Nintendo 64 - Your Thoughts in 2020

A post for anything Nintendo 64 related:

Do you still play Nintendo 64 games? on original hardware or emulation?
How well has the console held up?
What does the Nintendo 64 console do better than modern consoles today?
Who plays/played NTSC/American exclusive games not available for PAL consoles?
Best Nintendo 64 games ever? Your favorite Nintendo 64 games?
Helpful hints for other Nintendo 64 gamers or collectors.

Comments

  • +7 votes

    GoldenEye / Perfect Dark - best games ever.

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      Goldeneye and WCW/NWO World Tour were the reason I chose the N64 over the PS1 in the first place.
      Lots of people chose the PS1 for the $5 games from the market. Personally the load times were too damn annoying to bother with.

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        I started with a N64, played an insane amount of Mario Kart 64 and Golden Eye. Ended up getting fed up with the wait between games after about 18 months, sold it and switched to ps1. Never regretted it, even though those games were killer and i never did get to play Zelda or Perfect Dark. But so much stuff on playstation was insane.

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    I was more of a Playstation person. Porche boxta challenge

  • +8 votes

    I remember Mario 64 - it was amazing at the time, and still holds up well now.

  • +2 votes

    Modern TV's can't handle the 64. ☹️

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      Why? Because of the lack of RCA? Just get an RCA to HDMI box.

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        The cheap ones suffer various issues like input lag, visual artefacts, poor colours and audio problems . Good ones are very expensive

  • +1 vote

    if i knew where to get four good controllers from without breaking the bank, and replacements if they break, then I'd buy another N64, a flash cart, and maybe even the HDMI mod. I've always wanted to play the Sim City game for N64, and flash carts can play 64 DD games now. But add up controllers, flash cart, hdmi mod, n64, then that's over $1,000 right there.

  • +7 votes

    I don't think any platformers since have beaten Mario 64, Banjo Kazooie and Tooie.

  • +1 vote

    Mario kart is the best! Got it out the other day. Couldn't get picture with the av input but got sound on my qled. Might be a setting or might be the TV

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      Sounds like a setting in the TV menu needs to be changed if the yellow cable is not badly damaged.
      Have you got an Amp/receiver connected via HDMI to the TV, then connect the N64 AV cable to the input in the Amp/receiver.

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        That's what I thought but couldn't find much online about it. Nah just the tv with speakers through arc. The little 1-3 av adaptor in the back of the tv. I will have a play around with it when I get time.

  • +2 votes

    I play on original N64 hardware. I want Nintendo to do a mini N64.

    Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros & 007 GoldenEye are my favourite N64 games.

  • +1 vote

    You can play most of the games through your browser, there's many sites that do it. Here's one that I found the other day. was playing a bit of mario n64, works with a controller too.

    playemulator.com/

  • +1 vote

    I've recently played through Mario 64 on Wii U the first time. Excellent game even by modern standards.
    I remember also playing Rampage and Pokemon Stadium with friends.
    I've played Ocarina of Time 3D but I guess doesn't really count. The N64 is something I haven't experienced much, though there are a number of games I really want to try.

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      Mind sharing how you got the game? I haven't been able to find any 64 games for the Wii U

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        I homebrewed my Wii U but you should be able to buy it through the Nintendo eShop. It’s a virtual console game btw.

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          Did you use one of the emulators for it? Or did you inject it somehow? I plan on playing Mario 64 soon, and I got a Wii U recently and homebrewed it, but I haven't really done much with it. I have retroarch which I think can play it on Wii U.

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            @jeffo: Yeah injected the virtual console game

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              @FireRunner: Thanks, was that with 64Inject?

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                @jeffo: Wait no it wasn’t an injected game. I just downloaded the virtual console game and installed it with WUP installer

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                  @FireRunner: Sorry for asking too many things, but did it work with the gamepad? I think it works with the classic controller that plugs into the wii remote that I still have from my old wii, but gamepad would be useful (however, I do think you can use gamepad on retroarch n64)

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                    @jeffo: No worries. Yes it works on the Gamepad. I think only Wii games don’t work with the Gamepad

                    • +1 vote

                      @FireRunner: Thank you!

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                      @FireRunner: Do you know where you got the WUP for mario 64? I can't find one online, and Injectiine isn't letting me build the game files.

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                        @jeffo: You have to use the computer program Wii U USB helper

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                          @FireRunner: Yeah I’ve got that, but Super Mario 64 doesn’t appear in the virtual console games and custom virtual console ones. Do you know what titlekeys you used for it? Maybe my one just doesn’t have it.

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                            @jeffo: Not sure, I haven’t used it for so long I’m not even sure if it still works

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                              @FireRunner: All good, I’ll see if I can find other titlekey websites that are still up. Thank you for the help though!

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    Never owned one, only played it multiplayer at people's houses.

    I like seeing the mods and creations people still do with N64 games.
    Many Super Mario 64 rom hacks are compatible with the original hardware.
    I find it fascinating what people are able to come up with and actually execute pretty well.
    For instance there's a mod to play as Captain Falcon, complete with some attacks familiar from Smash Bros.
    Then there's a mod for 2 player local co-op. Both work on real hardware.
    Check out Kaze Emanuar on Youtube.

    N64 is a bit strange to me. When I was a kid I had a Playstation. Playstation had games like Tomb Raider, Syphon Filter, Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, Driver, Grand Theft Auto, Twisted Metal, Resident Evil, Medal Of Honour, Tekken…
    All these gritty mature games with pixelated textures and jaggier graphics than the N64.
    By comparison the N64 had all these bright overly saturated colour palettes, and all these cartoonish mascot platformers.
    They all looked the same to me. Donkey Kong 64, Banjo Kazooie, Super Mario 64, even Conker's Bad Fur Day. I'd see a brief moment of gameplay with these smoothed out polygons, sickly colour pallet and generic platforming gameplay and think "oh it's a generic N64 game".

    Then you had the dumb controllers.
    You pick it up, it has 3 handles?? What's going on.
    The Playstation was intuitive. The N64, aside from playing it at friend's places you'd have them out in restaurants, arcades, etc.
    Whenever I'd go to play one, the joystick would be busted and would sag instead of staying in the centre. They were poorly built compared to the Dualshock.
    Then I've read there are games like Majora's Mask that require an expansion pak. It's like the Sega CD with these dodgey add-ons. With the playstation some games had multiple discs, but as long as you had a memory card you never had to worry about these add-ons.

    So I don't have a high view of the N64.
    With the Playstation you could have a mod chip then burn games to CD roms. When I was a kid I basically had the entire game library as it was being released.
    Wasn't like that with N64's cartridges.
    Playstation also had full CD quality music soundtracks. Compare Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 to Blast Corps. Or even Ape Escape to Mario 64.
    I was exposed to a lot of great music from PS1 games.
    PS1 is way better, and it's hard for me to take the N64 seriously.
    N64 didn't even have a light gun. I had a light gun for the PS1 for games like Time Crisis.

    Then when the PS2 came out, your games and accessories still worked on the new console.
    PS1 was and is better than the N64.
    Did the N64 even have pre-rendered intros and cutscenes?
    I suppose this thread should be titled "N64 appreciation thread" but OP didn't specify, only said anything N64 related.
    I think even the name of the system is dumb.

    • +2 votes

      You conditioned yourself to dislike the Nintendo 64 because you didn't own one. If you own both, the N64 has aged much, much better than the playstation. Playstation has a couple of memories…N64 games still stack up and haven't been bettered.

    • +1 vote

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qg2WhDIY6a0

      The multiplayer games alone made the N64 the better choice.

      All the 4 players battles with friends and neighbours - Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Turok Rage Wars. All the good wrestling games blew PS1 away. The Kart Racers, Smash Bros, Conkers Bad Fur Day, NFL Blitz.

      Even games with problems like Battle Tanx, Destruction Derby, Road Rash were awesome fun as 4 player games.

      Its more about what the console and games do have rather than don't have as no system is close to perfect.

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      The PS1's pixelated, warping graphics were an immediate turnoff.

      The PS1 was riddled with generic platformers, Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, barf
      N64 had Mario 64, Banjo 1 and 2, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Mischief Makers, etc

      N64 had multiplayer games such as Goldeneye, AKI wrestling games, Mario Kart, Perfect Dark, Mario Golf, Smash Bros, F-Zero, Quake 2 (better on N64), Snowboard Kids, Mario Tennis, etc. PS1 multiplayer was a joke.

      PS1's first person shooters were so bad that Medal of Honor was considered a highlight

      The only edge the PS1 had over the N64 were random battle every 30 seconds JRPGs

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        I think the others commenting are just as biased as Sage, particularly Ceeka.

        The Playstation had plenty of good games, its just they were so well improved in their new versions on ps2, that apart from some JRPGs people dont have the fond memories for specific playstation games. on N64, however, eventually it had a decent amount of good games, and many of them stand up fairly well today (but like PS1 controls on many of these titles is atrocious) but part of that is gamecube fell off a bit (at least IMHO) and many of those games werent significantly better, and certainly werent the leap that happened with N64.

        PS1's first person shooters were so bad that Medal of Honor was considered a highlight

        Medal of Honor was great, it's what the industry ended up following, not golden eye (even though i loved that game).

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      You just sound like a fanboy.

  • +2 votes

    Loved the system, Ocarina of Time was my favourite by far. Golden eye, was a surprise hit since movie games till then were predictably terrible.

    Recently sold my N64 and games collection in mint condition, made good money from it and people that bought them were really happy. Surprised how much in demand retro Nintendo console and games are.

    • +1 vote

      playing OOT right now on my PC with an Emulator :)

  • +1 vote

    Have been in the process of re-collecting N64 carts (+ a few boxed games, extra controllers, accessories, etc). Easily spent a few $k over the past year or so, but am having a great time refreshing fun memories from back in the day. :) There are a few games considered rare that go for $150-$250ea, such as Starcraft 64, Kirby Crystal Shards, Conkers Bad Fur Day, Snowboard Kids 2 and Mario Party 3. I have Conkers, but still saving up for the others. :P

    Fav game at present is actually Mario Golf, but Goldeneye, Mario Kart 64 and Banjo Kazooie are great fun too!

    P.s. Highly recommend getting a HDMI upscaler. ;)

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      Have you though about buying a cheap US or modified JAP NTSC console (your existing power supply, AV and controllers etc will work with it) and playing the exclusive American games us PAL region gamers missed out on?

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      Good timing at least, the prices have risen significantly the last few months.
      Even some games that become a bit stale can get new life with some cheat codes especially with a gameshark/passport plus.

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      Nice. I got a Brand new sealed Mario 64 - 1st release graded almost 10 years ago. Came back as a VGA 90 rating. Safe to say its been a good investment.

  • +4 votes

    Do you still play Nintendo 64 games? on original hardware or emulation?

    No however I'm tempted by recent developments in emulation: you can now play Nintendo 64, Gamecube and Wii titles in VR. So you can free look and everything is to scale in stereoscopic 3D.

    How well has the console held up?

    I don't play it but many people do still.

    What does the Nintendo 64 console do better than modern consoles today?

    … nothing? Maybe local multiplayer with 4 players.

    Who plays/played NTSC/American exclusive games not available for PAL consoles?

    People?

    Best Nintendo 64 games ever? Your favorite Nintendo 64 games?

    Well, Super Mario 64 created it's own genre that most 3D platformers echo today.

    Goldeneye was arguably the game that bought competitive FPS to console owners in a big way.

    Helpful hints for other Nintendo 64 gamers or collectors.

    Buy now because prices aren't going to go down from here.

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    Still play my N64, it's even travelled to multiple countries with me.

    I have half a dozen controllers in decent condition and it's still possible to buy them I believe. I kinda wish there was a USB version, I've spent so many decades using N64 controllers I am about 10 times better with it for a FPS than with a Playstation or Xbox controller.

    Games wise my favourites were;
    Goldeneye
    Perfect Dark (which I prefer over goldeneye if only for better multiplayer options and no oddjob/Bond in a dark suit bs).
    Mario Kart
    Ocarina
    WCW/NWO Revenge
    Star Wars Pod Racer (it's not that great but was the only game I had for several months)

    What does the N64 do better than modern consoles? I put the cartridge in, flick the switch to on, the game starts loading and a very quickly after I'm playing. I don't switch it on to find a multi gig operating system update is needed followed by an even bigger game patch. Heck my save games from nearly 25 years ago are still there and working fine.

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      The N64 power supply half inside half outside is great if it dies, very easy to replace - not some massive xbox 360 brick outside or nice looking one inside the unit that requires opening the console to replace.

      The wrestling games WCW/NWO World Tour, WCW/NWO Revenge, WWF Wrestlemania, WWF No Mercy, Virtual Pro Wrestling 1 & 2 are some of the best wrestling games ever made for any console.
      WCW/NWO Revenge on PAL plays to slow. I sold my PAL N64 and bought a US one years back - plays at the proper speed.

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        Revenge has a proper speed? Lol, I like the slowness, that's one of the few games these days where my reflexes are still up to the challenge :)

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          WCW NWO Revenge is slower compared to the original WCW NWO World Tour.

          Also N64 games have a proper speed. PAL is 50 Hz, NTSC is 60 Hz. Pretty much all games were designed for NTSC, so the PAL version games run slower.
          NTSC delivers a frame rate of 30 frames per second (fps) where as PAL is only 25 fps.

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    Perfect Dark (which I prefer over goldeneye if only for better multiplayer options and no oddjob/Bond in a dark suit bs).

    it’s better because of Elvis and the Farsight gun ;)

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      I consider Elvis to be a trap, his head hitbox is about 40% of his total body area and while it's not like a modern shooter, headshots still do extra damage. Gave a really satisfying squeel when you shot him too. :) Although I remember he was banned at several gaming sessions so he was certainly considered a cheap bastard.

      Farsight is one of the hardest things to counter. In a modern shooter it would be insanely overpowered. But on a split screen you quickly get used to playing and simultaneously watching everyone else's screen. It's still an incredible bitch to dodge once it locks on, quickly changing Z axis by dropping off a ledge gives the most distance and never charge directly towards the person.

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    tarzan was a pretty cool game on the 64

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    My demands for Nintendo:

    Release an N64 mini with the following games,

    or

    Release Switch versions (remastered or not) of:

    • Mario 64
    • Paper Mario
    • Mariokart 64

    That is all. TAKE MY MONEY.

    lol realised this is a 64 specific thread .. edited ;)

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    Goldeneye (mentioned so many times here) purely to watch two idiot friends do slaps only, minimal damage, maximum health… I think that game went for nearly an hour…

    Surprised I didn't read this one:

    CONKERS' BAD FUR DAY!!! Probably the most "mature" game on the N64. The "adult" jokes slipped in there every so often, the many references to poo, farts, drunken behaviour… I loved it back then, love it now!

    Honestly, there are so many fun games on the 64, great for multiplayer with 4 controller ports, no to mention nice, smooth 3D games.

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    I Have an original console and 4 original controllers too.
    Late 90's I played the crap outta it, favourites included both Zelda's, Blast Corps, Mario Kart, Mario Golf, Mario Party 1-3, Diddy Kong racing, Gauntlet Legends, GoldenEye, Perfect Dark, Conker's and plenty of others too.

    In recent years I used emulators on PC to replay some of the games above, typically the Zelda games.
    Last year I purchased an everdrive 64, allows me to enjoy all of my favourites without needing the individual game catridges.
    Quality is fine on my 55' Samsung tv using the standard AV cables, although I did buy a cheap AV to HDMI from Amazon to test it and see the difference - haven't tried this yet.

    I can definitely recommend the everdrive if you want to play many n64 games on the original console with original controllers, without having to collect each and every catridge. Some people are happy to play on PC emulators and save $$$, others only on original hardware using a CRT TV… the Everdrive is a good in-between.
    Some games don't emulate well, but others do surprisingly well.

    I love Nintendo and always will have a soft spot for the N64 and these games!

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      Yes Gauntlet Legends another fantastic co-op game. I played many hours with my niece and nephew - 3 players at the same time completing the game. Hack and slash at its finest!

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      Which everdrive did you get, where from and how much?
      With prices going up so much recently wouldn't mind selling a few games I don't play and maybe getting an everdrive.

      Would like to play Goldfinger, Goldeneye with Mario characters and english translation of Virtual Pro Wrestling and Sin and Punishment.

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        I recall buying it from that Krikzz official website, it was like $280 AU at the time with the exchange rate and shipping. My work PC blocks these websites, but its like one of the first few google search results when you search 'n64 everdrive'. Prices have gone up a lot lately for these things, even the Ultrahdmi mods too are hard to get and very expensive now.

        I guess if you're only after a few games and you're happy playing them single player, PC emulators would save you a whole lot of $$$ then. But if you're after the multiplayer experience, definitely recommend the everdrive! I still play Mario party, Mario Kart and Goldeneye with friends on the regular, never gets old unlike us!

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          Cheers, Postage from Ukraine under current conditions could take who knows how long, might see if anywhere local sells them, all I could find was out of stock:

          https://www.retrogamestore.com.au/product/everdrive-64-x7/

          340 n64 games in 1 cartridge on ebay (from China for under $100) is an option I would probably pass on, too many poor quality products unless anyone actually owns this and can say otherwise.

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            @Pimpiticians 4 Life: Yeah local options would be scarce! Try Ebay/Amazon US or even Ebay UK, shipping might take a while (if even possible) but may be you're only option right now unless you stumbled across one on Gumtree or Facebook marketplace. Hard-pass on any knockoffs, the risk of it not working properly ain't worth it. You'll always be better off spending more on the better product, or buying original cartridges from local marketplaces!

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              @Mikay89: Yeah thanks I ended up getting an everdrive x7 off ebay for $350 brand new a few months ago with micro SD already loaded with all the games, 64DD, hacked games etc. Cant speak highly enough of it. Plays the same as the original carts. Should have bought one years ago.

              Now playing an awesome wrestling game (Virtual Pro Wrestling Freem Edition)

              https://archive.org/download/vpw-2-freem

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    Slapper only - no oddjob
    And Mario Kart
    Still the best couch co-op combo

  • +2 votes

    Be careful of a lot of fake cartridges out there.

    to be safe always make sure it has AUS on the label somewhere.

    The fakes generally have only EUR or USA on it.

    Avoid those if possible.

    A really good games i recommend that arent mentioend are

    Mischief Makers.
    Banjo Kazooie/ Tooie.
    Snow board kids
    Pokemon Snap
    Bomberman 64