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Super Mario 64

Stats:
System: Nintendo 64
Release Year: 1996
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB: K-A

Story

Will Princess Toadstool be kidnapped again? Is there no end to the constant feuding between Mario and Bowser?

"Mario, please come to the castle. I've baked a cake for you. Yours truly, Princess Toadstool."

"Wow, an invitation from Peach! I'll head out right away. I hope she can wait for me!" Mario is so excited to receive the invitation from the Princess, who lives in the Mushroom Castle, that he quickly dresses in his best and leaves right away.

"Hmmmm, something's not quite right here... It's so quiet..." Shaking off his uneasy premonition, Mario steps into the silent castle, where he is greeted by the gruff words,

"No one's home! Now scram! Bwa, ha, ha." The sound seems to come from everywhere.

"Who's there? I've heard that voice somewhere before..." Mario begins searching all over the castle. Most of the doors are locked, but finding one open, he peeks inside. Hanging on the wall is the largest painting he has ever seen, and from behind the painting comes the strangest sound that he has ever heard...

Overview

The first, and still one of the greatest N64 games. This was the first full 3D adventure for the N64, created by Nintendo. SM64 puts Mario inside Peach's castle, where he must visit worlds of all kinds by warping through paintings. Mario must gather enough of the 120 total stars in order to free Princess Peach from Bowser, who has fortified the worlds with his own minions. For the first time, Mario can punch and kick freely, while his trademark running and jumping abilities have returned. Mario is also aided by an assortment of caps which allow provide him with powers of invincibility, invisibility, and flight. The game is also provided with an excellent musical score. No other game before had so revolutionized 3D gaming. This game set the groundwork for such titles as Banjo-Kazooie, Zelda 64, and laid out the standards for all N64 games to follow. Mario 64 stands the test of time, and is still among the N64's greatest hits.