Since Nintendo 64 is my favorite retro gaming system, I’ve decided to put together a list of my top five N64 games. Hey, if you’ve got a favorite . . . or two . . . or five . . . share it.
5. Banjo Tooie
Story: The game begins two years after Banjo Kazooie with Mumbo, Banjo, Kazooie, and Bottles playing cards. Outside, Gruntilda’s sisters come to revive her from the dead. After she is freed from her imprisonment from the rock that fell on her at the end of Banjo Kazooie, after the fight, Mumbo, Banjo, Kazooie, and Bottles hear Gruntilda’s sisters’ drilling machine. Mumbo goes out to see what is going on. Gruntilda sees him, and she throws a spell at the house and kills Bottles. Then the game begins!
Your mission from this point on is to stop Gruntilda from returning back to her normal self.
Game Play: Banjo Tooie features a whole lot bigger environment in worlds than Banjo Kazooie. The game play is decent, certainly more fluid than the first game, but Bottle’s zoom glasses can be tricky to control sometimes. Especially when you’re shooting eggs and flying. The swimming mechanics in the game are a whole lot easier than the first game, especially if you free the fish from the rock at Spiral Mountain.
Characters: Banjo is a goofy, teenage bear with a backpack. Kazooie is an obnoxious bird that lives in Banjo’s backpack. Mumbo is a shaman, and in this game he uses spells to help you in certain parts. His role in the first game was to turn you into certain objects or animals, but that role in this game was given to Humba Wumba. Gruntilda is a rhyming witch who tried to steal Banjo’s sister’s beauty in the first game to try to make herself the most beautiful lady in the land. (Kind of like the story of Snow White.) In this game, after her sisters revive her, she wants to kill Banjo for defeating her in the first game.
Overall, I’d give the story a 3.8 out of 5.0. For the game play, I’d give 4.0 out of 5.0. The characters also get a 4.0 out of 5.0. Sometimes humor, decent plot, and good game play make this a good gaming choice. I recommend to pick this one up if you get a chance, or you can get it on Xbox Live Arcade. I prefer the N64, because of nostalgia.
4. Goeman’s Great Adventure
Story: The story begins with Goeman and Ebisumaru taking a walk in the forest, and they arrive at the Wiseman’s house. He has created a machine that would allow people to meet their ancestors, but as he pulls the switch to turn the machine on, things go horribly wrong. Ebisumaru’s descendent from the future, Bisumaru, comes to steal the machine to resurrect the demon Dochuki and take over the planet. Then the Wiseman sends Goeman and Ebisumaru off to get the machine back.
Game play: The gameplay is really solid. It’s a 3D/2D platformer that plays more like its predecessors on the Super Nintendo than its predecessor on the N64, Mystical Ninja Starring Goeman. With Goeman, you get a bronze pipe, a silver pipe, and a golden pipe. You get those by getting cat dolls from killing enemies to upgrade your weapon. Ebisumaru has fans as weapons that do the same thing. Later on you’ll meet the ninja robot, Sasuke, and the ninja Yae. You also get to fight with impact and fight giant robot battles, like from Power Rangers.
Characters: Goeman, the main character, Ebisumaru, Sasuke, Yae
Overall: I would give this a 4.0 for the story and 5.0 for the game play. 4.5 for the characters
3. Super Mario 64
Story: The story of Super Mario 64 starts off like any other Mario game, where Mario has to rescue Peach from Bowser’s clutches, but in this game, the levels are in paintings.
Gameplay: Works really well for an early Nintendo 64 game. Use A to jump, A three times to triple jump, and Z while holding the analog stick up to long jump. B is used to punch.
Characters: Mario, Peach, Bowser
Overall: This is a fantastic masterpiece of a game. I’d give it 4.5 for the story, 5.0 for the game play, and 5.0 for the characters. I highly recommend you play this. If you haven’t, what kind of N64 gamer are you?
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Story: The story starts out with Link having a nightmare and after he wakes up, he sets out on an unexpected journey from the great deku tree. You have to get the three spiritual stones to open the door of time so Ganondorf, the Dark Lord, won’t get the triforce.
Gameplay: The gameplay works really well. Use B to slash a sword, and use R and A to jump/slash with your sword. Use the C buttons for your items in the menu screen.
Characters: Link, Ganondorf, and Zelda
Overall: I’d give this game 5.0 for the story, 5.0 for gameplay, and 5.0 for the characters.
1. Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Story: The story starts out with Link trying to find Navi after her duties as a fairy in Ocarina of Time are over, and Link runs into Skull Kid from Koriko Forest. Skull Kid steals his horse, and he chases Skull Kid and he ends up in this weird eternal dimension from Hyrule called Termina. Then the game begins. The Majora’s Mask has been stolen by Skull Kid and the Happy Mask Salesman tells you to get it in three days or else the moon will crush and destroy the earth.
Gameplay: Game play is the same as Ocarina of Time, but in this game, you get to transform into some of the masks that you get in the journey.
Characters: Link, Happy Mask Salesman, Skull Kid
Overall: I’d give the story a 5.0 out of 5, and I’d give game play a 5.0 and the characters a 5.0 out of 5. This game did things in a totally different way than other Zelda titles and that’s what made me really enjoy this game. This is my favorite N64 game of all time.