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Super Mario 64

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Mario is invited to Peach's castle, but when he arrives Peach is nowhere to be seen. He soon learns from Toad that Bowser has once again kidnapped her. The Koopa King has also put a spell on her castle, imprisoning her subjects. So it is up to Mario to break the spell and rescue Peach.

Super Mario 64 is the first Mario game done entirely with 3D graphics. The core gameplay is similar to previous platform installments, focusing on jumping, avoiding obstacles and defeating enemies. Levels can be explored without time limits. Stars must be collected in order to unlock new areas, eventually gaining access to various parts of Bowser's castle. Defeating Bowser on each floor procures keys necessary to unlock big doors and enter other floors, which contain more areas.

Mario has more moves at his disposal in this installment. Besides running and jumping, he can now walk, crouch, crawl, climb, and punch enemies. Double and triple jumps, long jumps, wall jumps and backflips can be executed as well. Swimming underwater now depletes Mario's oxygen level. Items must be picked up and carried in some instances in order to solve puzzles.

Power-ups include the Wing Cap, which allows Mario to fly; the Metal Cap, which protects him from damage (including environmental hazards such as poisonous gas); and the Vanish Cap, which makes Mario ethereal, allowing him to walk through certain obstacles (such as wire mesh). Mario can also enter cannons and be shot from them; combining this with the flying ability grants access to high areas.


Super Mario 64 Nintendo 64 Mario in Tall-Tall Mountain
Super Mario 64 Nintendo 64 Moving platforms
Super Mario 64 Nintendo 64 The Jolly Roger painting - you actually have to jump inside paintings to enter the stages
Super Mario 64 Nintendo 64 Flying in Lethal Lava Land

Alternate Titles

  • "超级马里奥64" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "SM64" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Shindou Super Mario 64" -- Rumble Pak version title
  • "Chaoji Maliao 64" -- Chinese title
  • "スーパーマリオ64" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A True N64 Classic Nintendo 64 Matt Neuteboom (941)
Did we really need a ‘Mario Raider’ game? Nintendo 64 PCGamer77 (3020)
Putting The "Super" Back In Super Mario Nintendo 64 MasterMegid (897)
Delayed this for way too long. Nintendo 64 Pixelspeech (955)
Great Mario Game to kick-off the N64! Nintendo 64 darthsith19 (64)
Oomba goomba's have never gone out of fashion Nintendo 64 Horny-Bullant (56)
Its got all you need Nintendo 64 ThE oNe (178)
One of the Best Games on the 64. Nintendo 64 Attila (495)
Super Mario goes 3D, and he's never been better. Nintendo 64 anon anon (11)
itsa me! Mario! Nintendo 64 Robert Pragt (26)

The Press Says

Meristation Nintendo 64 Feb 17, 1998 10 out of 10 100 (UK) Wii Jun 02, 2007 10 out of 10 100
Officiel Nintendo Magazine Nintendo 64 Oct, 1997 99 out of 100 99 Wii Feb 14, 2007 97 out of 100 97
Nintendojo Nintendo 64 1996 9.7 out of 10 97
Game Play 64 Nintendo 64 Aug, 1997 96 out of 100 96
Nintendo Difference Nintendo 64 Sep 01, 2003 19 out of 20 95
PGNx Media Nintendo 64 May 21, 2002 9.3 out of 10 93
neXGam Nintendo 64 Jun 27, 2013 9.1 out of 10 91 (GAF) Nintendo 64 Apr 27, 2003 9 out of 10 90


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1001 Video Games

The N64 version of Super Mario 64 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled sequel

There was going to be a sequel done, for either the N64 or 64DD, that would have Luigi as a playable character too, but it was never completed. It is possible that this game later became Luigi's Mansion.

Collecting all stars

After collecting every star in the castle, Bowser will say a different message upon his defeat in the sky. Also, a cannon opens outside the castle to launch you onto the roof for a surprise.

First N64 game

Super Mario 64 was the very first game for the N64.

"L is real 2041"

One of the biggest mysteries surrounding this game is that of an inscription on the star statue in the castle courtyard (near the entrance to World 5). The inscription reads, "L is Real 2041" or "Eternal Star". However, a sign in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time also says this when you look at it (but reads something else when you read it). This sign is located in the Dodongo Dungeon, near the Gorons' home. Whether this was a gag by Nintendo or if they just decided to recycle textures is unknown.


  • EGM
    • February 2006 - #6 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time"
  • Game Informer Magazine
    • Issue 100, August 2001 - #12 in the Top 100 Games of All Time (poll)
    • Issue 138 - October 2004 - one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Games of All Time"
  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – #11 Top Game of All Time
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #17 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 37 - #4 in the "Top 25 Platformers of All Time" (poll)

Information also contributed by Big John WV, Brolin Empey, PCGamer77 and Tiago Jacques.

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