N64 Review: Super Mario 64
Review by: BeckerManEX (beckermanex@sm128c.com)

Game Info

 System: N64
 ESRB: Everyone
 Genre: Platform
 # of Players: 1
 Size: 64 Megabits
 Developer: Nintendo
 Publisher: Nintendo

 Controller Pak: No
 Rumble Pak: No
 Transfer Pak: No

 Release Date:
 US: Sep 29, 1996
 EU: Mar 1, 1997
 JP: Jun 23, 1996

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Final Score:
10.0/10

When the Nintendo 64 was first launched back in good old 1996 there were only 2 games available for purchase. One PilotWings 64 and the other Super Mario 64. Now everyone remembers back in the days of the NES and the SNES that when a new Mario game was coming everyone was excited. Who can forget Nintendo telling us about Mario Bros. 3 in that "Wizard" movie. So the hype and the hussle and bussle around SM64 was warranted.

The game sold like hotcakes. In fact it sold at a one to one (1:1) ratio with the system. It became the fastest selling game ever as well as the best selling game ever in a two day period. Why not? The game has everthing that you could want a game to have. Excellent graphics, sound, music, and gameplay all let to Mario 64 becoming the best game ever.

The graphics were amazing for the system when it came out, and still are today. From the colorful landscapes to the well designed polygonal enemies it was something to rave about. No other game ever had come close to the game that this is. It is the superior game.

The sound was great also. Taking some of the classic Mario music and doing it over to fit in with the new game was pure genius. You could not ask for more in the music department. The sounds are great as well. Gamers everywhere have been waiting for the day when we could finally hear what Mario sounded like. "It's a me Mario" became a national catch phrase that no one was immune to.

The gameplay ranks among the bes there is. The variety of moves that Mario has is amazing. Just a few taps of a couple buttons and you have a whole list of moves that do Mario justice.

So why rant about this game for an entire page. Well all I can say is this game deserves more than a page, way more. I am limited to a one page review and that is what im going to write.

Mario deserves all the praise that it has gotten and even more. With the rumor and fact of Super Mario 64 2 (working title) coming our famous Plumber Mascot will be once again getting all the praise.

-- BeckerManEX (beckermanex@sm128c.com)

Bottom Line: The game is the mother load of gaming. Only now with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time can a game match or surpass Super Mario 64. It will still live on as the game that launched the revolution in gaming.