A Switch to 64

Exploring the Nintendo 64 games on the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo released their latest hand-held gaming system in March of 2017. The Switch held the power of modern-day videogame systems in the palms of your hands, between a two-way controller colored red and blue, a 6.2 LED touch screen that was capable of even streaming your favorite TV shows off of Hulu at a resolution of 1280x720p. The best part of this hand-held system is to plug it into your TV, hand one of the remotes to a friend, and compete in games like Mario Kart 8. Later, a smaller Switch version debuted on the market with only a 5-inch screen and no removable remotes called the Switch Lite. Eventually, Nintendo gave us the OLED with a 7-inch screen. Nintendo is making it possible for anyone to take gaming anywhere. I have a Nintendo Switch Lite, which I usually have in my backpack when I'm not playing it. I take it with me to work, school, my mom's, and anywhere I have a chance to be loitering around for a while.

A great feature is the internet capabilities via a WiFi connection and playing online with friends and strangers on the Switch. For $19.99, you can get basic access to online gaming; the twenty-dollar plan allows you to play retro games from the NES and SNES. The 2nd tier of online services is $49.99, including extra bonuses such as an Animal Crossing add-on, Sega Genesis throwbacks, and N64 throwbacks.

The Nintendo 64 was the first console I've ever owned. Nintendo released the '64 when I was three years old; I probably got it when I was 4 or 5 for Christmas. Of course, my brother and I had to share it, which we did and had loads of fun for the longest time. My absolute favorite N64 game of all time is Super Mario 64. When I saw the Switch had the N64 throwbacks, I had to download it. It has absolute gems on there, ready to play at the press of a button. There were some games that I wish it had, but I'm not counting it out yet. Let's go over what it has and what I'd like to see.

Staring with my favorite, Super Mario 64, I own the All-Satr collection of Super Mario games, so this was one I didn't care to see. They also added Mario Kart 64, which I recall having tournaments with the neighborhood kids. We all had Mario Kart 64. My next highlighted game on this service is the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Ocarina of Time is a golden piece of Nintendo 64 artifacts of how incredible the system's power could be. You can also find Starfox, Mario Tennis, Dr. Mario 64, Yoshi's Story, and recently added Paper Mario on this N64 app on the Switch.

The Nintendo Switch has various retros found within the Nintendo Store as well, like Star Wars Episode I: Racer, Doom 64, and Turok I and II. Here is a list of games I would want to see ported over from the Nintendo 64 to the Nintendo Switch.

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

Maybe this is the Star Wars nerd in me, but this game was enjoyable. I own SW E1: Racer, so why not add this to my collection. In this game, you pilot various space ships on missions to fight the Empire. It is arcade-styled, developed by LucasArts and Factor 5, launched in December 1998. Rogue Squadrons earned the Players Choice Million Seller stamp as others favored this game. It required the expansion pack to the n64 console, allowing higher graphic resolutions. The story set between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back is not canon to the Disney-owned franchise. A film is coming out similarly titled; I couldn't tell you if they will be similar but don't count on it. Nevertheless, it is an entertaining game, and if you have an opportunity to play, don't take my word for it and try it out.

Mario Party (1-3)

I never owned this game, but I had some neighbors that owned it. This game was always a hit when all of us neighbor kids got together back in the day. There were 3 Mario Party games on the Nintendo 64, with about 12 mini-games. In a board game styled set up, this 4-player game had six playable characters from this Mario-verse. The concept or story outside of a party game was that the characters competed to be the superstar amongst them. This competition to be the most elite brought some heat amongst you and your friends but drove the purpose of rematches and getting lost for hours in fun.

Mario Golf

We have Mario Aces for the Switch, and a Mario Tennis ported over, so why not add golf? Golf may not be the most entertaining to watch. Throw in some fun characters, environments, and power-ups; you have yourself a Mario Golf game that everyone will enjoy—revisiting this game as an adult while I worked at a Movie Trading Company store, I bought a Nintendo 64. I had a chance to own it once again. It isn't a high-action party game, but just a casual game you can relax and take your time to play. I think any age can enjoy this, and the Mario characters attract a younger audience of gamers.

WWF No Mercy

I wasn't introduced to this game as it came out. In 2000, I didn't know what WWF was. The company calls itself WWE now, but I will refer to it all as WWF for this game. I started watching wrestling in 2003, and my brother and I still owned and played the Nintendo 64. This wrestling game was a pioneer in the expectations of video games in this genre. WWF Wrestlemania 200 came out before this one, where No Mercy improves graphics, playable modes, storylines, and creative modes. The fun comes when you get your friends together and have massive brawls with no rules. There aren't many people who say they don't know about this game since it has sold millions of copies.

South Park

This first-person shooter is probably the most intentionally comedic FPS in video game history. South Park is an adult cartoon television show that has aired on Comedy Centra since 1997. South Park came out with a self-titled videogame based on the characters and settings of the show. With story mode and multiplayer mode, you can find the same raunchy comedy from the show in this game. From fighting giant toys or being chased by herds of turkeys, you and up to three friends can hurl pee-filled snowballs or launch cows to sit on your opponent's head. Since the Switch already has Stick of Truth and Fractured But Whole, why not give us the classic? Just watch out for aliens when visiting South Park.

Golden Eye 007

GoldenEye was the game to own and play, and I sucked at it. I never really fairly won, my brother would feel bad and let me win, or we would play around the maps and roll played a fake story. GoldenEye is a first-person shooter for the '64, filled with characters in multiplayer and many maps to battle with your friends. It also had a story mode where you play out secret missions as James Bond. Considerably the most important game in the history of first-person shooters. GoldenEye laid the foundation on death modes for multiplayer gaming, single-player game modes, and a stealth concept. GoldenEye 007 would be an absolute hit on the Nintendo Switch system.

There are plenty of games on the Nintendo 64 that was fantastic left on unmentioned. I hope you find in your heart to forgive me if I left out any of your favorite titles. I eagerly anticipate more upcoming games ported over from the Nintendo 64 to the Nintendo Switch. With other brands like Play Station and X-Box, constantly adding more and more titles, without a doubt, we will get more on the Nintendo Switch. It's probably just a matter of legal barriers to hurdle for some titles to allow Nintendo to redistribute these classic titles.