List of Nintendo 64 role-playing games

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The Nintendo 64 is infamous for having few role-playing games (RPGs), especially in comparison to its predecessor, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The major reason for this is that both Square and Enix (later merged into Square Enix in 2003) developed titles for the Sony PlayStation due to it utilizing a CD-ROM format. Many Nintendo 64 role-playing games were only released in Japan.

List of games[edit]

Title Year
PD Ultraman Battle Collection 64 (Japan only) 1997
Quest 64 1998
Super Robot Wars 64 (Japan only) 1999
Zool: Maju Tsukai Densetsu (Japan only) 1999
Robot Ponkottsu 64: Nanatsu no Umi no Caramel (Japan only) 1999
Paper Mario 2000
Fushigi no Dungeon Fuurai no Shiren 2: Oni Shuurai! Shiren Jou! (Japan only) 2000
Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage 2001

Games with a few role-playing elements[edit]

Action-adventure games can be very similar to role-playing games. One notable difference is that role-playing games give the player the choice to affect character development (e.g. having some degree of control over a party member's statistics), while action-adventure games have character development occur at fixed locations decided by the plot.

Title Year Notes
Wonder Project J2 1996 Simulation game with some role-playing elements (Japan only)
Hexen 1997 First-person action game with some role-playing elements
Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon 1997 Action-adventure game
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998 Action-adventure game
Goemon's Great Adventure 1998 Action-platforming game with some role-playing elements
Gauntlet Legends 1998 Hack-and-slash (action) game
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber 1999 Strategy game with role-playing elements
Harvest Moon 64 1999 Simulation game with role-playing elements
Hybrid Heaven 1999 Action game with just a single one role-playing game element
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 2000 Action-adventure game
Mega Man 64 2000 Action-adventure
Hamster Monogatari 64 2001 Simulation game with some role-playing elements (Japan only)

Hybrid Heaven is considered a role-playing game just because it uses Experience points, with random enemy battles, and turn-based battle system (somewhere between real time and turn based similar to Parasite Eve, with combo/brawl-like battle system similar to Legend of Legaia), although the rest of it has little in common with traditional role-playing games (with some game mechanics similar to Metal Gear Solid).

Daikatana for the N64 has limited stat-point "role-playing game-mechanics" too, but hardly affects the gameplay.