Wanderin Jim is reader of comics, novels, a player of many video games and a watcher of many shows and he has some opinions to share.
I have done two of these lists already however, there is simply more eshop games to enjoy and just has before, all these games as of writing this have yet to be released on to modern platforms of course there is potentially no reason why some of these couldn't get released but right now they haven't. Last time I did a list of gameboy advance games, this time i think i will tackle the Nintendo 64. Ther's a few left, so set back and enjoy.
1: Wave Race 64
The game features three single player modes (Championship, Time Trials, and Stunt Mode) as well as a multiplayer mode for competitive play. In the Championship mode, the player must race opponents through a series of courses and win the first place. Up to four levels of difficulty can be chosen: Normal, Hard, Expert and Reverse, the latter being Expert with the tracks oriented backwards. Hard, Expert, and Reverse must be unlocked by completing an earlier difficulty. The difficulty also determines the number of courses played: six in Normal, seven in Hard, and eight in Expert/Reverse. When the player completes a course, points are awarded based on the rank they finished. If the required quantity is not met, the player will be disqualified, and the game will be over.
While racing opponents, the player must successfully maneuver the Jet Ski around various buoys. There are two types of buoys: red colored, which must be passed on the right side, and yellow buoys, which must be passed on the left side. Each time a buoy is correctly passed, a power arrow in the game's HUD will light, allowing the player's Jet Ski to gain speed. Up to five power arrows can be lit in order to obtain maximum power. Therefore, maintaining this process will allow the player to maintain a high speed. Failure to correctly pass a single buoy will result in the loss of all the player's accumulated power (though the power arrows can be lit again one by one) and missing five buoys over the course of a race will result in disqualification. Leaving the course area limited by pink buoys for more than five seconds will also result in disqualification.
Wave Race 64 has been dubbed as F-Zero on water, and while I haven't played this game yet, any racing game compared to F-Zero is probably worth checking out.
2: Harvest Moon 64
Harvest Moon 64 is the farming simulator that the series has become known for and is no less a solid entry. when this game was released on the Wii U on February 23, 2017, it marked the first time the game was playable in pal regions, and it marked the first official re-release in nearly two decades, as well as the first time digital.
For a simple game that's allot of first all on the Wii U. After all of the copyright problems concerning the Harvest Moon franchise, we might not ever get this game again, get this while you can.
3: Bomberman 64
This game is featured in full 3D, thus the directional controls change. Bomberman is able to walk in eight directions with a rotating camera facing in eight directions and with three different zoom levels. His bombs have a different effect than in other games of the series; the bomb's explosion waves have a spherical pattern, rather than the traditional cross-shaped ones.
In both single-player and multiplayer modes, Bomberman always has the ability to kick, pick up, and throw bombs, without the need of power-ups, as in previous games. A unique feature of this game is that Bomberman can "pump" a bomb while holding it, which will make the bomb's explosion more powerful. A pumped-up bomb cannot be kicked or picked up again. Unlike most platform games of its time, Bomberman cannot jump, nor can he swim in water, although he can wade in shallow water. Since Bomberman lacks the ability to jump, higher areas that do not have a path leading to them must be reached by bouncing across bombs - typically this requires the "remote" power-up to avoid the normally timed bombs exploding early. "Bomb jumping" is actually required to fully explore most levels, retrieve certain power-ups, and cross many obstacles.
This game has not been released on anything as of yet, so unfortunately once the Wii U eshop shuts down, it will be gone.
4: Donkey Kong 64
I talked about this game briefly, but this is a gem of a game. exploring DK island is always a joy and offers allot of content for those willing to play. DK 64 has been talked about in full on many videos, but I suppose something i can say is that you can also unlock the original Donkey Kong arcade game as well as Jetpac an old 1983 game developed by Ultimate Play the Game later known as Rareware. In short you get three games in one two of them being historic masterpieces. Nintendo has yet to release this game on the Switch online so unless they do, the Wii U is the only place to play it.
5: Ogre Battle 64 Person of Lordly Caliber
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber is a real-time tactical role-playing game developed by Quest Corporation and localized by Atlus USA for the Nintendo 64. Though conceptually similar to Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, significant gameplay tweaks were implemented to change the game's overall flow. Ogre Battle 64 is the third game in the series, the first two being Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, and Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. Gaidens have been released in Japan, on Game Boy Advance and Neo Geo Pocket Color. Unlike earlier Ogre Battle games, which feature Queen song titles, "Person of Lordly Caliber" is an original title. Ogre Battle 64 was released in Japan, Europe, Australia and North America via the Virtual Console on Wii in early 2010 making it available in Europe and Australia for the first time. In February 2017, it was released for the Wii U Virtual Console in Europe, Australia and North America. It was released for the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan during July.
I am not really into real time strategy games myself, however this does mark a time when Square did more than just Final Fantasy and the occasional Kingdom Hearts and once again this game has not been re-released at all so check it out while you can.
The Wii U eshop was something special in it's on right and while you could say that these aren't technically Wii U games, the console still gave them a second life and as well as a first chance in some regions as is the case with Drill Dozer on the GBA or Harvest Moon 64. I still have more to go so let me know what you think in the comment section below and vote why not? I'm Wanderin Jim and I hope you all have a super happy day.