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Super Mario 64

Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo
26 September 1996
N64
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#70 All-time
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スーパーマリオ64 振動パック対応バージョン
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Super Mario 64 is often regarded, nostalgically, as the ultimate classic Mario game. But how does it actually hold up today? I know several people who have gone back to this game and claimed that it just hasn't aged well. Well...I both agree and disagree.

First, the camera. It's absolutely atrocious. It moves around of its own accord at the worst of times, only has particular set angles that aren't always the most ideal for certain situations, and in MANY areas you simply cannot move it past a certain point. If there's one thing that messes you up and kills you more than ANYTHING else, it's the damn camera. While the dynamic 3D camera system was revolutionary for its time, it's also the aspect of the gameplay that's been the most improved upon.

The other biggest issue is the flying with the wing cap, which is the worst part of the game bar none. Thankfully there are only a very few number of times that you absolutely need to use it and usually you can figure how to work it just enough to finish a particular task, but just simply trying to fly around feels totally impossible.

But those two things are honestly my only overall serious complaints. The gameplay itself is still very fun, and once you get used to the older controls after playing for a while you find that they're actually very well designed and take into account the 3D space in an amazing way for Mario's first 3D game. The varied, multi-directional jumping is extremely dynamic and fun to play around with, and I think it may still be probably the best jumping system Mario's ever had. It's also always a thrilling feeling when you manage to pull off a crazy jump trick somewhere, especially on the cusp of death.

The levels themselves are also super creative, varied in their environments and gameplay styles, and have an almost light surrealistic feel at times partly due to the creative design approach required by the N64 cartridge limitations as well as with the obvious experimenting with the new 3D gamespace. No other Mario game before or since has quite the same lively and quirky feel as this one does, and I love it.

Also the soundtrack is absolutely fantastic and probably the best and most memorable that the entire franchise has ever had. Ever since playing the game for the first time 20-ish years ago I've had songs from the game pop into my head semi-regularly.

So in the end, while there are particular aspects that have definitely been improved and expanded upon in the years since, Super Mario 64 is very much an excellent game that deserves the classic status that it continues to uphold. It really is a very unique entry in the series in a number of ways, and while it's certainly arguable whether or not it's the BEST, I think I can confidently say that it's still my favorite Mario game...that I've played, at least.
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A seminal platformer that has aged well when it comes to its more revolutionary aspects, many of which are still seen in games today. The controls and camera can be infuriating, and some of the level design feels tentative and rudimentary in hindsight.
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Mistertitanic Super Mario 64 2022-06-23T17:27:51Z
N64 • US
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gfly1994 Super Mario 64 2022-06-17T01:50:18Z
N64 • US
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linguine Super Mario 64 2022-06-15T04:39:05Z
N64 • US
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brokenheartsforeverbaby Super Mario 64 2022-06-12T08:21:50Z
N64 • US
2022-06-12T08:21:50Z
2.0
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Onikira Super Mario 64 2022-06-09T01:41:30Z
N64 • US
2022-06-09T01:41:30Z
4.0
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ResetRPG Super Mario 64 2022-06-07T23:54:58Z
N64 • US
2022-06-07T23:54:58Z
4.5
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actualmeg Super Mario 64 2022-05-29T23:16:40Z
N64 • US
2022-05-29T23:16:40Z
4.0
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skrungy Super Mario 64 2022-05-27T04:31:05Z
N64 • US
2022-05-27T04:31:05Z
5.0
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Raikiri23 Super Mario 64 2022-05-26T02:27:34Z
N64 • US
2022-05-26T02:27:34Z
5.0
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JARDE Super Mario 64 2022-05-25T23:22:28Z
N64 • US
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5.0
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CplCuddles744 Super Mario 64 2022-05-25T01:26:20Z
N64 • US
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polygonfiction Super Mario 64 2022-05-14T15:10:57Z
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  • thepowersthatflumber 2022-04-17 05:52:11.760901+00
    if someone were to ask me what i thought what the best game of all time was objectively id most likely say this. 26 years later and imo hasnt aged a day. always so hard to choose between this and world as my fav mario game
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  • Helio_etc 2022-05-10 01:45:11.223421+00
    The jumping mechanic is amazing in this. I find myself constantly doing triple jumps for no reason lol.
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  • Minix_Does_Music 2022-05-26 04:10:04.707187+00
    Internal Castle Plexus is amazing yes [3]
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  • Minix_Does_Music 2022-05-26 04:17:13.663296+00
    But so is this game.
    Also the Nintendo 64's games' aesthetics are unmatched. Cartoony graphics with photo realistic but blurry backgrounds and dense fog creates such a strange, unique, and dreamy feeling. I used to play games exclusively for that unique atmosphere, but games just don't have that sense of mystery and graphical excitement anymore. That's why B3313 is so awesome. On paper its just door simulator but its doing more aesthetically than 99% of games right now.
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  • jdgardenback 2022-05-27 01:23:22.806503+00
    One of the coolest rating graphs I have ever seen lol
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  • Henricch 2022-05-27 12:04:13.202751+00
    This is one of the most games ever in the history of gaming.
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  • deadass 2022-06-09 18:09:09.361435+00
    does anyone know how to do the clint skip
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