Super Mario 64 review - Nintendo 64

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Super Mario 64 box artMario steps into a whole new dimension in this unforgettable launch title of the Nintendo 64. Unravel the secrets of Peach's castle, find all 120 stars and defeat Bowser in this cult classic that set the rules for all 3D action games.

Although it managed to stay faithful to the spirit of the series, Super Mario 64 tried a new approach as it brought the concept of exploration into platform games. Mario gained many new moves in the process, yet remained as easy to control as ever thanks to the inclusion of an Analog stick on the Nintendo 64 controller. This innovation quickly became a standard in the industry. Super Mario 64 is often cited as one of the greatest games ever made.

Overall Score95%

Retrospective comments


Mario's first foray into the world of 3D is regarded by many as the greatest videogame of all time, and with good reason. It ranks as the first really convincing use of a 3D world in a platform title, it introduced the concept of analogue control to a generation of games players and set the template for hundreds of imitators. Just finishing the game won't take you too long but as with most Mario games that's not really the point - it will take you weeks (and quite possibly months) to discover all the secrets contained within this game. We're not 100% convinced it's the 'best game ever' but it is undoubtedly one of the best games available on the N64.

Jaz's Sheep - 29 Jun 2010, 10:37 GMT

Didn't like it I'm afraid. hard to say why really, maybe I was starting to outgrow games at the time, maybe it felt a bit slow and bothersome to me compared to previous Mario games, maybe it was just total dross. Whatever the reason it weren't my cup of cha.

Billy Bullshot - 08 Sep 2010, 21:40 GMT

The first time I played this was at my half-brother's place when I was about 10 and obviously I thought it was absolutely fantastic, but I acquired an N64 when I was 15 and got this game when I was 16, and since then I have truly not been able to see the attraction of it. Maybe my imagination is not what it was, or maybe my tastes have just changed. I don't know, but whatever because to me this game just does not do anything for me anymore.

frase speccy - 13 Aug 2011, 20:29 GMT

an utterly fantastic game, il never forget the first time seeing it running on tv and the wait until i could actually own and play the game myself, it was fantastic in every aspect! how many games nowadays give you that feeling from seeing it in action to owning it? not many i bet! not the best game ever but up their with the greats!

Mario games - 23 Feb 2013, 09:34 GMT

I remember seeing tv ad spots for Mario 64, way back a go when I was in primary school. Unfortunately at that time the game wasn't available in my country, but I could almost dreamed how great it was to play it in the new 3D environment. Good thing that technology evolved over time so I was able to get a touch of it.

Tens - 17 Apr 2013, 15:26 GMT

This is a very good game, Can be a bit frustrating at times when trying to walk along narrow walkways, Slow but sure is the key.
without doubt the game has a lot to offer, Loads of levels, Secret areas to find,Decent music and effects.
For fans of Mario and/Or platformers, You should give this a go.
9/10 I give this.

mario kart games - 03 May 2013, 12:16 GMT

Super Mario 64, I think was the first 3D title released by Nintendo for the N64 console, if I recall well. It's was a major change from the classic 2D platform side scroll. We can even say that all modern Mario games for GameCube and Wii have Super Mari 64 as the base.

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