Review by A B C
"Where's that cake?"
Well this Mario game is the first Mario for the Nintendo 64 game console. Actually it's the very first game that was made for N64! For the very first game, it is VERY good. I'm just disappointed I didn't get this game sooner!
Story Line - 9/10
In this Mario game, Princess Peach made a big cake so she invited Mario to have some too. When Mario arrived at her palace, he realize Princess Peach has been kidnapped by Bowzer again so you have to saver her again. Bowzer also stole the Power Stars and imprisoned the Toads (weird mushroom things). Bowzer turned paintings in the palace into worlds where his henchmen roams. You have to get through these levels, get the power stars back, and confront Bowzer. Until you get all Power Stars, you won't be able to save Princess Peach, the Toads, or the palace.
I give the story line 9 out of 10 because it's good, but kind of repetitive from the other Mario games.
Game Play - 10/10
Right when you turn this game on, it is very fun. At the title screen with Mario's face, you can play around with it to make his face look really weird. If Nintendo works hard on the title screen, imagine how good the actual game will be.
Once you get past the title screen, you get to the files page. Here you can pick a slot to play in and start the game. There are 4 files so you can play and let your family play as well.
When you start the game, the intro is kind of long and you can't skip through it so this might irritate you a bit. What happened in the palace will be explained here so you should watch it. It might get boring, but you know what they say. Good things happen to those who wait. Just wait and listen to it, because the intro will go by quickly.
Now for the actual game. There are 15 areas, and 6 Power Stars in each. You get 5 from finding stars and 1 from getting 100 coins. As you get more Power Stars, you will be able to unlock more things. Like for example, once you get 10 Power Stars, you can go to the hidden level to unlock a Wing Cap, which lets you fly for a short amount of time. There are 120 Power Stars in all.
In every area, the first few stars are easy to get. Then things start to get harder. You have to have a special cap to get a star, collect 8 red coins scattered throughout the area, and some other things depending on the level.
Throughout the palace, there are secret areas. You have to find secret rooms. There are 20 of these, and of course, to get 100% completion, you have to get all 20 of them. This might be hard to do because you can't find the secret area, or you can't get the Power Star. Most of the time, you have to get 8 red coins in these hidden areas, but there are some that makes you do something else.
Some levels will be extremely hard, but you will still have to get all 6 stars. In EVERY level, you have to get 8 red coins. Even in boss levels, you have to get them. This can make your life extremely hard. Even without the red coins, some levels are just plain hard. Like for example, you're in an area high in the sky. One wrong move and you will fall. You can only move through flying carpets. An area like that is an extremely hard place to beat.
This game will get kind of frustrating, but hey it's not a game if it's not frustrating. I give the game play 10 out of 10.
Graphics - 10/10
The graphics in this game is pretty good, at least for the first N64 game to be made. Everything is bright and pretty well detailed. Unfortunately, almost everything doesn't have more than about 3 colors. They are just brown, green, red, etc. But hey, what can you expect? It's the first game made for N64! Besides, who cares about the colors? All we want are well detailed designs. Like take flowers for example. There are many well detailed designs ranging from large meadows, canyons, and snowy mountains to little designs on brick walls, cement, and even flower beds. I must say the Graphics is good enough to deserve a full 10 out of 10.
Sound/Music - 10/10
The sound and music in this game is awesome! You can hear the sounds when you get shot out of a cannon, when you jump into water, and when you bump into enemies. But the sound is nothing like the music. The music will blow everything away. There are about 6 different music that I can think of. There is a unique music for every special cap, there's one for the racing levels, and just a special music for some hard levels. Oh and can't forget the Bowzer levels. In the Bowzer levels, there's a creepy music in the background. Very good, a solid 10.
Controls - 10/10
The controls in this game are also very good. It is very basic and easy to memorize. You move with the joystick, jump with A, attack with B, and change camera angle with C. See? Easy to memorize. In games like this, you have to memorize the controls quickly because things happen quickly, and this game does just that.
Challenge - 10/10
Come on getting 120 Power Stars? You think that's easy? It takes patience and determination to complete this game. And besides, some levels are just so darn hard. Collecting 100 coins in every level, getting 8 red coins, beating the boss, lots of hard things to do.
Lifespan + Replayability - 10/10
The lifespan (how long it lasts) of this game is very long. It will take you quite a while to beat, even if you play for 6 hours a day. And once you actually manage to get 120 Power Stars, you can start a new game and go for it again. If it took you a long time to get 120 Power Stars in your first file, it won't take as long in the second, but it will still take a bit. This game is a nice thing to play when you have a lot of time on your hands.
Rent or Buy? - Buy
Even though this game is a bit out of date, it is still very good, and every Nintendo64 owner should own this game. It's challenging, fun, and colorful.
Story Line: 9/10
Game Play: 10/10
Lifespan + Replayability: 10/10
Rent or Buy?: Buy
One of the best!
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 01/05/03, Updated 05/21/03
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