In the gaming world, it seems like Xbox and Playstation have been getting all the attention when it comes to AAA releases, and not a lot of love is shown towards Nintendo. Sure, Nintendo have made their mistakes, but they’ve also been incredibly consistent with the types of games they want to release, and for me, if I can find enjoyment out of a game without it being overwhelmingly focused on just the graphics or the “next big thing,” I’m happy. Nintendo has never really been one to exceed the boundaries when it comes to video games; however, they’ve also known how to please their fan base, and they have done so many times. This goes back to the Nintendo 64 games as well. There’s a lot of games on that system that we have not seen in the limelight since their debut. Some have had some remakes for other systems, but if you’re going to consider a console game port to a handheld system a remake, well, I’ve got news for you…
Anyway, I would like to discuss the games that I truly feel need a reboot. What I mean by this, is that there needs to be a remake or a re-release with updated graphics that would do well on the Wii U. I, myself, am a big fan of the Wii U, so this type of thing excites me probably more than it should. There will be a pretty big focus on Nintendo 64 games, but that’s more because a lot of the greatest Nintendo games were released on Nintendo 64.
20. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
Quite possibly one of the best games ever made, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of the few games that I’ll put up here where I think the game needs another reboot. We did receive a 3D remake of this game back in 2011, and even back in 2003 we received the Master Quest edition. But it’s 2016, literally five years later, and instead of rebooting this game again, they’re making an entirely new game for the Wii U. While I am excited to see how Breath of the Wild does in relation to the other games in the series, they could easily release Ocarina of Time alongside it, and people would eat it up.
19. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (2000)
Once the success of Ocarina of Time was well known in the gaming community, you’d expect to see a sequel that could possibly be in the same caliber as its predecessor, and my god did we get it. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask has to be one of the best sequels to any game we’ve seen in recent years. It’s got everything you’d ever want out of a sequel, and so much more. Much like Ocarina of Time, there was a remake for the Nintendo 3DS released back in 2015, but that’s not good enough. The Wii U is the perfect console for games like this, and the fact that it has yet to happen is insulting. Perhaps one day in the future, we’ll see this released on the Wii U.
18. Banjo-Kazooie (1998)
You want to talk about one of the best platformers ever made for any system ever? Look no further. Banjo Kazooie falls into the category of being not only one of the most fun 3D platformers to date, but one of the best games on the Nintendo 64. While we did receive the sequel that is Banjo Tooie (and don’t get me wrong, that game is phenomenal), we haven’t really seen a full-fledged remake of Banjo Kazooie for any of the newer systems. Unfortunately, due to the original developers no longer being in business, the sole control of this title would be under Microsoft’s hands.
17. Diddy Kong Racing (1997)
There are going to be people out there wondering why I’m talking about Diddy Kong Racing and not talking about Mario Kart 64. I understand your concern, but when it comes to a game that is both a great racing game and a great party game, Diddy Kong Racing takes the cake. When you really boil down to it, Diddy Kong Racing was more than just a racing game – it was an adventure. Mario Kart 64 didn’t have a hub world, or bosses, or things of that nature. Diddy Kong Racing really submerged you into a world while at the same time, maintaining the racing mechanics. We did see a remake of this game for the Nintendo DS, but nothing more has come from this title. It wasn’t really a positive remake in regards to the critics, so if one were to be made today, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it do exceptionally well.
16. Wipeout 64 (1998)
Continuing on with the racing game theme, Wipeout 64 was a bit of a wild card in terms of how well it was received back in the Nintendo 64 days. Personally, I don’t even remember that many people that had this game. I would mention it to my friends, and they wouldn’t even know what I was talking about. There’s a lot of mixed feelings about this game, one popular one being that it’s very similar to F-Zero, which had been released a month before this. However, given those similarities, I always found that Wipeout 64 had its own unique personality, and certainly a difficulty curve that didn’t sit well with some people. But, it’s one of those games that if you did well on it, the game would reward you. There were sequels to this game that were released all the way up to the Playstation Vita with the release of Wipeout 2048 back in 2012. However, nothing has been seen from them since, and it would be a breath of fresh air if another sequel or even a remake were to surface.
15. Conker’s Bad Fur Day (2001)
You’d have to look really hard to find someone that doesn’t think Conker’s Bad Fur Day needs a reboot or even just a remake for that matter. Talk about a game that not only pushed the boundaries for what we came to know about video games as a whole, but a game that everybody knew about, and praised until the end of time. I, myself, was never fortunate enough to play Conker’s Bad Fur Day, but from what I heard about the game, and its excessive use of explicit language and humor, I don’t know if I would have been able to play the game back then even given the opportunity. However, in this day and age, if this game were to be remade onto the newer generation of consoles, I have no doubt it’d do well. I would love to see that happen, especially since the only game that could be considered a reboot is Conker: Live & Reloaded, and that was released back in 2005.
14. Cruisin’ USA (1994)
It’s tough to say whether a reboot of Cruisin’ USA would do well in this day and age, especially with the success of Euro Truck Simulator and American Truck Simulator. It is safe to say, however, that back in the Nintendo 64 days, this type of game was both rare and still fun. I don’t think a lot of people really took a liking to this game more for the fact that it’s basically like an arcade-style driving simulator. Again, that does well nowadays, but back then, you needed something a little bit more exciting to grab people’s attention. If a reboot were to ever rise in the name of Cruisin’ USA, I don’t think it’d have a problem selling, but it’d have to meet people’s graphics requirements that they expect out of AAA games nowadays.
13. Donkey Kong 64 (1999)
Go ahead and deny it all you want, but there’s no way you’ll convince me that Donkey Kong 64 doesn’t belong on this list. When it came to Rare, they were no stranger to making the perfect adventure platformer game. They have the Banjo Kazooie series under their belt, so when Donkey Kong 64 was released, you’re darn right people’s expectations were high. Personally, this is one of my all time favorite games on the Nintendo 64, as it is with a lot of people. There are the rare few that find this game to be annoying, or just bad, but as an adventure game, it hits all the right notes. I would love to see this game get a full makeover and released on the newer systems today. This type of game will always do well regardless of what system you’re playing on.
12. Glover (1998)
Ah yes, Glover. I have many many fond memories playing this game, and I would hope most people do as well. If you are looking for something that is both charming and somewhat difficult, Glover is the game. The concept, although simple, is very well done throughout this entire game, that you often times forget that you’re literally playing as a glove. It comes jam-packed with a story, and lots of levels to traverse through, some being very difficult. The fact that this game both never saw a sequel, or a remake is mind blowing. Apparently a sequel was planned, but unfortunately it was cancelled. Somehow, the game received mixed reviews, but I don’t remember the game being that bad.
11. Star Fox 64 (1997)
Starfox 64 received the same treatment in terms of a remake that some other Nintendo 64 games got, where a port was made for the Nintendo DS/3DS and that was the end of it. For me, that’s not even worth the money. Starfox 64 needs a full-fledged makeover and brand new console release because not only is this game amazing, it’s one of the top ten, and maybe even top five games that is necessary for an enjoyable Nintendo 64 experience. This game is critically known as being one of the best games ever made, and that is not a title given lightly.
10. Star Wars Episode 1: Racer (1999)
It seems like I’ve been doing a lot of discussion relating to Star Wars Episode 1: Racer but that’s what defines a great game. I’ll say it again though, this game needs a remake or some kind of reboot. Much like Diddy Kong Racing, and Mario Kart, Star Wars Episode 1: Racer was no stranger to the racing game community. Considering this game is based on the only movie that ever showed pod racing as a legitimate sport in the Star Wars universe, you’d think they’d make more games relating back to it.
9. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil (1998)
Although coming to find out recently that Turok 2 and its predecessor will be receiving a remaster release for the Xbox One, I still want to comment on the fact that this has been a necessary thing for years now. I remember having a good time playing Turok 2 when I was younger and remember how many items I could get, and how hard the game was, well without cheating of course. Still, it was a great game for that time, and the system itself. However, I don’t think I ever did beat the game in full without cheating.
8. Banjo-Tooie (2000)
Banjo Kazooie has already been mentioned in this article, but what kind of article would this be if I didn’t mention one of the best sequels to one of the best platformers on the Nintendo 64? Yes, Banjo Tooie, along with Banjo Kazooie, deserves a remake. I’d kill to see both games in a graphically updated bundle. It’s hard for me to choose which game I would prefer over the other, because even back then, it was rare to find two games; one being the sequel, where it was difficult to choose which was superior.
7. Super Mario RPG (1996)
Super Mario RPG was going to make this list whether I wanted it to or not, because this game falls under the category of “the most perfect game ever made” and that’s not a title I give out lightly, even to games that I love. When it comes to RPG’s, there needs to be a certain formula that you follow, and if that formula is followed, you’ve got a good RPG. Now, in this case, they took a popular franchise like Mario, and followed that formula, and what we got is Super Mario RPG. Reports have said that there isn’t going to be a sequel to this game, but if there were, it needs to live up the expectation that this game leaped to.
6. Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993)
There are quite a few games from back in the day that I haven’t played, but I’ve seen a lot of content and praise about them. Zombies Ate My Neighbors is a good example of that. I know next to nothing about this game, except for the fact that it’s a run and gun video game, and it spawned a sequel titled Ghoul Patrol. It was released on the Wii Virtual Console, but not as a remake. Just the SNES version. The game did really well though, so I’d be surprised if this game never got remade in my lifetime. I suppose I could say that about a lot of games, which I do.
5. Earthbound (1994)
We’ve talked about what I consider to be the best games on the Nintendo 64, but that wasn’t the only system by Nintendo that had some truly greats. The Super Nintendo, otherwise known as SNES, released some fantastic games as well – especially for their time. Earthbound falls both into that realm and in its own realm. Ask anybody what they think about this game, and it’ll be a positive opinion 100% of the time. This game would work really well on newer systems like the Xbox One and Wii U simply for it’s nostalgic factor. PC users could even find some enjoyment out of it, ever since Undertale took PC users by storm.
4. F-Zero (1990)
Along with the Wipeout series, F-Zero is within the same realm of games that took the futuristic racing game genre to the next level. A little bit unlike the Wipeout series, F-Zero found levels of success throughout multiple platforms including handhelds. Of course, along with Wipeout 64, F-Zero would be nothing but a success in today’s day and age, especially with the rising popularity of racing games, and the like. On top of that, imagine Wipeout and F-Zero teaming up for one ultimate futuristic racing game. One can dream, right? Crazier things have happened in the gaming world, so it’s possible.
3. Duck Hunt (1984)
C’mon now, don’t look at me like that, you know deep down in your soul that you want a full on remake of Duck Hunt. Think about how cool it would be to have a party, and the first thing people see is a new version of Duck Hunt. With the new virtual reality technology taking the nation by storm nowadays, there could be some cool ways to integrate that into a Duck Hunt game. I personally would love to play it again, as I had loads of fun with it when I was a kid. On top of that, you could pair it with the original Mario Bros like they did back then, and make millions. It’s a win-win situation.
2. Pokémon Snap (1999)
This is another fine example of a game that could be given a proper remake, but instead it’s been re-released as a port through the Wii U virtual console. Pokémon Snap, regardless of its mediocrity and lack of fan base as far as Pokemon games go, is still a fun game, especially for the Nintendo 64. If you’re looking to relax and take pictures of your favorite Pokémon, this is the game you want. Granted, the story isn’t that great, and it really doesn’t fit in with the other Pokémon games, but it’s still one to remember.
1. Pokémon Stadium(s) (1999)
I’ve saved the best for last, and to make things sweeter, I’ve decided to talk about both Pokémon Stadium games simultaneously. Much like the Pokémon games, the Pokémon Stadium games are nearly flawless, with a few misses here and there, but nothing to alter your enjoyment out of them. Back when the original Pokémon games were released, people could only wish that a game like Pokémon Stadium would rise from the development world and make itself known, it wasn’t until they were actually released that people realized how much they needed them. Pokémon Stadium takes the best of what the Pokémon games stand for, and let’s you enjoy them in full on 3D combat. The best part about it was that you could import your Pokémon from your Pokémon cartridges and witness their beauty in 3D, which back then was revolutionary, and people ate it up. It should be no surprise to see this series of games on this list, because the most recent game we’ve gotten that could even be close to being considered a remake is Pokémon Colosseum, and while that game is great and adds a lot of immersive gameplay and story, we need a game that is just stripped to its core and allows you to battle 1v1 with your Pokémon from all the generations. A revamp of the Pokémon Stadium games is a must, and people would be behind Nintendo if they were to make this decision 100%.
Given the nature of this article, I understand that I talked more about the Nintendo 64 era of games and left some of the other consoles in the dust, but let’s face it, some of the best Nintendo games were released on the Nintendo 64, some of which still hold up to their impressive quality today. While I don’t really see a lot of these games seeing a remake any time soon, it’s still a lot of fun to look back and realize just how good these games were. As a kid, it’s hard to really appreciate the beauty of a game, but once you’re older, you start to understand that those games were filled with superiority over games released today. That about wraps it up though, and if you didn’t go through as much of a nostalgic trip as I have with this article, I think you need to find a copy of every game in this list, buy a Nintendo 64, and relive the good ol’ days.
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