Saturday, December 30, 2006

Alex's Top 75 N64 Games

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75. Earthworm Jim 3D
74. Glover
73. Buck Bumble
72. The New Tetris
71. NHL Blades of Steel
70. BattleTanx
69. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
68. Mega Man 64
67. Bomberman Hero
66. Micro Machines 64 Turbo
65. ClayFighter 63 1/3
64. South Park 64
63. Road Rash 64
62. Tetrisphere
61. Bomberman 64: The Second Attack
60. Quest 64
59. NFL Quarterback Club '98
58. Rayman 2: The Great Escape
57. Ridge Racer 64
56. Cruis'n Exotica
55. Star Wars: Episode I Racer
54. ECW Hardcore Revolution
53. Snowboard Kids 2
52. Killer Instinct Gold
51. Space Station Silicon Valley
50. Tetris 64
49. Rocket: Robot on Wheels
48. Robotron 64
47. Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest
46. WWF WrestleMania 2000
45. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
44. Body Harvest
43. Chameleon Twist
42. Cruis'n World
41. Harvest Moon 64
40. Blast Corps
39. Banjo-Tooie
38. Bomberman 64
37. Doom 64
36. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
35. Mario Party 3
34. WCW/nWo Revenge
33. Castlevania 64
32. Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey '98
31. Excitebike 64
30. Donkey Kong 64
29. Mario Party 2
28. Cruis'n USA
27. Mario Golf
26. Snowboard Kids
25. Dr. Mario 64
24. Jet Force Gemini
23. Pokémon Puzzle League
22. Beetle Adventure Racing
21. WWF No Mercy
20. Yoshi's Story
19. Mario Party
18. 1080° Snowboarding
17. Wave Race 64
16. F-Zero X
15. Mario Tennis
14. Conker's Bad Fur Day
13. Banjo-Kazooie
12. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
11. Perfect Dark

10. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

The time limit probably hurt this game more than it helped it, but it was still a solid installment of the Zelda franchise.

9. Goldeneye 007

So many perfectly good afternoons of my youth were wasted no thanks to this game.

8. PilotWings 64

In a word, mind-blowing. It hasn't held up as good as the SNES version, but still amazing in its day. If we don't get a Wii sequel, I'm raping something.

7. Star Fox 64

What fucking gender is Slippy supposed to be? Dykiest frog ever. The rumble pak took away my youth far too soon.

6. Diddy Kong Racing

I played the hell out of this. I had already played Mario Kart 64 to death in six months' time, and Diddy Kong Racing felt like a much more complete and nonlinear game. The hovercrafts and planes were an extremely welcome innovation in the kart-racing genre.

5. Super Smash Bros.

I remember when this came out of absolutely fucking nowhere. I would have never expected to see a fighting game (on the N64, of all consoles) tear me away from my Soul Caliburs and Marvel vs. Capcoms of the Dreamcast.

4. Paper Mario

While it wasn't exactly what we wanted (a direct sequel to Mario RPG), it was an amazingly unique and quirky experience, and a nice change of pace from all of the cliched Final Fantasies. Paper Mario still holds up incredibly well today.

3. Mario Kart 64

Although I've enjoyed many Goldeneye multiplayer games, I've probably played even more multiplayer Mario Kart 64 races. I remember spending pretty much all of summer '98 playing Battle Mode with my friends.

2. Super Mario 64

What hasn't been said about this classic? Well, if it wasn't for Mario 64, we wouldn't have had to play crap like Gex. Good going, Nintendo.

1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

You just don't know how hard it was for me to choose between Ocarina and Mario 64. My decision of which is best may be ever-changing. Perhaps they are equal. But Ocarina of Time, just as any other Zelda title, has a distinct, mysterious feeling that I just can't place.

Coming soon: my top SNES, NES, and, for the first time ever, my top Genesis games. If I'm not killed by NyQuil before then.

- alex

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