N64 Review: Super Mario 64
Review by: X-Bot (x-bot@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





Final Score:

When Super Mario 64 released in 1996 along with approximately 5 other titles, but SM64 was definetly your first choice. Why? It had some of the most slick visuals that amazed gamers (young and old) and just looked like a lot of fun. Read on for the details...

The visuals in Super Mario 64 were revolutionary to the gaming industry when SM64 released. The 3-D polygons were truely amazing, from the character appearances to the detailed 3-D enviroments. There were lighting effects, and animimated scenes that made you drool over your Nintendo 64 controller. The overall visuals are very good, aside from some minor chopiness and camera problems occasionally.

The controls are very easily adapted to. The instruction manual provides lists of how to operate jumps and attacks with your controller. As well, when you travel through SM64's quest, many objects and friends will give you tips incase you forget the methods. SM64's control scheme is very enjoyable to use, and similar versions are used in some of todays platformers like Donkey Kong 64.

The audio in SM64 is near perfection. There were many crisp toons that matched several enviroments, some worth downloading. There are many unique sound effects and speech in SM64 as well.

The gameplay of SM64 is some of the best there is to offer. The main objective is to collect all 120 stars and defeat Bowser and save Peach. The 15 levels in SM64 have very innovative ideas, and your 3 encounters with Bowser are simply... excellent. There's just too much to describe about this engaging masterpiece in one page. SM64 is a must buy. You can replay levels you've beaten over, and there are many nifty secrets scattered all about. It's replay value is tremendous. What else would you expect from Shigeru Miyamoto?

-- X-Bot (x-bot@sm128c.com)

Bottom Line: SM64 is definetly revolutionary. It's innovative tricks and memorable gameplay establishes this as a classic. Just imagine it on Nintendo Dolphin...