History of Nintendo 64 Games

I have decided to take a look at Nintendo 64 games. As a child, I read a lot of N64 Magazine and read about many games I never got to play, so I figured I would check out as many Nintendo 64 games as possible.

I won’t be playing the original N64 version of every game. Choices will be made on a case by case basis but generally

– Games famous for being N64 games I’ll be playing enhanced versions of, either via better emulation or enhanced ports. These ports can look nicer but still retain the overall look and feel of the N64 game.
– Games famous for being multiplatform or being on another platform, I will be looking at the specific N64 version of the game

My reasoning: I want to celebrate the N64 by playing the best version of games. However, for games better known for other platforms, the specific differences of the N64 version are what make it an N64 game, so I will be focusing more on that.

I will be ordering the games based on the first release date in any region – Wikipedia has a list that can easily be sorted in this manner, so is perfect for ordering the games and not missing any.

Some games will also receive special stickers:

Recommended

Recommended games are the best of the best – games I still consider to be worth playing, even today.

The worst of the worst. These games were a horrible experience.

N64 Games by Date

1996: Jun, Sep, Nov, Dec

1997: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

1998: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

1999: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

2000: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

2001: Mar, Apr, Aug, Sep, Nov, Dec

2002 and Onwards

I really had no idea that the N64 had so many people trying to claim the title of being the N64’s fighting game. In BioFREAKS, the concept is that in a dystopian future, people have been modified into grotesque monsters (although, predictably, the…

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It took a few months for the Nintendo 64 for a new game, and when it game it met with glowing reviews. I do remember playing this slightly as a kid, and distinctly remember having a lot of trouble with it due to…

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Racing games that go for “realism” really don’t age as well as sillier and more arcade-style racing games, and GT 64 when it came out was already just a cheap cash-in to make itself look like Gran Turismo on the N64. Due to…

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Licensed sports games aren’t what you expect to be published by Nintendo, but here we are with NBA Courtside, a licensed basketball game and one that does a really good job with the sport. The graphics are particularly good on the N64, with…

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As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the more realistic racing games have not as aged as well as arcade ones, as car physics in games have become more accurate and the graphics more detailed. Plus it’s not a racing genre that I’m particularly…

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I have absolutely no skill when it comes to fighting games. I have a terrible memory for special moves and I never know when to block or attack, so I’m not going to be a good judge for games like this. Mortal Kombat…

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Looking Glass Studios were working on multiple N64 games when they shut down, this being one of them. The prototype itself was made for E3 1999 and was very early in development, only shown behind closed doors. It consists of one level (two…

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The first tennis game on N64, and one that never came out in America. It’s a fairly simple tennis game, but is unfortunately plagued with control issues – the depth perception on the ball during service (you throw the ball far too high…

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Another Mahjong game, and this one is the most basic one yet. There are a couple of main modes, either gambling or pro, and the interface is pretty much non-existent, making it the hardest to understand in order to play, and somehow the…

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Mortal Kombat in 3D was the big advertising for War Gods, with lots and lots of emphasis on the 3D. War Gods does not feel like a 3D game at all, though, with “3D” movement being relegated to holding a button and just…

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With football games, you have the license-heavy FIFA competing with ISS and its “R. Gibbs”. It seems that Formula 1 games were also having a similar competition, with Ubisoft’s Monaco Grand Prix: Racing Simulation 2 coming in without driver names, competing against F1…

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The Shadowgate series is rather strange. While they all have a strong focus on puzzles, they like to be different styles. The original was a point and click adventure that was heavy on text, with a small window to show what you were…

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