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Nintendo 64 games that made childhood awesome

June 4, 2015

The Nintendo 64 was the first video game system I ever received that wasn’t a hand-me-down. I had wanted it so badly, and my mom got me a shiny new red one for Christmas when I was about 7 years old. That system introduced me to so many great games that I still love today. Note: These are games I grew up with; there are a lot of great N64 games that I didn’t play growing up and have since discovered, such as Conker’s Bad Fur Day, GoldenEye 007, etc.

1. Paper Mario

Paper Mario was the first RPG I ever played, and it opened up a whole new world for me. Although I didn’t know what it was called at the time, Paper Mario introduced me to turn-based gameplay, and I absolutely loved it. I also loved that the story differed from your typical Mario adventure. Peach still gets kidnapped, but there’s more to it than usual. You have to collect seven Star Spirits, and I remember being mesmerized when visiting the Star Summit for the first time. The music is also very memorable, and is still one of my favorite video game soundtracks to this day. If you’re a fan of Mario and RPGs, you can’t afford to miss this game. It’s never too late to play a new game. The sequel for the GameCube, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, is also excellent.

2. Super Mario 64

Anyone who owned an N64 probably played Super Mario 64 at some point. It was bundled with the system when it was first released, so many were sort of forced into playing it. That’s not a bad thing, though; Super Mario 64 is one of the greatest, most beloved platformers in gaming.

3. Mario Party 2

Mario Party 2 is definitely my favorite of the Mario Party series. There’s something about the mini-games and music in 2 that’s really special. I spent countless hours playing this game with my best friends when I was a little girl. I still play it to this day with my husband and friends, and it’s just as fun now as it was then.

4. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is one of my favorite sports games of all time. I have played all of the Skate games and most Tony Hawk games, but there is nothing like the original Pro Skater. The soundtrack is flawless, and the levels are so fun to play.

5. Donkey Kong 64

Donkey Kong 64 was the first Donkey Kong game I played. I had previously only known him from Mario Kart and Mario Party. When I played DK64 for the first time, I wanted to know more about this big, hairy ape. That rap at the beginning told me that the game was going to be freaking awesome. (As a child, I had the rap’s lyrics written down in a little notebook that I carried around with me; I thought it was so cool.) To be honest, I never got very far in the game; I only unlocked Diddy and then got stuck. One of these days I’m going to start a fresh game and play it to completion. Even though I didn’t get very far, I had a lot of fun shooting coconuts at those scary bumble bees and jumping on gophers.

What are some of your favorite Nintendo 64 games? Add me on Wii U and let’s chat about it! Nintendo Network ID: Vanellope

  • Cassie is a 20-something gamer, social media guru, writer, music lover, and photographer from the Milford, Delaware area. She has a passion for video games that started when she was given an NES Top Loader as a young child. Super Mario Bros. was the first game she ever played, and it's still one of her favorite games to this day. She also has a love for photography, and most enjoys photographing animals and children. Her favorite games are The Last of Us and Uncharted 3, and her hype for Uncharted 4 is immeasurable. Follow her on... Instagram | Twitter | Twitch

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