Review by eye_of_death
A Fun Mario Game to Play; This Game is a Jewel to the Mario Series
Super Mario 64 was released September 26, 1996 for the Nintendo 64. This game is a really great game that will give you hours of enjoyment with a 1% frustration factor if you don't have the patience of dying. This game is a jewel to the Mario series, and it can proudly be called that. This game lives up to high expectations.
Princess Peach has baked a cake for Mario and invited him to the castle. When Mario gets there, he finds that Princess Peach is nowhere to be missing and that all the doors in the castle are magically locked with seals. The seals can only be broken by collecting Power Stars. When you enter the castle and talk to toad, you find out that Bowser is once again behind Peach's abduction and the mayhem at the castle. The story isn't bad, but it's the same Bowser kidnapped Peach plot.
The controls for this game are a lot better than what its remake produced. You got your classic control stick and A button to jump. You can also combine A and B or A and Z to do some cool moves that will help you progress further. The control stick is a little hard to control, but it is much easier than the control pad the DS has to offer.
The graphics for this game are pretty good for an N64. They are scenic, beautiful to look at, and they are realistic. Thankfully, this game doesn't use cheap colors to represent a field or something like that. The colors are actually realistic and make the game look real. Could you find a pink castle? Not likely, but it is possible. This game has beautiful cinema and makes the game more enjoyable to play. It has been my experience that games with ugly graphics are usually less fun to play. This game gets an A for the graphics.
The gameplay is the best part about this game. You run around different areas in search for Power Stars. What can be more fun than running around, exploring every region of a bunch of diverse levels, discovering new secrets, and collection Power Stars? This game is really great and allows you the freedom of exploration. You don't have to do every objective in order, and you can play through the levels in any order once you get the required amount of Power Stars. Another thing about the game that I like is the castle Secret Stars. There are 15 stars to find in the castle by talking to toad or uncovering a secret level. This game is just full of secrets waiting to be unearthed.
You will most likely want to play this game again. The game isn't too short, but it is quick enough to the point where you will want to play it again. It's not one of those long games that take forever, but it will last you long enough so that you don't feel cheated. You will definitely want to beat this game through a second time. Maybe even a third time.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Product Release: Super Mario 64 (US, 09/26/96)
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