Review by Blackjack4x

"One of the best games ever made"

The first N64 game is actually the best. Super Mario 64 pits youas Mario, naturally, and your job is to collect 120 stars scatteredthroughout 15 worlds, as well as other challenges, such as threebattles with Bowser. The game uses a perspective similar to that ofTomb Raider, over the shoulder, though the camera angle can bechanged any way you want. Mario's arsenal is huge, consisting ofpunches, pound-the-ground stomps, backflips, side flips, tiptoeing,running and walking, long jumps, springboards off walls, and flyingwhen wearing the Wing Cap. Speaking of caps, there are three to befound throughout the game at various points: the aforementionedWing Cap lets you fly, the Metal Cap turns you invincible but alsomakes you sink in water, and another cap turns you invisible. Allthree hats only last for a short time. Mario has a life bar, whichcan be replenished by collecting coins. The stars Mario collectsare obtained in different ways; sometimes you collect 100 coins ina world, other times you have to beat a boss, or find an item, orsolve a puzzle. To enter some worlds you need a certain number ofstars, and you only need 70 to finish the game. For one player only.

Graphics: 9/10

Great graphics. They're bright and colorful, with huge worlds, niceenemies and funny animations. The only flaw is a lot of clipping inthe game which makes Mario appear to be inside walls or in an areahe's really not.

Sound: 10/10

Lots of sound effects, and the music is excellent as well. ClassicMario, only 10 times better.

Gameplay: 10/10

Great. Control is nearly impeccable. Mario has so many moves, yetthey're all easy to pull off. Things which could have been a problem,like walking over narrow bridges, is not because Mario can tiptoeor even crawl when neccessary. The game is very fun, because there'slots of variety in the tasks, as well as the worlds. No two are thesame: there's Jolly Roger Bay, a waterworld, complete with sunkenship, Bob-Omb Battlefield, a grassy world inhabited by those lovablebombs, Tick Tock Clock, which takes place inside a giant clock,and Rainbow Ride, an adventure up in the sky, just to name a few.The game is challenging, but not very frustrating. The addition ofthe caps in nice, as well as the other challenges, which includecatching a rabbit scampering through the halls of the castle, andcatching a monkey who loves taking your hat. The feeling of completefreedom is amazing if you've never experienced it before. If youplay this for the first time, you may find yourself running arounddoing nothing in particular because it's so fun.

Replay: 8/10

Once you get all 120 stars, that's about it. However, the game getsreplay value points because it's just a fun game to play, period.

Overall: 10/10

Miyamoto has done it again with Super Mario 64. The game is nearperfect: great graphics and sound, a large variety of moves andexcellent control, and that Mario feel. There's no reason not totry this game, and chances are you'll want to buy it when you do.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 01/13/01

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