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The 17 Most Underrated Nintendo 64 Games

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1. Beetle Adventure Racing! (1999)

Released a year after the updated Beetle — pause for a second and remember how much hype there was about this— Beetle Adventure Racing! was maybe created only as an attempt to capitalize on the massively trendy compact car, but it was still one of the funnest non-serious N64 racing games. With tons of shortcuts, an unlockable Pikachu car and a muffukkin dinosaur, you almost didn't notice the incredibly lengthy levels. Mostly though this game was about the myriad way you can crash your bug: into a pirate ship, into a lagoon, into lava, etc.

4. Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey (1996)

One of the first four-player N64 games, Gretzky brought irreverent arcade style hockey to the home console. Also, fighting! With power saves and unstoppable power shots, this game was less serious than some of the more simulation-type hockey games to come later to the system.

10. NFL Quarterback Club '98 (1997)

Brett Favre was the face of the Quarterback Club franchise, and despite what you may think about the guy, the game was the best non-Madden football sim for the N64. Remember when there were non-Madden football games? The primary fun of QB Club was creating your own player, whom you could make 7-feet tall, 400-pounds and running-back fast. So yeah, it wasn't very realistic.

14. Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside (1998)

Basketball games on the N64 were decidedly clunky. But it was the '90s and we didn't know any better. At the time 19-year-old Kobe Bryant (aka Fro-be) was the youngest player ever to grace the cover of a major video game franchise. (Don't tell anyone, but these GIFs are actually from the oddly named sequel NBA Courtside 2: Featuring Kobe Bryant, which came out the next year and was essentially the same exact game.) R.I.P. Sonics.

15. Killer Instinct Gold (1996)

The N64 wasn't known for its fighting games. Part of that is the relative lack of computing power, but also the absence of a Street Fighter title on the system plays into that perception. Among the few beloved fighting franchises that were well executed on the 64 is Killer Instinct Gold, which brought Glacius, Fulgore, Sabrewulf, etc., from the Killer Instinct 2 arcade game to the home console with slightly pared-down graphics.

16. Conker's Bad Fur Day (2001)

Conker's Bad Fur Day is one of the N64's cult-y-est classics, mostly because its lewd, alcohol-soaked humor was a departure from most of Nintendo's kid-friendly titles. Conker was a little known character that first appeared in Diddy Kong Racing, but this game and several unsuccessful sequels have now permanently cemented the squirrel in the minds of gamers looking for slightly pervy 3-D adventure.

17. Snowboard Kids (1997)

SBK is the greatest video game of all time. Sorry, not sorry. The game has the same race-battle mechanics as MarioKart, but with an added element of a trick-for-money system and more than a hint of Japanese quirk. Unlike other snowboarding games, SBK races were lap-based, meaning you had to navigate your character onto the lift at the bottom of each run, bumping into your opponents in an often-frustrating, game-changing melee. Also you could snowboard on grass. Who hasn't always wanted to snowboard on grass?

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