On September 29, 1996 has been recorded as one of the most crucial moments in video game history. At least, for some people. On that day, many in the united States went to the electronics store closest to you with the hope of getting a Nintendo 64. But even those who bought the console on launch day probably had no idea how iconic it would be, nor that the best games for the Nintendo 64 would go to the story gamer.
Is more, Super Mario 64 was not the only highlight, so we explored the entire catalog of the console to identify the best titles. To do this, we have taken into account, above all, the attractive durable of the game, how revolutionary that was when it was launched for the first time, up your fun factor in general. So, to all lovers of N64, these are the games that, we believe, deserve a special mention.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Nintendo opened the doors of the franchise Zelda with Ocarina of Time. In this game, set in the mythical land of Hyrule, the players control the iconic Link when you have to rescue the princess Zelda and defeat the evil plans of Ganondorf.
Despite the fact that the plot sounds familiar, the title introduced a large number of features that became standard for 3D games advanced.
Heralded by many as one of the best – if not the best – game of all time, Ocarina of Time has put the players in an extensive epic that had not been previously seen in three dimensions. Submitted an incredible design of dungeons, and a cast memorable characters, and a story full of adventure that stands the test of time.
Jet Force Gemini
Jet Force Gemini is still one of the experiences more unique and entertaining of the Nintendo 64. Developed by Rare, the studio behind GoldenEye, Perfect Dark and Battletoads, Jet Force Gemini puts players in an epic adventure of science fiction. Combines the mechanics of third-person shooting, platforming and run and arm to produce a final result that differs from much of what is on N64 had ever seen. While playing in each level, players have access to three different members of the team; Juno, Vela, and Lupus. Each world presents its own set of enemies, environments, and platforming puzzles that are overcome using the strengths of each character.
However, not only excels in its single-player campaign, but also has a robust offering of multiplayer. Like many games N64 on our list, the game included a mode of death match head to head faces you with three of your friends in an all-out battle. Players have the option of setting the desired level, the types of weapons found during the game and the number of kills needed for victory. The game also has several other multiplayer modes, like a mini-racing game and a mode of range of fire puts players in the lane while traversing the levels. Apart from the multiplayer modes head-to-head, Jet Force Gemini also allows two gamers to play in co-op mode-screen is not divided, in which a player assumes the role of a robot floating and help to the first player on several missions. The solid offer to a single player Jet Force Gemini, as well as their options for multiple players, it became a must-have.
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
When Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire was released in 1996, players initially lamented the fact that they could not play as one of the stars of the series, type Han Solo or Luke Skywalker. However, as soon as the players took on the role of Dash Rendar and were pushed to the Battle of Hoth, quickly passed the opposition by. Although there were occasional and uncomfortable problems with the camera, the controls of shooting in third person were easy to grasp and enjoy. Fans of the universe of Star Wars will recognize quickly the different places of the franchise as Rendar travels all over the universe. In addition, the players still have the opportunity to fight alongside Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca in an effort to help rescue princess Leia captured in the course of the campaign.
In addition to the impressive levels of the game and its intriguing history, its battles are usually exceptional. From fighting an AT-ST Imperial (foot!) until you face Boba Fett, Shadows of the Empire didn’t skimp on challenge bosses. The developers set out to create a game that fills the gap between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi in the course of the 10 missions of the game, and while it may seem prehistoric now, was one of the defining moments of the N64 when it launched almost 20 years ago.
Super Mario 64 is not only presented itself to Mario in a 3D scenery for the first time, but also set the Nintendo 64 as a console powerful from the first day.
The players control Mario while you collect 120 Gold Stars scattered across the enormous castle of Princess Peach. Like the previous games in the franchise, there are multiple battles iconic in a variety of environments. The game introduced several new moves for Mario, as well as the ability to backflip or backflip, triple jump, and jumps on the wall, always so helpful.
Apart from the level design revolutionary and a game captivating, Super Mario 64 also changed the landscape of the game with the introduction of the mode of roaming in 3D. Not only does this style went on to define the franchise of Mario, but also defined the future of platform games in 3D.
Plain and Simple, Super Mario 64 was launched as a platform-puzzle at its best and remains one of the best titles of all time. It is also, appropriately, the first game N64 available to Wii U.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Next to Ocarina of Time, Majora”s Mask again to put the franchise Zelda on top once more. With an updated version of the game engine of its predecessor, Nintendo launched Majora’s Mask just two years after Ocarina of Time.
Even though the players once again take control of Link, the game takes place in the land of Ends rather than in Hyrule, and in this case points to the absence of noteworthy characters like Zelda and Ganondorf.
In this case, the Link joins the fairy Tatl to seek revenge against Skull Kid. The duo travels to Clock Town in search of Skull Kid and sees how the city is facing an impending doom. So this short period of time gives the game a unique rhythm and challenging.
As well, players assume the role of James Bond, who tries to thwart the attempts of a criminal gang who want to convert the satellite GoldenEye in a weapon very dangerous.
It was one of the first games of this type to offer 3D levels opened, so that the players could explore by themselves and to complete your objectives in any order they chose.
Also, the multiplayer mode gave it staying power. The scenarios of split-screen GoldenEye 007 were great fun.
The game, in addition, it allowed four players to compete at once, in any of its 20 levels.
The spiritual successor to GoldenEye, Perfect Dark took everything great about its predecessor and made it even better.
Worked on a modified version of the game engine of GoldenEye and anyone who has played both acknowledge the similarities. Where Perfect Dark stood out, however, was in its intriguing history, greater functionality of the weapons in the game, and the introduction of combat simulators in the feature multiplayer.
Players assume the role of Joanna Dark, an agent working for a research and development center, called the Carrington Institute. And, after a series of events, Dark is in the middle of an interstellar battle.
Like GoldenEye 007, the experience of a single player of Perfect Dark is good, but his role multiplayer makes it shine, even more, the game.
You and up to three friends can participate in a split-screen mode using the array of weapons and the characters of the main game. In addition, Perfect Dark introduced the “simulators”, which functioned as robots controlled by computer. The players could load up to eight per game and set your skill level, and a wide range of behaviors configurable.
*Article updated on march 12, 2019, by Daniel Matus.
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