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8 Switch N64 games Nintendo needs to add

These retro games would make the Switch Online Expansion Pack worth it.

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Nintendo Switch Online’s N64 collection is small to start, but there’s plenty of room to grow...

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Here are 8 great N64 games that need to come to Switch Online ASAP.

8. Blast Corps

In the wonderfully bizarre Blast Corps, you pilot motorcycles, trucks, and mechs to flatten as many buildings as you can to clear a path for a runaway nuclear missile. It’s unpolished, idiosyncratic, and perfect for the Switch Online library.

7. Mario Party

Mario Party is kind of a love-it-or-hate-it series. Its mini-games are uneven and the randomness in its design turn a lot of people off. Still, if you’re looking for a party game that even non-gamers can get into easily, it’s hard to beat.

6. Pokémon Stadium

Pokémon Stadium boiled the RPG series down into a simple turn-based fighting game, removing a lot of its charm in the process. But the appeal of seeing Pokémon in 3D and strategic combat made it a hit.

5. GoldenEye 007

The first-person shooter Goldeneye 007 was something of an anomaly on the mostly kid-friendly N64. It had a campaign worth playing but really stuck around as one of the generation’s premier multiplayer games.

4. Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate may be the ultimate version of the game, but there’s still good reason to revisit the original. With a leaner roster and stripped-down mechanics, the simpler original is still worth playing.

3. Diddy Kong Racing

While Mario Kart remains king of the kart racers, Diddy Kong Racing has a lot going for it. What it lacks in characters, it more than makes up for with a wild variety of tracks and vehicles.

2. Perfect Dark

Developer Rare’s follow-up to Goldeneye 007 doesn’t have the same name recognition, but it’s an improvement in every other way. It stretched the N64 to its technical limits and added lots of weapons and gadgets to spice things up.

1. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

Switch Online already has Star Fox 64, but there’s enough room for another great space shooter. Back in the day, Rogue Squadron was the closest you could get to feeling like you were actually in Star Wars, and it’s still a blast today.

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