In recent news, leaks have surfaced of an upcoming Nintendo 64 (N64) Classic Edition. Of course, this likely surprised no one, as Nintendo has already created Classic Editions for both its NES and SNES systems. With the N64 being next in line, it makes perfect sense for it to receive the same treatment. The real question comes from what games from the system’s amazing library Nintendo will decide to include. With that in mind, we’ve decided to list five games that we want to see packaged into the inevitably newest addition to the Classic family. As usual, keep in mind that these choices might differ from your own choices. Without further ado, here are five games that should appear on the N64 Classic.
As one of the many N64 games that won the hearts of gamers everywhere, Banjo-Kazooie clearly deserves a spot in the N64 Classic collection. Its enjoyable 3D platforming, plethora of collectibles, and amazing cast of lovable characters makes the game legendary in the gaming industry. Sadly, the chances of seeing the bear and the bird on the N64 Classic seem slim at best. This, as most of you are likely aware of, results from the game’s IP now belonging to Microsoft. Who knows, with Nintendo and Microsoft becoming more cooperative lately, maybe the two companies can work something out.
4. Pokémon Snap
While certainly a strange idea for a Pokémon spin-off at the time, Pokémon Snap has become the a cult-classic among both Pokémon and N64 fans. This interesting on-rail shooter game allowed you to traverse a 3-dimensional world consisting of fully-rendered 3D models of the original 151 Pokémon. Surprisingly, the game became such a success that, even to this day, fans continue to beg for a Pokémon Snap sequel. While a second installment does not seem to be coming in the near future, the inclusion of Pokémon Snap on the N64 Classic would surely appease fans to an extent.
3. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Arguably one of the best games in the series, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask holds up as one of the N64’s greatest hits. It took the formula another successful Zelda game and improved upon it. Fans love the eerie tone set throughout the game, along with the urgency created by the three-day cycle. Add the ability to change into different species using the mask mechanic, and you have yourself an amazing game that deserves a spot on the N64 Classic roster.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Of course, where would Majora’s Mask be without the game that established the 3D Zelda formula. As the first Zelda N64 game, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time brought the series into the 3D landscape in a spectacular fashion. Amazingly, It incorporated a (at the time) expansive open world with good story telling and a large amount of content. The game constantly keeps players engaged with its side quests, main plot, and expansive dungeons. To put it bluntly, Ocarina of Time is an amazing game – period. To not add this game onto the N64 classic would be an injustice to gamers everywhere.
1. Super Mario 64
Obviously, Super Mario 64 was a revolutionary game to both the Super Mario series and gaming overall. It defined the 3D platforming genre and set a standard for what a gaming could become. The giant hub world and iconic painting levels solidified this game as one of the best N64 games to ever come from Nintendo. While some feel that the game has outstayed its welcome, people still love Super Mario 64. They will gladly purchase an entire console simply to replay the game that one them over many years ago. This one should not even be a question for the N64 Classic.
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Oscar is a writer for Culture of Gaming. He is an aspiring video game journalist that follows anything and everything Nintendo. His favorite franchises consist of Pokemon and Kingdom Hearts.