Staff Picks: Top 15 N64 Games

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

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1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time


………….. *tumbleweed*

Do you hear that? That, my friends, is the sound of stunned silence. Nope, you’re certainly not seeing things, but just take a few moments to get your head around what you see before you. After countless days of voting and revoting The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time topped the polls. Shocking, isn’t it? Who in their right mind would vote for a game that is so flawed, so unmemorable and above all so down right boring? Who would like a game about a fairy boy that turns into a stroppy teenager? Why does this game always top, not just N64 polls but also every other gaming poll out there? It’s ridiculous, it’s pathetic and it’s a complete waste of time. Superman 64 clearly deserves to be in this position.

I obviously don’t mean any of that. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is categorically the best N64 game of all time. There really is no more that needs to be said about it. Congratulations OoT, here’s another No 1 accolade for you.

Well, were any of you surprised by this list? What games would you have included? Let us know in the comments below.

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: