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.
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):
- Super Mario 64
- GoldenEye 007
- Mario Kart 64
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Pokémon Stadium
- Donkey Kong 64
- Star Fox 64
- Super Smash Bros.
- Diddy Kong Racing
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Source: Nintendo Life