Nintendo 64 (N64) was released in 1996 as a Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn competitor. It did not beat PlayStation but outsold the underperforming Saturn becoming the 14th best-selling platform and the 9th best-selling video games’ home consoles. It was the first creator of3D graphics.N64’s controller was also the first to feature an analog stick. VGChartz has since gathered sales data and ranked N64’s top five best-selling games as below.
1. Super Mario 64(SM64)
Nintendo EAD developed SM64. It was released on the Nintendo 64 for Japan and North America in 1996 and 1997 for Europe and Australia. The first game in the Mario series introduced moves such as triple jumping, ground-pounding, somersaulting, dividing, and long-jumping, and these were to be used by subsequent super Mario series games. Punching and kicking were introduced but wouldn’t appear in later titles. SM64, alongside Pilotwings 64, was one of the two launch titles by the Nintendo 64, which helped initiate its original sales.
In 1996, a version of Nintendo 64DD was displayed, and a sequel termed Super Mario 64 2 was created for Nintendo 64DD. However, its failure in the commercial sector led to the cancellation. SM64 was re-released in 2003 for the iQue player console as one of the launch titles with a duration observant demo. The digital release for SM64 occurred in 2006 for the Wii’s Virtual console service and for the Wii’s U’s Virtual Console service in 2015. It became part of the first games released on both Virtual Console Services. The Super Mario 64 DS was a remake of the game on the Nintendo DS. A replica of the 1997 re-release is packaged with Super Mario 3D All-Stars for the Nintendo switch, with superior quality graphics and a redrawn HUD.SM64 had sold over 11 million copies as of January 2017, marking a record as the best Nintendo 64 seller.
2. Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart 64 was a race game genre developed by Nintendo EAD and the second main publication of the Mario Kart series. Released in 1996/1997, it was an upgrade of its forerunner Super Mario Kart. Correspondingly, players were able to select Mario franchise cast members to drive in karts with an assumption of a weapon-based system to benefit the player and hinder opponents. For environmental design, 3D graphics were used; however, characters, track obstacles, and items remained two-dimensional for ultimate game functionality. It sold over 9 million copies.
3.GoldenEye 007 (GoldenEye 64)
GoldenEye 007 was developed by Rareware and released in 1997. The film GoldenEye by James Bond was the game’s foundation and basis. The game featured single-player, multiplayer modes, and Cheat Options, providing accurate ammunition and 4-player deathmatches for console warfare. For mission completion, players had to complete all the given objectives. It commercially sold over 8 million copies.
4.The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The earliest game in The Legend of Zelda series was developed by Nintendo EAD and released in the United States in 1998. It set gamers on a sprawling epic not previously experienced featuring incredible dungeon design, characters, and story rife executing adventure. The Guinness World Records- Gamer’s Edition 2008 listed it as the highest-ranked game and later updated as the most praised game in 2010. It made sales of over 7.5 million copies. Ocarina of Time 3D, the game’s revamped, was released in June 2011.
5 .Super Smash Bros (SSB/ Super Smash Bros. 64/ SSB64)
SSB was a fighting game developed by HAL Laboratory and the first publication of the Super Smash Bros series. It generated the Melee, Brawl, 3DS/WiiU, and Ultimate sequels. SSB was made accessible through the Virtual Console for those with Nintendo club gold membership in 2013. Stages were rendered in 3D while characters were freely moved in two dimensions. SSB accords 4-player matches with an ability to choose from twelve Nintendo characters. It made sales of 5.55 million copies.
N64 helped in shaping modern gaming. Nevertheless, not all N64 games survived the tests of time. Many have gained popularity and special places in gamers’ hearts with characterization enlivened by the 3D concept. N64 games have conjured some of the best, warmest, and strongest gaming memories for many gamers.