If ever there was a platform designed for multi-player games, it was the Nintendo 64. Boasting four entire controller ports right on the front panel, you could tell at a glance that this machine meant business. So, is it any wonder that some of the greatest multi-player games of all time originated on this landmark system?
IT'S PARTY TIME!
Perhaps the four-player capabilities of the N64 were never more prominently displayed than in the wildly-successful Mario Party series. Just like Monopoly, Mario Party was something you needed to play with friends in order to really enjoy.
IT'S A BLAST!
When something isn't broken, why fix it? Bomberman 64 did little to change the core mechanics of its predecessors, but instead made that gameplay bigger and better, utilizing with the N64's advanced hardware. With its simultaneous four-player support and cat-and-mouse gameplay, many consider it the high-water mark of the Bomberman franchise.
READY, SET, GO!
Mario Kart 64 was an iconic game that seamlessly blended racing with combat. There's little that can top the frantic glee you'll experience when battling three friends for first place on the last lap of Rainbow Road.
Saying that Super Smash Bros. has withstood the test of time would be an understatement. Today, this series is thriving more than ever. Pretty much everyone will agree that there's something very special about the game that started it all. Pummel each other silly with an all-star ensemble of Nintendo icons, how can you go wrong with a formula like that?
Goldeneye was THE unexpected smash hit for the Nintendo 64. Overnight, its multi-player mode made the system a "must own" . This action-fest is the most fun you can have behind a 64-bit gun barrel. Add on top of that a dizzying number of secrets and unlockable game modes, and you have an instant classic.
The only downside to all of these games is that the Nintendo 64 system was never packaged with four controllers. In order to get the most out of your games, you had to buy additional controllers. However, the end result was well worth it.
This is why DK Oldies is proud to offer an array of both third-party and original N64 controllers. Our modern Gamepads come unused and in their original packaging, but for purists who want the original Nintendo experience, rest assured that we also offer the finest refurbished controllers on the market. Every last Nintendo controller we ship out is carefully refitted with a new joystick and fully tested to ensure that they will be running smoothly for years to come.
What were some of your favorite four-player N64 games, or did we manage to hit them all? As always, let me know in the Comments.