Donkey Kong 64
Okay, so maybe some of you have played this one, but nowhere near as many that will have played previous iterations of the franchise (Donkey Kong Country in particular). Donkey Kong 64 was the first and only game in the series to feature 3D gameplay and for the life of me I cannot see why, it’s by far one of the best and takes the games to next level. Your aim was to save 5 member of the Kong clan, Diddy, Cranky, Chunky, Lanky and Tiny Kong and as you did you unlocked them to play as too. The game was huge for its time, with over 30 hours of gameplay, it was actually the first N64 game to require the use of the Expansion Pack for more memory. It even came with an awesome multiplayer mode as well as the incredible DK Rap which I still sing to this day.
Conkers Bad Fur Day
Rare may have a partnership with Microsoft these days but back in the golden age they worked solely for Nintendo and they made some cracking games whilst there. You’ll know games like Donkey Kong, Star Fox and Banjo Kazooie but they also released the incredible Conkers Bad Fur Day. Unlike their previous games Conker Bad Fur Day comes with a mature rating, this is all thanks to its adult humour. Conkers, the somewhat foul-mouthed squirrel is coming off a hangover when he has to save his girlfriend. There aren’t many games where you’ll have to help a bee make love to a comely sunflower in order to make honey, this however is the exception.
On the surface it would seem like a fairly bland game but Pokémon Snap is anything but. You play as Todd Snap, a Pokémon photographer working for none other than Professor Oak. Your job is to take pictures of as many Pokémon as you can using a variety of different gadgets to evolve them and get interesting pictures. You’ll find yourself becoming truly addicted to this game as you slowly cruise through different environment in hopes of snapping them all.
Star Wars Episode 1: Racer
Back in the day Star Wars games filled almost every genre and there were plenty of great entries on the N64. Perhaps one of their most overlooked titles however was the adrenaline inducing Star Wars Episode 1: Racer. This game was intense! You chose from a roster of 23 different pod racers, each with different attributes, all weirdly better than Anakin Skywalker, and 25 different tracks from across the Star Wars Galaxy. In order to access all of these though you had to unlock them by completing races and upgrading your pod racer at Watto’s junk yard. It was addictive and surprisingly hard too but racing around at speeds of 400 mph really got your heart pounding, especially when you could hear the heavy beating of Sebulba’s engine coming up on you at the end of your final lap.