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The N64 was not the finest hour for Nintendo. The decision to stick to cartridges not only made games for the system more expensive, but also forced some publishers to take their games to PlayStation aware that the CD format was cheaper to use and allowed them more storage. One of the best known games to abandon Nintendo due to cartridge hardware limitations was of course Final Fantasy VII. The seventh installment of the JRPG franchise was a massive hit and was almost solely responsible for selling the first PlayStation to Japanese players. The rest, as they say, is history.
But the N64 remembers more than dodgy hardware decisions and a somewhat ridiculous controller. The system also remembers for some star games. GoldenEye was extremely important for consoles because one of the first console FPS games was completely embraced by the mainstream. Ocarina of Time took the well-known Zelda formula and used it expertly in three dimensions, with the game often paired with the aforementioned Final Fantasy VII when talking about the greatest games of all time. And of course, there was Mario 64, which effectively showed the world how good 3D platform games could be.
As all comedians will say, however, they may not all be singers. For some reason, not every game does the splash it really should. Some are intended to be underestimated. Some cult classics. And others to be something other than a name that you struggle to get from the tongue when talking to your friends.
Given this, here are the 5 most forgotten N64 games.
Players who owned the original PlayStation will likely grow lyrical about a small game called Metal Gear Solid. It was one of the first console stealth-action games that really impacted the mainstream market, and after the success of the first Solid game, the series became an important flagship for the PlayStation console. However, what few players remember is that the N64 had its own stealth-action game in WinBack. WinBack was a fantastic game that unfortunately was in the wrong place at the wrong time, with its early coverage-based photography and some non-real MGS stealth mechanics. Metal Gear Solid became one of the biggest series in gaming, and WinBack became number 5 in our forgotten N64 playlist.
Tetris is an extremely important game. One of the best-selling titles of all time, and one that was a massive money-spinner for Nintendo on Game Boy, the ultra-popular puzzle game so successfully surpassed the game medium that it's up there with Pac-Man and Pong on the list of games that even your grandfather have heard of. One thing that Gramps almost certainly hasn't heard about is Tetrisphere. Just as you may have figured out from the name, Tetrisphere was actually Tetris played, yes, on a sphere. Eschewing all notions of the idea that "if it doesn't break, don't fix it", Tetrisphere was one of the few games that managed to put a new spin on an old classic and not leave all involved red face.
Blast Corps was a game with little finesse. There is no detailed history to follow. There is no emotional connection to characters. There are no scams of greatness. This is a game where you drive trucks through cities and suburbs and crush them really well. And that's about it. The trucks never handled very well, and the forced repetition of levels could certainly collapse, but there was something incredibly satisfying about reducing a city to rubble with just a small truck.
Beetle Adventure Racing
On the surface, Beetle Adventure Racing may sound like little more than a cash-in or an advertisement dressed as a game, but to any surprise to anyone who played it, the game was a rare treat. Access to certain parts of the game was initially interrupted by the player uploading them through exploration and standard contests through a massively enjoyable player experience. The focus on exploration as well as more traditional competition did not really make it an open world racer that we see today, but it was really ahead of its time. And the local multiplayer? It was up there with GoldenEye for the most fun you could have on the system.
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
Okay, let's get it out of the way. Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber has a completely ridiculous name. And it may well have contributed to the cartridge not landing on many Christmas lists all these years ago, and Ogre Battle lost the dubious honor of being number one on our list of forgotten N64 games. The overlooked role-playing game contained a huge branch story, some decision making and a surprising amount of replay value thanks to how the world would change based on your actions. Although you probably get nothing but confused looks if you try to talk about the game with many players today, Ogre Battle was a wonderful RPG and one that all self-respecting fans of retro games should try.