Today is April 6th, the 6th day of the 4th month…6…4… 64! What a perfect day for today’s Top 10 which just so happens to be the best games with ’64’ in their title! Funny how that worked out. So for this list we’ll be looking at the best games that have that very special number in their title. Now while all of these games appeared on the Nintendo 64 (spoiler alert) that doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best games for that system (that’s a whole other list for another day) just the best ones to share the system’s name in their title. So without further ado here’s our list of the best games with ’64’ in their title.
10 – Quest 64
The Nintendo 64 was known for many things but RPGs were not one of them. The decision to stick with cartridges for the system instead of CDs meant that more cinematic and expansive games like RPGs typically skipped over the system. Not so for Quest 64, a charming adventure that while would never compete with the likes of Final Fantasy VII and Xenogears for the RPG of the generation crown was a fun little title that kept players on the N64 ‘questing’ for hours on end.
9 – Harvest Moon 64
When it ain’t broke – don’t fix it. That saying has been around for seemingly forever and must surely apply to the Harvest Moon series as their iteration of the beloved farming sim on the Nintendo 64 was essentially a ‘better’ version of what come before but without any genre defining changes, exactly what fans of the series were asking for. Harvest Moon, never change.
8 -Donkey Kong 64
Of all of Rare’s 3D platformers for the Nintendo 64, Donkey Kong 64 is often remembered the least fondly but that doesn’t mean it’s not an excellent game in its own right (there was just WAY too much to collect). Donkey Kong 64 brought the DK Crew into 3D for the first time ever and greatly expanded the lore of series with new characters, new powers and new abilities, many of which remained a part of the series for years to come. While trying to collect every little thing in this game is a pain in the butt, it’s still a fun one to go back to from time to time.
7 – Wave Race 64
This game blew me away as a kid, and it wasn’t for any reason I ever expected to be impressed by. The water physics in this game were some of the most realistic of any game ever made and still hold up really well today. But beyond splashing in the waves Wave Race 64 is also a great racing game that offers a lot of depth and challenge for those looking to go for the best times or simply soak their friends in multiplayer.
6 – Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
The only Kirby game to hit the Nintendo 64 still holds up as one of the pink puffball’s best. And that’s thanks largely to the ability to not only steal an enemy’s ability but combine it with other powers to create all new ones, something Nintendo has only recently revisited in Kirby: Star Allies on the Switch. A fan favorite for sure, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is an N64 game you need add to your retro collection.
5 – Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
We’ve already established that the Nintendo 64 was not an RPG machine but that didn’t matter when excellent tactical role-playing games like Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber land exclusively on the system. Back in the day this was the very definition of a ‘hardcore’ game, filled with deep combat mechanics, advanced tactics and many elements to consider as you marched onto victory. A true gem, if you happen to still have a copy of this game hanging around consider yourself a person of lordly caliber.
4 – Pilotwings 64
Often remembered as the ‘other’ Nintendo 64 launch title, Pilotwings 64 is definitely no slouch and was one of the early games that showed us just how fun playing in a 3D space could be. With a whole host of vehicles (and jet packs) make use of Pilotwings 64 was essentially a flying simulator without any of the advanced piloting needed to actually fly an aircraft and remains one of the best examples of pure fun to hit the N64.
3 – Mario Kart 64
Throughout its life, the Nintendo 64’s claim to game was its strong multiplayer lineup thank to games like Super Smash Bros., GoldenEye 007 and Mario Kart 64. Often remembered as the first ‘modern’ Mario Kart game many of the series’ now famous elements made their debut in this version including the dreaded Blue Shell. A true classic in every sense of the word it’s still a blast to pull out at parties since no one can seem to get bored with playing this game.
2 – Star Fox 64
I have no idea how many hours I put into this game back in the day but it has to easily be more than 500. I was wholly obsessed with playing through each level, finding secrets and trying to get those elusive medals. And why not? Star Fox 64 is an excellent game with stellar controls and an addicting replayability that makes it hard to defeat Andross only once. No wonder Nintendo keeps remaking it.
1 – Super Mario 64
Could it be any other game? Super Mario 64 is not the best game to have ’64’ in its title it’s quite possibly the best Mario game ever made. This was the game that proved to an entire generation that 3D games were the future and the possibility that the new consoles could give us when it came to exploration and world building. Still amazing to play through today, Super Mario 64 deserves this and many more accolades.
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