The top 10 best-selling N64 games in the US revealed

by Martin Watts, 5 November 2018

Conker from Conker's Bad Fur Day for N64 with dollar signs in his eyes.

Ever wondered what the best-selling N64 games in the United States are?

Well, we now know thanks to Mat Piscatella, a video games industry analyst for NPD Group.

Mario doing the peace sign after completing a star mission in Super Mario 64

Mat revealed the top-10 ranking of N64 games by US dollar sales on Twitter.

The best-selling N64 games in the United States

January 1995 to September 2018 US Top 10 N64 games (ranked by dollar sales):

  1. Super Mario 64
  2. GoldenEye 007
  3. Mario Kart 64
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  5. Pokémon Stadium
  6. Donkey Kong 64
  7. Star Fox 64
  8. Super Smash Bros.
  9. Diddy Kong Racing
  10.   Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

Surprises and notable absences

It’s interesting to see Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire make the top 10.

We would’ve put our money on Star Wars Episode 1: Racer beating it. That’s because it’s the best-selling futuristic racing game of all time, with 3.12 million copies sold worldwide.

Anakin racing in the Boonta Eve Classic in Star Wars Episode 1: Racer's intro (N64 version)

However, it’s worth noting that this number includes PC, Dreamcast and Game Boy figures.

One very shocking omission is Banjo-Kazooie. And we’re surprised Pokémon Snap didn’t crack the top 10 either. After all, it did release during the height of the Pokémon’s popularity in the late ’90s.

Banjo-Kazooie (N64), a game that surprisingly missed the list of best-selling N64 games in the United States

Post-millennium decline?

Notice how all these games released between 1996 and 1999.

The last game in the list to be released was Donkey Kong 64, which released on 22 November 1999.

Donkey Kong 64, one of the best-selling N64 games in the United States

The N64’s earlier years were apparently its most popular – in the US at least.

That said, later first- and second-party games still sold well.

For example, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask sold 3.36 million copies worldwide. Perfect Dark sold 3.2 million copies according to former Rare employee Chris Tilson.

The Moon falls closer to Termina's Clock Town in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask intro for N64.

Source: Nintendo Life

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.