The Nintendo 64 oversaw the era of Nintendo beginning to lose steam with the steep decline in popularity for Nintendo home consoles. Nintendo would lose the majority of their third party support with their decision to maintain cartridges as the console’s medium rather than the disk-based media the Sony Playstation would adopt. Relying almost solely on first party titles and their ace second party Rareware, the N64 was unable to create a vast library. However, what the system lacked in quantity it more than made up for in quality, as the following 10 games are some of the best games to ever be released on any console.
10. Star Fox 64 (1997)
Simple, arcade-style gameplay presented in Star Fox 64 never proves dull or uninteresting. Rather, flying in space proves to be so much fun that Star Fox 64’s shortcoming can be overlooked. Star Fox 64 does not allow for level selection, instead opting for a requirement to play through early levels every time through. This flaw may be debilitating for lesser titles but the game overcomes it with its smooth and stylistic gameplay, making you want to play through every level again. With complete voice acting (a rare feat for an N64 title, let alone an early one) and beautiful graphics maintaining a constant framerate, Star Fox 64 represents the glory days for Nintendo. With the inclusion of the rumble pack, a packaged peripheral that connected to controllers and allowed force-feedback imitating the feeling of flying and being shot, this game was an experience. The rumble pack was so influential that Sony would copy and include it during the remodel of their controller. All future controllers would have the device built-in, so the influence and legacy lives on.