What are your best N64 games?
The system I grew up loving and where a lot of passion came from.
As a lot of you know this is where my love for gaming grew. Christmas morning 1995 opening up the N64 with Super Mario 64 and Mario Kart. Memories never forgotten. So why not a little list? This is in no particular order, You can bet this was a hard top 5 to come up with as I hold so much bias and nostalgia.
I like to mention this post was inspired by another blogger and fellow twitter friend, esperdreams Please check out her content it’s very cool and the inspiration for today! Thank you Kate.
#5. Paper Mario 64: The most rented game, Had to keep going back to the store to rent this game. It finally came on sale and we got it. This was really my first RPG game I got deep into, Loved the game play, music, story, I just fell in love with the game from the start. The graphics of the game really appealed to me too they did a great job with it. I followed the story early on from here and kept up with it. The time this game came out too I was long done with Mario 64 and was hoping for another type of experience with that game, Paper Mario successfully did that. I spent a good portion of one summer playing this game and finally got all the way to the end.
#4. 007 Goldeneye: Hands down one of the best first person shooters to have graced a console. Truly an amazing game. The game play and game mechanics are what make it the best. Multiplayer was amazing too spent time with friends mastering the facility (as that was the most popular map to play) Single player of course that was great. I was one of those ones too that wanted the cheats for the game when it got tough for me. Later on too when I was searching the internet one night I came across a website, It was called Detstar, If your a real hardcore fan you need to check this site out, I myself spent a lot of time on this site reading the mysterious and things they found. Now back to the game, Game play was fantastic you were James Bond (or if you had a wild imagination like me you were someone else) gadgets, arsenal of weapons, stealth? Hey depends on how you felt that day or that mission. Personally I went in guns blazing.
#3. Castlevania Legacy of Darkness: The first entry of Castlevania (Castlevania 64) was a little poor. You also get a very angry surprise at one of the levels if you didn’t start the game on normal mode. Out comes the updated version, Legacy of Darkness. Added some more levels, couple characters, fixed the game physics especially with the jumping. I know this entry of the game wasn’t what a lot liked, Personally for me I was hooked. Later on in my life when I was able to play the other games I had an even more appreciation for the game. Imagine if Konami (when they were good) didn’t experiment with this 3D effect of the franchise, I would argue the same with Super Mario, Don’t get me wrong I love my side scrolling games, Though some variety is pretty cool too. Legacy of Darkness just added a great atmosphere, The music, the levels, the cut scenes, You were immersed in this world of monsters and vampires. I played this game a lot with my own story in my mind too, Challenging game too. I remember when I finally beat the game I jumped up on my couch victory was mine. It took me a couple of tries and I even started the game all over again. I still play this game a lot it’s even a go to game when I stream.
#2. Super Mario 64: One of the best games ever, I play it a lot still to this day. This is also one of my fond memories of playing a game with my Dad. The amount of hours and weekends we spent playing this game was truly something special. Game play was the biggest factor here. The game was pretty much your typical Mario story go and rescue the princess. Now your immersed in a 3D world with many other worlds within the game, Truly a special experience for me when I started playing this game. I recall one night late I wasn’t feeling well or something I came out of my room, I see my Dad was playing the game. Actually he was close to fighting the first Bowser, Exciting for sure. The music in the game was perfect. When I was playing and if I solved or figured something out in the game I was in awe. Finding the power stars was special for me, I felt like I had accomplished something real big, Felt on top of the world. I still remember the day my Dad beat the game, Triumph was best to describe it.
#1. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time: Oh you can ask me my personal favorite games all the time and my list will constantly change, Can we call this game one of the most iconic of all time? What a revolution, Building off of A Link to the Past on the Super Nintendo you would not be disappointed by this entry into the series. I still remember opening this game on Christmas morning, Figuring out what to do in the game. It must have taken us a couple weeks just to get past the first part of the game. That’s how truly special it was to us. The story is amazing, The music is a masterpiece, The game play is truly special. If you have an N64 and have not played this game, Even if you have access to it and haven’t played. You are missing out big time. Do yourself a favor and play it if you already haven’t. You are in this great world with so much to do and it can be overwhelming, Though you are in for one of the best gaming experiences you can have. When my Dad got up to Ganondorf the final time and trying to beat him oh did it ever get in his head, He wanted to finally have the glory and satisfaction to beating one of the best games to have ever been made. This game is also one of the only ones he will go back to and play to this day. I recall sometimes I was intimidated by this game, In my own game file I had just made it to the water temple. I remember seeing how much of a time my Dad had trying to clear this temple. You know what I did? I went in and just mastered it. I walked into that temple and just owned it. That was it, Nothing was stopping me now I was the greatest and did it ever feel so good.
So there you have my top 5 Nintendo 64 games. I know those who know me or have spoken to me previously will mention how come I never said Majora’s Mask? The list was in no particular order and if you come back to me another day this list will be forever changing. The console was truly something special to me and I will never forget it. If you haven’t already from when I mentioned above please check out Kate’s blog post entry and other posts. You will be in for a treat when you do. I thank her and I thank all of you for reading.