Welcome to the third day of this five-day endeavour. Today, I will show you my favourite N64 games from 15th place all the way into 11th. These were all great games that sadly couldn’t make it into my top ten. You can find 25-21 here and 20-16 here.
15: Ready 2 Rumble Boxing
Featuring a zany cast of characters, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing may give off the impression that it’s not a very serious game. Behind its cartoony exterior lays a great boxing game, however. Seeing the build up of bruises and injuries on the fighters was astonishing when I was younger. You could train any of the fighters with fun minigames, and the ability to play the game in first-person came as a nice surprise. All in all, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing offered a lot and ensured you had a lot of fun. Salua’s intro is famous in my household: “I’m sorry, but I must thrash you now”.
14: Pokémon Stadium
Pokémon Stadium took Pokémon battles into 3D for the first time. Being able to take any of your ‘mon from Pokémon Red, Blue or Yellow from the little screen to the big screen via the Transfer Pak was magical. For the first time, too, you could fight 2v2 (a feature that wouldn’t be found in the mainline Pokémon series until Ruby and Sapphire). While the game lacked any kind of RPG elements, just fighting in 3D was so much of a novelty at the time, you didn’t care. There were some incredible minigames for four players too.
13: Jet Force Gemini
Rare were a good company, weren’t they? This is the third game from the British developers to feature on this list. A genius third-person shooter with a fun science-fiction setting and aesthetic. I always found the game difficult, so never actually got very far in the singleplayer, but I spent many hours blasting away at family and friends in the four-player deathmatches.
12: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Set primarily between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron sees you take to the skies as Luke Skywalker, piloting a variety of different ships in a war against the Galactic Empire. This fast-paced action game is legendary amongst Star Wars fans for its brilliant gameplay, outstanding graphics and general awesome use of the Star Wars license. The full 3D movement the game awarded was immense, but so to was the challenge. I never finished the game (something of a trend back then), but it was immensely fun.
11: Bust-a-Move 3 DX
One of the finest puzzle games to ever release alongside Tetris and Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Bust-a-Move 3 DX is ludicrously fun. Known as Puzzle Bobble to the rest of the world, Bust-a-Move is a bubble bursting game. You shoot bubbles up the screen, matching three of the same destroying those. If you play your cards right you can clear massive portions of the screen with one perfectly placed shot, as any hanging off will fall alongside the chain you destroy. Played in two-player, you don’t get many puzzle games better than this one. Each character comes with their own unique abilities to damage their opponent. It’s a smart, incredibly fun puzzle game that only misses out on the top ten thanks to some spectacular games.
Tomorrow will see me break into the top ten. Starting to get worried about what I’ve left out of this list yet?