Review by Nexxt

Reviewed: 06/11/01 | Updated: 07/31/03

The definition of a 3D platformer


This game was the first game that was out for the Nintendo 64, so obviously a lot of people ended up getting it, but was it worth their money? The game has no multiplayer. It has the same story line as the previous Mario games, and you had to collect items once again, am I the only one that's gettinf tired of that? Well anyways, on to the review, let's see if those people got their money's worth...

Graphics: 7/10

At the time, these graphics were the best of it's kind. It was the very first 3D platformer. Comparing to previous Mario games, the graphics are spectacular, but comparing them to modern graphics, they aren't the best out there. The character designs are all pretty smooth. No flaws in transforming Mario into 3D. There is also no drop in framerate anywhere, throughout the entire game. Now THAT'S an accomplishment. But the game didn't really have much of anything else to cause the framerate to drop.

Game Play: 10/10

What did you expect from a Nintendo made game? Excellent Game play! All of Mario's moves are preformed with the press of a button, sometimes a combination of buttons. He can jump with A, Crouch with Z, and smack somebody with his fist by pressing B. This is one mean plumber.... You know those little yellow C buttons? Well they are used to rotate the camera around Mario as he movies in his new 3D world.

Story: 5/10

This is getting quite boring. How many games have we had where mario is off to save Princess Peach/Toadstool from the evil King Bowser? The answer is ''A Lot'' This game is no exception, Peach has been kidnapped by Bowser and as mario, it's up to you to risk your life once again to save her. When will Nintendo make up another Story Line?

Sound/Music: 6/10

Well, the opening cut scene is voice acted, so that alone brings up the score. Other than that, there isn't really anything worth mentioning. Mario makes a little huffing noise when he jumps and that's about it. All of the level's music are okay. Very annoying, but okay.

Rent/Buy: Rent

Well, I know that almost everybody with a nintendo 64 has already gotten this game, but in case you don't and you've never played it, just rent it. The Nintendo 64's life span is almost over. You could probably get pretty close to beating the game in a 3 day rental....

Last Comments: This game defined 3D platforming

Rating:   3.5 - Good

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