Greatest Nintendo 64 Games

The Top Ten

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

This is the best N64 game without a doubt, it is like a god walking among mortals. It is an absolute classic. The soundtrack is arguably the best on the console, it has great controls, Link moves around swiftly and in a controlled manor. And it has a great story line, much better then most games on the list. I'm looking at you Super Mario 64. And once you actually beat the game, there is a bunch of side quests and things to collect to keep you going for a long amount of time. Needless to say, this is the best Nintendo 64 game out there and a must buy for people looking to go on an epic adventure in the world of video games!

While my choice of games often depended on whether I was playing by myself or with friends, there are only 2 games in my mind that I could even consider for the title of best game on the N64. Games like smash bros, mario kart, mario party, and goldeneye created some of the best memories I have of playing games with my friends and family throughout the years. However, I've always found that solo experiences are the games that really took my breath away as both a child and now. The 2 games that really did this were Ocarina of Time and Mario 64. While the switch to 3d with mario 64 did the perfect job of capturing the true essence of what mario was and showcased what a true 3D game could really do, it was the pure spectacle of Ocarina that really blew me away. The way the game made the switch to 3D a non-issue for game play with it's use of Z-targeting was so simple and yet genius at the same time. The shift to a more focused look at the storyline while still keeping it bare bones enough ...more

It's amazing, full of plot twists, lots of action, plenty of touching moments, great controls, great graphics, wonderful bosses, awesome dungeons, and overall a great game. Did I forget to mention that it has lots of action, plenty of touching moments, great controls, great graphics, wonderful bosses, awesome dungeons? Also don't forget the plenty of touching moments, great controls, great graphics, wonderful bosses, awesome dungeons.

This was the game that finally let us get into Links shoes (sandels, boots? ) and immerse ourselves into a game that would tests our puzzle solving skills and our patience in finding all of those spiders and heart pieces, but the satisfaction of finally killing Ganon, or getting the then-usless money fountain for all 100 spiders was definitely worth it.
For me this was the game that set me on my love for the Zelda Series and I believe is still one of Nintendo's highest grossing games

Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64 Product Image

The N64 does not have the best graphics I agree. But even if you weren't born in the 90s, or even weren't alive at that time, it gives you a hatred for this sick generation. You crazy PlayStation maniacs don't understand this nostalgic feeling. Nintendo is a company, not of graphics, or the best console of the year, but of nostalgic feeling, and that's exactly where the core of Mario Brothers is. The only bad thing about Super Mario 64? No multiplayer. But that's okay, because you and your friends can take turns throwing that dreaded penguin off the cliff. In my opinion, the N64 is a better console than the PlayStation 4. Not graphics, not games, not how many women you can kill on Grand Theft Auto, but for NOSTALGIA! Super Mario 64 has so much complexity, and the graphics of its time weren't heard of, it was phenomenal. And it still is. Take a break from the politics, the bills, the stress of this world, and Hillary Clinton rallies, and just drag out your dusty N64. Bring back the ...more

Why does this game get so much hate? I have nothing against it!

STORYLINE: 9/10.

MUSIC: 10+/10.

GAMEPLAY: 10+/10.

GRAPHICS: 10+/10.

Please respect my opinion. This (besides its younger cousin figure, Pac-Man World) is the greatest video game ever!

I always hated Princess Peach for both stupid reasons and etc, but here she was not too annoying.

This video game is the top 1 best video game ever because of its graphics, voice acting, levels (especially Shifting Sand Land and Snowman's Land), the music, the controls, being on the N64 and the perfect gameplay! I can't believe this game gets so much hate! IGN gave this game a 9.8 & etc... This video game deserves 10000000000000/10 stars. There's nothing I don't like about this video game at all! It's so perfect and it has the best secrets in a video game EVER! The N64 has the best video games ever, especially Super Mario 64! Its boxart is perfect! Everyone vote it up, please! This game is the epitome of fun and I especially love the Wing Cap music out of all other music tracks. This video game is way better than every other game. It has no flaw at all! Please give me 10000 thumbs up at least.

Super Mario 64 is Mario fully realized in 3D. An excellent launch title for Nintendo's 64 console and possibly the greatest 3D platformer even known by mankind. What more can I say about this game? It's simply pure gaming bliss. Major props to the Nintendo team.

Super Smash Brothers

An obvious yet brilliant idea: Super Smash Bros combines the major characters from the most popular nintendo games into one ultimate fighting game. Now that's awesome!

It wasn't that good. every time I played it with friends it feel like I was wasting my time, I could be playing a good RPG instead (and I love playing with friends).

Super Smash Bros is like every 64 game in it. It should be in first place instead of the legend of Zelda

Mario started it, now every Nintendo all-star is doomed to fight, thanks bro for creating this game.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Product Image

In my opinion Majora is better than ocarina. But ocarina of course steals the show. Has to be top 3 easily! The only reason why people say that Majora's mask isn't that good is because their comparing it to much to ocarina of time. In fact, everyone seems to compare everything to Ocarina of time! Majora's mask is(in my opinion) underrated. Plus the side quest are better than Ocarina, don't even argue. But the true reason why is...IT'S SO SAD! I'll have you know that I played Majora's mask, and I only cried for ovr 24 hours!

While Ocarina of Time has more of the "epic quest" feel, Majora's Mask seems more dark and mysterious. I guess I just kinda prefer the second one.
No other game has moved me like Majora's Mask did. It made me appreciate life even more than I already do, which kinda seems impossible.
And don't forget the masks, man, THE MASKS! You can give Link manboobs with the Goron Mask! 8D

I don't know. I've always found Ocarina somewhat overrated because everyone seems to like it for the exact same reason. I find this to be a bit under-appreciated because I think that this just has so much more to offer.

I LOVE Majora's Mask! To me it is the BEST Zelda game of all time. The reason why I love this game so much is because the mask collecting, the dark storyline, and the side quest!

GoldenEye 007 GoldenEye 007 Product Image

The best First Person Shooter ever. A magnificent musical score; challenging and fun missions; neat graphics; and an unforgettable use of stock sound effects from movies and T.V. (the enemy grunts are pure gold). Oh, and the multiplayer mode is insanely fun. Remember, Oddjob is banned! (especially on "slappers only").

By far the most overrated game ever. It was insanely influential and groundbreaking, but it has aged very poorly. The genre has evolved so much, and there are a lot of much bette FPS games that you can enjoy without being blinded by nostalgia.

While other games might have really standout single player, you have to hand it to Goldeneye for being able to gather 4 friends on any given Saturday afternoon to duke it out on the N64.

The game that changed it all. Also the first FPS that used 2 analogs (quite impressive considering that the controller only had one analog)

Mario Kart 64 Mario Kart 64 Product Image

Mario Kart 64 is the best Mario Kart ever, not Double Dash, Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7 or Mario Kart 8!

Mario Kart 64 is as perfect as Super Mario Kart, the canceled Mario Kart Virtual Cup and Mario Kart: Super Circuit. This should be at least top 4.

Countless hours of racing with friends back in the day, loads of memories! Trying to get lightning to make your mate small before the jump and trying to boost through the hole on the beach, very competitive and never gets old even in 2013

WO. This is the most awesome game ever! SHOULD BE 1st! Yeah I love Mario! It us like the best ever! The tracks are pretty cool and I like special cup the best as it is so much more complex compared to the other tracks..

Best racing game ever! No annoying voices, perfect graphics, very fun tracks, so nostalgic, truly underrated, the best Rainbow Road, very classic music, this game deserves 99% of love at least.

Banjo-Kazooie Banjo-Kazooie Product Image

Top of the top. This game may not be as complex as other games of its genre, namely banjo tooie or donkey kong 64, but that is what makes it so great. It isn't tedious at any moment and it is fun to play time and time again. Unlike tooie or donkey kong I don't ever get bored in this collecting game. It also isn't as repetetive as super Mario 64 and it doesn't require months of time like OoT.

Basically Super Mario 64, but on drugs. This game is doesn't have all of the things in your wildest dreams, but it sure comes close. My absolute favorite game of all time, and the only thing that could beat it out would be an even better BK. Banjo-Tooie is good, but this is better. Can't wait for Banjo-Fourie, but too bad, because it looks like I'll have to because Rare can't take a hint.

The animation, music, characters, comedy, levels, etc. There is a reason this game is the pride of Rareware. But there is also a reason the games successor is even greater. Banjo-Tooie took every quality its predecessor had and added even more.

I really love this game. It has really good music throughout the game. And it really puts a challenge to finding all the jigsaw pieces and music notes. Overall a really good game.

Paper Mario Paper Mario Product Image

My FAVORITE game of all time. It has such a large replay value and a story that will keep you hooked. The different partners and their abilities make for some unique puzzles and on top of that this game has a killer soundtrack. A truly 5 star game!

This might be the greatest RPG game of all time. It has great replay value and can be played over in many different ways.

Oh man, this should be in the top 3. The Mario RPGs are so much fun. I wish they had this in my town when I was in highschool, just to show all those Zelda fanboys what's a masterpiece.

Its either Mario party 2 or paper Mario, but paper Mario wins just a little bit.

Conker's Bad Fur Day Conker's Bad Fur Day Product Image

Conker's Bad Fur Day has got to the greatest game I have ever played. It has the most hilarious moments in all of gaming history and has a bitter-sweet ending. Sure it has its problems like the difficulty of some levels, but it just makes the game all the better. The music is just beautiful, I find my self humming that over-world theme Windy over and over again. It is just the best game on the N64 and beats all the more modern games out of the water.

This game is absolutely fantastic. Still holds the place as the funniest videogame ever made along with Monkey island and just like that games delves into terrific pathos and tragedy and actually pulls it off without seeming out of place. Plus the gameplay is perfectly functional although has dated slightly just like most n64 3d platformers.

Oh and the multi-player is on the same level as goldeneye

CFBD is very interesting. A video game that no one would dare to make or even think about making. It is obviously one of the most unique N64 games of all time or one of the most unique video games of all time for that matter. Crude humor, bloody violence, great visuals, awesome gameplay, and distinctive storyline. Conker's Bad Fur Day is TRULY one of a kind.

Best game ever to be released on the Nintendo 64 and one of the best of all-time. There are so many things this game does right and so very few that it does wrong. Witty humor, a classic storyline, and elegant platforming. Definitely the most underrated title on the 64. Such a shame this game hasn't gotten the recognition that it deserves.

Donkey Kong 64 Donkey Kong 64 Product Image

FAVOURITE FUDGING GAME EVER! I love the game and how it's goodness lasts a long time. My cousins and I bonded so much over our shared file when we were young 'uns trying to get every golden banana. It's the kind of game where you can finish the game and fight the final boss battle and whatnot, but wait! There's still more stuff to do! Its also got huge levels and interesting characters. Mother of mercy

My favorite game of all time. Amazing music, great graphics, HUGE world to explore, 5 awesome characters, and good controls. Every inch of this game is a sight to behold and every banana collected feels like a true achievement in this immersive adventure.

This game is better than conkers bad fur day and star fox 64 I personally think it's even better than super smash bros. 64 should be in number 6

This adventure competes directly with Super Mario 64. Mario is beautiful, but DK just felt so alive and original. I choose Donkey Kong!

The Contenders

Star Fox 64

Well, it began the Star Fox franchise, but I don't know what this game is like so I don't know about my thoughts on it. So I don't know why I'm commenting.

The original star fox pushed the limits on gaming. This game did that and more. #11? This is one of Nintendo's finest.

Easily the best game of all time and not repetitive like the Mario and Zelda franchises

How the hell did this fly up to number 49, by the way no pun intended.

Diddy Kong Racing Diddy Kong Racing Product Image

Far superior to MarioKart. The adventure mode was such a great twist on the usual single player racing mechanic. Only problem was, it was hard as nails!

I don't see where's the good in this game. This is so bad. I can assure you nobody played this more than once in my town.

Seriously how at all is this number 16. This is way better then Mario Kart or any of those racing games!

This is the worst thing I have ever heard of.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Product Image

Ok, of course Mario 64, Mario Kart, Smash Bros, and Zelda are going to be up in the top five. No question. But Kirby 64 at 15? This is such an amazing platformer and one of the greatest Kirby and N64 games of all time. This is one of very few games that I actually stayed up all night playing because I simply could not stop something so awesome. Therefore, I believe that my 4th favorite N64 game should at least be in the top ten.

Not my favorite kirby game, but a masterpiece nonetheless. Oh kirby, how overlooked you are. I mean, as much as I love Oot, m64, and mk64, this one beats them all. Anyway, bring on the Oot fanboys.

This is the Kirby game I enjoyed the most, mainly because of the cast. And there was no MetaKnight, so that's a plus.

Best Kirby game
(even beats star allies)
the game would be a lot better if Meta Knight were in it.

Banjo-Tooie Banjo-Tooie Product Image

I actually played this game before playing Banjo Kazooie, and this game was what got me into the series. This was my childhood, this game is what made me. The storyline, the action, the puzzles, the adventure, it made the game so complete for me!
At least in the top three for me.

Should be Top 10, NO wait Top 5!
This game fantastic to say the least. It's mechanics and gameplay surpass its predecessor, it's adventure is greater than OOT's, and it's a better platormer than Mario 64. Not mention how awesome the multiplayer is.

How can Banjo Kazooie be so high and then this at #24? This makes me sad. Banjo Tooie forever in the top 5 games of the Nintendo 64! Rareware best developer. Blah Blah Blah. Terrydactyland will forever be the best adventure game level there is!

Most people would consider Banjo Kazooie to be one of the top 5 best N64 games, but the truth is: Banjo-Tooie is arguably better than Kazooie and perhaps one of the best, if not THE best N64 game.

Pokemon Stadium Pokemon Stadium Product Image

If you didn't have certain mons with certain attacks the game would punish you for playing with your favorites. But watching them moving and not just showing their backs in battle was the best thing ever as a kid.

The Mini-games in this game are incredible! The Sandshrew Dig game is the greatest! Rattata run is great too. Such an epic game!

LOVE this game should be higher on the list

Its all about those mini-games.

Pokemon Stadium 2 Pokemon Stadium 2 Product Image

Nobody will agree with me when I say this, but this is my favorite video game of all time. Great mini-games, big time challenge, and a helpful school. Free battle is where I spent my whole childhood and imagination.

Both Pokemon Stadium games are amazing.

I agree this game is amazing I love it I'm suprised it didn't get 5th

Look, it's my childhood.

Perfect Dark

Easily better than Goldeneye and easily the best shooter on the 64. This game was very revolutionary at the time and still holds up pretty well today. You have extremely smart AI in the multiplayer mode, Amazing weapons that had more than 1 way of shooting, you had lots of fantastic maps, and you had a silly storyline that was silly but very interesting and fun. LOTS AND LOTS OF CUSTOMIZATION. Not only is this basically the successor to Goldeneye but it was 100 times better, the only thing bad about this game is the frame rate when there are so much going on at once in the same room, luckily the xbox 360 version fixes this problem.

Bad frame rate and poor story. Fix these things and you have yourself a perfect game! Hell, even with these things the game is stunning! The weapon variety, the soundtrack, the various game modes, Co-op and Counter-op (still yet to see that mode elsewhere) and the multiplayer... sigh...

Look this game is far superior to Goldeneye 007,with far more replay ability better lighting effects high polygon models a better story.
It had lots of other modes to play and far improved multiplayer, as it actually had artificial intelligence really.

It had it's chance to beat goldeneye, but it's low framerate (lag) threw that chance down the toilet.

Mario Party 2 Mario Party 2 Product Image

Mario Party games suck, and this comes from someone who loves multiplayer.

The mini games kinda suck

Best Mario Party Period Funny Costumes And Funny MiniGames

This is my favorite Mario Party game... EVAH

F-Zero X F-Zero X Product Image

So fast and so much fun! This game was perfect in it's simplicity. Nintendo made the right decision to omit weapons and complex track design. Instead, this game focussed on having a super slick framerate and clear (but basic) graphics. One of only a few racing games where every vehicle handled completely differently. This game rewarded practice ; mastering sliding round corners, boosting and jumps were absolutely key to success.

The only F-Zero I actually like. I love this one as much as Mario Kart.

Mario & Princess Daisy needed to at least make a cameo in this game.

F zero x is way better than Mario kart 64 and diddy Kong racing

WWF: No Mercy WWF: No Mercy Product Image

Best wrestling game of all time. Skipped so much school and pulled my first all nighter playing this. As a kid, reinacting what I saw in the attitude era was the coolest thing in the world. REMAKE PLEASE!

For it's time it's the best wrestling game ever

You don't have to like wrestling to like this game, one of the best multiplayer games, especially the royal rumbles

Best Wrestling Game Of All Time And A Great Caw

Mario Party 3 Mario Party 3 Product Image

I like Mario party 3 more than Mario party 2

Best n64 Mario party

Its wayyy better than MP2, MP3 has more characters but I wish I could transfer the fun MP2 minigames into MP3

Yoshi's Story Yoshi's Story Product Image

This game was terrible; a far cry from the near perfection of Yoshi's Island on the Snes. Despite multiple level paths to choose from; it's possible to complete the game in a couple of hours. The game is so easy it's almost insulting.

Such a fun game! Not apreciated enough

Doom 64 Doom 64 Product Image

Songs in the Xbox 36O are really sleepy, 64 version is better action for me

Mario Party Mario Party Product Image

One of the best Nintendo 64 games ever! This game is so classic & what I call back in my generation!

The worst Mario party game but u gotta start somewhere!

You can play mini games for rounds of 7 straight games!

Mario party is awesome!

Pilotwings 64 Pilotwings 64 Product Image

Game that defined N64! Great game.

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