Perfect Dark (N64, 2000)
Nintendo is known, regardless of whether or not it should be, for its family-friendly games that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. The likes of Mario, Link, and Kirby offer great adventures that truly stay true to their ESRB ‘Everyone’ rating.
But sometimes, Nintendo develops, publishes, or secures exclusive titles for their systems that are definitely not family-friendly. All these titles are rated ‘M’ for ‘Mature,’ and feature copious amounts of violence, sex, or drugs that secure that rating.
British game developer Rare has a long, storied history of developing great games. Rare developed some of the most loved games on the N64, including GoldenEye 007, Banjo-Kazooie, and Jet Force Gemini. Perfect Dark is another notch in Rare’s N64 catalog, and was one of the few games rated ‘M’ by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Nowadays, Perfect Dark’s animated blood and guts look tame, but back in 2000, it was quite the experience.