When it comes down to top games that appeared on the Nintendo 64 during the mid to late 90’s there are several titles that come to mind. But there is no doubt that Super Mario 64 along with the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are two of the biggest games to have been released on the Nintendo 64. Since its initial release in 1996 Super Mario 64 has managed to sell over 11 million units worldwide and has been seen as the best selling video game on the Nintendo 64 in general. Super Mario 64 was an unforgettable 3D platformer with cool levels and exciting gameplay that allowed players to experience Mario’s journey in a completely different way.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which was released back in November 1998 was arguably one of the best titles within its entire series. Ever since, Ocarina of Time was released the game has managed to sell over 7 million units worldwide. Zelda: Ocarina of Time was praised for various qualities including its graphics, gameplay along with having great storytelling. There are also various side quests for players to engage in Ocarina of Time giving the game somewhat of an RPG-like feel which contributed to its overall replay value. Choosing between Super Mario 64 and Zelda: Ocarina of Time is difficult and most likely boils down to which video game series one likes more.
As far as 2D RPG’s for the SNES are concerned Romancing SaGa 3 would be considered a forgotten in the eyes of retro gamers. Romancing SaGa 3 was released exclusively in Japan back in late 1995 and for whatever reason the game was never ported to North America during that time period. In fact, Romancing SaGa 3 was never ported to the PS1 which would have made more sense during the time considering how popular the console was becoming during the mid 90’s. But then again Square Enix was starting to focus more on developing 3D RPG’s such as Final Fantasy VII & VIII during the mid to late 90’s.
While the Romancing SaGa 3 could have worked on the PS1 in theory having the game ported to Game Boy Advance during the early 00’s would have also been a great idea. However, Square Enix’s and Nintendo were not on good terms during the early 00’s. Besides its still unlikely that the Romancing SaGa 3 would have been released outside of Japan since it did not become quite as popular as some of the other RPG’s Square Enix has developed on Nintendo such as the Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger along with Final Fantasy IV-VI.
When we look back at the Nintendo 64 there are so many interesting titles that comes to mind such as Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, GoldenEye 007, Perfect Dark and many others that were classics. However, there are many people who would argue that the Nintendo 64 lacked strong JRPG games which was something that added to the appeal of SNES following its release back in 1990. Many people know that when it came down to JRPG titles Square Enix has given the SNES memorable games such as Final Fantasy IV-VI, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Super Mario RPG, etc.
But ever since Square Enix and Nintendo had a fallout in relation to business Square Enix began producing most of their JRPG games on the PS1 which arguably gave Sony the lead in the console wars especially with games such as Final Fantasy VII & VIII. While the N64 hardly had any high profile JRPG’s there were titles such as Quest 64, and Orge Battle 64 which many people hardly remember and never received any type of mainstream attention back in the mid to late 90’s. Despite, 3D gaming becoming more popular during the mid to late 90’s 2D JRPG’s were still very popular and was something that Sony was able to capitalize on with the PS1 during that time period.
When it comes down to video game systems of the 90’s the Nintendo 64 was one of the most popular consoles of that decade. Since its release back in 1996 has managed to sell over 32 million units worldwide thanks to the success of various titles such as Mario Kart 64, GoldenEye 007, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and others. Despite, becoming very popular following its release in 1996 some wonder whether or not the Nintendo should have waited until 1997 to release the N64 game console.
After all, there was still high profile titles being made for the SNES such as Super Mario RPG, Harvest Moon, Donkey Kong Country 3, Street Fighter Alpha 2 along with many other games that ended becoming popular on the 16 bit console. However, by the mid the 90’s game systems such as the PS1 along with the Sega Saturn were both consoles that Nintendo had to compete with during the time. Besides towards the end of 1996 the Super Nintendo Entertainment System had been approximately six years old.
Also, waiting a year later to release the N64 could have ended up working against them since titles such as Final Fantasy VII, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Final Fantasy Tactics were huge attractions for the PS1 back in 1997. Despite, sering few popular SNES titles in 1996 Nintendo really needed the N64 that year .
To say that Super Mario RPG deserved an HD Remake would be an understatement at this his point. Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars was probably the best Mario game within the role playing genre that the world has ever seen. This game had a creative storyline that did not involve Bowser as the main antagonist and had sprites that resembled something you would see in a N64 game. In fact there are some who argue that Super Mario RPG would have been better off on the Nintendo 64 opposed to the SNES.
But in terms on why we never saw a remake of the classic 16 bit RPG during the 90’s or even the 00’s was obvious. Square Enix and Nintendo simply were not good terms during the time. Even though, things have improved a lot between Nintendo and Square Enix is unlikely that Super Mario RPG will ever be remastered in anyway sometime in the future.
When it comes to role playing games from the 90’s both Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together and Final Fantasy were among two of the most popular titles within that genre of gaming. Not only were both games fantastic RPG titles but some would argue that both titles were similar in many aspects. Both Tactics Orge: LUCT and Final Fantasy Tactics has isometric perspectives along with interesting storylines. However, many would argue that the graphics in Tactics Orge: LUCT were more superior than Final Fantasy Tactics since it was less grainy which is debatable.
However, in terms of in game mechanics some would argue that Final Fantasy Tactics was a better game for a couple of reasons. Final Fantasy Tactics has features such as the inclusion of a 3D battle map along with a more superior magic & skill system than Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together. Also, since its release Final Fantasy Tactics has managed to sell over 2.4 million units worldwide since its release back in the late 90’s. Since the Final Fantasy series in general is more popular than Tactics Orge those who are die hard fans of the FF series would most likely put Final Fantasy Tactics over Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together as being more successful in the long run.
When it comes down to classic 2D JRPG titles from the 90’s one of the many titles that comes to mind is Tactics Orge. This JRPG classic was first released exclusively in Japan on the SNES back in 1995. Shortly after its release for the SNES Tactics Orge was eventually ported for the Sega Saturn in ’96 and the PS1 during 1998. Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together was a pretty unique JRPG which was developed by Quest Corporation back in the mid 90’s mainly due to the isometric perspective that the game utilized.
It was pretty interesting seeing an isometric game on the SNES when it first came especially since those were rare on that 16 bit console at the time. In fact some could argue that Tactics Orge was one of the many games that inspired Square Enix in terms of gameplay for Final Fantasy Tactics which was originally released in Japan back in the summer of 1997 before coming to America in 1998. Along with the strategy based gameplay the soundtrack for Tactical Orge: Let Us Cling Together stands out most. There are numerous VGM’s such as Avilla Hanya, Fog of Phantom, Air Island, Limitations, Passing Moments and others that are musical masterpieces.
Also, Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together has so many cool aspects including its cutscenes along with the game’s class system for each character. Another interesting feature that Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together was the Warren Report which provided players with all the info they needed to know in relation to Valeria. The alignment of each character along with the level system made Tactics Ogre: Ket Us Cling Together even more exciting especially since those things all depends on how one plays the game. Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together was so popular as a JRPG that it was eventually re-released for the PSP back in the early 10’s. It would be pretty cool this game was ported for the PlayStation 4 or even the Nintendo Switch sometime in the near future.