ByKristy Anderson, writer at
Kristy Anderson

June 23, 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the Nintendo 64. Groundbreaking at the time of its release, this console was home to games that remain beloved to this very day. Here are the system's 10 best.

1. 'The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time'

To this day, The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time remains a beloved classic. In fact, it is widely considered to be the greatest game of all time.

The graphics were amazing for their time, the story was compelling, and the side quests kept players occupied for hours. The 3DS remake needed little more than some polishing of the graphics to sell decently, proving just how well this game has held up over time.

2. 'Mario Kart 64'

Like all subsequent entries in this series, Mario Kart 64 was best played with a group of friends. While the graphics leave much to be desired by today's standards, the game is still fun to play.

Some of the tracks from this game have been unlockable in later games in the Mario Kart series.

3. 'Yoshi's Story'

In Yoshi's Story, a sequel of sorts to the classic Yoshi's Island, six newly hatched Yoshis must save the island after Baby Bowser turns it into a storybook.

The graphics in this game have held up nicely, and giving each Yoshi a different favorite fruit based on their color was a fun addition to the game.

4. 'Super Mario 64'

Super Mario 64 was one of the Nintendo 64's two launch titles, along with Pilotwings 64. It is probably most notable for being the first 3D game to feature Mario. With multiple quests in each level and so many collectible items, this game has great replay value. It has been called one of the most influential games of all time, due to its pioneering work in 3D design and use of 360-degree camera control.

The Nintendo DS remake features improved graphics and adds Yoshi, Luigi, and Wario as playable characters, with exclusive power-ups for each. It also includes a multiplayer mode.

5. 'GoldenEye 007'

Based on the 1995 film of the same name, GoldenEye 007 was released in 1997 to great acclaim from gamers. It is considered one of the best first-person shooters of all time.

A re-imagining of the game, also titled GoldenEye 007, was relesed on the Wii in 2010. It is hoped that the original will one day be released on the Wii U Virtual Console, but rights issues have so far prevented this.

6. 'Pokemon Stadium'

The biggest draw card of Pokemon Stadium was obviously the ability to import your team from the Game Boy Pokemon games into this game, allowing you to battle your friends in 3D for the first time.

Other highlights included the multiplayer mini-games and taking on the Gym Leader Castle. Completing Gym Leader Castle would win you a rare Pokemon which could be transferred to the Game Boy.

7. 'Mario Party'

Another great one to play with friends, Mario Party was packed full of fun mini-games. Collecting the most stars won you the game and a new title screen starring the character you played as.

Mario Party spawned a popular franchise, with 10 games in the main series and another four made for handheld consoles.

8. 'Super Smash Brothers'

When the original Super Smash Bros was released in 1999, many gamers' wildest dreams were realized. They could finally pit their favorite Nintendo heroes against each other in epic battles across a wide range of stages.

Super Smash Bros has now grown to become one of Nintendo's most popular franchises, with a new game expected with each new console.

9. 'Star Fox 64'

Star Fox 64, also known as Lylat Wars, was highly praised at the time of its release for its visuals, voice acting, and the multiple paths you could take to complete the game. It was also the first game to make use of the Nintendo 64's Rumble Pak.

The game was remade for the 3DS in 2011.

10. 'The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask'

The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask is notably darker than its predecessor, Ocarina of Time, giving Link the ability to change his form with masks containing the souls of deceased characters.

The game has been re-released multiple times, most recently with an enhanced remake for the 3DS.

Think I've left one out? Leave your favorite N64 games in the comments!


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