Critics of the Nintendo 64 often say that the console has nothing really good to offer outside of a few triple-A first-party titles like Mario Kart 64, Super Mario 64,Pilotwings 64, and Goldeneye 007. While the system does indeed have its share of stinkers (Superman: The New Adventures, anyone?), there are a number of lesser known games well-worth playing, whether you’re an N64 noob or a longtime fan.

Two such quality titles – Blast Corps and Jet Force Gemini – are mentioned as hidden gems so often that they basically aren’t hidden anymore, so I’ve selected 11 others, including several that are truly old-school, even for the late ’90s. If you haven’t before, do yourself a favor and check out these entertaining games.

A versatile platformer, Mischief Makers has you guiding robotic maid Marina Liteyears through 50-plus stages spread over 5 worlds while on a mission to rescue her boss, Professor Theo. She doesn’t simply run, jump, and duck; she can also slide, dash, climb, hover, roll, pick up and throw things, ride various vehicles (including a bike and a missile), and use such weapons as a machine gun, a boomerang, bombs, and missiles…

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A full-time freelance writer, Brett Weiss is the author of the Classic Home Video Games series, The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987, Encyclopedia of KISS, and various other books, including the forthcoming The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A–M). He’s had articles published in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Game Informer, Classic Gamer Magazine, Video Game Trader, Video Game Collector, Filmfax, Fangoria, and AntiqueWeek, among others.  Check him out at