We all spent hundreds of hours playing the best N64 fighting games like Super Smash Bros. and Mortal Kombat, but this list seeks to highlight the underrated N64 games that just never got enough credit. If you were lucky enough to spend any time with these hidden N64 gems, you'll understand why others should give them a try. The list below of underrated titles come from a pool of all Nintendo 64 games include shooters, RPGs, and even sandbox games that were way ahead of their time. Vote in saluting these classic, overlooked N64 games.
Jet Force Gemini
Jet Force Gemini takes all the great elements of '70s and '80s sci-fi movies and blends them together in an incredible third-person shooter package. Created by the same developers as Blast Corps, it incorporates the swarm and formation mechanics of '80s arcade space shooters like Galaga to reward players for taking out large swaths of enemies at a time. Boasting 15 non-linear worlds, Jet Force Gemini is a deep game that hidden gem-hunters will really appreciate.
Snowboard Kids is one of those perfect party games. It is relatively easy to pick up and play, but has its own little wrinkles that separate it from the other Mario Kart clones of the day. Items and weapons must be purchased with gold, which is scattered along the course, but you can also get gold by performing totally radical tricks while speeding downhill. Any game that rewards you with cash for stylin' out on the slopes is a game worth playing.
Mischief Makers was released in 1997 at a time when most games were going all-in on 3D graphics. The game's 2.5D graphics give it an extremely unique aesthetic that, sadly, may have harmed its sales, which is a shame because whatever effort was saved on the graphics was put directly into the gameplay. Robo-maid Marina battles her away across Planet Clancer by shaking pretty much everything in sight. Shaking items and enemies often causes them to drop power-ups and allows you to use the item or enemy as a projectile. The level design is top notch, using the grab-and-shake mechanic to send you careening around the levels like a parkour expert. It's a very underrated platformer.
Release: Jan 01 1997
Developer: Treasure Co. Ltd
Publisher: Nintendo, Enix
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber not only has a hell of a title, but is also a great game. The game is a real-time strategy RPG that covers some heavy topics, including civil war, morality, and classism, amongst others. You play as Magnus Gallant, a captain in the military who can command battalions of up to 50 troops at a time. The storyline is sweepingly epic, featuring political intrigue, revolutions, and hordes of the Netherworld. It is currently available on Nintendo's Virtual Console, so get yourself a copy and become a person of lordly caliber.
Developer: Nintendo, Quest Corporation
Publisher: Square Enix, Nintendo, Atlus, Quest Corporation