Top 5 Best Nintendo 64 Games Available on Virtual Console

Bright Hub writes: "There are quite a few amazing games to be had on the Nintendo Wii's Virtual Console service. There are great games from the last several generations of systems, including the console that brought us perhaps our first true glimpse into the world of 3D gaming, the Nintendo 64.

The N64 may not have had the huge library or amazing success of its main competitor, the Playstation, but Nintendo did manage to deliver a series of must-play games for the console, most of which are available now on the Virtual Console and can be played right on your Nintendo Wii.

Check out our top 5 picks for great N64 games available on the Wii."

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Shnazzyone3087d ago

In what way was the n64 a failure compared to the Playstation? It had some of the most memorable games of all time. Maybe talking gamecube you caould say it was unsucessful but the n64 was pretty damn successful last I checked. I seemed to remeber everyone owning at least the system and goldeneye.

Graffin3087d ago

The system had some awesome games, hence the article, but I was referring mostly to the sales figures for the systems:

# PlayStation – 102.49 million shipped, as of 31 March 2005
# Nintendo 64 – 32.93 million as of 31 March 2005

Outsold 3 to 1, I'd say the PS1 was the runaway success of the generation.

ape0073087d ago

n64 was such a legendary console,sure ps1 has more games and more sales but is there anything on ps1 that can match the quality of

ge007,mario64,zelda oot,banjo,perfect dark,turok 1,2 and 3,body harvest,shadow man 64(ps1 version sucked)

n64 ftw

Graffin3087d ago

Definitely a legendary console, no doubt about it. N64 was the first to bring us analog control and rumble, and had in its library at least two of the greatest games of all time, Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time. People tend to remember the few great PS1 games and forget about all the shovelware crap that was also released for it.

The_Perverted_Ninja3087d ago

Why isn't Goldeneye on this list? it's a must have IMO

Mini Mario3087d ago

Yeh but it's not on the virtual console. Its basically a "Rare" game (which microsoft owns).

Picnic3087d ago (Edited 3087d ago )

I don't agree that the Nintendo 64 was a low point in the history of Nintendo. I know that the N64 only sold about a third of what the PS1 did but quite a large number of series- Super Smash Bros, Wave Race, 1080, Mario Party and Paper Mario started on the N64, as well as the first 3D versions of Mario and Zelda. It was also a heyday for Rare (although so was Donkey Kong Country on the SNES). The console was a treat of epic games and charged for the privilege with those £60 cartridges. There was greater colour choice than in any subsequent console- it was widely available in 6 colours. It also had 4 controller ports - Sony chose to release the PS2 several years later with only 2 ports. A poor aspect of the N64 was the movement, textures and available memory - it was a downturn from the smoothness of Super Mario World and Donkey Kong Country on the SNES- but Sega had usually excelled Nintendo in these aspects anyway and the Dreamcast still didn't sell enough. I also thought think that the Gamecube controller was a big improvement over the pitchfork-like N64 controller.

Sales-wise, the Virtual Boy and, for a major Nintendo console, the Gamecube, were more of a low point for Nintendo but the Gamecube still managed to be about level pegging with the Xbox. The Gamecube may have, partly deliberately, had less epic games (but the ones it did have like The Wind Waker, Metroid Prime and the Resident Evil remake and RE4 got very high reviews) but these were complemented by quirky little games like Luigi's Mansion, Viewtiful Joe and Super Monkey Ball. Those last 2 games, especially Super Monkey Ball, were actually very hardcore. Only having Rare on board for 1 game may not have made as much difference to sales as the N64 days but I certainly regret that Donkey Kong Racing wasn't released on the Gamecube.

Another point in the article that I certainly don't accept is that 'nobody but Nintendo seems to be able to get right' karting games. The only Mario Kart games that I have played are the SNES and Gamecube versions but I doubt that either the N64 or Wii version are better than Naughty Dog's Crash Team Racing on the PS1- that game is a proper adventure with great characterisation and overworld/track design.