Super Mario 64 (1996) vs Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) which game more popular?



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.

Should the Nintendo 64 have been released in 1997?

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 .

Metroid 64 vs Earthbound 64 which unreleased game for the N64 was a bigger deal?


When it comes down to video games from the 90’s we got to see plenty of great titles on the N64 such Super Mario 64, Banjo Koozie, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and many more.  While the Mario and Zelda series were btoh big on the NES along with the SNES we got to see brand new games featured on the Nintendo 64.  Seeing how successful both Earthbound and Super Metroid was for the SNES many peope were hoping that they would eventually see Metroid and Earthbound on the Nintendo 64 as well.   Unfortunately, neither Metroid or the Earthbound series never had a game on the N64 despite how popular they both were on the SNES.

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Following the success of Super Metroid in 1994 one of the biggest games in the series that Nintendo gave us was Metroid Prime which was eventually released for the Nintendo GameCube back in 2002.  Also, Mother 3 ended up being  developed by 1-UP Studio & HAL Laboratory and released exclusively in Japan for the Game Boy Advance back in 2006.  The fact that Metroid Prime appeared on the GameCube in 2002 made the game even more enjoyable considering the fact that it was the first major game in the series since the early 90’s.  As an action adventure game Metroid Prime was seen as one of the best by numerous gaming publications in 2002.  If anything Nintendo waiting to release a Metroid title for the GameCube console and skipping the N64 was a good decision in the long run.   While Earthbound 64 was a title that many people wanted to see the designers of the game considered it to be a very difficult task which let to the game being cancelled altogether by the developers who worked on the game.  In terms of which titles many people would have preferred to see on the N64 between Metroid 64 and Earthbound 64 is debatable.  However, some would probably give the edge to Earthbound 64 on being the biggest game to never have made it to the N64 since the idea of developing a Metroid 64 was never but into practice by Nintendo or any other video game companies.

Nintendo 64 vs Nintendo DS which game console was more popular?


When it comes down to Nintendo based game consoles the N64 was arguably just as popular in the mid to late 90’s as the Nintendo DS was during the early 00’s.  In terms of which game console was better overall really depends on who you ask.  In terms of overall sales the Nintendo 64 has managed to sell over 23 million units worldwide since the console was first released back in September 1996.   With games such as Super Mario 64, Star Fox 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 007 Goldeneye and Perfect Dark the Nintendo 64 was arguably better at producing 3D video games than the PS1 as far as graphics are concerned.

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Ever since, the Nintendo DS was first released back in November 2004 it has managed to sell over 154 million units worldwide and is seen as one of the best selling game consoles of all time under the PlayStation 2.  While the Nintendo 64 had some great titles back in the late 90’s and the year 2000 the Nintendo DS got to see the return of SNES Classics such as Chrono Trigger, Dragon Quest IV, Final Fantasy III & IV among others.  We also managed to get games such Pokemon Heart Gold, Diamond and Pearl along with Black & White which we big sellers on the Nintendo DS throughout out a majority of the 00’s and the early 10’s.  Not did the Nintendo DS seem to have more games but  the actual game system itself was available in retail for about a decade opposed to the N64 which was discontinued in the Spring of 2002.  Also, one of the top things that stands out about the Nintendo DS was the fact that the game system had a better frame rate than the N64 despite being a handheld console.  If anything the Nintendo DS was surprisingly way more successful than many people could have ever imagined.

Should there have been an Actraiser III for the Nintendo 64?

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When it comes down to platform city simulation building games the Actraiser series for the SNES instantly comes to mind. There were so many things about Actraiser 1 & 2 that made the game appealing including the graphics, gameplay along with the soundtrack which was composed by Yuzo Koshiro.   Both the first and second Actraiser game was somewhat popular back in the early 90’s and it raises questions on why Quintet never decided to make an Actraiser III for the Nintendo 64 back in the mid to late 90’s.  Its no secret that the Nintendo 64 was not too big on 2D titles and often featured 3D games between 1996 and 2000.

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However, a sequel to Actraiser II could have definitely have worked on PS1 back in the mid to late 90’s.  When it came down to 2D video games the PS1 was full of games that had great animation that you would never see on the N64.  While the idea of having a 3D Actraiser game for the Nintendo 64 would have been pretty cool in theory it would not only be hard to pull off in practice but the finished product may have feel below the expectations of many people.

Crash Bandicoot vs Banjo Koozie which game better?

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When it comes down to platform games of the 90’s two of the most well known titles that the world saw for the 90’s included Crash Bandicoot for the PS1 and Banjo Kazooie for the Nintendo 64.  While both Crash Bandicoot and Banjo Kazooie were very popular its quite debatable among retro gamers which game was better overall.  While some people would argue that Banjo Kazooie had better graphics since it was featured on the Nintendo 64 other would argue that Crash Bandicoot was a slightly more edgier character than Banjo was.   Also, Crash Bandicoot did better than many people expected as far as sales were concerned.  Since its release Banjo Kazooie had managed to sell over 6 million units worldwide on the PlayStation and has been known to be one of the best selling titles for that game console in the 90’s.

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Banjo Kazooie was also a huge success for the Nintendo 64 in terms of sales as it managed to sell close to 2 million units in America which was impressive.   In terms of graphics there is no doubt that Banjo Kazooie had the edge over Crash Bandicoot.   But it seems like Crash Bandicoot is slightly more relevant these days more than the Banjo Kazooie series which really makes it hard to choose.

Should there have been an Earthbound game for the N64?


When it comes down to popular RPG titles on the Nintendo based consoles Earthbound  was arguably one of the most popular titles within its genre during the 16 bit era of gaming.  For many years one of the biggest questions that many people in the gaming world had in regards to the Earthbound series is about circumstances involving the cancellation of Earthbound 64.  As many people know Earthbound 64 was originally supposed to released for the 64 Disk Drive in the late 90’s but for some reason it didn’t work.    As a result HAL Laboratory and Ape Inc eventually started developing the cartridge version Earthbound 64 before it was ultimately cancelled in 2000.

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While many people are bummed about the fact that Earthbound 64 got cancelled in 2000 it could have been for the best in the long run.  While seeing a 3D Earthbound game would have been cool between 1999-2000 the development team had reportedly struggled throughout the who process of making the game.  Besides the use of 2D graphics and gameplay is what drew people to the Earthbound series to begin with back in 1994.  If the development team for Earthbound 64 did not feel comfortable about what the final product would look like then the game could have been a complete disaster overall if it was still released.