Quick Ratings:
Downloadable N64 games on Nintendo Wii



      Here's the full list of Nintendo-64 games available for download on the Nintendo Wii's "Virtual Console."
Since Wii Channels are being closed, I predict a virtual console server shutdown sometime in the near future.
I've created this chart to share my opinion of the entire N64 selection available on the virtual console, to provide a "games worth your wallet" list in said category, without dishing out spoilers and the story of the games. I've rated every title through an unbiased point system... this is the aftermath.
Below I give my opinion about the Top 3 titles, and why YOU (if you own a Nintendo Wii) should download the best of the list.

Click the title screen graphics to link directly to the official Nintendo game-page.




   Total Rating        Gameplay   Control    Graphics     Sound      Replay          Price    Extra

1080 Snowboarding

62

 

6

7

6

8

4
 
   $10   

eBay

Bomberman Hero

64

 

6

9

6

6

5
 
$10

eBay

Cruis'n USA

48

 

5

8

6

2

3

 

$10

eBay

F-Zero X

84

 

8

9

7

10

8

 

$10

eBay

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

82

 

9

7

8

9

8

 

$10

eBay

Mario Golf

62

 

8

7

5

7

4

 

$10

eBay

Mario Kart 64

84

 

7

9

8

9

9

 

$10

eBay

Mario Party 2

80

 

8

8

9

8

7

 

$10

eBay

Mario Tennis

78

 

8

8

7

9

7

 

$10

eBay

Ogre Battle 64

68

 

7

8

9

8

2

 

$10

eBay

Paper Mario

96

 

10

8

10

10

10

 

$10

eBay

Pokemon Puzzle League

42

 

5

7

4

4

1

 

$10

eBay

Pokemon Snap

68

 

7

7

7

5

8

 

$10

eBay

Sin & Punishment

80

 

8

7

9

9

7

 

$12


Star Fox 64

84

 

8

10

8

8

8

 

$10

eBay

Super Mario 64

80

 

9

7

8

8

8

 

$10

eBay

Super Smash Bros.

78

 

6

8

7

8

9

 

$10

eBay

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

90

 

8

8

10

10

9

 

$10

eBay

  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time  

82

 

9

8

9

8

7

 

$10

eBay

Wave Race 64

76

 

7

8

8

8

7

 

$10

eBay

Yoshi's Story

72

 

7

8

7

6

8

 

$10

 eBay 


1st:     96%
Paper Mario




     Near the end of N64's lifespan, or rather when Kirby 64, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, and Paper Mario were released, I started to get a little antsy in obtaining a Nintendo N64 console. After saving up our chore and babysitting money, my brother and I finally gave in and bought a used SP edition Teal console - even though the Playstation 2 was just already launched at the time. Paper Mario wasn't our first game, It was just a little too pricey with our babysitting budget. We started off with a few cheaper games we found at a local pawn shop, Mario Kart 64 and Goldeneye 007. Eventually we scored a complete copy of Paper Mario at a Roger's Video... but that's another article in itself.

     Paper Mario was most likely the most extraordinary RPG in the entire N64 library. With 2-dimensional character graphics, the game was heavily criticized, but even at a young age, I saw it as an instant classic. Since most graphics were "paper," all of the animation and movement in the game was really smooth. No lag, no screwin' around. The battle system booted up quickly, and the overworld took only a second to transition between maps. The soundtrack is also a masterpiece, appropriate tunes for every in-game venue and situation. And whenever you feel the need to get away from the Story campaign, there are lots of side-quests, treasure hunts, and minigames.. more than enough to keep you playing satisfied through the entire game.

     For ten bucks, I highly recommend Paper Mario. I've personally played through the game twice, and I still feel the need to play it again.
Paper Mario, A++.

2nd:     90%
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask


     The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask was an underrated masterpiece from Nintendo. Three words, Hardcore Zelda Awesome. I question why Zelda fanboys have criticized the indifferent gameplay of the late N64 title compared to previous Zelda games. On my first play-through, I had to attempt the Zora dungeon, haunted ranch, and ultimate weapon side-quest two or three times until I finally 'nailed it,' and I think the difficulty alone has driven longtime Zelda fans to either hate it or love it.

     You soon realize the importance of time consumption and prioritizing event goals when appropriate. In other words, Majora's Mask isn't for the casual gamer. If you want to max the game out, You'll need to go back in time and start over again and again.. especially if you're hunting for all 21 optional masks, This alone is why I enjoyed the game so much. You will feel extremely satisfied with the completion and outcome of the game. Every hour you spend playing is worth it, even if you fail, you will learn from it, and the experience alone will be a major part in your adventure.
I would only recommend Majora's Mask to players who have beaten a few other Zelda games first, as dungeon experience is somewhat necessary in this ultimate time-trial of a game.


3rd Place Four-way Tie at 84% each

Starfox 64




     StarFox 64 is an awesome successor while keeping everything that is the original StarFox. The graphics and control alone make the game, when I want to play something smooth and quick, I think Starfox 64. The game is short, but with 25 possible level path combinations, there's a lot to discover in every play-through. If you have a 3DS, check This out.



Mario Kart 64



     Mario Kart 64 is an instant classic, and a true successor to the original "Super Mario Kart."
Mario Kart 64 includes more items, tracks, and surprises... but keeps the same amount of racers, excluding the Koopa Troopa, who is replaced by Wario.
64-bit 3D really helps the game. Battle-mode is the most noticeable change from the first Mario Kart; racers have the ability to hide and travel through the z-dimension, since Super Mario Kart is a flat battleground. While the game lacks unlockables, there's a lot of fun-based replay value in all of the courses, plenty enough to keep you and your multiplayer buddies entertained.



F-Zero X



      On a personal opinion, I would give "F-Zero X" a near-perfect score as it is easily one of my favorite Racing games of all-time. I would put F-Zero X in my n64 over Mario Kart any day.. EVER. In fact, I think it's better than the GameCube "F-Zero GX."   With 30 racers to unlock and choose from, over 20 different tracks, and a unique "Death Race" mode, there is plenty of game-play to experience. And the soundtrack! ... my god.
     If you would prefer the actual N64 cartridge, it varies from $4 to $10 on ebay. Nothing beats under-rated and cheap.



Honourable Mentions:

Sin/Punishment          80%



     Sin & Punishment was a Japanese exclusive on the n64, North America has never had the chance to see "Sin & Punishment"... until now. With a slightly higher price than the other titles, it's available on the Wii VC, and I highly recommend it.
Sin & Punishment isn't very comparable to many games (that I know of), but I would affiliate it's genre with games like StarFox titles, and Asura's Wrath... a no-turning-back run & gun (And I like it).


Ogre Battle 64          68%



     I have to give credit to Nintendo for releasing this title on the virtual console, since the original cartridge of Ogre Battle 64 is hard to find, and one of the pricier games on the used-market. It's predecessor for the Super Nintendo, Ogre Battle, is another rare title that is available for cheap download on the Virtual Console. Thanks Nintendo.



     While I am impressed with the few titles that Nintendo has to offer for N64 downloads, I would have liked to see some games that were released near the death of N64, games like: Harvest Moon 64 and Bomberman 2nd Attack, as well as 'RareWare' titles that Nintendo no longer has affiliation with, such as Conkers Bad Fur Day, Perfect Dark, Donkey Kong 64, Jet Force Gemini, Diddy Kong Racing, Goldeneye, and Banjo-Kazoioie.


- With the Nintendo Wii-U released, there is little chance that additional titles will be added to the Wii Virtual console,
if in fact there are more games added, We will update this list.

Last update: June 2013


~ Rew



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