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The Nintendo 64 Project64 - The Best Way To Emulate Nintendo 64 Games Project64 - The Best Way To Emulate Nintendo 64 Games I still remember the exact day that I unboxed my Nintendo 64. I've always been a huge gamer and a bit of a nerd, and that console was a big step for me. Playing my... Read More was a console that changed the world of gaming and brought us things that we’ve never seen before. As the latest of all fifth-generation consoles, it came attached to a launch title that represents the entire brand: Super Mario 64.

With nearly 40 million units sold worldwide, it goes without saying that the Nintendo 64 offered many more memorable games that put the console on such a pedestal. Games like GoldenEye 007, Mario Kart 64, Perfect Dark, and Pokémon Snap had loyal Nintendo fans going absolutely crazy. The Nintendo 64 also birthed several series of games, it’s most notable being the Super Smash Bros. line. However, some of these series didn’t make it too far past the Nintendo 64 and never saw their fair share of time on later consoles like the Wii or 3DS. In this article, let’s look at three series of Nintendo 64 games that should have continued on.

Turok

We’re in a time where first-person shooters Important First Person Shooters That Evolved The Genre [MUO Gaming] Important First Person Shooters That Evolved The Genre [MUO Gaming] First and third person shooters are the most popular genre in the video game world right now. Call of Duty and Halo have the charts on lock down, and games like Battlefield and Crysis are... Read More occupy such a huge slice of the gaming pie. Back when the Nintendo 64 was released in 1996, you could argue that FPS games weren’t nearly as popular as action-adventure games, RPGs, and platformers. Turok burst onto the scene as one of the most unique and interesting first-person shooters that any of us has seen.

Turok’s theme is what made it such a great game. You are set out into a primitive world to hunt and kill dinosaurs and similar creatures. Throughout the series, you’re given bows, flamethrowers, RPGs, chainguns, and rifles.

Six games were released in the Turok series from 1997 to 2002, all seeing time on Nintendo’s consoles. In 2008, the latest Turok game (going by that simple title, “Turok”) came to the PS3, Xbox 360, and Windows.

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Turok was treated as a complete series reboot and had practically no continuity at all from the previous set of games in the Turok series. The 2008 release attempted to do what was not available for earlier games, bringing it into the world of online multiplayer play.

You can argue that Turok isn’t alive and well today because of the shift in focus from campaign modes to online play. Turok’s style fit so perfectly with the single-player FPS experience, because the player vs. environment feel of hunting down these dinosaurs and other terrifying creatures was just awesome. It doesn’t translate as well when it’s dinosaur hunter vs. dinosaur hunter.

Even still, imagine how beautiful a game in the Turok series could look today on a console like the PlayStation 4 The PS4 Revealed: 10 PlayStation 4 Videos All Gamers Should Watch The PS4 Revealed: 10 PlayStation 4 Videos All Gamers Should Watch After months of speculation Sony recently entered the eighth generation of video games hardware, joining Nintendo, which kicked it all off by releasing the Wii U at the end of 2012. The not-very-imaginatively-titled PlayStation 4... Read More . If we can find a way to put excitement back into a campaign mode, a 2013/2014 version of this game could really be incredible.

Banjo-Kazooie

It’s so upsetting that we have not seen an addition to the Banjo-Kazooie series, or even a remake, hit the 3DS yet. It seems like the perfect console for it!

Banjo-Kazooie

Banjo-Kazooie ranks among the best platformer games of all-time, and that’s a huge accomplishment when you consider the games in series like Mario The Origins & History Of Mario [Geek History Lessons] The Origins & History Of Mario [Geek History Lessons] An Italian plumber created by a Japanese artist somehow became one of the most recognizable characters on earth. Featured in over 100 games, it's hard to imagine Nintendo or even video games without this mustachioed... Read More , Kirby 6 Best Kirby Video Games Ever Made 6 Best Kirby Video Games Ever Made Kirby is a mainstay in Nintendo's staple of mascots, however, the little guy just doesn't get as much love as Mario, Zelda, and some of the Japanese company's other characters. Perhaps it is because Nintendo... Read More , Crash Bandicoot, and more. What really makes Banjo-Kazooie stand out to me is the cheerful atmosphere. This is a game you can’t play while you’re in a bad mood, because it’s going to immediately change the way you feel. The soundtrack, the gameplay, and everything else comes together to make this one of the happiest and wackiest games you’ll ever play.

Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie are the two titles that make up the core franchise. In 2003, Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge was released on the Game Boy Advance Playing Classic Gameboy Games On The PC With Visual Boy Advance [MUO Gaming] Playing Classic Gameboy Games On The PC With Visual Boy Advance [MUO Gaming] As the first major handheld console and a gem of the Nintendo brand, Gameboy pushed out some incredibly cool and classic video games, such as Super Mario, Mega Man, Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon, which... Read More . Way down the road and in 2008, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts came to the Xbox 360, but that was a different feeling game. A year later, carried from the success of this game, Banjo-Tooie saw a re-release via the Xbox Live Arcade.

The Banjo-Kazooie franchise is what Nintendo is all about. I appreciate that the Xbox 360 picked up the series to give it its latest release, but let’s go back to our roots. Put a traditional Banjo game out, and let’s see it on the 3DS What Is The Nintendo 3DS XL & Should You Get One? [MUO Gaming] What Is The Nintendo 3DS XL & Should You Get One? [MUO Gaming] The buzz around Nintendo’s Wii U has been rather lackluster. Much like the Wii, people seem confused by the new controller that is looking to revolutionize gaming, as we know it. In an effort to... Read More ! I feel like platformers are a dying breed, and major consoles are reserved for more cinematic, multiplayer-intensive games. A handheld like the 3DS would be so perfect for this, and I’d be one of the first to pick it up.

Extreme-G

It’s not easy to get me pumped up for a racing game. I played games like Rad Racer on the NES and Dirt Trax FX for the SNES, and they were cool for a while, but I was never hooked. It wasn’t until I played games in the “extreme racing” genre that I started to really put in heavy hours. Jet Moto was great, and Extreme-G was even better.

Extreme-G and Extreme-G 2 came in 1997 and 1998 on the N64, and then the series came to a stop with XG3: Extreme G Racing (Extreme-G 3) on the GameCube and PlayStation 2 in 2001.

These games are not like your typical racing game. They are faster, filled with more action, and the music is better. You’ve got to love the trance soundtrack that came with the original game. Extreme-G features lightning-speed racing 2 Ultra-Fast Racing Games That Truly Test Your Driving Abilities 2 Ultra-Fast Racing Games That Truly Test Your Driving Abilities I came across a couple of racing games I hadn't spotted on SourceForge before. They're both well rated by the user base there, and they both promised to offer realistic physics engines that would make... Read More through several futuristic tracks that you speed and fight through. Almost like racing in the Mario Kart series, yet a whole lot more deadly, you can toss out homing and reverse missiles, mines, and even go stealth to battle opposing racers.

Extreme-G 2 and 3 were even faster than the original game, allowing players to break the sound barrier and create a sonic boom, muting all game sounds other than that of the travelling bike. When slowing below supersonic speeds, game sounds resume as normal. These games really made racing on these bikes feel like a roller coaster.

Imagine Extreme-G 4 on today’s consoles. The online play would be insane. Given the right treatment, the game could leave room for some awesome customization of bikes and tracks, and it could really be one of the most exciting and unique racing games 2 Top-Down Racing Games That Break The Mold [iOS] 2 Top-Down Racing Games That Break The Mold [iOS] Making a racing game with a top-down perspective is a real challenge. It takes a skilled developer to create a game that is able to flip the controls as you change directions. After all, with... Read More in recent time. Racing games of today are great and all, but there’s just not enough sonic booms and exploding opponents.

Conclusion

While these games had sequels and great runs, couldn’t it have been brought further? We’ve got three game series here that are some of the most underrated and exciting in several major genres: FPS, platforming, and racing. Consoles of our generation need to pick these up and breathe new life into them!

What other N64 games would you care to see brought back to life on today’s consoles? Let me know in the comments below!

  1. Anonymous
    August 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Rareware (Banjo Kazooie owner) belongs to Microsoft so no Rare games will come to any Nintendo system many more. Rareware handed the Donkey Kong Country series over to Retrogames/Monster Games. They had a "limited" Nintendo handheld contract for GBA and DS for another half decade at the time when Rare became a part of Microsoft but now that has been expired and Rare stopped making DS games after 2008 while 3DS has no RareWare games at all.

  2. Nick S
    August 20, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I'd like to see a Banjo-Kazooie title like the orginal. Its one of the most nostalgic games Ive ever played. That being said my others are Conker, Turok (the original) and my all time favorite n64 game Shadowman, Microsoft please make this happen!!!

  3. DDASD
    August 19, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    The developer franchise (Rare) behind Banjo Kazooie is unfortunately owned by Microsoft and unless they sell the rights back to a third party developer or even strictly Nintendo, Banjo will remain on XBOX consoles.

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