N64 Classic Edition: 8 games we’d like to see

Eric Abent - Jul 21, 2017, 9:58am CDT
N64 Classic Edition: 8 games we’d like to see

Yesterday, we heard that Nintendo may be plotting an N64 Classic Edition. With the NES Classic Edition in the books and an SNES version on the way, this is hardly surprising. If the SNES Classic Edition sells well (and we all know it will), then Nintendo will almost certainly produce an N64 Classic Edition. With that in mind, here are eight games that I think should feature on such a retro console.

1. Super Mario 64

Let’s be real here: there is no N64 Classic Edition without Super Mario 64. One of the best games created for the platform and perhaps the best Mario game of all time, Super Mario 64 ushered the franchise into 3D without missing a single step, and that’s more than a lot of other franchises can say. Super Mario 64 still has plenty of fans the world over, so to launch an N64 Classic Edition without it would be a bad move.

2. Mischief Makers

Even if you had an N64, there’s a chance that you’ve never heard of this quirky little side scroller from Treasure. Without having any clue what the overarching goal was, I played this game a ton as a child. Mischief Makers puts you in the role of the robot Marina as she attempts to save her creator, who has been kidnapped by an evil emperor. Mischief Makers is an interesting title in that much of the gameplay revolves around shaking and throwing objects you find in the world. I’d never played anything like when it first came out and I haven’t played anything like it since, which means that it must be included on the N64 Classic Edition.

3. Jet Force Gemini

Rare made a lot of quality games for the Nintendo 64, but even with greats like Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, and Banjo-Kazooie in its portfolio, one Rare game that continues to stick out to me is Jet Force Gemini. A third-person shooter that almost feels like Starship Troopers for kids, the game puts you in the shoes of three Jet Force Gemini soldiers as they attempt to fight off an invading insectoid army. Colorful, fast-paced, and a blast to play, Jet Force Gemini was, in my mind, one of the best games released for the N64.

4. Pokemon Snap

It’s hard to decide which Pokemon game should be included on the N64 Classic Edition, because at the end of the day, there were a few good ones. Pokemon Stadium put Pokemon battles on the big screen, while Pokemon Puzzle League was a very addictive entry in the Tetris Attack series. Pokemon Snap, however, offered an interesting take on Pokemon gameplay – instead of traveling the world capturing Pokemon, you traveled the world taking pictures of them. Though it’s painfully short, it’s become quite the fan favorite, and it unquestionably needs to be on the N64 Classic Edition.

5. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

Though Shadows of the Empire was the first Star Wars game released on the N64, it put us in the shoes of an unknown smuggler named Dash Rendar as he helped the Rebel Alliance from sidelines. Not very exciting, is it? Rogue Squadron, on the other, had you playing as Luke Skywalker as he pilots a slew of different starfighters in sixteen different missions. It was an excellent game that started an excellent series, but sadly, Rogue Squadron has long since gone dormant. We probably won’t see any kind of Star Wars game on the N64 Classic Edition, but a man can dream, can’t he?

6. Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer

I tried to keep it at just one Star Wars game, I really did. The only problem is that it’s impossible for me to pick a favorite between Rogue Squadron and Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer. Pretty much the only good thing to come out of Episode 1 (except for Darth Maul), Racer has you participating in podraces across the galaxy at breakneck speeds. This game surprised everyone with how good it was, and it would be great to relive some of those memories on the N64 Classic Edition.

7. Paper Mario

Though many of us were hoping for a true Super Mario RPG follow up on the N64, Nintendo instead gave us Paper Mario. More than a few of us were unsure of this game before launch, but when it finally arrived, it quickly became clear that Paper Mario was incredible. Paper Mario was, without question, one of the best RPGs released during the N64 era. It’s just a shame that the series has been moving away from its roots in recent years.

8. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

Goldeneye gets the lion’s share of attention when we’re talking about first-person shooters on the N64, but for me, it was all about Turok. In it, you play a time traveling Native American warrior who must protect Earth from a potential invasion from the Lost Land. Turok faces a host of different enemies across his adventure, from humans to dinosaurs to aliens. The game even features an armored, laser-firing Tyrannosaurus Rex named Thunder as its penultimate boss. What’s not to love?


Obviously, there are a ton of great games that were released for the N64. This list only scratches the surface and ignores a lot of the shoe-in titles for an N64 Classic Edition, such as Banjo-Kazooie, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Mario Kart 64. In short: Nintendo has a lot of options if it wants to pull together a great library for the N64 Classic Edition. What games would you like to see? Head down to the comments section and share your list!

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15 Responses to N64 Classic Edition: 8 games we’d like to see

    • I kind of made the list with the assumption that games like Goldeneye, Mario Kart 64, Star Fox 64, Donkey Kong 64, and Banjo-Kazooie (all of the really well known N64 games, essentially) would be among the first titles Nintendo cosndiers. The only reason Super Mario 64 is on there is that it just feels so wrong to leave it off.

      I mean, we all agree that certain games should be on there. My list could have looked like this:

      1. Super Mario 64
      2. Mario Kart 64
      3. Goldeneye
      4. Banjo-Kazooie
      5. Star Fox 64
      6. Ocarina of Time
      7. Majora’s Mask
      8. Perfect Dark

      But that wouldn’t have been a very interesting read, right? We all expect those games to be on the N64 Classic Edition. I feel that focusing on some titles that weren’t as popular makes for a more engaging article and, as selfish as it might be, it was more fun for me to write.

      • Id be surprised to see anything that’s third party. I doubt any Rare games will be on it since Rare is now sleeping with the enemy.

        • Yeah, you’re definitely right there. I don’t think any Star Wars games are going to make the cut (which is sad because the N64 had some great Star Wars games) and Microsoft probably isn’t going to license Rare’s titles to Nintendo. You never know, though – it increasing seems like Microsoft doesn’t consider Nintendo a competitor anymore.

          The one encouraging thing is that Nintendo managed a fair amount of third party support for the NES Classic and the SNES Classic. That was mostly down a few companies like Square and Namco, though, and as far as I know, Square didn’t release a single game for the N64.

        • I think it’s MORE likely we’ll see some of those Rare ports to the Xbox as Indie games or something rather than MS letting up their hold on them.

          You’re right, though. Ya never know! MS has been playing nice. Your 8 in your list would be a perfect batch. I’d expect somewhere in the range of 15 games total. One can dream….

  1. Harvest Moon 64 would be ideal also for this type of remake. It basically started the whole farming sim craze right?

  2. What about PilotWings 64??? Am I the only person that liked that game? I used to love flying around in the Rocket Belt (jet pack), popping balloons, flying through rings, or just sightseeing the landscape of Little United States island! Whom do we need to
    persuade (Nintendo), to be able to play Pilotwings 64 on either the new Google
    Daydream View VR headset, or the Samsung Gear VR headset? Can you imagine how
    awesome it would be, to fly a jet pack in a VR environment? I would
    put it on first-person mode, look down at my feet, blast off, lean forward, and
    fly to the first balloon above the castle, pop the balloon, and then fly to the
    landing area, to arrive in record breaking time! Just as in Pilotwings 64, I would advance to finding flying rings with my heads up display, landing on floating pads, or just flying around the island, taking in the beautifully rendered landscape! Man, it sounds like a
    lot of fun!

  3. You cant forget that the n64 in my opinion had some of the greatest wrestling games in wcw vs nwo and even the wwf series

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