There was nothing better than grabbing an ice cream sandwich, heading to the den after school and playing Nintendo 64 until bedtime. Ahhh, sweet nostalgia.
This game was always fun, especially as a kid. My parents were strict on violence, but in this game you battled giant spiders and birds. I still remember hating Slippy, the frog. He was automatically your partner on your squad alongside Peppy and Falco. Slippy was the worst! He always needed to be saved. I used to just wish it was me alone fighting the battles cause he always dragged me down.
9. Star Wars Rouge Squadron
Alright, I’m a huge Star Wars fan, I won’t lie. This was one of my favourite Nintendo games because it was actually hard. I had to spend hours a day playing this game trying to beat it. The cool part of the game is that as you beat levels, you unlock more space craft. Once the Millennium Falcon was unlocked, I used it for every battle. Admit it, you did too.
8. Army Men
Alright, this was the first ‘violent’ game I was allowed to have. Again, it being plastic army men, and not real people, made it alright for me to play. This game was so fun though, All the different guns you could have, and the levels were so realistic. Having them in sandboxes, bathroom, and kitchens was really cool because as a kid, this is where you made your army men battle. Looking back at the graphics now, it doesn’t look that good. Either way, it was one of the best.
7. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2
I still have the music from this game on my ipod. Not sure what that says about me, but anyway, this game stole days o my youth. I still play it and try and do as many kick-flips, 360′s, and swordfish’s in one jump. This game had me so convinced I could skateboard, I bought a real one and gave it a try. Let’s just say, I’m a writer, so it didn’t work out, LOL.
6. Star Wars Pod Racing
This game is so intense! You literally feel like your flying around at 1000 mph. Especially after you play Mario Kart. The tracks were unlike any other racing game you’ve ever played. There were bridges that separated which you had to fly over, secret roads, lava, and even anti-gravity parts in the courses. I miss this game.
5. Mortal Kombat.
I didn’t get to play this game until high school, but it is one of the clutch N64 games. The famous saying, ‘finish him,’ is from this game. Just like the arcade game, you select your villain, and fight using the powers your character has. Whether its a sword or balls of electricity, each character had their own skill. I was always great at this game cause I button-mash. Anyone who doesn’t know what that is, hasn’t played this game against a girl. It’s our secret weapon for winning. Hit as many buttons you can, as fast as you can. Oh, and a personal warning, do not fall asleep with this game on. The music that plays is really creepy, you will get nightmares.
4. Super Mario 64
The real classic in the Mario legacy, is this game. This is a little different from the original Super Mario, but great all the same. This wasn’t just a left to right screen play game, but a more free-play game. You could run around wherever you wanted while completing your missions. The majority of the courses were suspended in the air, which always stressed me out. I always fell off the mountains.
3. James Bond 007:Golden Eye
Another violent game, but so addicting. This first person shooter game, duplicates 007 missions. You are Bond. You must sneak around the maze-like courses looking for the enemy. If you lost your gun, you could karate chop your opponent, which I didn’t think was really effective. I tested the effectiveness out once playing against my brother. I didn’t fight back as he karate chopped my 007 agent. Sure enough he killed me. Try it, it’s pretty hilarious.
2. Mario Kart 64
Probably the staple in everyones N64 game collection is Mario kart. Whenever my friends come over, they take one look at the Nintendo system and usually scream Mario Kart! You can be any character from the Mario collection. I was always Toad or Yoshi, which one was your favourite?
1. Zelda Ocarina of Time & Zelda Majora’s mask
These games are hands down, the best games for Nintendo 64. Ocarina of Time was the first game in the Zelda folklore games. The adventures and obstacles were so original and fun, I couldn’t get enough playing this game. Majora’s mask followed Ocarina of Time, and was different in the sense of the magic that was involved. In Majora’s Mask, you had to locate and collect all the lost masks. Each mask with it’s own power or skill given to you when you wear it. If you are into trolling, this is the video game to troll in. I trolled so hard before it was cool. Just running around like a huge ogre, or flying with the deku mask, were my favourite things to do. Oh, and you can’t forget playing some wicked solos on the Ocarina for no reason at all.