As we get to number one on my top seven N64 games, I wanted to run down a couple of games that did not make the list but deserve to be recognized because they were great games. Here are five honorable mentions in this countdown series.
Mortal Kombat Sub Zero – Released in 1997, Sub Zero was one of the best fighting games on the console, bringing the famous fighters to an even greater stage. I remember playing as the cover character, Sub Zero, and always battling it out with friends, but always seeming to struggle against Scorpion. If you didn’t know the combinations, you were in trouble, and just had to mash the buttons and hope it would work itself out.
Pokemon Stadium – Released in 1999, Pokemon Stadium brought the favorite Gameboy game to the 3D console. You could upload your characters from your game into the Stadium game and use them to battle either friends or the computer on your way to the tournament title. I mean, this was when the TV show was starting and the urge to see the monsters in 3D was great, which made this game a ton of fun.
Waialae Country Club – Yes, a golf game! I remember buying this game at Toys R Us on a random day and fell in love with it. It was a tough game, but the graphics of the course, set in Hawaii, were just gorgeous. The course was tough and the game would add tough weather conditions with high winds and constant rain, adding to the challenging golf game. I remember putting was an adventure no matter how good you thought you were.
Mario Kart 64 – Oh man, this game was something else. Kart was released all the way back in 1996 and its still one of the most fun racing games around. Either taking out someone with the dreaded blue turtle shell, or taking the short cuts throughout the maps, or if you loaded Rainbow Road, friendships were often challenged after this game because it was so competitive.
Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – Majora’s Mask was the second Zelda game released on the console in 2000 (hint hint) and it was a challenge due to the timing sequence in the game that forced the user to restart the three day saga before the moon crashed into Hyrule. There were so many mini-games, quests, and unique weapons including the awesome masks that enabled Link to gain new abilities, made it a great game.
Now, we will move to the top game in my countdown in the next post!