Once again, we cast our eyes over the Wii U’s Virtual Console service for my Game of the Month for April. This particular game was a certain plumber’s first foray into the world of 3D, and is still considered by many to be the best in the series.
Super Mario 64 was originally a launch title for the Nintendo 64, and it was later remade for the Nintendo DS. However, the focus here is on the original N64 game.
The game starts with Princess Peach inviting Mario to her castle for some cake. When Mario arrives, he discovers that Bowser has kidnapped Peach (which will surprise no one) and that he needs to collect Power Stars in order to rescue her.
The Power Stars are hidden in paintings. From Bob-omb Battlefield to Rainbow Ride, there are a variety of environments to be explore.
During the course of the game, Mario gets access to three different types of caps – Wing Cap, Vanish Cap and Metal Cap. The Wing Cap allows Mario to fly, Vanish lets go through certain obstacles and the Metal Cap turns Mario metal.
A lot of Mario’s other abilities made their debut in this game. Wall-jumping, long-jumping, ground-pounding, backflipping and triple jumping.
Super Mario 64, together with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, left a mark on the 3D era that can still be felt today. Small things like a controllable camera, or fine control over the main character – those are pretty much standards for 3D platformers.
Super Mario 64 rightfully deserves all the recognition it gets, as it is an extremely important point in the history of video games. Why not celebrate that fact by downloading it on the Wii U Virtual Console? Experience it again, or for the first time… Super Mario 64 is a timeless classic.