What N64 Games Need a Memory Card?

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By Monica Bates

If you’re a fan of the Nintendo 64 (N64), you know that some games require a memory card to save your progress. But which games actually need one? Let’s take a look.

What is an N64 Memory Card?

Before we dive into the games, let’s first define what an N64 memory card is. A memory card, also known as a Controller Pak, is a small device that plugs into the controller and allows you to save game data. Without it, you’ll have to start from scratch every time you play.

Games that Require a Memory Card

Not all N64 games require a memory card, but here are some of the most popular ones that do:

1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

This classic adventure game is known for its sprawling world and engaging story. It also requires a memory card to save your progress, so be sure to have one handy if you plan on embarking on this epic journey.

2. Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. is a beloved fighting game featuring characters from various Nintendo franchises. It also requires a memory card if you want to save your customized characters and high scores.

3. Mario Party

Mario Party is a party game that features various mini-games and challenges. To keep track of your progress and unlock new content, you’ll need a memory card.

4. Perfect Dark

Perfect Dark is a first-person shooter with an extensive single-player campaign and multiplayer modes. If you want to save your progress in either mode, you’ll need a memory card.

Games that Don’t Require a Memory Card

While many popular N64 games require a memory card, there are plenty that don’t:

  • Super Mario 64
  • GoldenEye 007
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Star Fox 64
  • Mario Kart 64

These games either have built-in save functionality or don’t require saving at all.


If you’re planning on playing N64 games that require a memory card, be sure to have one on hand. And if you’re playing a game that doesn’t require one, rejoice in the fact that you can pick up right where you left off without any extra accessories needed. Happy gaming!