13 September, 2011

Super Mario 64

  • Release Date: 1996
  • Platform: N64
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Genre: Platform

Mario would seem to have come to the end of his natural life as games embraced the third dimension. Nintendo's mascot was getting on a bit, and he was so emphatically linked to the suddenly rather tired world of two-dimensional scrolling that many fans suspected either retirement or, worse, irrelevance awaited him on Nintendo's new console, the N64.

In fact, neither was the case. Mario's first three-dimensional adventure saw the plumber as trailblazing and trendsetting as ever, showing competitors how it's done, and throwing analog controls into the mix (a little push forward to walk, a push all the way to run) to create an adventure no one would forget in a hurry -- particularly Mario's rivals on other platforms.

Certain things had to change. Rather than a long travelogue quest heading from the left side of the map to the right, Super Mario 64 introduces Peach's castle as a hub from which other levels would be accessible once enough stars had been collected from the game's various challenges. The means of entering these themed levels -- leaping through paintings -- is still a genuinely magical piece of design. The worlds found beyond, all of which have room enough for a handful of different tasks, are masterpieces of thrifty imagination, providing the space for a coin hunt one minute and a boss fight the next.

Like the hub itself, the levels become non-linear arenas, and from the mountainous peaks of Cool, Cool Mountain to the tangle of pathways that make up Big Boo's Haunt, Super Mario 64 almost feels more like a theme park than a series of themed courses. No matter where exactly it's getting its inspiration from, however, Super Mario 64 remains one of the most influential -- and one of the best -- video games ever made.

14 memories:

YESSSSSSS. One of the best games of all time!

I loved this game, and I also loved the game which used a heavily modified version of this games engine - The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time.

Was one of my favortie games as well!!
great game...

Best game ever! I remember my dad got this system for me the first year it came out. While everyone else was selling out and running all over to find one, he walked into a store full of them that no one knew about and bought one for christmas. Best year ever! We stayed up all night playing that game!

Best ever? I don't think so. It was good sure maybe even great. But not best ever.

Such good memories with this game, although I must say I never collected all those stars. My one close friend got extremely close once.

I played this on an emulator. Great game.
I think there's a Mario 64 NDS version, right?


best nostalgic game ever :D
good times

First video game I ever fell in love with.... <3

this game shaped my childhood..

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