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The Nintendo 64 Game That Takes The Longest To Beat

The Nintendo 64 is arguably one of the most influential gaming consoles ever produced. Nintendo's fifth generation gave gamers a wide collection of classic and innovative games such as "Goldeneye 007," "Super Mario 64," and "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time," among a plethora of others. But highly influential and genre-defining games wasn't the only staple of the Nintendo 64, as the console is also known for its collection of fairly long games that can take dozens of hours for players to complete.

Among these lengthy experiences was the aforementioned "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time," which could provide players anywhere from 26 hours to 37 hours to complete, according to HowLongToBeat. Another was "Harvest Moon 64," a farming simulator game that could push players to over 44 hours of game time to complete its main story. These are both significantly lengthy games that surely provided enough content for the price tag, but neither is the longest game ever released for Nintendo's 64 bit console. As a matter of fact, one game on the Nintendo 64 could take almost double that length if taken to the extreme, making it the longest game available on the console.

StarCraft 64 rakes over 50 hours to beat

In 1998, "StarCraft" was released for the PC. Developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment, the game was similar to the developer's previous work, "Warcraft 2," in that it was a real-time military strategy game. However, it came with a sci-fi twist. "StarCraft" was a huge hit with critics, garnering praise for its execution, gameplay, and story. Two years after its initial release, the game would be slightly reworked and released on the Nintendo 64 as  "StarCraft 64," a remaster of sorts of the original title that combined both the original base game, the "Brood War" expansion, and more exclusive content. As one big massive package, players were able to sink tons of hours into it.

According to HowLongToBeat, "StarCraft 64" took a whopping 50 hours on average just to complete the main story missions. If players wanted to get really involved with the title and squeeze every last ounce of content contained within it, it could take up to 87 hours to complete everything. While it's no "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" which could take up to 422 hours to complete, "StarCraft 64" stand head-and-shoulders above anything else released on the Nintendo 64 in terms of sheer length.