N64 Classic Mini: the prospective Mario game list

Posted on: Thu Feb 1, 2018 8:00 am EST
by: Hairball

The retro consoles of the past two years, the NES Classic and SNES Classic have been runaway successes. It has brought crazy hype for Nintendo that they haven't seen for quite some time. There's no reason to expect that they won't be continuing with this trend, so the N64 is likely the next mini retro console that will be coming out.

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The Nintendo 64 was not the most-loved console in the late 90s, but in recent years there seems to be a ton of nostalgia for the system. When I'm on Instagram, it seems like game collection is a bit of a trend now, but what surprised me is that there are a lot of N64 collectors out there too, for example @n64guy is someone with thousands of followers. Speedrunning of Super Mario 64 is pretty popular on YouTube. It's a serious community with lots of people taking part in it.

Long story short, there is demand out there for these microconsoles, and it doesn't look like this bandwagon is going to milked dry for Nintendo yet. Better go for it while it's still hot.

The N64 was kind of archaic for the times, as the console that continued to use cartridges when other systems were moving on to disc based media which was far, far cheaper to produce. As a result a lot of third party developers left Nintendo and went on to only produce games for other consoles.

- Super Mario 64
- Mario Kart 64
- Yoshi's Story
- Mario Party
- Mario Party 2
- Mario Party 3
- Super Smash Bros.
- Mario Golf
- Mario Tennis
- Paper Mario
- Dr. Mario 64

In terms of Mario titles, now that I look at this list, I can't see a whole lot being included with a potential N64 Classic. I'm actually kind of shocked there aren't really that many Mario games in the first place. Obviously Super Mario 64 is a no-brainer, that will be in for sure, the critically acclaimed 3D Mario platformer that revolutionized the genre. Mario Kart 64 and Super Smash Bros which are both excellent multiplayer titles with huge popularity - they'll be there. Paper Mario should make the cut too, it was an awesome game - in fact my first foray into RPGs, it had a great storyline and some pretty funny banter.

After these games, nothing else really stands out. The Golf and Tennis games are pretty good but I don't think they will be included because for the most part they are fairly basic sports games, and there are other stronger titles that they could include. Yoshi is cute and adorable, but Yoshi's Story will probably be passed as it was one of the more disappointing N64 games. I don't think Dr. Mario 64 will be there either.

Now that leaves some iteration of the Mario Party series. I feel the first Mario Party won't be included for purely one reason - all those spinning the control stick mini games that caused blisters. That leaves Mario Party 2 and 3, let's say only one is chosen. It's been awhile but Mario Party 2 is one of the better MP games, and I'd go with that. Who knows if it's a hint, but the cowboy hat Mario gets in Super Mario Odyssey looks a lot like the cowboy hat in Mario Party 2...

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So there you have it, this is what I expect will be on the N64 Classic at least for the Mario series:

- Super Mario 64
- Mario Kart 64
- Mario Party 2
- Super Smash Bros.
- Paper Mario

That's a pretty short list, but it's a pretty good list that should leave N64 fans pretty satisfied. Throw in the two Zelda games, a few first/second party titles, some Rare and third party games and you have a pretty solid system that will probably have lines out the door. Also, who knows if Nintendo can sort out the licensing issues for third parties, especially for Goldeneye 007, if they can manage to get that included they would score big time with fans.

Now of course finally, if N64 Classic comes out, the most important thing is Nintendo ought to improve is to make sure that the production can meet the demand...