N64 games you can play on Switch, 3DS, PC and Xbox One

by Martin Watts, 25 August 2019

An Xbox One controller resting on top of a neon keyboard.

Many N64 games can be a struggle to play all these years later.

Sluggish frame rates, low-resolution graphics and clunky controls are enough to sap the fun out of many titles. Not to mention that often the N64 can’t connect to modern TVs.

The good news is that you can play some N64 games on modern gaming systems. And I’ve collated a complete list of these games by system below.

A Nintendo Switch console showing available titles on the eShop.

Some of these titles have been remastered or remade, whereas others are simple re-releases. I’ve included details about what’s different and whether any content is missing.

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Sadly, there aren’t currently any N64 games available on PS4.

N64 games you can play on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s latest system doesn’t have many N64 games at all.

But it’s possible some N64 titles may be re-released eventually, as was the case with the Wii and Wii U.

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

Blasting enemies away with explosive shotgun rounds in Nightdive Studios' remastered Turok: Dinosaur Hunter on Nintendo Switch.

It’s hard to return to Turok: Dinosaur Hunter on N64 today. Clunky, limited control options and infamously heavy fogging make for a frustrating experience.

Thankfully, Nightdive Studios’ remaster improves in both these areas.

On Switch, you get the luxury of using a dual-stick setup, and can even use motion controls if you really want.

Taking on a cyborg T-Rex in Turok: Dinosaur Hunter remastered on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC.

Otherwise, the graphics have been spruced up. The fog, while not completely gone, isn’t as close anymore.

The game runs in 1080p resolution at 60 FPS in TV mode. If playing in handheld mode, it’s 720p at 60 FPS.

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil

Battling deadly Dinosoids in Turok 2: Seeds of Evil remastered

Much like its prequel, the Turok 2: Seeds of Evil remaster includes improved visuals and dual-analog/motion controls. It also runs at 60 FPS – with some occasional dips.

This is a godsend given just how sluggish the original game is.

Unfortunately, this version doesn’t include the multiplayer mode. If you want to play against other people in split screen or online, you’ll have to get the Xbox One or PC version.

Firing a grenade launcher at an enemy Dinosoid in Turok 2: Seeds of Evil remastered.

But it does come with a number of quality-of-life improvements, resulting in a smoother gameplay experience.

You can now use on-screen markers, which highlight points of interest. This makes it harder to miss mission objectives or get stuck on where to go next.

It’s also possible to fast travel to any previously visited portal. So you no longer have to slog your way through entire levels when backtracking.

N64 games you can play on Nintendo 3DS

Thanks to the Nintendo 3DS’s backwards compatibility with Nintendo DS games, you can play a total of seven N64 games on it.

Diddy Kong Racing DS

The box art for Diddy Kong Racing DS

This is a remake of Diddy Kong Racing. It includes most of the original content, along with some new additions.

In particular, there are four new tracks, and Taj and Wizpig are now playable. However, Banjo and Conker have been swapped out for Tiny and Dixie Kong.

There’s also the option to create your own tracks and customise characters’ voices using the system’s microphone input.

Otherwise, the game uses the touchscreen for certain actions. It did have online multiplayer, but the servers for this mode are sadly no longer available.

Rayman 3D

Swimming underwater in Rayman 3D on Nintendo 3DS

Rayman 3D is a re-release of Rayman 2: The Great Escape.

It’s based on the Dreamcast version of the game. So it’s largely the same as the N64 version, but with a few minor changes to levels in parts.

As the name suggests, the game uses the handheld’s 3D feature to add visual depth.

Rayman 2 was also released for the DS as Rayman DS. So you could play that version instead if you preferred.

It’s a port of the N64 version, so it’s slightly more authentic.

Ridge Racer DS

The box art for Ridge Racer DS, a handheld port of Ridge Racer 64.

This is more or less a port of Ridge Racer 64, but with some minor gameplay changes.

You have the option of using touch controls to drive. Thankfully, you can just use the D-pad.

There’s also a local wireless multiplayer mode for up to six players. You only need one game cartridge for this, thanks to the 3DS’ Download Play feature.

However, it’s a rather trimmed-down experience in this mode.

Star Fox 64 3D

The Star Fox team prepare for launch in the intro to Star Fox 64 3D.

Star Fox 64 is still one of the N64’s most playable games today. Nevertheless, it’s nice to have a portable version with added features.

This 3DS remaster comes with enhanced graphics and 3D support.

You also now have the option to use gyro controls for moving and aiming.

The D-pad enables you to perform manoeuvres such as somersaults and U-turns. Although you can still use the original button combos if you want.

Battling it out above Katina in Star Fox 64 3D for Nintendo 3DS.

Star Fox 64 3D uses the 3DS’s lower screen to display character portraits and dialogue.

You’ll find the most noticeable change in multiplayer. This has been revamped, enabling up to four players to battle it out over a local wireless connection.

You only need one copy of the game to play this mode thanks to the 3DS’s Download Play feature.

In multiplayer, the 3DS camera will show players’ faces in-game. It’s similar to how the characters communicate in the single-player game.

It’s great fun to shoot down an opponent and then taunt them through the camera!

Super Mario 64 DS

Spinning Bowser by his tail in Super Mario 64 DS.

This remake takes the N64 classic and adds a load of new content to it.

For starters, you can now play as Luigi, Wario and Yoshi in addition to Mario. And there’s also 150 power stars to collect.

All the original stages return, as well as a few new small stages.

Each of the characters has their own abilities, meaning there are also some gameplay changes.

The Bob-omb Battlefield course in Super Mario 64 DS.

The annoying thing about this version is that only the touchscreen offers analog control.

That’s because the DS only has a D-pad. And even though the 3DS has an analog circle pad, it can’t function in this way with Super Mario 64 DS.

Otherwise, there’s a versus multiplayer mode for up to four players and a selection of mini-games.

Bowser in the Dark World stage in Super Mario 64 DS.

Thinking you’d rather keep it simple and stick to the original?

Then check out my Super Mario 64 review to find out how it plays today.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D

The Moon looks down menacingly on Termina in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D.

Link’s second N64 adventure is a great fit for the Nintendo 3DS.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D has revamped graphics and 3D support.

You can use the touchscreen for managing and using your inventory. Also, you can choose to aim/look around using gyro controls.

Link shields his eyes from the incoming explosion of the Moon crashing into Termina in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D.

The game includes a number of quality-of-life changes. Saving your game and managing the three-day time limit are much easier.

There’s also the added bonus of a fishing pond. It’s a great way to relax – but perhaps not the distraction you need when the moon is falling!

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Link and Sheik perform the Minuet of Forest in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.

One of the N64’s most iconic games gets a considered makeover in this portable remaster.

It largely plays and feels like the original, but with a number of improvements that modernise the experience.

For example, you can use and swap out items via the touchscreen.

Of particular note is the fact that you no longer need to pause the game to equip/unequip the iron boots. Huzzah!

The Stone of Agony item works differently due to the 3DS not having rumble feedback. In this version, it’s called the Shard of Agony and it alerts you to nearby secrets by making a sound.

Racing with Epona against Ingo in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.

Optional gyro controls mean you can move your 3DS system to aim items such as the bow or Hookshot.

Otherwise, this version offers a bit more bang for your buck. And that’s saying a lot given the original is one of the N64’s most epic adventures.

After completing the main game, you unlock Master Quest. This is a tougher, mirrored version of the game with revised dungeon rooms and puzzles.

There’s also a boss challenge mode in which you can fight each boss one after the other.

Playing energy tennis with Phantom Ganon in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.

If you’re not familiar with the original game then you may appreciate the new hint system. These short video clips give you an idea of how to approach certain sections of the game.

Wondering how the N64 version holds up today? Then check out my Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time review.

N64 games you can play on PC

This list contains N64 games that are readily available to buy and play on PC.

Of course, you could technically play any N64 game on PC using emulators.

I’ve provided links below to online stores where you can buy these games. These are purely for convenience (I don’t make any money from them).

Extreme-G 2

Extreme-G 2 on PC

This is a re-release of the original PC version.

As a bonus, it includes soundtracks from other games in the series, including the first Extreme-G.

You can also use an Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or Steam controller to play it.

You can buy Extreme-G 2 from Steam.

Forsaken Remastered

Enemy drones and tanks launch an assault on the player in Forsaken Remastered

This enhanced version is by far the definitive edition of Forsaken in terms of content.

All of the maps from the original N64, PC and PS1 versions of Forsaken are included.

Not only that, but it’s a lot prettier to look at. The game utilises many modern graphical effects, and supports 60 FPS/4K resolution gameplay.

Battling a giant robot boss in Forsaken Remastered for PC and Xbox One.

Unfortunately, the PC edition of Forsaken Remastered doesn’t feature splitscreen multiplayer or the option to play against bots.

It does have online multiplayer for up to 16 players. But apparently the servers are rather empty nowadays according to many user reviews.

You can buy Forsaken Remastered from Steam or GOG.

Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine

Indy prepares to explore ancient pyramids in Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine for PC.

Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine was ported to N64 from PC in 2000. Therefore, the version you can buy now is in fact the PC original.

That also means it lacks the enhancements that were made to the N64 version, including real-time lighting and a lock-on targeting system.

Still, on a modern PC it should run a lot more smoothly than it does on N64.

You can buy Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine from Steam or GOG.

Rayman 2: The Great Escape

Rayman fights a Robo-Pirate in Rayman 2: The Great Escape for PC.

The good news is that the PC version of Rayman 2: The Great Escape is more or less identical to the N64 original.

Some user reviews on GOG mention that getting a controller to work with this version can be a bit tricky. It’s also not possible to rebind buttons through the in-game menus.

You can buy it from GOG.

Shadow Man

Battling a deranged monster in Shadow Man for PC.

This is the original PC version, so it’ll run on even very low-spec computers.

By purchasing it through Steam or GOG, you’ll also get a soundtrack, map and a 162-page strategy guide.

And this is just as well, because Shadow Man’s incredibly non-linear design means you very much need these things.

Star Wars Episode 1: Racer

Anakin Skywalker battles Sebulba for first place in the Boonta Eve Classic in Star Wars Episode 1: Racer on PC.

The PC version has all the tracks and racers that the N64 game does.

The main differences are that it has pre-rendered cutscenes and lacks the two-player splitscreen mode.

Thankfully, Star Wars Episode 1: Racer on N64 still holds up pretty well. So you may want to try that version as well.

This game is available on both Steam and GOG.

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D

Shooting down TIE bombers over Mos Eisley in Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D for PC.

This is the original PC version that released around the same time as the N64 version. So it’s practically identical in terms of content.

According to the game’s Steam page, it only has partial controller support. But it should support flight sticks, making for a more authentic experience.

You can buy Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D from Steam or GOG.

X-wings fly in formation over the planet of Kessel in Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D for PC.

Alternatively, you could check out the N64 version. It still holds up pretty well today.

Find out more with my Star Wars: Rogue Squadron review.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

The Battle of Hoth stage from Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire on PC

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire came to the PC about a year after it first released on N64.

In terms of gameplay, the PC game features the same missions.

The only noticeable difference is that this version has full-motion-video cutscenes, rather than the animated storyboards in the N64 game.

Dash Rendar chases down thugs in Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire's Mos Eisley stage

The system requirements for Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire are pretty low. So it should run on most PCs.

You can buy it from Steam or GOG.

Wondering whether the N64 version holds up? Check out my Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire review.

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

Mowing down killer bugs with the Auto-shotgun in Turok: Dinosaur Hunter remastered.

This remastered version from Nightdive Studios is perfectly suited to PC. That shouldn’t come as a surprise given Turok: Dinosaur Hunter also released on PC in 1997.

Sporting enhanced graphics and visual effects, the game also supports widescreen.

Best of all, you can play the game using a keyboard and mouse, which feels much more natural than the N64 controller.

You can also rebind all your keyboard, mouse and gamepad inputs – a refreshing change from the N64 version’s very limited configuration options.

You can buy Turok: Dinosaur Hunter from Steam or GOG.

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil

Hive of the Mantids stage in Turok 2: Seeds of Evil remastered for modern gaming systems.

Nightdive Studios’ remaster of the second Turok N64 games features the full original campaign, remastered with updated graphics and visual effects.

Provided your PC is powerful enough, you can run it in 4K resolution at 6o FPS.

There’s also online and splitscreen multiplayer, which includes maps from both the N64 and original PC versions of the game.

An online multiplayer game of Turok 2: Seeds of Evil remastered.

Other enhancements improve the gameplay experience considerably. You can now turn on optional markers to highlight objectives and points of interest.

Otherwise, you can save and load your game anywhere, and there’s a nifty fast-travel system. Backtracking is now less of a chore!

You can buy Turok 2: Seeds of Evil from Steam or GOG.

Worms Armageddon

Worms battle it out on a stage made of fruit in Worms Armageddon on PC.

Worms Armageddon is one of the best entries in the series. So it’s just as well there’s a way to play it on more modern systems.

That said, the N64 game hardly taxed the system. Not to mention you’ve got the benefit of four built-in controller ports with that version.

However, one very good reason to opt for the PC version is that it’s considerably cheaper. In particular, North American copies of Worms Armageddon for N64 fetch a pretty penny on eBay.

So if you fancy saving yourself some cash, download the PC version from either Steam or GOG.

Opposing teams of Worms make Swiss cheese out of one another in Worms Armageddon.

N64 games you can play on Xbox One

The Xbox One has a surprisingly high number of N64 games. This is mainly because Rare released Rare Replay, a 30th-anniversary game collection, for the system.

Banjo-Kazooie

Banjo Kazooie's charming musical intro on Xbox One

I’ve gone on record in the past by saying that Banjo-Kazooie on Xbox One is the definitive version.

It features a number of improvements, while keeping the core gameplay and charm of the original intact.

This remaster originally released for the Xbox 360. But you can also get it for Xbox One either as a standalone game or as part of Rare Replay.

Treasure Trove Cove in Banjo-Kazooie for the Xbox One

This version displays in up to 1080p resolution (widescreen) on Xbox One and Xbox One S. On an Xbox One X, you can play the game in 4K. It runs at a locked 30 frames per second on all Xbox systems.

Other changes and enhancements:

  • high-resolution textures and improved draw distance
  • the previously removed “Stop ‘n’ Swop” feature, which enables you to unlock things in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
  • online leaderboards and unlockable Xbox Achievements.
  •  requirement to collect each world’s 100 musical notes in a single life or run has been removed.

Despite all these enhancements, you really can’t go wrong with the N64 original. Read my Banjo-Kazooie review to find out why it holds up so well.

Banjo-Tooie

Banjo-Tooie's title screen in 1080p on Xbox One.

Banjo and Kazooie’s second adventure is a great match for Xbox One.

Like its prequel, Banjo-Tooie is available as a standalone game or as part of Rare Replay.

This version has a considerably smoother frame rate. It’s a stark improvement over the N64 game, which really chugs along at points.

Banjo-Tooie on Xbox One and Xbox One S runs in 1080p at a locked 30 frames per second. You can play it in 4K on an Xbox One X.

Exploring Mayahem Temple, the first world of Banjo-Tooie, on Xbox One.

The previously removed “Stop ‘n’ Swop” feature has been re-inserted. But it only unlocks new content in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.

There are now also online leaderboards and unlockable Xbox Achievements. You can play mini-games and replay boss fights against the clock and then share your times to the leaderboards.

Banjo-Tooie on Xbox One is a largely faithful remaster that plays a lot better due to the performance improvements. So you should definitely check it out if you can.

Blast Corps

The title screen for Blast Corps, running on an Xbox One at 1080p.

Blast Corps is included as part of the Rare Replay game compilation.

This is the original N64 game running in native 1080p resolution.

Conker: Live and Reloaded

Rare's naughty squirrel explores Uga Buga in Conker: Live and Reloaded on Xbox One.

Rare remade Conker’s Bad Fur Day for original Xbox back in 2005. You can now play it on Xbox One thanks to backwards compatibility.

This remake features the original story mode with improved graphics and more modern controls.

However, this version has more censored content, to the point that even some of the original N64 dialogue has been bleeped out.

Conker races against the cavemen on futuristic hoverboards in Conker: Live and Reloaded.

It also has a new multiplayer mode, which was originally playable over Xbox Live.

These servers are no longer available, although it’s possible to play online unofficially through third-party software.

Conker’s Bad Fur Day

The Great Mighty Poo rises in Conker's Bad Fur Day on Xbox One.

You can play Conker’s Bad Fur Day on Xbox One as part of the Rare Replay game compilation.

This is the original N64 game running in native 1080p resolution.

The frame rate is much more consistent in this version, especially in multiplayer.

Forsaken Remastered

Drones swarm the player in Forsaken Remastered, a remake of Acclaim Entertainment's Forsaken 64.

This version features all the maps from the N64 game, as well as those from the PS1 and original PC titles.

While the N64 version is pretty decent in terms of performance, it’s no match for the enhanced Xbox One port. Forsaken Remastered run in up to 1080p resolution at 60FPS on Xbox One and Xbox One S.

On an Xbox One X, you can play it in 4K.

According to the Forsaken Remastered Microsoft store page, the game has both online and splitscreen multiplayer.

Jet Force Gemini

The title screen for Jet Force Gemini on Xbox One.

Jet Force Gemini is only available as part of Rare’s game compilation, Rare Replay.

This is the original N64 game running in native 1080p resolution.

Rare released a patch shortly after Rare Replay’s release that adds “modern controls” to Jet Force Gemini. This basically enables you to use the right joystick to aim.

Killer Instinct Gold

Spinal and Orchid face off in Killer Instinct Gold on Xbox One.

Killer Instinct Gold comes as part of Rare Replay.

This is the original N64 game running in native 1080p resolution.

Perfect Dark

The Perfect Dark logo, as seen in the Xbox One remaster.

Rare originally remastered its phenomenal N64 shooter for Xbox 360. But you can now get it on Xbox One either as a standalone game or as part of Rare Replay.

All the original’s single- and multiplayer modes are included, and in terms of gameplay and content the game is largely the same.

This version supports online multiplayer, enabling up to eight players to battle it out. It’s also possible for a single player to play with up to 11 Simulants, whereas you could only have a max of eight on N64.

Joanna guns down a Skedar in Perfect Dark's Carrington Institute Defence mission (Xbox One version).

You no longer have to complete the multiplayer challenges in order to unlock content. Everything is available from the start.

The GoldenEye 007 weapons, which were only available in the original game’s single-player mode, are now in multiplayer too.

If you dislike using the N64 controller, then you’ll appreciate the modern control options.

Pelagic II mission from Perfect Dark on the Xbox One.

You can now use two sticks to move/aim (without needing a second pad!). And the preset configurations are very similar to those found in most modern first-person shooters.

To top it off, the game features remastered graphics, including enhanced textures and updated character models.

It runs in 1080p at 60FPS on Xbox One and Xbox One S. You can play in up to 4K on Xbox One X.

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

Tal'Set faces off against raptors in Turok: Dinosaur Hunter remastered.

Play the first epic chapter in the Turok N64 trilogy in 1080p at 60 FPS. Better yet, you get to use an Xbox One controller with its dual-analog stick setup.

The Xbox One version supports Xbox Achievements, meaning you can feel even more accomplished when beating the Campaigner.

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil

Joshua Fireseed battles Dinosoids in the Port of Adia in Turok 2: Seeds of Evil on Xbox One

The Xbox One version features the original campaign, remastered in 1080p/60FPS with improved textures, visual effects and reduced fog.

This console port has online multiplayer, but curiously the splitscreen mode is absent. Online includes maps from both the N64 and original PC versions of the game.

You can toggle a lot of features on and off, including some that alter the gameplay. For example, you can enable optional markers that highlight objectives and points of interest.

Battling Oblivion's forces in Turok 2: Seeds of Evil on Xbox One.

Otherwise, you can save and load your game as you please. There’s also a fast-travel system, which really helps when it comes to backtracking.

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil has the added incentive of Xbox Achievements for you to unlock.

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