Super Mario 64 is not the best game ever. It is not a great N64 game. It is not even a great Mario game. What it is, is a compromised game, hampered by technology.
Disagree, I didn't like it that much as a kid, but I recently D/l it for Emulator again, it's great. I like repeating levels, because you're not even repeating them. You're going into a world with Stars in them. Get the stars. There are hidden ones, just hard ones to get(hated the one on top of the pyramid) or puzzle ones etc.
I agree that it is over rated, but I disagree with the statement that it's not a great N64 game nor a great Mario game. Super Mario 64 is a great game period. It's just not the "best" when talking about N64 games in general or Mario games.
I disagree thugbob. Despite being a gaming masterpiece of its time, SM64 introduced us to the world of 3d gaming and it deserves all the credit it gets. This article is also quite ignorant and stupid: 1. "Let’s start with the fact it’s easy. I mean really easy. There’s very little to no challenge in this game if you don’t count the awkward camera which I’m sorry, simply is nowhere near as interpretive or fluid as it should be." Have u even played the f*cking game? I mean the final boss battle is hard as hell..!! And we're talking the first video game camera ever made, imo, its perfect for its time. The writer's just a child expecting a fluid camera system from a mid 90's game... nuff said. I don't need to explain the rest.
Super Mario 64 deserves all the credit it gets besides being called the best N64 game and the best Mario game. There are to many great N64 games to say that SM64 is the best of them all is all I'm trying to say.
Honestly, I too disagree. SM64 was awesome. I definetely enjoyed the winged cap parts. I think the really overrated title is Ocarina of Time. People continue to believe OoT was the best game ever, yet I believe SuperMario64 is where it all started. Without SM64 you could kiss your GOW or Uncharted goodbye.
@firefoxprime I understand what you mean by the truly revolutionary fact that Mario 64 was released years before Ocarina...but...Ocarina is highly revolutionary in insane amounts of gameplay innovations, deserves this praise, and far from overrated. Ocarina is still getting bought and praised as we speak. I hate this article because it's complete bullshit. Anyone who hasn't played Mario 64 yet agreeing with this article should seriously get punished by the gaming gods..lol. Mario 64 is a 10/10 and so is Ocarina. Hell..11/10...lol.
Compared to what please? Upon it's release there was nothing like it as far as platform gaming goes. Now to be so nit picky....all platform games have you jumping through hoops and collecting coins and sure it's the same story "princess Kidnapped" but the looks, game play, quality, and fun factor on Mario 64 were amazing. i think the writers Gamer credibility is overrated!
Why is there a random guy butthurtly bitching about a 15 year old game
Unknown website Ceo : "How do we get a bunch of hits?!" Writer: "Take a beloved game and say it's overated!!!"
I think Super Mario World (SNES) was the best Mario ever made. Followed by Mario 1 (NES) then Mario 64. My personal opinion. They were all amazing games for their time and are certainly not overrated at all. I still play these games on my train trip to and from work on my xperia play. :)
One of my favorite games as a child.
I actually agree. I like Banjo Kazooie much better :) Still playing that game, just as fun as ever
But without Super Mario 64, Banjo Kazooie might have never existed. It didn't come out until two years after Mario 64.
Problem. It's an opinion. Second, authors opinion is wrong.
How old is the author of this piece? What an idiot.
The fact that he states that there were plenty Of 3 dimensional platformers around Proves that he does not know what he is talking about.
No shit, if it wasn't for Mario 64 3-D platforming may not have existed. The only closest thing I can remember was some Sonic game coming to the Saturn that was the same style before Sonic Adventure; I remember very little about it, but Mario 64 did prove 3-D platforming is the new technology.
The controls are mildly wonky, sure, but... shut up.
Not overrated at all. It ushered in 3D gaming and was the first game to do it effortlessly and correct. It's the best Mario game ever made and is probably the 2nd best Nintendo game ever made behind Ocarina of Time. Overrated? You are.
It's overated as being a mario game imo, yes it's done well, but bored me tbh, i prefer side scrolling mario. But it was a decent game and the tree's only used 4polys,lol.
I have often wondered why on N4G we can report for "Lame". What classifies this? Especially in an opinion/editorial? I guess I'm a free speech guy, and to be honest, looking back SM64 isn't the best game out there. Innovative, yes, and worthy of praise, yes, but maybe just a hint of rose tinted glasses on it. I enjoy his points, even if I disagree.
reason can report as lame is it not hard write a blog, not hard too bash a popular game from are past trying get people pay attention to you. so in order help cut down the spam blogs that we get regularly, you have the option too rate up down good article. this is not one the good ones
Thanks for the clarification. Sometimes, though, I think the "lame" report is a bit abused.
go ahead and use your palm, I'm going to use my desk.
It might be outdated now (and the camera was a bitch), but at the time Super Mario 64 was revolutionary. It might not have been the first 3D platformer, but that doesn't mean anything. I don't even know why the article could bring that up as a point. Mario 64 set the standards for 3D platformers that came out after it. Just take a look at many platformers that followed and try to claim they weren't inspired by Mario 64. To claim that Mario 64 was "just another platformer" is laughable. Hell, barely any 3D platformers that existed back then, let alone ones with the 3D movement, fluid 3D controls and detailed graphics/environments that Mario 64 had. Seriously, was this author even born when Mario 64 came out? Remember, this is 1996 we're talking about. Many companies were only just moving into the 3D era. When this game came out, it was INCREDIBLE at the time. Nobody expected such freedom and graphics to ever appear in a game, let alone a platformer. That's why I think it's unfair to call games like this "overrated". Because honestly? Games that revolutionized the genre and only improved the gaming industry deserve the praise, imo.
it was the biggest leap in gaming performance I have ever seen in a generation of game consoles.. it ushered in a new era. How old it the author ?
SMW is the best Mario game fpr me, with SMB3 a close 2nd, tha Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, then SM64
While I disagree with the article, the guy is entitled to his opinion. When did N4G stop opinions being heard by merely labelling them as lame?
Uninformed opinions are generally frowned upon. People can have their opinions, but if they're simply going to be facetious and vitriolic about them, people are not obliged to sit and listen. This site was once even more dominated by ridiculous opinion pieces, and as such rules were put in place to prevent it from happening again.
I have seen these "facetious" and "vitriolic" articles you speak of, but this didn't seem to be one of them.
Strongly disagree. For one, he mentions plenty of other fully 3D platformers were available at the time of SM64, then fails to reference even a single one. This is likely due to a knowledge that none were quite comparable to SM64. He also calls the game easy. I don't know anyone who went for 100% completion describing this game as easy. The author criticizes the camera system, which is a petty complaint, seeing as it was the first action/platforming game to really employ a user controlled camera and is probably the single most influential aspect of it all. The game's melding of context based camera adjustments with user control was simply not done up till that point, it was the first time that 3D platforming felt "right" and natural. Attempting to disregard it's importance because it's not as advanced as systems seen 15 years later which are inherently influenced by said system is a pretty illogical, if not irrational argument. Also, that "lingers with scorn" part you've cleverly edited out of your post not only doesn't make any sense, it also does not apply here. I have read over my post and not detected an ounce of scorn. I have merely pointed out something that is easily observable when reading the "article."
"Also, that 'lingers with scorn' part you've cleverly edited." No not "cleverly", just thought I would hear you out first. While I agree with some of your points, I still believe you are being harsh on the writer. I doubt it was intent on being malicious. But perhaps that's an opinion of an opinion?
And we are entitled to disagree and bash his opinion :D M64 rules! :D
Constructive criticism would be better than a 'bash', as you say. 'LightofDarkness' was constructive, even if I disagree with him/her on some points: it was still refreshing to see a well thought out response.
I found it a very DIFFICULT game. It's really abstractly constructed. The Mario 64 sprite is possibly the ugliest Mario sprite ever- Mario may have always been carrying a bit of weight but at the same time he always had a nimbleness to him as well- the Mario 64 sprite is just leaden. I found Banjo Kazooie a much easier game to like and get in to with characters I like but I still reckon that there's a good game, perhaps a legendarily surreal game in the style of Jet Set Willy, in Mario 64 if only I can get to it and get past the overwhelming feeling of coldness that I get from this uncompromising game. Metroid Prime was friendlier to me! It makes Mario 64 like a frustrating relationship that should have worked on paper but somehow turned too testing and obscure in the cold light of day. It's a strange relationship in comparison to the perfectly pitched weight of Mario in Super Mario World with its brilliant colour schemes and familiar creatures.
I liked Banjo and Crash more
Ah yes that little know collaboration bewteen two previous competitiors, as they put console fanboyism aside and team up for their greatest adventure yet, it was a true classic and I await the sequel with baited breath!
Id go as far as saying mario 64 was the best game ever made period. It brought back plenty of nostalgia from previous mario games, plus its design was simply genious. Worlds to explore.. very creative ones at that. Its sad that todays games dont measure up to this game in gameplay.
Def not over-rated. It is my fav Mario
I actually didn't like the game at all. I prefer the side scrolling Mario games alot more. Mario 1, 2(not really a mario game, I know), 3, super mario world, New super mario bros for the DS and Super Mario Wii are all better than any 3D mario game that has released, IMO. I like when world 1-1 and 1-2 are different, unlike the 3D one where its basically the same level with a few blocks moved around.
Mario 64 is an old time classic and is not over rated. http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Super Mario 64 may be not the best of the series but is definitly not overrated.
Nah this is defo a game that lived up to the hype and even exceeded it in many ways, a true classic. I actually preferred it to Ocarina tbh.
Author looking for hits I guess. I can tell you one thing. It was the 1st 3D platformer game to actually do it right. Before Mario 64, 3D platforming games were pretty much horrible.
I have to agree with the title to this article. I think people just got over excited at the 3D world aspect of it, gimme Super Mario Allstars with Super Mario World any day of the week over Super Mario 64.
Super Mario World FTW!
its over rated OK what a load of rubbish the game was the very first game to do proper 3D graphics on a 2d screen and lead the way 4 all games after it big game devs like kojima have said with out that game we wouldnt have 3D games that u see today google it kojima basically praises the game and 4 the times it was bigger than Battlefield ect 4 these times thats how big it was cant wait 4 mario world on WiiU it will kick the game industry into touch again u watch
All games are overrated if you were never there to experience them first hand for the first time. Back it's day it was unheard of and it shaped all 3D platformers since.
this game was REVOLUTIONARY and this writer is ELEMENTARY...lol.
thanks to this article, you have no credibility, well done. to call mario 64 over-rated as a games journalist is journalistic suicide.
I dont know what it is, all I know is my mind was totally blown away back then when it came out.
The only people who say Mario 64 is overrated, are those people who did not play it AT THE TIME! If I play it now, sure it has issues with camera, sure it's a little easy... but at the time of release it was revolutionary.
Dunno, read ok to me. It's just an opinion guys, get over it. Not everybody in the world thinks alike.
There's a response article by the author btw
Super Mario 64 is anything but overrated, It deserves all the praise and nostalgia it gets. If I recall it was one of the if not first games to take place in a 3D world with good controls, a pretty good camera, and fun creative worlds to traverse with catchy music. So in short no it's not overrated.
The new generations of article writers, and soon, game reviewers are here! Still in training though, they should not be able to post something without supervision of a responsable gamer.
"Super Mario 64 is not the best game ever. It is not a great N64 game. It is not even a great Mario game. What it is, is a compromised game, hampered by technology." Ok, so maybe it isn't the best game ever but it is one of the best games on the N64. It is probably one of the top 3 best Mario games in the series.
Zelda ocarina of time is One of the best N64 games.
It wasn't overrated. I find even the following Mario Sunshine and Galaxy didn't provide the sense of fun and environment that game had.
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