Ten Must Have Games for Nintendo 64

The Nintendo 64 had hundreds of games released since the system first went on sale in 1996. It can be hard to choose which games to buy. Below is a list of the top ten must own games for Nintendo 64 and why they should be in your collection.

10. Perfect Dark - The successor to Goldeneye 007. The developers kept the same great gameplay but added extra multiplayer features. Customizable bots to fight against if you didn't have enough friends. Six different multiplayer modes. Four human players and eight computer players playing at once. Perfect Dark is the best multiplayer first person shooter you will find.

9. Conker's Bad Fur Day - A surprise game for the Nintendo 64 because it wasn't focused on the typical young N64 audience. The game has cuss words and adult themes, but it is one of the funniest games ever released. And the gameplay is great too. The same developers who made Goldeneye and Perfect Dark also made Conker, so you know the multiplayer action is spot on.

8. Mario Golf - Play 18 holes with Mario and company. This arcade style golf game isn't the most realistic one you will find but it is fun for endless hours. Play single player and beat new characters in a round to unlock them. And then play against your friends with your newly unlocked characters. I personally played this game hundreds of hours when it first came out. A friend and I played a round of 18 ever day after school for a whole year. You know it must be good if it can keep someone coming back that long.

7. Star Wars Racer - A racing game based off the Star Wars Episode 1 racing scenes. Race in the same events Anakin did, plus many more. Choose different craft, some faster, some tighter on the corners and try to beat a galaxy's worth of competition. Any Star Wars fan will have fun with this one.

6. Super Smash Bros. - A simple, yet fun fighter with all the Nintendo characters. Fight as Mario or Bowser and even some of the more obscure Nintendo characters including Ness from the Earthbound series. The fighter just uses two buttons for the most part and the joystick so it is much easier to start playing than other fighters on the market.

5. Mario Party - The game that started the party genre for video games. A big board game you play on your TV. Roll the dice and try to get around the board to collect stars. After every turn players play against each other or on teams to earn coins they can spend on special items. Great for four player action with your friends especially if you keep on losing the dice to your Monopoly set. You can't lose these dice.

4. Mario Kart 64 - The sequel to Super Mario Kart for SNES, Mario Kart 64 is in full 3D and faster than ever. Try to race around the track and get to the finish first but watch out for attack items your opponents can use. Red Shells, Stars, and even the dreaded blue shell that will hit you anywhere on the track. This is the multiplayer game all my friends want to play when we play Nintendo 64.

3. Goldeneye 007 - Until Halo was released in 2001, Goldeneye was THE first person shooter all shooters were compared to. The best controls for any FPS with one joystick and a story line that follows the movie made this a great first person game and a fantastic multiplayer one as well.

2. Super Mario 64 - Mario 64 was the launch game for Nintendo 64 and brought Mario into full 3D for the first time. Consistantly rated one of the top ten games of all time for its contributions to gaming, this is a most own title for any gamer. The first 3D game with a free roaming camera, first game with use of the analog control stick so Mario can change his speeds. This is the game all 3D action games are compared to.

1. Zelda Ocarina of Time - What Mario started Zelda Ocarina of Time perfected. This game is rated the best game of all time by countless magazines and websites because it was such a perfect transition for Zelda from 2D to 3D. Great gameplay, engaging story, and hours of entertainment. No wonder this has best review scores of all time.

With these ten games in your Nintendo 64 collection, you should keep entertained for endless hours and definitely enjoy your N64 system purchase.

How to Create Your Own Nintendo 64 Bundle

You decided you are going to buy a Nintendo 64 system but you don’t know what else you need to buy with the system to get the most out of it. What games should you get? How many controllers should you buy? Do you need a memory card, rumble pak, expansion pak? And what are rumble paks and expansion paks? Follow these steps below and you can be sure you get everything you need with your N64 system.

Games – The most important decision after choosing your system is what games to buy. The system is really only an expensive paperweight unless you have some games to play. Most systems will have games that fit your exact likes in the non-gaming world. If you like football, skateboarding, fishing, cars, etc, there are games for all of those hobbies so that is a great place to start looking. Another good way to start is to choose the most popular games for the system. For the Nintendo 64 those would be.

These games aren’t right for everyone so be sure you find out what they are like before adding them to your bundle.

Controllers – The Nintendo 64 system comes with one controller but has slots for four. If you will only be playing by yourself then you won’t need another controller. I recommend everyone have at least two controllers though, because it is nice to have to option to play with friends. If you have friends who play games or are buying Goldeneye or Mario Kart be sure to buy three more controllers. The best times you will have with your system will be with four people all playing at once.

This is a great time to mention that you should only buy Nintendo brand controllers. Many third parties made controllers for the N64 but none of them are as reliable or comfortable as the ones made by Nintendo. You can save a few bucks buying the cheaper controllers, but most likely they will break on you or not be as responsive.

Accessories – There are many other accessories you can get with your Nintendo 64, some of them are nearly essential and others you probably shouldn’t get. The most important accessories to buy are memory cards and the expansion pak. Memory cards are used to save your game progress so you can come back to it later. About half the games require one to save and the other half don’t. The expansion pak increases the graphical capabilities of the Nintendo 64 and some games require it, like Perfect Dark and Donkey Kong 64.

The main optional accessories for the Nintendo 64 are the rumble pak and gameshark. The rumble pak can be inserted into any controller and will shake when things happen on screen. It adds some realism to the games, but isn’t anything really impressive. The gameshark is a cheating device that allows you to get unlimited lives, invincibility, and other codes for the games you buy. It can be fun to have every weapon and the ability to walk through walls, but you don’t have to have one to enjoy your system.

After going through this list you should be able to choose all the games, controllers, and accessories you need for your Nintendo 64. Now go out and enjoy your new purchase.

How to Buy Video Games for a Kid

Buying video games for a kid’s birthday or Christmas can be challenging. All the different systems and games can be intimidating for anyone who doesn’t play video games themselves. Luckily, the decision doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you keep three things in mind. System. Genre. And Rating

System – What system should you buy a game for?
Games are made to work on one specific system so you need to be sure you are buying the game for the correct system. Ask the kid or their parents what system they own. The main choices are: Playstation 2, Xbox, Gamecube, Nintendo DS, Gameboy Advance, Wii, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PSP.

Genre – What kind of game should I buy?
Now that you have narrowed down your search to the right system, you have to choose the genre of game you will buy. The best way to do this is use what you know about the child. Do they play soccer? Buy a soccer game. Love watching football? Buy a football game. Do they skateboard or are they obsessed with cars? Buy a skateboarding game or racing game. Or do they really like a particular movie? Most major movies have a related video game you can buy.

Rating- Is the game appropriate for the kid?
Now you have honed in on the games you might want to buy but you have to be sure they are appropriate. Video games have a rating system like movies, with E, E10, T, and M standing for Everyone, Everyone over 10, Teens, and Mature. If the child is seven, but sure the game you choose is not rated Mature or more than likely the parents won’t be too happy.

Keep these three things in mind when shopping; System, Genre, and Rating. And you should be able to breeze through this daunting task and choose the video game that will make the kid’s birthday all they wanted.


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