Five Games Perfect for the Inevitable Nintendo 64 Mini

While the Nintendo 64 Mini hasn’t been officially revealed by Nintendo yet, it’s pretty much a given. The company recently filed a Nintendo 64 trademark, which mirrors what they’ve done ahead of both the NES and SNES Minis.

Though the system isn’t real just yet, most Nintendo fans are expecting an announcement this year, which has lead the community to begin speculating about its possible game lineup. While the N64 has a vast amount of titles that are worthy of making it on the Mini, these personal favorites would work wonderfully on the console.

Pokemon Snap

Pokemon Snap has a place in most Poke-fans hearts. The game follows Todd Snap, a photographer who’s working for Professor Oak. As the player progresses and shoots even more Kanto Pokemon, Oak upgrades their camera equipment and delivers various other items.

Playing through Snap now, players should keep their expectations in check. The game ages fine, but its visuals are unimpressive at times, and the length of the title is somewhat of a disappointment. That said, however, Pokemon Snap is a journey back in time to one of the most unique and original Pokemon games of the first generation. Looking for Pocket Monsters in the wild is a blast, and would be a great fit for the Nintendo 64 Mini.

Diddy Kong Racing

No, Diddy Kong Racing isn’t better than Mario Kart. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad game. Released in 1997 and developed by RARE, Diddy Kong Racing is a twist on the kart racing genre; players choose between manning a kart, aeroplane, or hovercraft.

The eight-character roster features the likes of Diddy Kong, Banjo, Conker, and even Donkey Kong. The game is somewhat of a merger of the biggest Rare properties, which many associate with the Nintendo 64. For this reason, the title would fit perfectly on the N64 Mini.

Banjo-Kazooie

Banjo-Kazooie released in the age of 3D platformers, which is why some don’t give it the credit it deserves. It isn’t as polished as something like Super Mario 64, but the wackiness of Banjo-Kazooie is its selling point. The characters, design, everything about the game just screams “different,” a primary reason I adore it.

Rare’s ability to craft a weird platformer that succeeds in story, level design, music, and control fluidity is an incredible feat that should be recognized by modern and retro gamers alike.

Harvest Moon 64

Harvest Moon 64 doesn’t get much buzz these days, but it’s a solid entry in the franchise that’s been under the radar since the 1990s. Contrary to most N64 games, Harvest Moon is slow, as the player is trying to restore an abandoned farm left by their grandfather. Boasting a memorable art style, stellar writing, and an all-around great experience due to its admirably unique gameplay, Harvest Moon 64 is one of the more underrated games on the Nintendo 64.

Conker’s Bad Fur Day

Conker is one of the most unique video game characters in history, but not enough gamers have had the chance to play Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Full of violence, alcohol/tobacco use, and other adult themes, Conker stands out among the N64 lineup of platformers. Through a combination of brilliant writing, solid gameplay and a story that, while underwhelming, keeps players interested, Conker’s Bad Fur Day is truly a gem that should be experienced by anyone interested in the N64-era age of 3D platformers.

Are you expecting the Nintendo 64 Mini this year? If so, what games do you want on the system? Chime in down below, in our comments section!

Aric Sweeny
Former Editor-in-Chief, now staff writer here at NE. I'm an English student in California. Let's talk Pokémon.