Jump to content

N64 recommendations


Lothar Hex
 Share

Recommended Posts

I always liked San Fransico Rush and enjoyed it when I played it again last month.

Top gear Rally I enjoyed but havent played it in years so could be crap now.

Id say Pilotwings 64, BlastCorps, MK64, Mario 64, Wave Race 64 and F Zero X are the best games I played in the last 20 that I really had fun playing! :D Amazing games.

Almost all N64 listed are great. The only problem is the N64 graphics are from a time that makes most stuff look pretty bad today but if you get the games full speed (ntsc) and on a decent CRT via RGB or S Video (not a lcd/plasma) then it's not that bad at all. :)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

This thread has made me remember that I haven't played on a Nintendo 64 since 2001, and how many games I'd completely forgotten about.

Strange hardware generation for me, the Nintendo 64: for most of it, I still had my Super NES plugged into the television, to give me access to the sort of games that the N64 didn't have by itself, and I had the N64 unplugged and packed away well before the GameCube arrived. The N64 seemed like a huge letdown after the Super NES in numerous ways, but also spectacularly wonderful at its best moments, Super Mario 64, GoldenEye, Ocarina of Time, and so on. The high points were very high indeed, and it did feel like a genuine and palpable 'generation leap' over not only the 16-bit consoles, but the lesser intermezzo consoles like the 3DO. Don't let anyone tell you that Super Mario 64 and GoldenEye weren't breathtaking when they were new, or that there weren't plenty of other games to keep you captivated - Paper Mario, Wave Race 64, Pilotwings 64, F-Zero X, Blast Corps, Mischief Makers, Banjo-Kazooie, many others. It's just that you felt like you were waiting around longer for the next big game than you really should have, and the collapse in amount of third-party support over Nintendo's previous console even seems like a bigger blow to the format in retrospect than it did at the time.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

What a load of bollocks.

I'm not saying those games are bad, or that they weren't important games, I just think they've aged badly - what with the low frame rates, popup enemy shooting gallery gunplay and horrible, horrible escort missions.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm not saying those games are bad, or that they weren't important games, I just think they've aged badly - what with the low frame rates, popup enemy shooting gallery gunplay and horrible, horrible escort missions.

I don't think they've aged badly although obviously you'd probably want to pick the 360 remake of Perfect Dark over the original if you had a choice. They're not fast paced games like Quake so the lower frame rates were not a problem imo and mentioning shooting gallery is funny when you think of CoD's gameplay. They still do things differently and still have features that newer games miss. Also I think I only scratched the surface of the single player modes back in the day, barely completing all missions on Agent. Really cool how the higher difficulties had newer goals.

Also I was just reading the Wiki and came across this: "Upon fully completing the game on the hardest difficulty setting, an additional "007" mode is unlocked that allows the player to customize the challenge of any mission by manually adjusting enemies' health, reaction times, aiming accuracy, and the damage they inflict."

I had no idea of this at the time.

Eternal Darkness. Creepy.

Umm you thinking Gamecube mate? That never came out for the 64.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think nearly everything has been mentioned. I'll give another shout out for WWF No Mercy (and it's Japanese counterpart that I can't remember the name of) as the game mechanics are better than most wrestling games that have followed. The pacing on them is practically perfect in my opinion.

It has (maybe) the best version of Track & Field and others like Micro Machines and Magical Tetris Challenge are still enjoyable today.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'd give another shout out to WWF No Mercy as well. I dig my N64 out every now and again just for that, though not since I got rid of my CRT. I've got an LCD for my non-current consoles, so God knows what the N64 will look like on that if I do get it out again. I've only got an RF lead as well (don't hit me).

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Someone mentioned an Everdrive 64 earlier-- If you are an N64 fan (and have a little pirate in ya), its the best $150 you can spend on N64 stuff. My pal just bought one and loaned it to me, complete with an SD card and all the US NTSC games. Works perfectly. Very impressive. Game saves save right on the SD card.

As far as games, Wave Race and FZero X are the 2 best racing games ever made in my humble opinion, despite the N64s technical shortcomings.

Also, someone mentioned earlier but I want to reiterate-- Pilotwings 64 is a fantastic game, very serene and relaxing, with great controls to boot. It creates a very real sense of flight with good sound effects, and the visuals are quite impressive with massive draw distance and pretty detailed landscapes. Its very addicting. The music is quite quirky, but somehow fits rather well. Lark for the hanggliding and Goose for everything else baby!!

Mortal Kombat 4 is a technical showpiece for the system as well, though I prefer KI Golds gameplay and music (some of the best on the system).

I also have a soft spot for Mace: The Dark Age.

As far as for visuals, trying to play an N64 on ANY HD set is distracting, as the 320x240 res used for most games looks extremely pixelly/grainy on HD sets. For best results, play on a 32" or smaller SD CRT with S-video or RGB (not sure if RGB was an option even in Europe). I currently play on a 36" SD JVC using S-video and it makes a very good picture, but I feel 32" or smaller condenses the image a bit better considering the low res, improving the look.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Plenty of obvious choices in here and rightly so. Two decent and cheap games are Ridge Racer and Wipeout. Both are pretty decent versions and Ridge plays nicely with the analogue stick. Exclusive tracks too. Wipeout is a bit of a con because the tracks are old mirrored tracks but it looks nice and plays well.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. Use of this website is subject to our Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and Guidelines.