The current Nintendo Direct presentation lastly gave players the affirmation they’d been ready for: Nintendo 64 video games are coming to the Nintendo Switch Online Service.
Compounding the thrill, Nintendo even offered a glimpse at most of the system’s huge video games that will be hitting the service, together with Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Star Fox 64 and even Banjo-Kazooie, which hasn’t seen a re-release on a Nintendo console since…nicely, ever.
Even with so many nice video games confirmed for the service, they’re only a portion of the system’s implausible library. Just as we not too long ago decided a checklist of Game Boy and Game Boy Color video games we want to see launched on Nintendo Switch Online, listed here are 15 different superb Nintendo 64 video games we need to see on the console sooner or later.
Gamers have been floored to see that the unique Banjo-Kazooie recreation, now owned by Microsoft, can be seeing a Nintendo Switch Online launch someday sooner or later, marking its first-ever re-release on a Nintendo console. The 2000 sequel, Banjo-Tooie, is often held in even greater regard than the unique.
It was greater, darker, and extra formidable, constructing on its predecessor in nearly each conceivable manner, simply as any good sequel ought to. One can perceive why Nintendo would choose to attend a bit to announce a launch for Tooie on the service, permitting players time to benefit from the sensible unique first earlier than diving into the epic sequel.
Since its inception, Hudson Soft’s Bomberman franchise was greatest identified for addictive multiplayer with a secondary emphasis on action-adventure. The collection’ first absolutely 3D title, Bomberman 64, flipped issues round, giving the first focus to action-adventure and platforming with multiplayer taking a again seat.
The consequence was a brief however candy journey recreation that utilized Bomberman’s expertise in methods by no means earlier than seen and cemented him as a hero from that time onward. The recreation proved common sufficient to warrant two sequels, Bomberman Hero and Bomberman 64: The Second Attack, in addition to numerous journey video games for later consoles.
Diddy Kong Racing
Rare’s first foray into the racing style made for a formidable Mario Kart clone. Actually, calling it a clone can be doing the sport an amazing disservice. Diddy Kong Racing took the kart-based gameplay of its inspiration and turned it as much as 11. Not solely did the sport incorporate planes and hovercrafts into the combo, but it surely additionally featured a fleshed-out journey mode, full with an interesting storyline, bosses and even a villain to defeat.
Couple that with a soundtrack by incomparable Donkey Kong Country composer David Wise, and you’ve got a racing recreation that, even right this moment, stands tall alongside the latest Mario Kart entries. And talking of Donkey Kong…
Donkey Kong 64
Donkey Kong’s first and solely platforming journey for the N64 was an amazing hit when it was launched in late 1999. The recreation was probably the most huge platformers of its day — for higher or worse. Many felt that the sport was a tad too huge and that there was an excessive amount of stuff to gather, however nobody might deny that the normal Donkey Kong allure, loveable characters, participating gameplay and bopping soundtrack have been all current and accounted for.
One might argue the sport continued to refine the 3D platformer style for years to come back. No doubt Nintendo acknowledges the attraction as nicely; they launched the sport for the Wii U Virtual Console in 2015, so a Nintendo Switch Online launch possible isn’t far behind.
Games primarily based on licensed properties are typically hit or miss quality-wise, however GoldenEye (typically referred to as GoldenEye 007), primarily based on the James Bond movie of the identical title, was an exception in each sense. In reality, many would say it was the poster youngster for the first-person shooter style earlier than Halo hit the scene a number of years later.
No enormous shock; the sport was developed by Rare, which was on the prime of its recreation on the time. GoldenEye pioneered many components which have since turn out to be FPS staples and confirmed what the style on residence consoles was actually able to. Licensing rights make this recreation a difficult one to re-release, however Nintendo has been identified to work miracles, especially the place its most notable video games are involved.
Harvest Moon 64
The third recreation within the long-running Harvest Moon farm simulator recreation franchise after its preliminary Super Nintendo and Game Boy outings, Harvest Moon 64 helped solidify the franchise because the go-to farming simulator within the late 90s.
It continues collection traditions of rising crops, elevating livestock and beginning a household, now in wonderful 64 bits. Even although the collection has launched many video games since, Harvest Moon 64 nonetheless stands out for bringing the collection into 3D for the primary time. Publisher Natsume noticed match to re-release the sport on the Wii U Virtual Console in 2017, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see it on Nintendo Switch Online in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later.
Nintendo introduced a handful of Mario spin-offs coming to Nintendo Switch Online, however one was noticeably absent: Mario Party. The penultimate celebration recreation’s status precedes itself; it has over a dozen sequels to its title and has impressed numerous celebration video games since.
Okay, so an apparent query arises: why Mario Party 2 as an alternative of the unique? Well, it so occurs that Nintendo has by no means re-released the unique recreation, partly as a result of controversy of gamers getting burns and blisters from rotating the N64’s uncomfortable analog stick for numerous mini-games. Nintendo has as an alternative opted to re-release the sequel for its Virtual Console providers, and it stands to motive it’ll do the identical for Nintendo Switch Online sooner or later.
Developer Treasure was well-known for such hits as Dynamite Heady and Gunstar Heroes all through the 90s, and the identical form of affect is obvious of their first N64 title, Mischief Makers. When each different developer was leaping headfirst onto the 3D bandwagon, Treasure caught with the 2D route for this motion platformer. Unfortunately, this daring determination led to the sport slipping underneath many players’ radars.
Thankfully, although, historical past has vindicated Mischief Makers as an plain cult traditional, and with frenetic grab-and-shake gameplay, unapologetically ridiculous story and characters, and insanely memorable bosses (as is par for the course for a Treasure recreation), it’s no shock as to why. Treasure has not too long ago mentioned to “stay tuned” concerning upcoming N64 releases for Nintendo Switch Online, and contemplating it solely launched three video games on the system in its lifetime and one is already confirmed, it will appear the potential for a Mischief Makers re-release is greater than ever.
The Nintendo 64 launched in 1996 with two video games: Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64. Being the one different recreation launched alongside the legendary Super Mario 64 alone is sufficient to make this recreation value a glance, but it surely’s additionally nice in its personal proper. It introduced the world of flight simulation to life in full 3D on residence consoles, from hold gliding to roaring by means of the skies on a jet pack.
Nintendo’s enter as co-developer allowed the sport a sure allure that set it other than different flight simulators that will be launched later. Despite promoting over 1,000,000 copies, Pilotwings 64 has but to see a rerelease since its N64 days, making now the proper time for a comeback.
Whereas Pokémon Red and Blue for the Game Boy featured sickly, inexperienced, wonky 8-bit sprites of the unique 151 Pokémon, Pokémon Stadium introduced them to life in eye-popping (on the time, anyway) 3D. Players might switch their ‘mons over to Stadium and duke it out in epic three-dimensional battles, the likes of which wouldn’t be seen within the mainline video games till Pokémon X and Y in 2013.
The recreation served as vital counterpart to the unique Game Boy titles, and whereas later video games admittedly had a lot better execution of 3D Pokémon gameplay, the affect of Pokémon Stadium again within the late 90s can’t be understated.
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
Frankly, there are a number of N64 Star Wars video games worthy of this checklist, but when we needed to decide one which greatest captured the Star Wars spirit, that honor goes to Shadows of the Empire.
Mixing third-person taking pictures and vehicular fight, Shadows takes place between the occasions of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and options nearly every part that makes Star Wars nice: blowing up area stations, chasing bandits on landspeeders, hogtying AT-ATs on Hoth…actually, the one factor protecting Shadows from being the last word Star Wars recreation of its time was a definite lack of lightsaber battles. It was even given a cartridge re-release from Limited Run Games in 2019.
Super Smash Bros.
Possibly probably the most stunning omission from the checklist of upcoming digital Nintendo 64 titles was the unique Super Smash Bros. To say it was a a lot smaller recreation than its successors can be the understatement of the century; it featured a really modest 12 fighters and 9 levels, however the identical traditional combating gameplay the collection can be identified for many years later.
Of course, everyone knows this was merely the groundwork for what was to come back, however the allure of the unique recreation shouldn’t be missed. Anyone who feels overwhelmed by the dimensions of present Smash Bros. video games could be extra snug with this extra intimate combating affair. Why this traditional wasn’t introduced as an upcoming recreation for Nintendo Switch Online is a thriller, but it surely’s protected to say it’s a matter of when — fairly than if — it hits the service.
Yeah, imagine it or not, there actually have been this many nice sports activities video games on the N64. Snowboarding was enormous within the late 90s, and Nintendo wished a bit of the motion. Enter 1080° Snowboarding, a snowboarding recreation developed by the ‘big N’ itself. The recreation’s graphics, gameplay selection and correct simulation of snowboarding have been extensively praised on the time, and nonetheless maintain up nicely right this moment, sufficient that Nintendo noticed it worthy of a re-release on the Wii Virtual Console in 2008.
Wave Race 64
When it got here to sports activities and racing video games, the N64 had no equal, and Wave Race 64 was a major instance. Released in 1996, the sport featured comparatively easy jet ski racing gameplay that anybody, novice or skilled, might take pleasure in. With the appearance of 3D gaming, wave physics have been a comparatively new idea, and Wave Race 64 nailed them on the primary try.
You actually felt such as you have been driving a jet ski throughout the water. Possibly probably the most memorable facet of the sport, nonetheless, is the poppy synth soundtrack by illustrious Nintendo composer Kazumi Totaka. Racing video games don’t have a tendency to face out in players’ minds fairly like these of different genres, however Wave Race 64 is a much-beloved exception.
The Nintendo 64 was residence to the largest wrestling video games of the period, and none have been greater than WCW/nWo Revenge. Released throughout a golden period in wrestling, it went on to turn out to be one of many top-selling third-party video games for the system.
It featured numerous enhancements over its predecessors, most notably an easy-to-learn grappling system that allowed for a large swathe of strikes to be carried out. Not to say, it featured a number of the most well-known wrestlers of all time throughout their primes.