The Nintendo 64 was first released in 1996 and it’s lifespan lasted until 2003, when the PlayStation 2 essentially took over the gaming console market. But for many kids of an entire generation, the N64 was the hippest electronic toy on the block. It helped usher in a new generation of 3D graphics, and included a bunch of absolute classic games like Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, and GoldenEye: 007.
However, this article isn’t about the greatest N64 games of all-time. Those are well-documented all over the internet. We wanted to take a moment to remind you about some of the most underrated or forgotten Nintendo 64 games. So blow the dust off your console (or fire up your emulator), and spend some time playing these retro gems.
10. Body Harvest
These days, open-world sandbox games are a dime a dozen. But they were still mostly a new genre back when the Nintendo 64 ruled the gaming world. Body Harvest is a great example of an early open-world game, and you can clearly see the parallels between it and later masterpieces like Grand Theft Auto III. In this 1998 title, made by DMA Design (who would later rename themselves Rockstar North — ring any bells?) and published by Midway, you play Adam Drake, a genetically engineered solder who can travel through time and is tasked with stopping multiple alien invasions. As the title suggests, the aliens are coming to Earth to harvest humans for their own needs.
The game features non-linear story progression and a bunch of different vehicles and weapons to use. There are even optional side missions, which can actually be failed without affecting a player’s progress through the main story. Hmmm… sounds like another game that Rockstar North would make famous a few years later…