Super Mario 64
- Seminal 3-D adventure/platform game
- Restore peace in the Mushroom Castle
- Enter paintings that lead to a variety of worlds
- Retrieve power stars
- Battle a variety of enemies
- For 1 player
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- Platform: Nintendo 64
- PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
- Media: Video Game
super mario 64
The game that launched the Nintendo 64 system stands the test of time as one of the first and best exploratory action/adventure games. Guide the legendary plumber through an incredibly vast magical world with never-before-seen movement and camera-angle freedom. Mario's got the moves with graduated speeds of running and walking, jumps, super jumps, bounce attacks, swimming, and more. The more you play, the more moves you'll discover.
This industry milestone game lets gamers play at their own pace, encouraging them to explore new nooks and crannies of its many levels with a Zen-like approach where the journey is as important as the goal. Other N64 games such as Zelda, Banjo-Kazooie, and Donkey Kong 64 all owe much of their inspiration to this gem of a game. A showcase for the system's graphics and processing speed capabilities, Super Mario 64 is a must-have for any N64 owner. --Jeff Young
- Huge world makes for enduring game experience
- Plenty of room for replay
- State-of-the-art graphics for its time
- Imaginative levels keep you guessing, and helpful characters act as an in-game tutorial
- First-generation game doesn't feature as much texture or detail in graphics
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Top Customer Reviews
The plot was basically like any other Mario game, Princess Peach has been kidnapped by Bowser and is hidden inside one of the paintings in the castle. You can only reach by collecting stars (120 in total, 70 to reach the finale)and defeating the evil Bowser.
Graphics-wise now it seems lame compared the quality we have now, but back then it was splendid, and Mario himself was an instantly likeable character, he ran, he jumped, he spoke with a funny italian accent and above all he was really cute.
What makes it so revolutionary was the gameplay, you got to meet various characters, you went through levels such as haunted houses, deserts and islands in the sky. You could collect different types of power-ups enabling you to fly, become invisible and metallic, it was a joy to play.
Super Mario 64 may be way past its prime now, but one cannot state enough the legacy it has left on the gaming world, cause as far was platform games go, this is made of the stuff only dreams are made of.
Then there's the economy of design that Nintendo always employ, so that the wonderful primary colours don't become garish. The characters from Bob-ombs to Toads are so charming. The music is perfect and the difficulty level is just right. Nintendos learning curves have always been spot on.
The elegance of the puzzles is astounding, with every reward just out of reach, but not so infuriating as to spoil the fun. Mario Sunshine got that bit wrong, it was too easy, but this classic knocked it out of the park.
To give just a little history, when the N64 came out, I had some family who were in the middle of a divorce after an ugly affair in 1994 with a pastor of a church we all went too. My friend, (who we will call Courty) who was born in 1987 and who I consider as close as a brother, was just a young kid and going through the hell of his family disintegrating. His father was dysfunctional and drank a lot and his mother was an adulterer. His mother and my mother grew up together and known each other since grade school. His brother and my brother were best friends, being the same age. And although there was a seven year difference between himself and I, we were super close (and still are), because of how close our families were (and still are). I remember turning 17 in January of 1997, and my family had a big birthday party and I got my very own N64 and a copy of this game.
Those were brutally hard times for all involved with so much pain. The parents divorced and the dad got his own house. In the midst of that, the boy's dad bought him an N64, along with "Super Mario 64" and "Star Wars, Shadows of the Empire". For me, this game is forever tied up into that emotionally turbelent period in our lives, because both my friend and myself would play this for hours and hours just to escape the hollowness and the pain we both felt at what was going on around us. That, my friends, is the power of Super Mario.
Anyway, I grew up in the NES and SNES era.Read more ›
Quite simply, it has the imagination that newer games don't have. Technology based plots and complicated controls have ruined video games, and Super Mario contrasts them completey. Simplicity is given a new defintion to the controls in the game (jump, dive, triple jump and punch - the basics!) and the graphics are, quite literally, beautiful.
Its the game that had me and my friends amazed over, and a generation of youngsters actually proud to own an N64 after the school yard fights would continue over "which console was better".
Your not a gamer till you've played Super Mario 64.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First and foremost this game revives a good part of my childhood.
As a 90's guy I have always respected/admired/loved retro games, consoles and toys. Read more
Arrived early, well packaged & product exactly as advertised! Happy gamer!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Game is the German version. No advance warning of this given in item description. Item returned for refund. Very disappointing!Published 7 months ago by Mike Harrowell
The game is fun with some annoying levels but definetly nostalgic and the cartridge didn't have to be cleanedPublished 9 months ago by Charlie butler