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Nintendo Games: Here are the Top 3 Nintendo 64 games of all time

Updated on September 28, 2015
Nintendo 64
Nintendo 64

Nintendo 64 Games

Back in the 90s a revolution in the world of gaming was taking place. With people like Shigeru Miyamoto at the head of the movement a new level of gaming involving 3D worlds swept people all over the world. Yes! With the appearance of the N64 console world encountered an overwhelming change on their outlook on gaming.

The N64 was a console portraying a 64-bit processor key to its name. This processor is also a key to its success with its 3D world implementations, the lighting and much other gaming advancement. Young ones all over the world left aside their differences while this euphoric season of gaming arose. Jocks and nerds and even those who didn’t care became part of a movement that would aid heroes like Mario, Link and Agent 007 on their quests.

Mothers over the world would learn the extent of their patience as well as their vocal chords. Lunches would go cold and time would seem to go wasted. In retrospect Nintendo and more specifically the N64 would save the lives of countless people, keeping many children off of the streets, instilling in the youth of the 90’s a sense of justice and a desire to do what is right, that is now, generally lacking in countless video games today.

Nintendo 3DS XL - Blue/Black [Old Model]
Nintendo 3DS XL - Blue/Black [Old Model]

The Nintendo 3DS XL system combines next-generation portable gaming with eye-popping 3D visuals. Take 3D photos, connect to friends, other players, or wireless hotspots with the wireless StreetPass and SpotPass communication modes. With 90 percent larger screens than the 3DS, 3DS XL is the ultimate 3D entertainment system.

Nintendo 3DS XL

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Nintendo 3DS XL includes two screens. The bottom touch screen makes use of a stylus that is stored in the unit itself. The top screen displays 3D visuals to the naked eye. Looking at the screen is like peering through a window into a world where characters and objects have true depth. The system also has a 3D Depth Slider that lets players select the level of 3D they enjoy the most. The 3D effect can be ratcheted up to the highest level, scaled back to a more moderate setting or even turned off completely, depending on the preference of the user.


The Nintendo 64 allowed people to submerge themselves in castles and dungeons they could explore with a 360-degree view. The games made for this console were considerably low in comparison to the competition. In this case the quality of their games outlasted the quantity of their competition for quite a long time. Nonetheless Nintendo’s decision to keep producing cartridges instead of CD’s like their competition resulted in this console’s downfall.

Even with the production of the 64DD the console’s added platform that would allow the usage of online connections and CD’s Nintendo 64 lost its appeal to the rising Sony’s Playstation. Even though it fell out of fashion, the N64 produced games that stole the hearts of millions in Japan, America and Europe. Even today games like Mario kart and Majora’s mask coerce tears and shivers off of their players.

Today I’ve decided to make a list of the games, which in my opinion are the three best of all of the N64’s 388 games.

GoldenEye 007
GoldenEye 007

GoldenEye 007 has been a huge success for Rareware, and it's easy to see why. More than a simple movie translation, this has earned its top-seller status on its own. Fans of Doom and Quake will recognize the first-person shooter perspective, but there the similarity ends. James Bond 007 has too much style to simply blast everything in sight and move to the next level. No, as 007, the player has a variety of different missions to perform, each with its own specific objectives. Each mission follows the film closely, and so James must use stealth and cunning as much as brute force. But if you see a Kalashnikov rifle lying around, by all means pick it up.

Controls are easy to master, which is impressive considering the variety of actions the onscreen hero can perform. James can run and walk at variable speeds, duck, pivot, hide, attach mines to enemy helicopters, block doors from opening, and more. The optional auto-aim feature is especially nice. Of course, James Bond is proficient in a wide variety of weapons. You get to use them all, from the trusty Walther PPK (with silencer) to double sets of full-auto machine guns.

The game's faithful tribute to the Bond legacy includes briefing dossiers on each mission, complete with wisecracks from Q and flirtatious comments from Moneypenny. And the 3-D representation of locations and characters from the movie is very impressive. The Rareware team spent time on the set with digital cameras, and it shows.

GoldenEye 007
GoldenEye 007

GoldenEye 007

Placing third in terms of the best of the best but first on this list is GoldenEye 007. Back when children didn’t have access to online gaming and headsets multiplayer first person shooters weren’t such a great deal. It wasn’t until GoldenEye was released that multiplayer first person shooters began to be acclaimed for by gamers. The game features a single player campaign mode that follows one of the franchise’s many Bonds as he saves London from falling to the hands of the soviet bad guys.

Within the game you can encounter varying weapons including pistols, machine guns, explosives and white arms. The game makes emphasis on the usage of stealth through its campaign mode since it will keep the odds in your favor as you traverse through hordes of enemies. Each level will give you objectives to complete, some without a time limit and others with one. This FPS was the epitome and the centerpiece that would guide future generations of first person shooters into the market.

It is worth mentioning that this was one of the first FPS to allow the usage of free roaming in the gameplay allowing the player to make the decisions they thought best. Through the game you can pick all sorts of weapons and armor vests yet there are no health pickups (which in my opinion amps up the challenge). This is overall, casting aside all nostalgia, the forefather and guideline to first person shooter games on home consoles in the history of gaming.

Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64

Super Mario 64

Next on this list is the most acclaimed plumber of all time. The charming mustache, the deep blue eyes and the everlasting red cap all point to Mario. Yes, second on the list for the N64’s top three games, is Super Mario 64 which was launched with the console back in 96. The game sold a whopping eleven million copies in the lifespan of the N64 making it the most bought game for the console.

Whoever has not played this game is missing out on an extremely different childhood. Venture through princess Peach’s castle as you are driven to save her from the hands of the evil turtle boss Bowser. The game features a great 3D environment that left the gaming world in awe. Jump through paintings and into worlds, full of puzzles, monsters and helpers and save the inhabitants of the castle from Bowser’s evil schemes.

Beat a series of mini-games, collect stars, coins and fight bosses in order to finally beat Bowser and be rewarded by princess Peach. The game features advancement in camera movement to view the 3D world, a great amount of detail was put into the environment as well as the movements of the hero. This was and is the golden token that kept Nintendo alive over the years not only as a company but also as an adventure in the hearts of many.

Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64

The game that launched the Nintendo 64 system stands the test of time as one of the first and best exploratory action/adventure games. Guide the legendary plumber through an incredibly vast magical world with never-before-seen movement and camera-angle freedom. Mario's got the moves with graduated speeds of running and walking, jumps, super jumps, bounce attacks, swimming, and more. The more you play, the more moves you'll discover.

This industry milestone game lets gamers play at their own pace, encouraging them to explore new nooks and crannies of its many levels with a Zen-like approach where the journey is as important as the goal. Other N64 games such as Zelda, Banjo-Kazooie, and Donkey Kong 64 all owe much of their inspiration to this gem of a game. A showcase for the system's graphics and processing speed capabilities, Super Mario 64 is a must-have for any N64 owner. --Jeff Young


Huge world makes for enduring game experience

Plenty of room for replay

State-of-the-art graphics for its time

Imaginative levels keep you guessing, and helpful characters act as an in-game tutorial


First-generation game doesn't feature as much texture or detail in graphics

The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda

Last on this list of the top three Nintendo 64 games is the Legend of Zelda: the Ocarina of Time. Play as Link (NOT Zelda) as you course through the land of Hyrule in order to fight and beat the evil man you see in your dreams in the intro. Link is a Kokiri and part of a tribe of one of the many tribes in Hyrule. He is summoned by the great Deku tree in order to begin his great quest to save his land.

Throughout the game Link (or however you named your character) meets all sorts of characters and people that will not only aid him in his quest but hinder him as well. Meet the Gorons, the Zoras, the Hylians, the Gerudos and many other tribes as you traverse through this massive 3D world. The princess of the Hylians, Zelda, will help you complete your destiny granting you many powers and objects to use along the way.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Touch-screen accessibility: With a revamped interface designed to take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS system’

Motion control: new feature for first-person mode is that, in addition to using the Circle Pad to look around

Hint movies: New to the game and great for new players will welcome the hint-movie system, which will give them a glimpse of the future

Boss Challenge: After beating each boss, you can relive that fight and try to improve your time. Once you defeat all eight bosses

Master Quest: Once you’ve completed the game, you gain access to the Master Quest, a challenge for even the most dedicated player


The game uses music as an integral part of the gameplay as well an incredible fighting system with a lock on feature that drove players insanely addicted to the game. This game of adventure follows link as a young one as well as a grown teen as he aims to defeat Gannondorf King of the Gerudos and save princess Zelda and the land of Hyrule from his dark reign. Though the game did not sell as many copies as the former game of the list it is still considered one of the greatest games of all time by millions out there and with just reason. The legend of Zelda the Ocarina of time makes us fall in love with the main character, the story and the hardships we traverse through to complete our mission.

Enjoying the many dungeons, puzzles, collectibles and boss fights, countless hours can go by playing this game. This made it much more worth the while to play through it and it gave a sense of accomplishment and justice to the players.

This was a walk of nostalgia through the N64’s top three games. If you haven’t have enough of these, don’t worry, remakes of these games have been made not only for handheld consoles but also for the wii. I hope this list was of your enjoyment and general education. Read on!

Article by: Alain Gutiérrez

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      Milady González 

      3 years ago

      Yeah! I guess 120 stars isn't as big a number but these games are all amazing. They all have their unique worlds and characters. I'll be sure to post up another hub on more N64 games that are awesome. Thanks for commenting BruzeGaming and read on!

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      Brandon Stone 

      3 years ago from Virginia Beach

      I loved these games growing up, but my all time favorite was Donkey Kong. It was a story mode version where you had to collect all 200 bananas


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