Review by TheGamingGolfer
"Most Revolutionary Game of All Time"
In June of 1996, Nintendo released it's new system, the Nintendo 64. Along with the release of the Nintendo 64, Nintendo released Pilotwings 64 (which I've never played) and Super Mario 64. Super Mario 64 was very successful selling 11,000,000 copies making it the best-selling Nintendo 64 game. It is also the second best selling Wii Virtual Console game. Super Mario 64 is considered revolutionary because its use of 3D graphics, vast worlds, camera system, and much more!
The story begins with Mario receiving a letter from Princess Peach saying she has baked a cake (which is a lie) and wants Mario to go to the castle. However, when Mario arrives, Bowser has kidnapped Peach and hid her inside the castle. So, you must use the Power Stars to unlock the doors in the castle and find Peach (while fighting Bowser a few times on the way). The story is a bit too simple, but it's the same story in all Mario games.
The graphics are fantastic for an early Nintendo 64 game. It's a great use of the 64's 3D game design. The graphics are very detailed and realistic for a Nintendo 64 game.The game uses fog, shadows, and light that you may not find in other Nintendo 64 games. The level designs are very well done and have some unique designs, such as the size changes in "Tiny-Huge Island" and the water level changes in "Wet-Dry World".
The music by Koji Kondo is great. It's very catchy and nostalgic. The (very few) sound effects in the game are simple, but great. (I think) Super Mario 64 is the first Mario (or maybe even Nintendo) game to use voice acting. The voice acting was clear, understandable, and well done.
The controls are probably the best part of the game. In Super Mario 64, Mario has many new and original moves. He can do double jumps, triple jumps, side somersaults, wall kicks, backflips, long jumps, and dives. Mario can also punch and kick his enemies, and he can even pick up items. All the new moves are simple to do and mainly use the A and B buttons. They also are a great use of the Nintendo 64's analog stick. The best part about Super Mario 64's controls is the camera. The camera can go just behind Mario, turn corners, and even go into first-person.
In Super Mario 64, you play through several vast courses and play 7 missions per course. (15 other stars are hidden within the castle.) Each star is either hidden or appears after a certain task is done. Each course has a mission where you must find all 8 red coins or gather 100 coins. The game has three hidden caps that give Mario special abilities. One gives Mario the ability to fly, one makes Mario turn to metal & walk underwater, and one allows Mario to walk through (some) walls & not take damage. Mario can also use cannons to easily launch himself across the level.
Super Mario 64 is one of the most revolutionary video games of all time. It's 3D graphic design, camera system, controls, and gameplay was fantastic at the time. Super Mario 64 was re-released as a Player's Choice title and won many Game of the Year honors. Super Mario 64 is one of the greatest Nintendo 64 games and even one of the greatest games of all time.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 08/24/11
Game Release: Super Mario 64 (US, 09/26/96)
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