Nintendo Switch Online N64 Games – The Nintendo switch official website contains a rich library of games to choose from including the Online N64 game.
The library of N64 games was announced as part of the upcoming ‘Extension pack’ for the Nintendo switch online subscription which boasts some of the system’s heaviest hitters and A good first pass at getting a varied catalog of quality 64-bit games in hands of switch owners.
The Nintendo N64 games have been ranked according to the best which have rated the title on the games library.
The following is a list of games that have been rated out of 10 given by nitendolife.com to each N64 game scheduled to arrive on Switch in the west. It should be noted that this ranking is not set in stone and will automatically fluctuate over time depending on assigned user ratings and new addition to the NSO library.
You can also vote for your desired game you think should be at the top of the list by visiting https://www.nintendolife.com/guides/every-nintendo-switch-online-n64-game-ranked, your personal rating could boost its placement the total ranking.
Every Nintendo Switch Online N64 Game Ranked
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time(N64)
Ocarina of time brought the Legend of Zelda into the third dimension as successfully as the plumber made the leap in super Mario 64. Yet where Nintendo could throw any background style idea into the Mario’s launch game, Ocarina had to tell a story and envoke a consistent mood throughout.
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (N64)
Known colloquially around these parts as Majora’s Marmite, the three-day cycle added a constant pressure that turned off many players. However, that cycle is also key to the unique way Majora’s Mask focuses on its cast of uncanny characters and soaks the adventure in melancholy and madness.
In fact, ‘adventure’ isn’t quite the right word for this Zelda game. It’s more of a Lynchian dreamscape in cartridge form, and one which isn’t for everyone. The excellent 3DS remake is probably the best way to play these days thanks to some convenient additions for managing your limited time, but the clockwork land of Termina offers something truly unique in the Zelda series wherever you play.
Oh, and we don’t really call it Majora’s Marmite.
- Banjo-Kazooie (N64)
Rareware put out several platformers on Nintendo 64, each with their own pros and cons, but the Twycross team arguably never topped the debut of the bear and bird. There’s something in the precise platforming and fairytale formula of Banjo-Kazooie that resulted in the quintessential 3D collectathon. It’s big, but not sprawling; sweet, but not sickly; challenging, but never unfair (okay, a couple of those Rusty Bucket Bay jiggys walk a fine line). From the roaming grublins to Mumbo Jumbo’s hilarious transformations, its colourful characters and varied worlds are shot through with humour, adorable animation, tight controls and an ‘oom-pah’ musical box soundtrack that nails the spirit of a cheeky storybook adventure perfectly.
- Super Mario 64 (N64)
The 3D platformer that defined what that label meant, it’s remarkable just how much Shigeru Miyamoto and his team got right with the first swing of the bat.
It’s available on Switch if you nabbed a time-limited copy of Super Mario 3D All-Stars or as part of a Nintendo Switch Online subscription from October, and we could go on endlessly about its genre-birthing mechanics and the infinity of tiny details that make Super Mario 64 a joy to fire up all these years later.
- Star Fox 64 (N64)
Being Known as Lylat Wars in Europe, Star Fox 64 originally came in a whopping great box containing a Rumble Pak and was many a gamer’s introduction to force feedback on a console. It paired beautifully with the cinematic battles and derring-do of Fox McCloud and the gang’s dogfighting in this on-rails shooter.
- Paper Mario (N64)
Two decades on and Paper Mario might not look as sharp as it once did, but it holds up very well where it matters and jostles with The Thousand-Year Door for the title of Best Paper Mario Game.
- Mario Kart 64 (N64)
While the characters might not have been truly 3D (rather they were detailed Donkey Kong Country-style sprites created from 3D renders), Mario Kart 64‘s huge, undulating circuits showed off the hardware and added inclines, items and obstacles, plus a four-player multiplayer mode. This is the game which gave us Toad’s Turnpike.
- F-Zero X (N64)
Forum wars continue to wage over whether F-Zero X or its successor on GameCube is the superior white-knuckle futuristic racer. Both are essential, of course. The 64-bit entry is metal: pure, simple, guitar-screeching, all-out metal.
EAD stripped back extraneous detail to achieve the smoothest, most blistering, and nail-bitingly precise racing experience. At this speed, on these dizzying tracks, even the tiniest prod on the spindly analog stick matters, and the original N64 pad offers peak precision for micro-adjustments which make the difference between gracefully sweeping through a corner with nary a pixel to spare… or catching said corner and ricocheting between barriers to an explosive, humiliating retirement.
- Mario Tennis (N64)
The first in the Mario Tennis series (second, if you count Mario’s Tennis for the Virtual Boy) was one of a winning doubles team in the Mushroom Kingdom sports department from Camelot — the studio also released the brilliant Mario Golf for N64, as well as Game Boy Color versions of each game that linked up with their home console cousins via the Transfer Pak.
- Sin and Punishment (N64)
Gamers in the West wouldn’t be able to get their hands on Treasure’s hectic N64 on-rails shooter (not easily, that is — there was always the option to import) until it came to the Wii U Virtual Console.
On the original release, it quickly became a cult classic thanks to its developer’s heritage and its Japan-only status, and while it’s probably not worth importing a Japanese console to enjoy this game alone (we did, but we’re a bit obsessive), and its sequel Sin and Punishment: Star Successor for Wii arguably improves on this foundation in every way, this is still a very fine shooter from a very fine developer.
Cracking box art, too.
- Mario Golf
Camelot brought Mario and his golfing pals onto the 3D fairways in this excellent entry in his catalogue of sports games. This game also linked up with the superlative Mario Golf for Game Boy Color. They’re very different games, and the handheld version is probably even better thanks to its brilliant RPG elements, but together they make an unbeatable pair.
- Pokemon Snap (N64)
The whole concept of catching Pokémon and making them battle each other doesn’t bear thinking too deeply about, but the idea of going out on a safari and shooting the critters was never going to wash. Switch a gun for a camera, though, and you’ve got yourself a fun little ‘mon-filled rail-shooter.
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64)
In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, HAL Laboratory managed to keep the core structure many knew and loved about the Kirby series while glossing it up with a shiny coat of polygonal paint for the new console generation.
Kirby’s 64-bit foray into the third dimension stands out as one of the more unique entries into the series, feeling somewhat fresh in comparison to the many, many 2D Kirby platformers and pleasurable to play to this day.
- Yoshi’s Story (N64)
Coming after the incredible (and incredibly beautiful) Yoshi’s Island on SNES, it’s no surprise that Yoshi’s Story rubbed some people the wrong way with its accessible, storybook approach and cutesiness. It’s certainly not the strongest or most complex 2D platformer you’ll ever play, but it’s brimming with the Yoshi series’ trademark charm and we’d say it’s worthy of reassessment if you’ve dismissed it in the past.
- Dr. Mario 64 (N64)
This puzzler is essentially a 64-bit remake of the original Dr. Mario and was never released in Europe or Japan (although it did appear in the Japan-only Nintendo Puzzle Collection on GameCube alongside Panel de Pon and Yoshi’s Cookie). Dr. Mario 64 is Dr. Mario, but prettier than it had ever been; a very solid puzzler with little to dislike.
- WinBack: Convert Operations (N64)
We don’t know about you, but games like Operation: WinBack (as this was known in Europe and Australia) and Konami’s Hybrid Heaven occupied the B-tier on our ‘to get’ lists back in the day — they looked interesting, but they were way down the list behind the first-party purchases and many of us simply never got around to catching up with them once the 64-bit generation came to an end.
Ranking reference: Nitendolife.com