The Top 5 Forgotten N64 Games

The N64 was not the finest hour for Nintendo. The decision to stick with cartridges made games for the system more expensive and forced some publishers to take their games to PlayStation, knowing that the CD format was cheaper and allowed them more storage. One of the most famous games abandoned by Nintendo due to cartridges’ hardware limitations was Final Fantasy VII. The seventh installment in the JRPG franchise was a massive hit and was almost single-handedly responsible for selling the first PlayStation to Japanese gamers. The rest, as they say, is history.

GoldenEye was hugely important for consoles as one of the first console FPS games fully embraced by the mainstream. But the N64 is remembered for more than dodgy hardware decisions and a somewhat ridiculous controller. The system is recognized for some stellar games, too. Ocarina of Time expertly applied the familiar Zelda formula to three dimensions. The game is often featured alongside the aforementioned Final Fantasy VII when conversing about the greatest games of all time. And, of course, there was Mario 64, which effectively showed the world just how good 3D platform games could be. For one reason or another, not every game makes the splash it should. As any comedian will tell you, they can’t all be zingers. Some are destined to be underrated. Some cult classics. And others to be nothing more than a name that you struggle to get off the tip of your tongue when talking with your friends.



With that in mind, here are the top 5 forgotten N64 games.


Gamers who owned the original PlayStation will likely wax lyrical about a little game called Metal Gear Solid. It was one of the first console stealth-action games to impact the mainstream market, and after the success of the first Solid game, the series became an important flagship for the PlayStation console. What few gamers remember, though, is that the N64 had a stealth-action match of its own in WinBack. Featuring ahead-of-its-time cover-based shooting and some not-quite-MGS stealth mechanics, WinBack was a great game that was sadly in the wrong place at the wrong time. Metal Gear Solid went on to be one of the biggest series in gaming, and WinBack went on to be number 5 in our forgotten N64 games list.


Tetris is a hugely important game. One of the best-selling titles of all time, and one that was a massive money-spinner for Nintendo on Game Boy, the ultra-popular puzzle game so successfully transcended the gaming medium that it’s up there with Pac-Man and Pong in the list of games that even your Grandpa has heard of. One thing Gramps almost certainly won’t have heard of, though, is Tetrisphere. As you might have figured out from the name, Tetrisphere was essentially Tetris played on a sphere. Eschewing all notions of the idea that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Tetrisphere was one of the few games that put a new spin on an old classic and not leave everyone involved red-faced.

Blast Corps

Blast Corps was a game of little finesse. There’s no elaborate story to follow. There’s no emotional connection to the characters. There are no delusions of grandeur. This game is where you drive trucks through cities and suburbs and smash them up. And that’s about it. The trucks never handled particularly well, and the forced repetition of levels could certainly grate. Still, there was something incredibly satisfying about reducing a city to rubble using just one little truck.

Beetle Adventure Racing

On the surface, Beetle Adventure Racing might sound like little more than a cash-in or an advertisement dressed up as a game, but to the surprise of anyone who played it, the game was a rare treat. Access to some parts of the game was cut off initially, with the player charged with unlocking them via exploration and standard racing throughout a massively enjoyable single-player experience. The focus on exploration and more traditional racing didn’t quite make it an open-world racer like we see today, but it was certainly ahead of its time. And the local multiplayer? It was up there with GoldenEye for the most fun you could have on the system.

Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber

Okay, let’s get it out of the way. Ogre Battle 64: The person of Lordly Caliber has a ridiculous name. And that might well have contributed to the cartridge not landing on many Christmas lists all those years ago, bagging Ogre Battle the dubious honor of being number one on our list of forgotten N64 games. The overlooked role-playing game featured a huge branching story, some decision-making, and a surprising amount of replay value thanks to how the world would change based on your actions. While you’ll likely get nothing but bewildered looks if you try talking about the game with many gamers today, Ogre Battle was a wonderful RPG and one that any self-respecting fan of retro gaming should endeavor to try out.


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