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Super Mario 64
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SM64 NACover.jpg
Boxart of Super Mario 64
Developer(s): Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 64
Category: 3D platformer
Players: 1
Predecessor: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Successor: Super Mario Sunshine
Copyrights: ©1996, 1997 Nintendo
Pricing
Wii Points

1000

Release dates
N. America:

September 29, 1996

Japan:

June 23, 1996

Europe:

March 1, 1997

Australia:

March 1, 1997

Ratings
ACB:

G

CERO:

A

ESRB:

K-A (original)
E (re-releases)

PEGI:

3

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Super Mario 64 is a 3D platforming video game released for the Nintendo 64 in 1996. It was one of the launch titles released for the console, and has since sold millions of copies. The game was remade for the Nintendo DS as Super Mario 64 DS and later released on the Wii's Virtual Console in 2006.

Blurb[edit]

Box

Mario is super in a whole new way! Combining the finest 3-D graphics ever developed for a video game and explosive sound track, Super Mario 64 becomes a new standard for video games. It's packed with bruising battles, daunting obstacle courses and underwater adventures. Retrieve the Power Stars from their hidden locations and confront your arch nemeis - Bowser, King of the Koopas!

Nintendo website (Wii) / Wii Shop Channel

The first great 3D platformer goes Virtual.

On a bright, sunny day in Mushroom Kingdom, Mario goes to visit the princess, but finds her castle eerily empty. Leaping through pictures hanging from the walls, he enters 15 magical worlds in a quest to collect the 120 Power Stars pilfered by evil Bowser and save the day. The game's vast worlds teem with daunting obstacle courses, hidden items, puzzles and more than 30 types of enemies. Take advantage of Mario's large selection of moves, including running, jumping, swimming, stomping, and punching, and even performing a backward somersault! Special caps give him short-lived powers, including the ability to fly. Super Mario 64 features unmatched camera control that makes adventuring in its 3-D world a snap, even for newcomers.

Nintendo website (Wii U)

Retrieve the Power Stars and confront ruthless Bowser!

On a bright, sunny day in the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario goes to visit the princess but finds her castle eerily empty. Leaping through pictures hanging from the walls, he enters 15 magical worlds in a quest to collect the 120 Power Stars pilfered by evil Bowser and save the day. The game's vast worlds teem with daunting obstacle courses, hidden items, puzzles and more than 30 types of enemies. Take advantage of Mario's large selection of moves, including running, jumping, swimming, stomping, punching, and even backward somersaulting! Special caps give him short-lived powers, including the ability to fly. Super Mario 64 features unmatched camera control that makes adventuring in its 3D world a snap, even for newcomers.

Nintendo eShop

On a bright, sunny day in the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario goes to visit the princess but finds her castle eerily empty. Leaping through pictures hanging from the walls, he enters 15 magical worlds in a quest to collect the 120 Power Stars pilfered by evil Bowser and save the day.

The game's vast worlds teem with daunting obstacle courses, hidden items, puzzles and more than 30 types of enemies. Take advantage of Mario's large selection of moves, including running, jumping, swimming, stomping, punching, and even backward somersaulting! Special caps give him short-lived powers, including the ability to fly.

Super Mario 64 features unmatched camera control that makes adventuring in its 3D world a snap, even for newcomers.

My Nintendo website

Download and play Super Mario 64 on your Wii U console. Originally released on the Nintendo 64 system, this was the first Super Mario game with a 3D world. Master Mario's actions in 3D and collect the Power Stars!

Story[edit]

The game begins with a letter from Princess Peach inviting Mario to come to her castle for some cake. He arrives to find that Bowser has taken over the castle and imprisoned the princess. In order to regain control of the castle and rescue Peach, Mario must collect the Power Stars that Bowser has hidden throughout the castle.

Gameplay[edit]

Super Mario 64 is a 3D platformer in which players play as Mario, with the ability to roam freely in all directions within the area's confines. Princess Peach's Castle acts as the main hub world, from which levels can be accessed. The game features 15 main levels in which the goal is to collect stars in order to open new rooms in the castle. Stars are obtained through various means, usually using Mario's abilities, such as punching, jumping, and running, to fulfill the requirements for gaining stars in each level. Requirements include fighting bosses, winning races, or simply reaching the location of the star. In some levels, Mario must use power-ups in the process of obtaining stars. In addition to the main 15 levels, there are some smaller, hidden levels that contain fewer stars, and a few stars are hidden around the castle.

Technical details[edit]

Technical Details
Media

Nintendo 64 Game Pak
Digital download (Wii, Wii U)

Download size

Wii: 90 blocks
Wii U: 89.0 MB

Save data size

Wii: 1 block
Wii U:

Supported features

Rumble Pak*

Input / compatible controllers

N64: Nintendo 64 Controller
Wii: Classic Controller, Nintendo GameCube Controller
Wii U: Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, Classic Controller

* - Shindō Pak Taiō Version release only.

Other releases[edit]

Title Boxart Console Release Date(s) Notes
Super Mario 64 Shindō Pak Taiō Version SM64 Japanese Rumble Pak cover.jpg Nintendo 64 July 18, 1997 A Japan-exclusive re-release of the game that. Below are some changes.
  • The Backward Long Jump is fixed.
  • Adds Rumble Pak support (hence the name), in addition to incorporating features and bug fixes from the previous international releases of the game.
  • Mario will now face the screen after grabbing a tree.
  • Mario's taunt to Bowser is changed to "Buh-bye!" ("So long, eh Bowser!" is the former international version taunt, "Here we go!" is the Japanese version taunt. Buh-bye! was used again for Super Mario 64 DS and New Super Mario Bros. Sleep Mode, and then the Nintendo Switch release).
  • A new feature on the title screen was added after pressing Z, such that images fill the background (i.e. in repeated tiles).
  • When grabbing a pole, horizontal speed can affect Mario's angle (a glitch?).
  • Angle Conversion Crashes for Bob-omb and for Bully do not occur.
  • At least three text changes were made to the original Japanese scripts; such as (in Japanese) to insist better that A or B can be used for interacting with things.


Super Mario 64 Nintendo 64 (Player's Choice) NA: 1997
EU/AUS: 1998
A re-release of the game as part of the Player's Choice line, sold at a reduced price.
Super Mario 64 iQue Player November 17, 2003 A version of the game available for the China-exclusive iQue Player console, translated into Simplified Chinese. This release of the game is based on the Shindō Pak Taiō Version release, so some changes made in that version still apply to the iQue Player version. Below are a number of changes.
  • All iQue Players came bundled with a timed demo for the game.
  • There is no rumble support anymore (as the IQP doesn't have that functionality).
  • If VI_CONTROL_REG IQP bit 3 is on, video is corrupted (Ukikipedia believes this is to counter piracy).
  • EEPROM is no longer used by the IQP (flash memory from the iQue is used instead), so the game is patched to address that.
  • iQue own part of the copyright to the Shindō Pak Taiō Version, so there is a new copyright notice for iQue (©2003 iQue). Furthermore, the original Nintendo notice extends further to 2003; "©1996-1997 Nintendo" is now "©1996, 2003 Nintendo".


Super Mario 64 DS SM64DS NACover.jpg Nintendo DS NA: November 21, 2004
JP: December 2, 2004
EU: March 11, 2005
AUS: February 24, 2005
A remake of the game for the Nintendo DS platform, which includes new features such as added Power Stars, additional playable characters, and multiplayer support.

Minor changes:

  • The Sleep Mode sound effect (some Nintendo DS games have them) is a rendering of "Buh-bye!" from Super Mario 64 Shindō Pak Taiō Version. It is now slower.


Super Mario 64 Wii (Virtual Console) NA: November 19, 2006
JP: December 2, 2006
EU: December 8, 2006
AUS: December 7, 2006
A port of the game released as a digital download on the Wii Shop Channel. The Japanese release uses the Shindō Pak Taiō Version, while the North American and European releases use their respective original releases.
Super Mario 64 Wii U (Virtual Console) NA: April 1, 2015
JP: April 8, 2015
EU: April 1, 2015
AUS: April 2, 2015
A port of the game released as a digital download on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U, with added Virtual Console emulator features. The Japanese release uses the Shindō Pak Taiō Version, while the North American and European releases both use the original North American version.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars Super Mario 3D All Stars box.png Nintendo Switch WW: September 18, 2020 A high-definition remaster of the game, running at a higher resolution and featuring upscaled visuals. This version of the game is based on the Shindō Pak Taiō Version, released worldwide for the first time.

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