Super Mario 64 (Wii)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.2
Overall User Score (21 votes) 4.3

Critic Reviews

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100 (UK)
So, yes, it's the greatest platform game of all time and an eleven-year-old title that, chunky polygons aside, still looks like it could have been released last year. Feel free to insert your obvious "Wii is just a fancy GameCube" retorts here. 1000 Points is a hefty price but, as with all four N64 titles on the VC, it's worth every penny. Point. Whatever. Get it.
Nintendo Life
Mario steps into a whole new dimension in this unforgettable launch title of the Nintendo 64. Mario's first foray into the world of 3D is regarded by many as one of the greatest videogames of all time, and with good reason.
Oft kopiert und nie erreicht: Das Spiel, das dem 3D-Gaming auf Konsolen das Laufen beibrachte. Nintendo lieferte serienreife Antworten auf die Steuerungs- und Kamerafragen, die die ersten wackeligen Gehversuche der Playstation-Ära aufwarfen und brachte obendrein fast alle Qualitäten des unschlagbaren Vorgängers mit in die nächste Generation. Noch heute ist Super Mario 64 ein schönes Beispiel für exakte und flinke Kontrollen. Obendrein funktionieren Leveldesign, Humor und vor allem das Spielgefühl immer noch so gut wie am ersten Tag. Kurzum: Wer weder die DS noch die N64-Fassung je gespielt hat sollte auch heute noch beherzt zugreifen – und sei es nur, um Mario in der interaktiven Begrüßungssequenz die Ohren langzuziehen.
Super Mario 64 is a gem of a game, monumental in legacy. It may be new to a generation exploring the VC for the first time, but older gamers will have fun revisiting the near-forgotten levels. Spend 1000 pennies in Wii Points, download and enjoy this classic.
El mejor plataformas 3D de la historia llega al servicio de Consola Virtual, justo en el día de su estreno, volvemos a visitar el clásico por excelencia.
Super Mario 64 s’impose de toute évidence comme un classique indémodable du jeu vidéo. Ne souffrant pour ainsi dire d’aucun défaut majeur, peaufiné à la perfection et bénéficiant d'une jouabilité optimale, il a su poser les bases du jeu de plates-formes 3D avec brio. Contribuant en grande partie au succès du lancement de la console, il mérite encore aujourd'hui son statut de référence et compte parmi les rares titres que l'on refait avec toujours autant de bonheur. Malgré son âge, Super Mario 64 a conservé toute sa capacité à laisser le joueur pantois devant ses arguments techniques et son énorme potentiel ludique, et c’est là toute sa force.
Official Nintendo Magazine
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.
Alors que 13 années d'évolutions technologiques nous séparent depuis l'année de sortie du soft et celle où ce test est écrit, on ne peut être qu'époustoufler de la 3D et du gameplay d'alors. Vous ne saurez qu'apprécier ce mélange et les divers paysages qui s'offriront à vous lorsque vous virevolterez avec Mario. Immersion totale garantie. Une perle qu'il vous faut absolument avoir dans votre ludothèque. Ne passez pas à côté d'un tel jeu. Indémodable et franchissant le temps, Super Mario 64 reste pour beaucoup le meilleur jeu de plate-forme 3D jamais conçu. Un must-have dont il serait bête de se priver. Déboursez 1000 Wii Points, sans aucun regret.
Super Mario 64 is the one and only Nintendo 64 game available on the Virtual Console so far – but it makes a statement all by itself. The game is a true classic. A masterpiece of design that revolutionized the industry and set the standard by which all 3D games would be judged. It's still a blast to play today, handles well with the transition to different controller styles, and looks better than ever through the power of running on the Wii. It's well worth its asking price in Wii Points, and should be a part of every Wii owner's lineup of Virtual Console titles. Mario amazed the world 10 years ago, and marked a moment in the lives of many faithful Nintendo fans. Now those fans can experience the sense of wonder all over again, and a new generation can appreciate this adventure for the very first time.
On the Wii, you'll need to plug in a controller to play Super Mario 64 because it doesn't work at all with the Wii Remote. Although the game claims to work only with the Classic Controller, a GameCube controller works just fine. The N64's C buttons are mapped to the right analog stick on the GameCube controller, and this works well for controlling the camera. The rest of the buttons are mapped accordingly, which means that you have to use the tiny Z button on the GameCube controller more often than you'd probably like. But overall, the controls work just fine and are as responsive as in the original version.