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Title: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: zapiy on August 31, 2015, 17:12:31 PM
Continuing my theme of threads for underappreciated games, this one is for the N64.

I will start with Mischief Makers.

http://youtu.be/Pe-z4qJYeyo (http://youtu.be/Pe-z4qJYeyo)

There must be loads of games that never get appreciated like they should so whats yours?
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: guest5475 on December 10, 2015, 01:52:27 AM
The first game that came to mind when I saw this thread was Tarzan. It's as good as any Disney platformer you can think of. I also nominate Shadowman. Gritty and poetic.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: TrekMD on December 10, 2015, 04:17:00 AM
I've played Tarzan on the PC.  Is the game the same or did Disney make different versions?
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: guest5475 on December 10, 2015, 08:50:21 AM
Is this it? If so then yes they are the same. Does the PC version really not have music?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaI2UG3ivpI (http://http)
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: TrekMD on December 10, 2015, 11:42:26 AM
Yep, that's the same game.  :)
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: MadCommodore on December 21, 2015, 22:52:01 PM
Although few people probably bought them at the time, Wipeout 64 and Ridge Racer 64 were actually really good arcade games.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: zapiy on December 27, 2015, 15:03:06 PM
That Tarzan game looks amazing, also I would shout out to Wave Race..

http://youtu.be/Oi-Kz4Y-8Lw (http://youtu.be/Oi-Kz4Y-8Lw)
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: Saturn on December 28, 2015, 16:46:35 PM
I used to love Waverace. It was one of my first N64 games (may have come with the system but I can't remember) and I played it endlessly. Some of those later stages were hard! Still like to crank it up in an emu every now and again. 8)
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: guest5475 on December 29, 2015, 01:12:37 AM
Battletanx: Global Assault. It also came out on the PS1 but judging by the reviews it looks like the N64 received the superior version.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: davyk on January 14, 2016, 00:37:30 AM
Excitebike64 came out really late and a lot of people missed it. I only recently imported the JPN version of this. Lovely game. The video cannot convey how well this controls - it just feels brilliant to play.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BHQWhdrBF4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BHQWhdrBF4)
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: zapiy on January 14, 2016, 16:37:36 PM
I loved Excitebike on the NES, this however just never feels like that game, it is just a motorcross game which is fair enough and I agree it really is a gem, so great shout fella.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: davyk on January 14, 2016, 19:23:25 PM
The original game is unlockable as far as I know - but yeah - it feels totally different from that game. I think there was a WiiWare game that was more like a NES Excitebike update.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: davyk on January 17, 2016, 13:52:37 PM
Another N64 game I believe is under appreciated is Doom 64.

Goldeneye got all the attention which means Doom64 kind of slipped under the radar and its old school gameplay meant a lot of people looked down their noses at it. The fact is that D64 has aged rather gracefully and is still a highly enjoyable game. The 32 all new levels are exclusive to the N64, as is the final boss and most of the enemies all look new too.

One player only, you can only save at the end of a level (password or memory pak) and just old school Doom aiming with no looking up and down, and no jumping - but it looks great, sounds even better and the control options are good with excellent use of the analogue stick for movement as one option.

The levels have some nice light puzzling along with some great visceral shooting action. There's a cheat menu to activate which gives you access to a handful of what are called "fun levels" which are brutally tough as a bonus. You can find these in the game itself but it's pretty convoluted to do that so it's best to consult an FAQ.

It seems to have got a decent PAL conversion too with only tiny borders at the very least. Well worth a look. I hear the JPN version has only got green blood which is interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC2j1lIv5P4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC2j1lIv5P4)
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: Shadowrunner on January 18, 2016, 00:40:14 AM
Doom 64 is a great game. My only complaint is how dark the game is but once you crank the brightness up and shut off every light and close every curtain it's a lot of fun!
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: davyk on January 18, 2016, 17:44:17 PM
Aye. The darkness is an issue at the default settings. The devs mustn't have tested it on displays other than their own. At least there's an in-game brightness setting.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: zapiy on January 19, 2016, 06:30:38 AM
Don't think I have ever had the pleasure of playing the N64 version.. Still debating on clearing out my N64 collection so I may never either.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: davyk on January 19, 2016, 21:19:15 PM
There's a home-brew version of it for PC. Not sure how good it is though.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: zapiy on January 29, 2016, 09:49:38 AM
I will check it out.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: stonemonkeylives on March 08, 2016, 18:03:33 PM
Beetle Adventure Racing is a fun game.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HDn01E_aTJ0 (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HDn01E_aTJ0)

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Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: Vadergb on March 10, 2016, 21:13:16 PM
Quote from: "davyk"
Another N64 game I believe is under appreciated is Doom 64.
Great call, I've only recently purchased it, it had a proper make over with unique levels. Don't forget the game supports the N64 expansion pak.

I wish the controller was better suited to the game and the UKs N64 lack of Rgb output means it's not as great looking as it could of been.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: davyk on March 24, 2016, 20:53:11 PM
Quote from: "Vadergb"
Quote from: "davyk"
Another N64 game I believe is under appreciated is Doom 64.
Great call, I've only recently purchased it, it had a proper make over with unique levels. Don't forget the game supports the N64 expansion pak.

I wish the controller was better suited to the game and the UKs N64 lack of Rgb output means it's not as great looking as it could of been.


Pretty sure it doesn't support the expansion pak - this was early release so would have been out long before that was available.

You can save your progress to controller paks - maybe you have confused that for the expansion pak?

Your right about it being shame having no RGB. s-video is a decent compromise though.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: zapiy on April 22, 2016, 00:25:17 AM
Quote from: "stonemonkeylives"
Beetle Adventure Racing is a fun game.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HDn01E_aTJ0 (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HDn01E_aTJ0)

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Great Shout...

Also Body Harvest??
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: davyk on April 25, 2016, 00:37:52 AM
The wonderful but oh so tough Wetrix..a true 3D puzzle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDdxAl47Hi4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDdxAl47Hi4)
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: zapiy on April 26, 2016, 17:55:57 PM
OMG, totally forgot about that game.. I could have smashed the cartridge loads of times lol..
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: davyk on April 26, 2016, 20:32:37 PM
Great music. I picked up the Dreamcast version which looks a bit better but the music isn't as good.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: davyk on May 22, 2016, 12:29:58 PM
The N64 has 3 Tetris games. Two of them most people will know about. There is The New Tetris with the excellent Neill Voss soundtrack, attractive graphics and 4 player options. The other is Magical Tetris with Disney branding. I avoided that one but according to tetris forums it's actually a very nice variation of the game and is worth playing if you can get past the cute coat of paint.

Not many know about the 3rd game though. It was an early release and sadly Japan only. Tetris64 is a Seta game and it's probably the pick of the bunch if you prefer straight up Tetris. New Tetris has the square forming mechanic so it isn't a pure classic Tetris game.

Tetris64 has A, B and C game types , a Giga Tetris mode which throws in quadruple sized pieces that break up into smaller pieces when a line is formed that includes them, and a Bio tetris mode that uses a hard to find peripheral that clips to your ear and adjusts the game speed according to your pulse!!  The Bio tetris mode also throws weird shaped pieces at you.

Graphics wise it's OK. It looks a bit cheap in the menus but the actual game itself is pin sharp and really nice and clean and they feature old school pictures of buildings or landscapes as a background of decent quality. They dont obscure the pieces which is the important thing. Sound effects are pleasing and there's a choice of 4 laid back tunes or you can opt for music off.

All modes offer two player battle options but there is a Familiss mode that supports up to 4 players in battle mode. It's a wee bit different in that you can store your attacks up and then choose when and at who to release using the camera buttons. You also attack one line at a time so you can choose to send all lines to one person, or dish them out to as many players as you like. It's really well done.

Options are comprehensive - you can select piece colour schemes (inc a random scheme), where they appear at the top of the pit and perhaps most impressive of all - you can select rotation scheme, toggle wall kicks etc so that the game plays quite like a modern Tetris game. I can't remember if the game supports things like t-spins though. Go back to most older Tetris games and they feel a bit clunky because they are missing the subtlely different controls that modern games have. Not so with this game - highly impressive for a title of this age.

And despite it being a Japan only release and having a Japanese manual, everything in the game itself is in English!  

The only downside to the game is that even at top speed it isn't super difficult so for expert players the basic classic mode won't offer a big challenge. For everyone else though, and especially for those who play with others, this is a quite superb version of the game.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/f2/Tetris64.JPG/250px-Tetris64.JPG) (http://n64media.ign.com/media/previews/image/biote6.jpg)(http://www.cpc-power.com/extra_lire_fichier.php?extra=portage&fiche=2208&slot=1&part=V_2208_n6408.png)(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Cx5JqZ0yhew/mqdefault.jpg)
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: zapiy on June 03, 2016, 21:44:36 PM
Wow mate, I am part of the group who must have missed this game.. One i'll keep and eye open for.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: Deckard on August 30, 2016, 00:05:24 AM
I like Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine. OK its a port but a cool game.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: Ryuhi on May 03, 2017, 00:57:35 AM
I think flying dragon for n64 gets overlooked. I unfortunately do not have my 64 anymore but flying dragon was the fighting game that I got bought for by my parents when I was young. It was two games in one. One was a realistic fighter in 3d like tekken or virtua fighter (which for some reason had a 2d mode also :/) and another which was a 2d fighter with cartoonish characters. I honestly thought it was great. To me it plays exactly like virtua fighter in 3d mode. I enjoyed the SD mode but I preferred the 3d option as I preferred more realistic at the time. Here is a review of the game I found on YouTube. It focuses more on the Cartoon part of the game.

https://youtu.be/hDZDI3Zoy6o (https://youtu.be/hDZDI3Zoy6o)
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: zapiy on May 03, 2017, 05:58:16 AM
Great shout actually.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: RetroPlays on May 03, 2017, 10:00:57 AM
That Tarzan game looks amazing, also I would shout out to Wave Race..

http://youtu.be/Oi-Kz4Y-8Lw (http://youtu.be/Oi-Kz4Y-8Lw)
Behind goldeneye this was my most played 64 game, loved it!
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: onthinice on May 03, 2017, 14:07:18 PM
 ;D Wave Race is an underappreciated game to me. I collect for the N64 and do not think I have ever fully played the game.

Always was interested in Diddy Kong Racing, Cruisin the World and the Star Wars titles to try to much else.

Thanks for sharing your favorite.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: RetroPlays on May 04, 2017, 12:29:04 PM
You collect for the n64 and don't had wave race and diddy Kong racing? Ah man you're missing out on some great games
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: onthinice on May 04, 2017, 14:03:38 PM
I am grateful for threads like this one. Missed out on some great titles.

Yeah. Lol! I have both titles. Misspoke on my part, spent more time playing Diddy Kong racing, the Cruisin series and the Star Wars games to try Wave Race.

Which is odd for me. I enjoy the N64 for racing games but never took the time to try different ones. Money may have been a factor at the time.

Mainly played the N64 when it was new and still like to play but collecting for various systems leads to spreading your time out.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: TrekMD on May 04, 2017, 14:55:34 PM
Yes, these threads are a great way to find out about games you never knew about. 
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: Ryuhi on May 05, 2017, 00:40:33 AM
Speaking of games people did not know about. I got given a Xena:warrior princess game. It was a fighting games and I didn't think a lot of it when I got it but then I tried the 4 players mode with a few mates and it was awesome. Very little to do in single player but it shines for the 4 player madness. Review below

https://youtu.be/i6wvaNiPzs8 (https://youtu.be/i6wvaNiPzs8)
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: onthinice on May 08, 2017, 17:32:39 PM
Picked up Xena to add to my collection. It is kinda dull in single player. Cool about the 4 player mode.
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: TrekMD on May 09, 2017, 00:29:26 AM
How agreeable was she?  Hard to see her as being dull.  LOL
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: davyk on October 11, 2018, 22:55:25 PM
Thought I'd bump this with a few of my other favourites.

Mischief Makers - original platformer/puzzler from Treasure. Very unusual game and the character has a host of moves to master.

Mystical Ninja 2 - no.1 was a 3rd person Mario 64 style game - but no. 2 is a return to the series' roots as it was on SNES. Some really nice fake 3D graphics bolster the 2D gameplay. Looks and plays great. Pretty tough too. The 2 player co-op mode returns too.

Star Soldier Vanishing Earth - didn't get a PAL release but worth a look. A 2D shooter - a rarity on the N64 but is worth getting if you are a fan of the genre. Has the classic main game and 2min and 5min caravan modes. Lots of secrets and score tricks to find which is the series' hallmark.

Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: TrekMD on October 11, 2018, 23:36:28 PM
Please, feel free to bump any old thread that have a topic you like.  :)
Title: Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
Post by: Shadowrunner on October 12, 2018, 02:23:53 AM
I've never heard of Star Soldier Vanishing Earth before. Watched a video and it looks pretty good. Not expensive to buy either.