With the release of the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One on the horizon, some of the launch titles for both have been announced; notable titles include: Assassin’s Creed IV—for both systems, DC Universe Online—an exclusive for the Playstation 4, and Dead Rising 3—an exclusive for the Xbox One.
Such a lineup invokes the question: which console had the best lineup of release titles–ones that stood as quintessential games throughout their system’s life span?
Before revealing the best, it is necessary to look at the titles for the current generation of game systems—the seventh generation. And, after assessing the launch titles for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360—games that included forgettable titles like Genji: Days of the Blade, Kameo: Elements of Power, and Tony Hawks American Wasteland—it is safe to say that the Seventh Generation of gaming got off to an underwhelming start.
In contrast, the console that was released with the best titles was the Nintendo 64. Its North American launch titles were only two games. But, they were games that stood as cornerstone titles throughout the duration of the Nintendo 64’s life span.
Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64 were the only titles that were available for the Nintendo 64 on the date of its release. And, the formerly stated still stands as not only one of the best games for the Nintendo 64, but one of the best Super Mario games of all time—admirable praise, considering that the Mario meta-series is still the best selling video game series of all time.
According to Gamespot, Super Mario 64 got a score of 9.4 out of 10. On IGN, it was given a 9.8 out of 10. Moreover, Super Mario 64 stands as the best-selling game for the Nintendo 64—trumping classic titles such as: Goldeneye 007, Banjo-Kazooie, Ocarina of Time, and Mario Kart 64.
Likewise, Pilotwings 64 was released to rave reviews—earning an 8.9 out of 10 of Gamespot, and an 8.2 out of 10 on IGN. And—like Super Mario 64—it holds a position among the top selling games on the console, 41st overall. Such distinction does not sound praiseworthy, but it is commendable due to the fact that the Nintendo 64 had 296 official North American releases.
Already, the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 are accumulating launch titles. But, history must be consulted and it must be realized that—to invoke a truthful cliché—quality is better than quantity. After all, how many Playstation 3 owners are still playing Genji: Days of the Blade?