Super Mario 64 is a classic, timeless game. The time has come for this classic game to be reviewed once more. Mario 64 follows the story of the hero, Mario, as he searches for Princess Peach, attempting to save her from the grasp of Bowser. Mario is forced to jump from portal to portal, setting the various worlds right. Once the worlds are set right, more portals open for Mario as he advances forth to save the princess and receive a reward.
Mario 64 is a combination of platformer and RPG. Players jump from place to place, solving puzzles and battling various enemies, making their way from world to world trying to obtain stars that will help them set things right. Players jump on and crush enemies, pick up and throw bombs and all the other various activities the world has associated with Mario.
Mario makes full use of its 3-D platform, setting up what was once a revolutionary camera system that would swivel and move as the user needed. This allows players to get a full in-depth feel for their world,as well as experience cut-scenes in ways that had not previously been imagined. It was a step in the right direction. The diversity of environments spread throughout the various worlds gives players a chance to enjoy the 3-D experience. It allowed for a wider range of puzzles that made players think in new ways and change their perceptions of how a game can work.
At the time, not only was the addition of 3-D graphics an amazing innovation, it also sported what would have been considered some of the most jaw-dropping scenery in any game of its time. It showed users they should expect more from a game than just a frustrating challenge that devoured hours of non-stop time. They could expect stunning, frustrating drains on time that made the game a little more worthwhile in the long run.
The game is always a challenge that works well to draw players in and the story is a timeless classic that almost anyone can get behind. The controls for the game are a rather quick study and, after a while, feel intuitive and simple to use, allowing for a much more sleek and fun game play. The diversity in environments keeps the game from getting stale, and each environment presents its own fun and unique challenges.
The graphics are a bit dated to say the least. The once amazing 3-D graphics are now sub-par, along with the scenery, which used to demand as much attention as the game itself. The lack of voice acting is frustrating, as characters make noises you assume are supposed to be words, forcing you to read the script beneath. While the controls are intuitive, they still feel clunky and often don’t respond as quickly as users would like.
Mario 64 is one of those few games which has managed to age gracefully. Even with a released Wii version of the game, the original still shines. Though it has aged gracefully, its age is showing in the less than stunning graphics that were a true innovation for their time and the simplistic storyline meant to keep the average 8 year-old hooked long enough so they would be too wrapped up in the game to realize that if Princess Peach invested in some better guards, maybe she would be kidnapped less often.