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Super Mario 64 Review

Mario's first 3D adventure

Like we need to tell you anything about this. Mario 64 invented playable 3D platforming. It was huge. It was replayable. It was charming, funny, clever and challenging, pushing Nintendo's newly launched N64 to its limits.

Yeah, it may have just appeared on the DS in a slightly remixed style, but this is the original you can play on your TV for a better look at its groundbreaking 3D world.

Instead of just bouncing from left to right you explored Princess Peach's castle in all its 3D glory. Instead of just jumping you crouched, swam and sneaked around, thanks to the N64 analogue controller. It was a revelation. Three-dimensional gaming was suddenly effortless and felt totally right - and games today are still copying Nintendo's perfect system. This really did change everything.


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  1. chibiangle Wednesday 23rd Jan 2008 at 12:52

    I love playing mario 64.
    It was the first decent game i got for the n64,and i still have it along with some others that i have still got.

  2. xcatx Friday 25th Jan 2008 at 12:39

    i thought mario 64 was great.

    the levels are great and the rooms are great.

    all in all a great game and worth the amount it sold for .

  3. Richy B Wednesday 20th Feb 2008 at 09:10

    brilliant game, never layed it until i borrowed my m8s n64 a few years ago, and i loved it. soon after my m8 gave me his n64, and its still sat in my bedroom with all the games i have for it.

  4. Kazoo Wednesday 20th Feb 2008 at 21:39

    This game rocked the gaming era!

  5. allanironmaiden Wednesday 27th Feb 2008 at 21:06

    truly a gaming classic, this was the first game i ever played on my brand spanking new N64 back in the day and i remember it like it was yesterday. the sheer enjoyment spent taking hours tweaking mario's 3D face before the game even began was priceless!

    mario sunshine was a great game too but lacked that same x-factor mario 64 had.

    mario galaxy....well thats simply out of this world!

  6. wii_underworld Monday 10th Mar 2008 at 12:53

    Galaxy's better though.

  7. mariofan64 Tuesday 11th Mar 2008 at 16:26

    Galaxy and Mario 64 were both true classic's in there own right.

  8. Psilocybin Sunday 23rd Mar 2008 at 03:35

    I loved Mario 64 :)
    Until my N64 was stolen :evil: At least i can get it on VC now though, wooo!

  9. fssmtdd Friday 11th Apr 2008 at 13:13

    should i download super mario 64 on VC if i've got the DS remake?

  10. MARION64WII Saturday 12th Apr 2008 at 17:34

    Mario's super awsome N64 game is the best! Galaxy is not to bad but it lacks the mushroom kingdom feel and the old games remake on DS was amazing. Mario has never disapointed me even on his very first game he's gonna be my star player in SSBB. :D

  11. DragonLordZ Saturday 19th Apr 2008 at 07:56

    should i download super mario 64 on VC if i've got the DS remake?

    Yes, you should, the ds versions great but this is phenomenal, i still remember when mario came out of that pipe, the first battle with bowser, so many classic moments.....

  12. Hcns Thursday 1st May 2008 at 06:00

    I remember the good old days on the N64, when Pokémon was still the Ultimate craze.. Good times.
    At least now it's on the VC, I've downloaded it :)

  13. sackie955 Saturday 21st Jun 2008 at 21:55

    i totaly agree allthough i have only played the ds version but that has 2 count as sommit right?

  14. Adam2112 Friday 4th Jul 2008 at 21:07

    I'll shamefully admit that I've never played Super Mario 64, so is it definitely worth the download??

  15. SAMAST3R Thursday 31st Jul 2008 at 11:31

    This a must have for the VC, its just brilliant! It was how games should look back in its era, and its still really popular now!

  16. shadow.x Thursday 31st Jul 2008 at 17:31

    is this like the n64 because i loved that one but the thing i dont know about the virtual consoles is, can you save?

  17. Adam2112 Tuesday 2nd Sep 2008 at 21:56

    is this like the n64 because i loved that one but the thing i dont know about the virtual consoles is, can you save?

    I'm pretty sure that on virtual console you can save if the original console version of the game had a save function. Sonic 3 on the mega drive has a save function so it only makes sense that Super Mario 64 should as well.


  18. My name is Earl Friday 24th Oct 2008 at 20:41

    Why is this rated higher than the ds version

  19. matthewtyrer Saturday 1st Nov 2008 at 08:18

    i dwnloaded mario 64 for virtual console wich was the first time i ever played it and i was amazed

  20. matthewtyrer Saturday 1st Nov 2008 at 08:22

    you can save if its on virtual console u can have 4 saves
    but if u want to play it youll have to have a classic controler or gamecube controler

  21. NGamer37 Saturday 13th Dec 2008 at 21:31

    this game was brilliant!

    i play it on ds as well as n64 :D

  22. Darklord m.b Tuesday 21st Apr 2009 at 11:41

    This looks awsome i and im so getting it for only 500 pionts :D 8)

  23. Raffers Thursday 21st May 2009 at 11:23

    I've still got my original N64 with SM64, and there's just no alternative, and the flight-cap music was legendary.

  24. ACRID Monday 24th Aug 2009 at 08:03

    I'll be honest, I never saw what the fuss was with Mario 64 when my mate had it on N64 all those years ago, I bought Mario 64 DS and wasn't impressed with that either, then my girlfriend wanted to download it on VC, I played it for about 5 mins and still couldn't see what the fuss was about.

    Then on Saturday night (22/08/09)"it hit me".

    I booted up Super Mario Bros. for a quick blast then after that I thought I'd give Mario 64 another go, I was hooked the gameplay, the level design the humour, all awesome, next thing I knew I couldn't keep my eyes open and it was 2:30am, the game is simply brilliant, I can't wait to get home to play it again.

    Anyone who hasn't played this yet, take it from a convert, you need to experiance Mario 64. Must Buy.


    Completed Super Mario 64 couple of weeks ago, got all 120 Stars and met Yoshie on the roof, hands down this is one of the best games I have ever played.
    I'm now playing Sunshine which is another Mario game I previously thought was rubbish but now realise it is brilliant.

  25. jackachu99 Saturday 5th Sep 2009 at 15:39

    well good game 3rd favourite game ever
    does anyone know why n64 games had 64 on the end not n64 :?: :?: :?:

  26. Nelsonator15 Friday 9th Oct 2009 at 16:44

    Galaxy's better though.

    So, so true.

    I just can't get into 64 like I could Galaxy. I'll keep trying, but...

  27. Nintendo Boy Saturday 19th Dec 2009 at 00:24

    Ah yes; nothing like re living old moments. :)

    This game has stood the test of time, and i still play it now and again.

    Very hard to decide as to which is the best game so far...

    For me:

    Super Mario Sunshine > Super Mario 64 > Super Mario Galaxy.

    That's not to say i don't like Galaxy; I just felt it was lacking something which i can't quite put my finger on. Was still fun, none the less.

  28. pigfish2 Saturday 26th Dec 2009 at 07:47

    I've just got some wii points from stars so I'm going to download it now

  29. mikey12 Saturday 27th Mar 2010 at 22:11

    the good old days. and now it works with gamecube controller :)

  30. HyrulianWarrior Saturday 15th May 2010 at 14:05

    Why is this rated higher than the ds version

    I think its because we've kind of "been there and done that."When it was first released it was an amazing game, one of the first games to ever use an analogue stick and the very first fully 3D Mario game, and the DS version can't really match that feeling of running around Peach's castle for the first time and stuff. I hope you understood my rambling lol :) :wink:

  31. josephpalmer Tuesday 16th Nov 2010 at 12:51

    a really good game :D

  32. Arceus616 Monday 13th Dec 2010 at 11:21

    Played it on pc, with project 64 1.6, then search mario 64undefined

  33. Mario-fun Saturday 31st Dec 2011 at 22:02

    I'm plaiyng Super Mario 64 on Project 64 Emulator and is ............AMAZING!!!!! :wink:

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