N64 co-op games

by Martin Watts, 11 February 2018

Two N64 controllers on a table during an N64 co-op games session

There’s nothing quite like playing N64 games with your friends – the N64 does come with four controller ports after all! It’s even better when you can team up. That’s why I’ve compiled a full list of N64 co-op games.

I’ve listed these N64 co-op games by the following types:

N64 co-op mods

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Campaign N64 co-op games

These N64 co-op games enable you and at least one other person to team up to play through the story/main mode of a game.

Armorines: Project S.W.A.R.M.

Armorines Project S.W.A.R.M. two-player coop campaign for N64

Each taking on the role of a super-soldier, you and another player can team up to battle bug-like aliens that have invaded the world in splitscreen co-op.

Army Men: Air Combat

Army Men: Air Combat, one of many N64 coop games.

Two players can battle through Army Men: Air Combat‘s 16 missions, combining their firepower to defeat the Tan Army.

Each player can choose their own helicopter, although there isn’t much of a strategic advantage in each picking a different one. This is a splitscreen mode, and players are not tethered in any way.

BattleTanx: Global Assault

BattleTanx: Global Assault two-player campaign - one of 3DO's N64 coop games.

BattleTanx: Global Assault’s action-packed campaign mode – with its heavy emphasis on blowing up enemies, buildings and even famous landmarks – can be enjoyed with another player.

It’s one of the best campaign N64 co-op games, and you can even team up against AI opponents in the many versus multiplayer modes.

Bomberman 64: The Second Attack

Pommy co-op assist mode in Bomberman 64: The Second Attack for Nintendo 64

A second player can assist Bomberman as Pommy, a small Kirby-like creature who can stun enemies and collect items. By collecting food items, it’s possible to evolve Pommy into new forms and give it new abilities.

Pommy can’t partake in boss battles, and so the second player unfortunately has no choice but to sit these out.

Diddy Kong Racing

Diddy Kong Racing coop mode using the JOINTVENTURE magic code on Nintendo 64.

By default, Diddy Kong Racing isn’t a co-op game. However, pop in the cheat code “JOINTVENTURE” and you and a buddy can play through the game’s adventure mode.

You can both compete in all races and challenges, with the exception of boss races. Moreover, only one player can drive around the island at a time.

Duke Nukem 64

Duke Nukem 64 two-player coop mode

Double up on Duke across 30 levels in Duke Nukem 64’s story mode. Players pick up access keys (used to progress within stages) separately from one another, meaning only the owner can open locked doors.

Fighting Force 64

Fighting Force 64 two-player coop

Provided you’ve both got the patience, you and a friend can work your way through Core Design’s painfully sluggish co-op beat ’em up.

Gauntlet Legends

Four-player Gauntlet Legends - one of the best N64 coop games ever.

Gauntlet Legends is designed first and foremost with multiplayer in mind, making it one of the best N64 co-op games.

Up to four players can work through the story together. There are four playable characters (and five hidden characters, which are essentially skins for the standard cast), and you can play as the same character as another player.

All players share a screen and are tethered in terms of movement. You need an N64 Expansion Pak to play with four players.

Goemon’s Great Adventure

Goemon's Great Adventure, one of the best N64 coop games.

The full story mode can be played in two-player co-op. After fully completing the game by collecting all 44 Entry Passes, you can play with up to four-players by inserting additional controllers and pressing C-right and Start on them.

Goemon’s Great Adventure’s piggyback mechanic means one player can carry the other on their back through the stages.

The riding player is then able to attack using melee and projectile weapons. Both players are tethered, and can only move a certain distance away from one another.

The game features robot battles that take place from a first-person perspective.

In these instances, one player controls one of the robots from this perspective, while the other commands a robot in the background – this player can only do a few actions (jump, strike and shoot) and move along a limited, fixed path. Pressing R as the primary robot launches a baton, which when lined up correctly allows players to switch perspectives.


Hexen two-player splitscreen coop story mode on Nintendo 64

Up to four players can play through Hexen’s entire campaign mode in splitscreen co-op.

There are three different character classes to choose from, each with different strengths and weaknesses, meaning there’s some strategic value in players choosing different characters.

While the game does support four players in co-op, Hexen is best enjoyed with two people, due to screen size and technical performance.

Jet Force Gemini

Two-player coop using Floyd in Jet Force Gemini on N64

You must unlock co-op in Jet Force Gemini by finding Floyd’s three missing parts in the “Bridge” zone of the planet Tawfret.

The second player controls Floyd, a robot that hovers next to the main player. The player controlling Floyd can aim and shoot, but only has one weapon, and is unable to move or take damage.

Knife Edge: Nose Gunner

Knife Edge: Nose Gunner two-player story mode

Team mode allows up to four players to play co-operatively through the game’s story mode.

Knife Edge: Nose Gunner is an on-rails first-person shooter (imagine a light-gun game, but without the light gun!) in which you’re the gunner aboard an automatically piloted ship.

You shoot at enemies by aiming an on-screen cursor and firing, and each player is given one that uniquely shaped and coloured to prevent confusion.

Your primary weapon, the Vulcan Cannon, has unlimited ammo and each player can fire their cannon continuously and independently.

However, all players are in the same ship and, as a result, share the same hit points and special weapons. Also, players are unable to use the same special weapon simultaneously.

Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart 64 two-player Grand Prix mode on Nintendo 64

Mario Kart 64‘s Grand Prix isn’t strictly designed as a co-op experience – each player’s performance is scored individually, and you can very easily attack one another with items.

Nevertheless, you and a friend can choose to team up to secure a podium finish and earn trophies, even if that means one player ultimately sacrificing themselves in the process by staying back and targeting opposing AI racers.

Perfect Dark

Perfect Dark co-operative mode - arguably the best of all N64 coop games on the system

Rare’s 2000 first-person shooter is by far one of the most comprehensive N64 co-op games.

Taking on the roles of Joanna and Velvet Dark, you and another player team up to unravel and put an end to a conspiracy of intergalactic proportions.

You can both play through 20 of the game’s missions (the bonus mini-mission, “The Duel” cannot be played co-operatively) across all three difficulty settings.

Interestingly, Perfect Dark features a “Counter-Operative” mode, in which one player assumes the role of enemy guards and tries to stop the other player from completing the mission.

Rainbow Six

Rainbow Six coop campaign on Nintendo 64

Join forces with a friend in Rainbow Six, and both become part of an elite counter-terrorism unit. All 12 missions are fully playable in co-op, and you can have two more AI team mates as part of your squad.

Rampage: World Tour

Rampage World Tour three player coop on N64

Up to three players can take control of troublesome monster trio George, Lizzie and Ralph, and go on an absolute rampage across the world in this 2D side-scrolling smash ’em up.

Rampage 2: Universal Tour

Rampage 2 Universal Tour three-player coop story mode for Nintendo 64

Featuring a similar premise to the first game, Rampage 2: Universal Tour also supports co-operative play for up to three players.

Space Invaders

Space Invaders - one of many N64 coop games.

Two players can battle their way through the game’s campaign (if you can call it that).

Turok: Rage Wars

Turok Rage Wars, one of many first-person shooter N64 coop games.

Turok: Rage Wars’ Two-Player Trials mode is a co-op arena deathmatch experience in which both players face off against rival teams of bots and boss characters.

One particular version of the game (NTSC, black cartridge) suffers from a glitch that prevents you from completing one of the co-op missions.

Side-mode/mini-game N64 coop games

These games have co-op modes that are different from their main story modes.

Perfect Dark

Perfect Dark (N64) two-player Combat Simulator Challenges

Perfect Dark’s Combat Simulator mode (deathmatch) features challenges – 30 scenarios in which you and up to three other players are pitted against AI-controlled simulants.

Completing theses challenges unlocks new features, weapons, maps and options in Perfect Dark’s deathmatch multiplayer.

StarCraft 64

StarCraft 64 two-player team coop mode where you share a base for Nintendo 64

Unusually for a real-time strategy game, StarCraft 64 features splitscreen multiplayer for up to two players.

You can choose to have your own armies, but sharing a base, units and resources is where the real co-op experience is at!

Vigilante 8

Vigilante 8 cooperative mode (N64 version)

Indulge in deadly vehicular combat with a friend at your side. Both players must survive to win, so you really need to look out for one another.

Vigilante 8 2nd Offense

Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense's two-player coop mode on N64

This sequel offers a similar mode to the first game, albeit with different locations and vehicles.

N64 games in which you can team up against AI bots in multiplayer

Bomberman 64 two-player coop team battle versus CPU opponents

  • 007 The World Is Not Enough
  • All Star Tennis ’99
  • BattleTanx
  • BattleTanx: Global Assault
  • Bomberman 64
  • Conker’s Bad Fur Day
  • Let’s Smash Tennis
  • Mario Tennis
  • Perfect Dark
  • Pokémon Stadium
  • Pokémon Stadium 2
  • Super Bowling
  • Super Smash Bros.
  • Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion
  • Turok: Rage Wars
  • Worms Armageddon
  • Xena: Warrior Princess – The Talisman of Fate

American football N64 co-op games

Playing a two-player game against the AI in NFL Blitz 2000 for N64

Unless otherwise specified, the following American football N64 co-op games enable up to four people to play together through the season/play-off modes:

  • Madden Football 64
  • Madden NFL 99
  • Madden NFL 2000
  • Madden NFL 2001
  • Madden NFL 2002
  • NFL Blitz 2000 (up to two players, arcade mode only)
  • NFL Blitz 2001 (up to two players)
  • NFL Blitz Special Edition (up to two players)
  • NFL Quarterback Club ’98
  • NFL Quarterback Club ’99
  • NFL Quarterback Club 2000
  • NFL QB Club 2001.

Basketball N64 co-op games

NBA Jam 99 two player coop season mode on Nintendo 64

Unless otherwise specified, the following basketball N64 co-op games enable up to four people to play together through the season/play-off modes:

  • Kobe Bryant’s NBA Courtside
  • NBA Courtside 2: Featuring Kobe Bryant
  • NBA Hangtime (up to two players, arcade mode only)
  • NBA In The Zone ’98
  • NBA In The Zone ’99
  • NBA In The Zone 2000
  • NBA Jam ’99
  • NBA Jam 2000
  • NBA Live 99
  • NBA Live 2000
  • NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC (up to two players, arcade mode only)

Football (soccer) N64 co-op games

International Superstar Soccer 64 two-player coop on N64

Unless otherwise specified, the following football N64 co-op games enable up to four people to play together through the season/league modes, as well as friendly/open matches:

  • FIFA ’99
  • FIFA: Road to World Cup 98
  • FIFA Soccer 64
  • International Superstar Soccer 64
  • International Superstar Soccer ’98
  • International Superstar Soccer 2000
  • Michael Owen’s WLS 2000 / Mia Hamm 64 Soccer / RTL World League Soccer 2000 / Telefoot Soccer 2000 (up to two players only).
  • World Cup 98

Ice hockey N64 co-op games

Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey for N64 - two player coop against the computer

Unless otherwise specified, the following ice hockey N64 co-op games enable up to four people to play together through the season/league modes:

  • NHL 99
  • NHL Blades of Steel ’99
  • NHL Breakaway ’98
  • NHL Breakaway ’99
  • Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey (up to two players, arcade mode only)
  • Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey ’98 (arcade mode only)

Wrestling N64 co-op games

ECW Hardcore Revolution two-player coop career mode on Nintendo 64

Up to two players can play co-operatively through the career/championship modes in:

  • ECW Hardcore Revolution
  • WCW/nWo Revenge
  • WWF Attitude

The following N64 wrestling games offer two-player co-operative play, but only in exhibition/side modes:

  • WCW Mayhem (“Main Event” tag-team mode only)
  • WCW vs. nWo: World Tour (exhibition only)
  • WWF No Mercy (Exhibition mode tag match only)
  • WWF War Zone (tag team and co-operative modes only)
  • WWF WrestleMania 2000 (Exhibition mode tag match only).

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Martin Watts

Martin has been running N64 Today since it began in 2017. He has also written for Nintendo Life and Time Extension, and appeared in the 2022 documentary GoldenEra. He got the Nintendo 64 as a Christmas present back in 1997 and it's been his favourite console ever since. His favourite N64 game is Goemon's Great Adventure.