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The Nintendo 64 was the last console released by Nintendo to feature cartridges as its form of media. Of course, it’s known for more than just the way in which the company stored data, as it is also the console where gamers really learned that first-person shooters were possible on a system that wasn’t a PC.

While the N64 had plenty of games that it’s remembered for, there are plenty more that just didn’t get the praise they deserved in their time. For one reason or another, the games we are going to look at today just wen’t very popular. Today, we are going to give them their moment in the sun, and hopefully, you will go back and play them, because you will still have a great time!

Jet Force Gemini

This game is kind of a mashup of some of the most popular genres on the Nintendo 64. It’s part third-person shooter, part platformer, and part action-adventure game. It strikes a perfect balance between all of the genres, and it goes all out to deliver fun gameplay in each of them. It’s from Rare, the same company responsible for Goldeneye, the shooter that defined console shooters before Halo came along The 5 Best Video Game Franchises Of All Time [MUO Gaming] The 5 Best Video Game Franchises Of All Time [MUO Gaming] The video game industry is incredibly sequel driven. Some franchises even talk about their next game before they make the first one. Bioware, for example, decided that Mass Effect was going to be a trilogy... Read More , so you know it’s a quality gameplay experience.

The setting is also really cool, with a Star Wars-like aesthetic. It is also known for featuring some of the best music of any game on the N64, which is some serious praise when you consider some of the incredible titles available on the console. Jet Force Gemini wasn’t as popular as games like Goldeneye, but it’s definitely up there with it in terms of quality. Copies of the cart can be had for about $8 on eBay, so you can go back and play it without breaking the bank.

Sin and Punishment: Successor To The Earth

The rail shooter is a genre that is not very well-represented today, as the rise of the first and third-person shooter has made the genre largely unnecessary. However, back in the late 90s, games in the genre were far more popular, and a fantastic example is Sin and Punishment, which was a game for the Nintendo 64 that was never actually released in the west until much later when Nintendo brought it to the Virtual Console 6 Things To Do With Your Wii U While Waiting For New Games 6 Things To Do With Your Wii U While Waiting For New Games I must admit that the Nintendo Wii U, though I love it, hasn’t done as well as I’d hoped. The problem is simple. Games – there are none! All of the major releases I (and... Read More on the Wii.

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The game is largely a display of magnificent set pieces, with beautiful boss fights that are as fun to play as they are to look at. Even all these years later, the game is still quite enjoyable to see, and timeless nature of the gameplay makes it a perfect game to go back to, even all these years later.

WinBack

We’ve actually talked about WinBack before when we discussed some of the most game-changing shooters throughout gaming history 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 , and I want to take this opportunity to give it some love again, as it really is a fantastic third-person shooter that deserves to stand side-by-side with Goldeneye in terms of the way it defined the genre.

Besides featuring cover, something that shooters did not do before it, WinBack also has some fantastic stealth elements that compliment the shooting in a way that feels both fun and exciting. For whatever reason, not enough people played this game back in the N64 era. Perhaps everyone was too busy shooting it out in Goldeneye with their friends, but Winback really deserves more praise than it received. You can find a loose copy of the game on eBay for around $8, so you can go back and enjoy this game on the cheap.

Blast Corps 

Blast Corps is another game from Rare, a company who was one of the most prolific developers for Nintendo hardware back in the day (Rare is still around, but its games are not synonymous with quality in the same way they were during the N64 era). Blast Corps is regarded as one of the best games for the N64, yet it’s rarely spoken of in the same breath as games like Super Smash Brothers, Goldeneye, and Ocarina of Time.

The gameplay is all about driving around and destroying buildings. With games like Battlefield 4 making destructible environments such a huge selling point, it’s quite impressive that a game released all the way back on the N64 had such an enjoyable level of destructibility. It’s not the deepest game ever made, but it’s just dumb fun, and that’s what gaming is all about. Used copies typically sell for around $7 on eBay, so this is a game that you can definitely go play without a huge investment.

Conclusion

The Nintendo 64 is a console that is filled with fantastic games, many of which are spoken about today along with some of the more popular games. So now we turn to you, our readers: what are some Nintendo 64 games you remember fondly that did not get the praise you feel they deserve? Hit the comments section below and let us know!

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  1. RE464
    March 28, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Resident EVIL 4 was/is hands down best!!!! AKA RE4

  2. Kim
    March 15, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Tetrisphere - lost hours of my life to that game!

  3. Renato R
    March 15, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Megaman 2 should be here too, awesome rpg, and Evangelion as well, very nice game.

  4. Josh W
    March 15, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Really? Only four? That's almost disappointing! The N64 had a really good library of games, and there were more than a handful that flew under the radar, such as:

    ~Mischief Makers: Others have brought this one up, but I don't know how you make a list of underrated N64 games without this on it. This thing is a brilliant, 2D side-scrolling action puzzle piece of 90s-anime-flavored insanity.

    ~Bomberman 64, Bomberman Hero, Bomberman 64: The Second Attack: Bomberman had more power back in the day, but he's mostly remember for his 2D incarnations, but the N64 had a pretty good trilogy of 3D platformers. And of course, multiplayer was blast! (See what I did there? Yeah, I'm that lame.)

    ~Glover: I know this game is pretty divisive, but I thought it was a fairly clever puzzle/platformer that involved getting a ball from A to B as a walking magician's glove.

    ~Perfect Dark: While this game was successful enough to get an awful Xbox 360 sequel, I often think this game gets unfairly overshadowed by Goldeneye. Sure, 007 had the initial "wow factor" and so that's what everyone remembers, but I've always thought that PD's multiplayer was better. Sure, it's basically Goldeneye 1.5, but it's also got that Laptop Gun!

    ~Space Station Silicon Valley: British humor as a puzzle/platformer. This game is WEiRD, but it makes for pretty interesting romp (though the graphics haven't aged well at all!).

    ~Mario Tennis: While it did get a few sequels, this game was pretty good party game (once you got bored of Kart and Party and Smash). I remember losing quite a few hours at my friend's house to this flashy piece of arcade-y sports sim.

    And I know there are more; I've only listed the ones I've played. I'd recommend this list, as it covers quite a bit: http://vsrecommendedgames.wikia.com/wiki/Nintendo_64

  5. tj Dania
    March 15, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Zelda: Ocarina Of Time is one of the greatest adventure games ever made.

    • ??
      March 18, 2014 at 7:45 am

      you got that right

    • Somebody
      March 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Eh kinda. It lives up to its name as one of the best RPGs, but in my opinion, after you've completed it 2 or 3 times it gets really stale.

  6. solostand
    March 14, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Another hidden gem – Beetle Adventure Racing. People often ignored this game, because a lot of games with brand in their name are often no more than interactive commercial... But this one, with it's great gameplay, detailed tracks, nice graphics and so on is truly a gem – this is closest thing to NFS that you can get on N64. Only downside – one playable car only.

  7. Tyler
    March 14, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Jet Force Gemini was Halo before Halo was even thought about.

  8. Robert W
    March 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    I -loved- Blast Corps. So many fun memories. And that bizarre soundtrack...

  9. Luis Medrano
    March 14, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Personally I think that "mischief makers" should be on the list.

  10. Alex D
    March 14, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    The N64 was the first console I ever properly got. All the ones prior where my brothers, so this was bought for me. I even still have mine hooked up on the tv nice to my computer. As for hidden gems I''d have to go with Hot Wheels: Turbo Racing. This is like the most addicting racing game I've ever owned. Also, I have to show my love for Paper Mario; one of my favorite games of all time.

  11. TokyoDesu
    March 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    hahah grate i love n64

  12. Ben S
    March 14, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    So glad to see Jet Force Gemini on the list! I had this game and loved it; definitely underrated even though it came from Rare.

    One of my most underrated games on the N64 is Mischief Makers. It's unique because it only uses the controller's D-Pad, and never the analog stick. Has anyone else played it?

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