer Widely considered the true birth of 3D platforming, this game's innovative camera control and tight gameplay made it a classic at the time, but today it is especially remembered for its self-contained playground-worlds, non-linear in nature and chock-full of secrets. In this sense it is unique when compared to Mario platformers to come. Pure, unadulterated fun. Ported to 3DS with improved graphics and extra content, but lacing analog stick controls. (Unless you play it on a 3DS.)
Super Smash Bros Super Smash Bros.* Fighting The beginning of what would become an exponentially more popular series later. This one only features twelve low-polygon Nintendo characters duking it out over a handful of mostly clever stages. It's fairly slow and floaty and feels different to Melee (and Brawl). It would be entirely surpassed by its sequels, but is still worth a look if you never played it. Also Kirby Pikachu is broken as hell. Pretty great music.

Also available on Wii (Virtual Console).

N64-Tetrisphere Tetrisphere Puzzle Tetris on a spherical field and acid. Features an awesome techno soundtrack, baffling multiplayer, and guaranteed migraines.  
Tony-hawks-pro-skater.518272 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Sports The series' humble beginnings. Pretty fun, but seqeuls improved the formula and whatnot. This version has cut music and no blood. You're better off playing the Playstation version. The cartridge is infamous for being easy to find due to it being dark blue. The game itself is also pretty cheap. Also on PS1/DC.
THPS2 N64 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Sports Pretty much the same game as the iconic PS1 version, only with some music cut. Also on Dreamcast.  
914527 51796 front Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Sports Yes, this is on N64. THE last N64 game ever made. August 20th, 2002 to be exact. Watered down compared to the disc-based versions, but that was every N64 Tony Hawk for ya.

Also on the PS2/Xbox/Gamecube.

Turok Turok FPS Crazy man goes forward in time to butcher every single dinosaur in the galaxy.  Frustrating amounts of fog used to reduce draw-distance. Controller smashingly frustrating amount of pixel perfect jumping needed at some points.
Turok 2 Turok 2 FPS Like the first but with better graphics, lotsa gore and a poor framerate (even with expansion pack). Great multiplayer though. Also on PC. Stupidly hard aswell.
Rage wars Turok Rage Wars FPS 4-player split-screen multiplayer. It's basically the Quake 3 or Unreal Tournament of console FPS.

Every Turok after this one is horrible. This one is horrible also. dont get it. Play number 1, then 2 and totally disregard this game.

Vigilante 8 N64 Vigilante 8 Vehicular Combat Vehicle Combat with awesome level and weapon design. Spinoff of the PC game "Interstate '76". Also on PS1 and Dreamcast. Has sequel.  
Virtual Pro Wrestling 2 Virtual Pro Wrestling 2 Wrestling While Japan-only, this title is considerably deeper than all of the AKI-developed wrestling games for the N64; including No Mercy. It is often considered to be a Japanese counterpart of Wrestlemania 2000. But while No Mercy makes that game moot, this title really takes it's own spin by having 200+ different moves and the ability to form combos with those moves. One of the deepest wrestling titles ever made. Only flaw is that - unless you're Japanese or are familiar with Japanese wrestling - you won't know who the fuck any of the characters are. Not as gay as the cover makes it seem (It actually means MUSCULAR MANLY). >Mitsuharu Misawa gay
Wave Race 64 Wave Race 64* Racing Best racing game on the N64. Them water physics. Pal version is a bit fucked sadly.  Gamecube sequel is worth playing too.

Also available on Wii (Virtual Console).

WDC n64 World Driver Championship Racing Arguably one of the best racing games on the N64. What it lacks in licensing and decent sound effects it makes up with in arguably one of the most technically impressive games (so much so that it is has proven ridiculously hard to emulate) with brilliant graphics and great gameplay if you can get past the shitty starter cars. The N64 may not have had Gran Turismo but this definitely makes up for it.

Incompatible with N64 emulators

They do not threat.

Winback WinBack TPS Fucking awesome third-person shooter that has elements later borrowed by games like Resident Evil 4 and Gears of War. It has "Win" in it's name, enough said.
Wrestlemania2000N64 Wrestlemania 2000 Wrestling Pretty cool entry on the N64. 2000 features a decent number of Wrestlers from the late 90's and such. But this one pretty much has a good amount of variety in it too. Such as modes where you can create a wrestler, participate in tournaments week by week, as well as a ranking mode where you rise to the top. Basically, a nice game that's not expensive at all really. In fact it's really common, which is good for you collectors out there.
WWFNoMercyGameBox WWF: No Mercy Wrestling IF YOU SMEELLLLLLLLL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN'. Fun wrestling on the N64. Use the chair, damn it. Awesome multiplayer for up to 4 people, be sure to play a ladder match.

The good wrestling game on N64 to some. The best ever to few.

Menu music's awesome too. Dig-dig-diggity, dig-diggity-dog.

Yoshis Story N64 Yoshi's Story* 2D Platformer You run around throughout the never ending stages trying to eat enough fruit to become happy and move on. Plus Yoshi singing. Multiple stage routes offer some decent replayability and good luck hunting down all 30 melons in each stage you play.Still a good game though with an amazing visual style and some nice and cheerful music! Controls are similar to Yoshi's Island on SNES. Some love hate it, most hate love it. It's easy but a nice experience.

Also available on the Wii (Virtual Console).

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