Staff Picks: Top 15 N64 Games

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

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*Sigh* Okay, firstly, lets get one thing straight. The N64, as decent as it was, didn’t have a huge library of great games from 3rd party developers. Sure there were a couple, but it was mainly Nintendo and Rare that provided the hits, which is why this Top 15 is pretty much made up of games from the aforementioned. (Sorry to spoil that for you).

Secondly, you’re probably wondering why this is a Top 15 and not a Top 10. Well when we compiled and voted on our favourite N64 games, the Top 10 ended up looking a bit too predictable – and by a ‘bit’ I mean it’s completely predictable. If you don’t know what the No 1 game is already then you might want to check yourself before you wet yourself. So we decided, or rather I forced the staff, to extend it to a Top 15 just to give it a little bit of variety and bring some games into the spotlight that I feel deserve a little bit more recognition.

Now that that’s out the way, it’s onto OpRainfall’s overly predictable, not at all surprising, Top 15 N64 Games of ALL TIME! I wonder where Superman 64 will place?


I’m sorry, but you didn’t make it…

As usual, before we start the countdown, we should take a little time to mention those games that almost made it into the Top 15 – but just didn’t get enough votes:

– Jet Force Gemini

– Perfect Dark  O_O

– Mischief Makers

– Pokemon Stadium 2

We salute you.

Anyway, on with the show:

No 15 – Mario Party 2


No, you’ve read that correctly. Mario Party 2 got more votes than Perfect Dark and Jet Force Gemini for it to claim the No 15 spot. Now I’m not saying it’s a bad game, because it’s not and it’s probably the best game in the entire Mario Party series; but let’s get a bit of perspective here people – it beat Perfect Dark! Y’know, one of the most highly acclaimed games on the N64! I despair with my staff sometimes, I really do. However, I shan’t remain bitter, they can have their cake and eat it. Welcome to the Top 15 Mario Party 2… *grumbles*

No 14 – F-Zero X


This is more like it! *VROOOM* *ZOOOOM *muffled voice – YOU’VE GOT BOOST POWER!* I smegging love the F-Zero series and whilst I believe the N64 incarnation should be in our Top 5, I’ll happily take it at No 14… mainly because it got more votes than Mario Party 2. Anyway, F-Zero X was such a crazy, high speed, adrenaline filled, awesome game, with some of the most insane courses ever conceived: Cylinder anyone? Accompanied by a thrashing, rock soundtrack and the much beloved ‘Death Race’ mode, F-Zero X deserves all the praise it can get. *Crosses fingers for a Wii U installment*

No 13 – Banjo-Kazooie


Well, this is a surprise, isn’t it? Considered to be one of the greatest 3D platformers (some say its even better than Super Mario 64) of all time – Banjo-Kazooie stalls at No 13 and doesn’t even make it into our Top 10. But let’s not dwell on its placing too much and let’s focus on why it’s on the list. Banjo-Kazooie was an epic quest of platforming and collecting, its bright, vibrant worlds captured our hearts and its delectable soundtrack tickled our ears with pleasure. Rare had an instant classic on their hands… which they managed to balls up with the 3rd game of the series, on the XBOX 360 – Nuts and Bolts. *shudders*

No 12 – Pokemon Snap


*Puts up flame shield* I may as well admit this now… I don’t like Pokemon. I could never get into the whole Pokemon phenomena, and I did try. I even bought a Gameboy with a copy of Pokemon Red but it didn’t grab me like it did the rest of the world. Then at the height of its hysteria, when Pokemon literally exploded over everyone’s faces, came Pokemon Snap. A game, where the aim is to take photos of the delightful looking creatures. Yep, that’s it. Just travel around an island (on rails I must add) and take photos of Pokemon doing Pokemon-y stuff in the wild. Now to be fair I never actually played Pokemon Snap, but I hear, from fellow staff members, that it has a lot of depth and replayability, and because I’m open-minded I shall take their word for it. So there you go Pokemon Snap, enjoy your position at No 12… whilst Perfect Dark is no-where to be seen. *cries*

No 11 – Ogre Battle 64


Just missing out on the Top 10 is the cult classic: Ogre Battle 64. You don’t get more of a niche title and this was a rare treat for the JRPG starved N64 owners. A game of tactics, strategy and politics – that a lot of gamers today would be put off by – it’s a shame that this was largely overlooked during its initial release. It didn’t even get a release in Europe until it appeared on the Wii’s Virtual Console. But we at OpRainfall share a great fondness with the Ogre Battle series and are proud to include it on our list.

Head to PAGE 2 as we enter the official Top 10.

About David Rawlings

David Rawlings, or ‘Rawky’ as we like to call him, joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign at the beginning. He’s British and found solace with us as he was able to understand our pain about Nintendo and their localizing faux pas. He’s a big fan of the letter ‘U’ and refuses to remove them from words, even though we constantly ask him to. He also believes it’s about time Princess Daisy got kidnapped.

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  • 64fan

    Space Station Silicon Valley

  • SmellyCandle42

    I honestly think Majora’s Mask is much better than Ocarina of Time.  I might have put it at number one.

    •  I feel the same way. Ocarina of Time was my first Zelda game and I’ll always hold it as one of my favorite games ever for pure memories and nostalgia alone, but I do think Majora’s Mask is a much better game with much better characterization and themes in my opinion.

  • I got a couple games that, while may not be the most glorious games on the N64, are still very worthy of at least trying out. One is Star Wars Episode 1 Racer. That came bundled with my N64 and, regardless of your opinions on the actual film, it’s a ton of fast-paced fun. If you enjoy F-Zero’s speed and butter-like controls, this game is highly recommended. An overlooked gem in my opinion.

    Another game that I’d recommend picking up would be Rayman 2: The Great Escape. Believe it or not, Rare and Nintendo weren’t the only companies that could produce fantastic 3D polygonal  platformers. Ubisoft busted out this gem of a game and it is just fantastic. Almost on par with most of Rare’s platformer outings in the day. Sure there have been many many ports of this game, the most recent being on the 3DS, and most of those ports are better and have a bit more content than the N64 version, but before the Dreamcast arrived with the better port, this game shined on the N64.

    Anyway, great list and I’m so happy that you guys gave Donkey Kong 64 a spot because it’s one of the most fluid platformers I’ve ever played. The controls are just pretty much perfect and the level design is just so fantastic. Not to mention the colorful cast of characters and humorous dialogue that boasts the same charm as Banjo-Kazooie. Sure there might have been an overabundance of objects to collect. But all of those collectables were so fun to find because of the great level design and everything also served a purpose in the game that it really didn’t matter to me. The only thing bad I could say about the game is that you have to beat the original DK arcade game TWICE in order for you to actually beat the game. That is pretty annoying and it’s also what caused me to take about 7 years to actually finish the game. But despite that, it’s nearly perfect.

    Thanks again guys. The N64 is where I spent my childhood. I have the most memories with it and I have the most personal connection to it and its games.

  • You left out great games like WWF No Mercy (one of the best wrestling games of all tme), Bomberman 64, Kirby 64, Diddy Kong Racing, Mario Tennis, Mario Golf, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, and Killer Instinct Gold.

    • Oh, Rogue Squadron.  So many fond memories of that game.

    • FUCK

      TOP 15

  • No Bomberman 64/Hero mention?

    Not even Rayman 2 or even GLOVER?

    This list disappoints me.

    • FUCK


  • I agree with the first two.

  •  Placing Donkey Kong 64 higher than Banjo-Kazooie? That’s a paddlin’.

    Seriously, DK64 took the idea of collectibles from SM64 and BK, then absolutely ran wild with it in the absolute worst way. It made the game needlessly longer than it needed to be. Yes, having multiple characters was nice, but not when every single character had a group of collectibles of their own that they needed to get.

    It honestly wasn’t as memorable as BK or Conker, either. If anything, the Donkey Kong Country series was handled better than DK64.

  • Lokieree

    mischief makers would have made my top 10, it was such a unique and quirky game. Unfortunately, nothing quite like it has come out since, probably because it doesn’t make enough top 10 or 15 polls… sigh  

    • Mischief Makers remains one of my favorite N64 games.  It’s a shame that it doesn’t get the same sort of attention lauded on other Treasure classics.

  • Lightthrower

    Pokemon Snap? What were they smoking?! I agree with the rest though, ‘cept i’d trade Snap with Mischief Makers.

    • Lightthrower

      Oh! I forgot! I’d put Blast Corps in too, that was a great game.

    • Believe me, Pokemon Snap was quite a surprise to me too… stupid pokemon.

  • WCM

     I’m shocked that Goldeneye isn’t in spot 1-3, but all the way down at 9. I know Zelda OoT is popular, but I know more people who got/played an N64 for Goldeneye than for anything else.

  • Sheldon86

    No Harvest Moon 64 tsk tsk.

  • No mention of Harvest Moon 64 makes me sad…

    Especially when DK64 has aged so horribly…
    Also, you find a spot for Jet Force Gemini and Pokemon Puzzle League in there.

  • Dai10zin

    No Body Harvest?

    • it was there for the votes, but not many staff members voted for it sadly. I love that game.

  • xHeraCross

    Majora’s Mask > Ocarina of Lime. 

  • Ogre Battle is there……good

  • What have I told you about apologizing so much in these Top Ten (excuse me, Top Fifteen) lists?  STOP IT!  I know this list is about as surprising as Bowser kidnapping Peach at the start of every Mario game, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep apologizing about it.  It comes off as patronizing.

    • It’s not patronizing.  You’re not even using the word correctly.  Frankly, the apologetic intro adds some needed color to this list because mother of mercy this is about as predictable as they come from #10 onward.

    • It might.  But he did the apologetic intro before with the Scariest Enemies list.

    • Well, that list was just ridiculous, given the subject.

  • Lunatic_Medic

    I cannot believe Perfect Dark didn’t rank.

  • John Ellis

    You put Mario Kart 64 instead of Diddy Kong Racing? And no Perfect Dark?
    Apart from that nice list.

  • Roslin


  • Crispinianus

    Where’s Bomberman 64, and where’s Bomberman Second Attack?
    What about Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon and Goemon’s Great Adventure?
    And what’s the reason why Majora’s Mask is not in the top three???

  • So glad to see Ogre Battle 64. Would have been happier to see it crack the top 10, but obscurity hides the best games out there. 😛

  • PricklyBabyKids

    Ugh. Why do you have to force your “bland” opinions in the review? While you may not like, it doesn’t mean you should include complaints in each game. 😐

  • person that was just here

    I REALLY THINK conkers bad fur day should be number 1 in my opinion becuase it was one of the best selling games 😛 also it has the most epic n64 lvls and hardest of all i played becuase of the spooky chapter chapter 7 😛 and its not listed under horror O_o

  • penis wrinkle69

    banjo tooie is number 1

  • Jake

    Really nice list – I hadn’t even heard of a few games on it (ex. Ogre 64), so now I have some new ones to pick up! I would have liked to see Golden Eye in the top 5, though! It’s simply a perfect game – great plot, suspenseful, good graphics (for the time), excellent multiplayer, missions (that you don’t HAVE to do), varying difficulty settings, a myriad selection of weapons. I think this gem deserves at least a 5!

    That being said, I had NO idea that a sequel was made (The World Is Not Enough). Can anyone give me some feedback on it?

  • LilJay00

    I would say a pretty dead on list…Perfect Dark should have been included though as well as shadow man. No surprise OoT got #1 was there really any other choice. I have yet to play conkers which makes me very angry! Cost to much to buy.

  • FUCK

    Superman 64 should of been Number 1 >:(

  • Jack

    Duke nukem 64 wasnt even on there!

  • SimonGarfunkel

    This list is great! I also found another one which is more general but very thorough: