The Nintendo 64 is a timeless classic that innovated the video game industry with the addition of the joystick that was a first for console controllers and the rumble pack that became the precursor of motion vibrations in the controller that we see today across every console controller. The N64 brought us some classic titles that still resonate today like Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

In 2016 Nintendo release a mini version of its original console the NES in a limited quantity that sold out in a manner of minutes. Its popularity and demand made Nintendo decide to release the SNES classic. Both consoles were in such high demand Nintendo relaunched them in 2018. With the hype of the success of these Sony recently announced the PlayStation Classic with 20 or so titles on it. So, with this, it is time for us to wildly speculate they could announce the launch of a Classic version of the Nintendo 64 before the year is done.

The NES came with 30 games integrated and SNES came with 21 titles. How many games could the N64 Classic bring? Here are the top 10 titles we want to see:

#10 Mortal Kombat Trilogy

Mortal Kombat Trilogy combines everyone from MK1, MK2, and MK3. It also includes a variety of the skins from previous games and I love the fact that you can play with all the characters including Goro and the overpowered Shao Kahn. Even though I think Sub-zero is the coolest (pun intended) of the characters, I enjoy playing with Scorpion the most. As technically the last entry of the series before it became completely CGI, it will always have a special place in my heart.

#9 Donkey Kong 64

Mmmm… Banana! This edition to the series is wacky and fun from start to end. Donkey Kong 64 was the first fully 3D game of the series. In this entry, Donkey Kong sets out to find his friends that where kidnap by King K. Rool. The game does not follow linear gameplay as you can choose in between five characters and warp from level to level. One of the best aspects of the game is that each character has a special ability and weapon that will help you complete the mini-games and puzzles. Each character also has their own instruments getting together a sick band. My favorite character to play in Donkey Kong 64 was Diddy Kong, he has double coconut blaster and rocked hard with his awesome guitar.

#8 Mario Kart 64

Most people know this series, Mario Kart 64 was a step up from the original in the SNES. The game kept its eight-character roster like in the SNES version, swapping Donkey Kong Jr. for Donkey Kong and Koopa Troopa for Wario. You would race in four different cups with four maps each and three different levels. You could play solo, versus and battle mode. Mario Kart 64, in addition, took advantage of the N64 controller’s joystick making it more comfortable to drive while taking down your friends. This addition to the series also brought many wonderful memories like the map where you get to drive in the middle of traffic (or get constantly crashing in traffic like me), face off against that evil penguin from the snow map and fall faithfully off the edge of the rainbow bridge map.

#7 Perfect Dark

Another Rare game, Perfect Dark is one of those hidden gems that you find by accident. If you are a big fan of secret agent flicks and aliens, this is the game for you. This is the first of the series where take the role of Johanna Dark an agent from an organization called Carrington Institute to stop an alien conspiracy by the rival organization. Not to spoil the plot, let’s just say you end up in the middle of two warring factions making an unexpected ally. The gameplay is very similar to Goldeneye 007 and the game offered a co-op mode where you can split-screen with a friend and a multiplayer mode. Story-wise, Perfect Dark has an intriguing plot and is action packed.

#6 Paper Mario

Another series starter in our list, Paper Mario is an underrated game that differed from the classic playstyle of the Mario games. For the first time, you will team up with unlikely allies after the attack by Bowser where he kidnaps Princess Peach (again), incarcerated the Star Spirits and stole the fabled Star Rod. Each of this new ally will help you progress through the story in this colorful paper world with their unique abilities. Taking on enemies with Mario’s trusted hammer was fun even as a turn-based game and the vibrant visuals was one of the many reasons I placed Paper Mario in the top 10.

#5 Star Fox 64

The game that brought the rumble to the rumble pack. Star Fox 64 is the reboot of the SNES Star Fox with some mechanics intended for the SNES sequel that was canceled just before the N64 was released. The insane antagonist Andross after being expelled for his experiment from Corneria (the main planet) tries to take control of the solar system with his army. It’s up to the Star Fox team to save the day and battle Andross. For those time the graphics were amazing and you could ride in three vehicles one for air and space, water and ground. This game has a very good backstory, giving more depth to the characters and plot.

#4 Resident Evil 2

This entry has a special dark hole in my heart. This is the Resident Evil game that introduced me to the horror genre and the series. In this entry follow police rooky Leon S. Kennedy and Clair Redfield as they arrive at Racoon City after the T-Virus gets released and the city has become infested by zombies. Each character has their own storyline that does intersect in a few cut-scene. This is one of those games you need to play in the dark to enjoy each scare. Be warned though, save your bullets and save ink ribbons, because they are limited.

#3 Super Smash Bros

The original commercial for this one should tell hew gamers exactly how Nintendo so this masterpiece back then. When The Turtles’ song So Happy Together starts playing and Mario trips Yoshi and the rest of the characters start to beat the ever loving crap out of one another, you knew it was on. The game that now has become an esports epic, Super Smash Bros, was the game that at the time we did not know we wanted. Players can finally get Pikachu fight against Link and Donkey Kong against Fox. It all started with twelve playable characters to battle it out against each other and the menacing Master Hand. Each battle stages are based on the character’s respective world like Hyrule Castle from the Legend of Zelda. The game supports up to four players to fight in teams or as a free for all. The concept of the game is simple that has flourished through the generations and consoles to this day, putting our favorite Nintendo characters to fight each other. Not sure how this would work on a mini console but it is worth a shot.

#2 Goldeneye 007

Bond, James Bond. Following the story of the 1995 movie GoldenEye with Pierce Brosnan, you get to become 007 to stop the once best friend 008 from holding the world at ransom with the super space-laser the Goldeneye. You can use a roster of weapons like the famous Walther PPK (Mr. Bond’s weapon of choice), gadgets like the laser watch and the most powerful of them all, the karate chop. After you save the world in the campaign in the highest difficulty, you will be able to unlock new missions and characters like Jaws (not the shark) from the from previous Bond movies. In addition, you can go against your friends in an up to four-player multiplayer. The game also comes with some fun modes that just are crazy for example the extra big head mode, everyone with an RPG and paintball mode. To this day my favorite James Bond game and still undefeated.

#1 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

This by far must be my top choice every single time. We could say that this would be the first 3D open world game to come out in consoles. Waking up to the sound of Navi “HEY LISTEN!”, our protagonist finds himself traveling in between the time where Link is a kid and when he is an adult defeating monster brought by the villain Ganondorf. The best aspect of this game is that the story does not have a linear path and there is plenty of things to do around the world. I would say my favorite thing to do in the game is fishing. This game is an instant classic that has made a name for its self around the world and has stood out within the series.

 

Here are some honorable mentions:

  • Army Men: Sarge’s Heroes
  • Killer Instinct Gold
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  • Mario Party
  • Mega Man 64
  • Mortal Kombat 4
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  • Super Mario 64
  • Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
  • WCW vs nWo: World Tour

What do you think of our list? What would you love to see on an N64 Mini console? Tell us in the comments below.