Almost 20 Years Later: N64 Games You Need!

Ah the Nintendo 64; it’s been 20 years and yet the console is still a blast to play games on, and will at least get a conversation going!  While the graphics on the N64 are certainly outdated, the games that made it a sales juggernaut are still fun even today.

There are two kinds of people in this world, people who know what's wrong with this picture, and people who like Everybody Loves Raymond.  There is no overlap.

There are two kinds of people in this world, people who know what’s wrong with this picture, and people who like Everybody Loves Raymond. There is no overlap.

With N64 consoles still fetching up to seventy-five dollars used on eBay, there’s still obviously a lot of demand for the system and its games.  Here’s a few games that you should try to pick up if you want to have the proper classic gaming experience!

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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Yes, we know that this one was re-released on the 3DS just recently, and the graphics have had a significant update, but that’s not really the point, is it?  There’s nothing quite like the magic of actually playing this game on the big screen, even with its comparatively low-res graphics.  This game singlehandedly revitalized the adventure genre, with its clever boss battles, puzzles, and story.

A vast majority of you know why this is the most obnoxious thing you can see today.

A vast majority of you know why this is the most obnoxious thing you can see today.

It’s true that not every dungeon in the game was the best, but Ocarina of Time will still go down as one of the best games ever made, and it absolutely should be part of your N64 collection.

Super Smash Bros.

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For those of you that actually have friends, which we assume is the vast majority of you, you should definitely pick up a copy of Super Smash Bros. and four N64 controllers!  Allowing you to pit classic Nintendo characters against each other, the game was the first in a long line of great titles that still ruin perfectly good friendships to this day!

"I was ruining friendships before it was cool."

“I was ruining friendships before it was cool.”

You should probably try to get a copy sooner rather than later; a used cartridge usually fetches fifty bucks on eBay, which is not any less than what it used to cost new in 1999.

As anyone who lived in that year knows, this is obligatory whenever the year is mentioned.

As anyone who lived in that year knows, this is obligatory whenever the year is mentioned.

Goldeneye

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It’s been remade, it’s been copied, and it’s spiritual successor, Perfect Dark, is a great game, but nothing is as good as the original.  Also, with the exception of all of you who emulate, and of course no one does that, the only place you can still play the game is the N64.  License disputes and difficulties have prevented the game from ever being ported to another platform, which is truly a shame because no one in the modern age should be robbed of the ability to curse at a 12-year-old for killing them with Oddjob on Xbox Live.

The last thing your character will see is a brief glimpse of a morning suit, bowler hat, and concentrated unfairness.

The last thing your character will see is a brief glimpse of a morning suit, bowler hat, and concentrated unfairness.

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