Despite the Wii U being dead in the water for the whole year, Nintendo had a pretty fantastic 2016, as they not only enjoyed new successes in the mobile gaming space, but also released the highly coveted NES Classic, a miniature edition of the Nintendo Entertainment System packaged with 30 of the console’s best games. Clearly, there is a healthy market for retro gaming products, especially when Nintendo’s name is involved, which means that we should be open to the possibility that Nintendo will release “Classic” editions of their other consoles. We’ve already taken a look at which games Nintendo should include if they were to release a mini Super Nintendo and now we’ve done the same for that system’s successor, the Nintendo 64.
Please bear in mind that this is a wishlist of the 30 games we would most like to see on a N64 Classic, which is why you will see multiple games made by Rare on the list. We realize that with Microsoft now having owned the company for almost fifteen years, it’s highly unlikely that we’d see some, if any, of their games make the cut, but considering how important many of them were to the system, we had to give them their due.
30. Yoshi’s Story
Yoshi’s Story tends to get unfairly maligned in retrospective articles such as this, primarily because it had to follow Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, one of the finest 2D platformers ever made. While Yoshi’s Story pales in comparison to its SNES predecessor, it’s a solid platformer in its own right, with absolutely gorgeous visuals for its time and is arguably one of the N64’s most underrated games.
Admittedly, the game is fairly short and way too easy, but there is fun to be had in trying to best your high scores in each level. The N64 had many better platformers than Yoshi’s Story, but it’s still worth playing through today, especially if you avoided it upon its initial release.