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What’s not to love about Super Mario 64?

I remember when I first got the Nintendo 64 during Christmas of 1996. I wanted Super Mario 64 with it, but was disappointed when my father could not snag it due to the holiday rush. We rented the game at Blockbuster the next week and I could not bring myself to separate from the game. My father eventually had to pay Blockbuster for the game after weeks and weeks of holding onto the game past due.

Armed with an Electronics Gaming Monthly guide, I dived into the 120-star quest that was Super Mario 64. From flying over sandy dunes and pyramids and diving into sunken ships, Super Mario 64 really took adventure to a new level that I had never experienced before. It was not the rush of speed that Sonic the Hedgehog had, but an explorer’s quest into massive levels, each unique in its own way. The interactivity of the 3D world was something I just could not experience during the NES and SNES age.

Mario saved the inhabitants of the castle all by himself. Though some allies made cameos in the game, he enters every level on his own and successfully trumps Bowser and all his minions without anything more than his plumber skills and some power-ups. His butt-burned on fire, but I pressed on. He was blown off cliffs, but I climbed back up. I could not get bored in the levels, with so many tasks and objectives. There was always mindlessly running around and flying in the sky when I really was not up to looking for a star or one of those eight red coins.

Many games would come after this to feature the same ideas and innovations, but Super Mario 64 will always leave its mark on me as the first time I entered the vast 3D world. The first time I did not just run through levels, but explored them instead.

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~ by Carlos on May 14, 2009.

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