Total Nerd 12 Criminally Underrated Nintendo 64 Games That Deserve More Credit  

Stephen Reyes
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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.

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Jet Force Gemini


Jet Force Gemini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 12 Criminally Underrated Nintendo 64 Games That Deserve More Credit
Photo: IGN

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. 

Publisher: Rare

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Snowboard Kids


Snowboard Kids is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 12 Criminally Underrated Nintendo 64 Games That Deserve More Credit
Photo: Ramenboii

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.

Release: 1998

Developer: Racjin

Publisher: Atlus

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Mischief Makers


Mischief Makers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 12 Criminally Underrated Nintendo 64 Games That Deserve More Credit
Photo: Two-Faced Reviews

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: 1997

Developer: Treasure Co. Ltd

Publisher: Nintendo, Enix

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Goemon's Great Adventure is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 12 Criminally Underrated Nintendo 64 Games That Deserve More Credit
Photo: NintendoLife

Goemon's Great Adventure is considered by many to be the best side-scroller ever released for the Nintendo 64. The game is a co-op quest through a surreal version of Japan's historic Edo period. Goemon, the main character, idolizes screen-legend James Dean as the "ultimate ninja," which is a highlight of the game's bizarre humor. The game also features clear influences from the Castlevania franchise, with Goemon battling monsters while the game repeatedly transitions from day to night. You might not understand all the Japanese humor and references, but the gameplay is stellar. 

Release: 1998

Developer: Konami

Publisher: Konami

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