A few months back, we reviewed Super Mario Galaxy. A few weeks back, we reviewed Super Mario Sunshine. And now it’s finally time to review the final piece of the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection: Super Mario 64! This game’s got a lot of history. It first was released in 1996 for the Nintendo 64, and set many an important milestone for 3D platformers. It’s been showing its age for a long time, though, and I personally believe the 3D All-Stars version shows said age most prominently.
Before we begin, I’d like to acknowledge Super Mario 64’s place in history. It was a huge step forward, and the developers’ innovations set the standard for decades to come. But it isn’t 1996 anymore; it’s 2020, so I have to take a look at Super Mario 64 from a 2020 perspective. And if there’s one thing we know about 2020 perspectives, it’s that they’re usually negative. No worries, though — we’re going to balance positive and negative and take a complete look at the game that started it all! (And by all, I mean “the 3D Super Mario games.)
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Nintendo has finally lifted the lid on their plans for Super Mario’s 35 anniversary. Among other things, we’re getting two brand-new games (and by that, I mean they’re not brand-new): Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. The former releases later this month (September 18) and the latter releases in February 2021 alongside new Cat Mario and Cat Peach amiibo. We have no idea what they do, but hey — they’re still making new amiibo!
Super Mario 3D All-Stars includes high-resolution versions of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury includes the main game, a new expansion, and online multiplayer. Preorders are available for both, but you’ll have to act fast: for whatever reason, Super Mario 3D All-Stars is only available for purchase until March 2021. That means you won’t be able to buy it afterward, but you will be able to keep playing it. And you’ll be able to redownload it from Nintendo eShop. Gotta love placing false scarcity on games.
Super Mario All-Stars (the one that already existed) is now available on Nintendo Switch Online’s SNES app. It’s free for anybody who already has a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. They also announced that Super Mario furniture is coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons soon. Fun! And a new Splatoon 2 Splatfest. Either way, there’s just a few weeks until 3D All-Stars is released! Feel free to watch the full presentation by following this link.
I first played The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D when I was twelve years old. At the time, the only game I’d played from start to finish was Pokémon Pearl. As my first Zelda game, Ocarina of Time was unlike anything I’d ever played before. Naturally, after finishing the main story, I wanted more, and that brought me to The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. I picked up the original Nintendo 64 version and began playing; given my age at the time, though, it wasn’t long before I backed out.
Despite sharing nearly all of its assets with Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask is nothing like it. The game has its own unique atmosphere: one that was actually a tad too frightening for me back in the day. In 2015, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was released for Nintendo 3DS, and I recently decided to play the whole game all the way through. There are a lot of changes from the original Nintendo 64 version – both good and bad – but do they enhance the overall experience, and most of all, does the game still hold up twenty years after its initial release?
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The original Super Smash Bros. may be over twenty years old, but it still stands its ground! In addition to being just plain fun, it’s nice to see where the series began and how far it has progressed since its inception in 1999. For players who decide to give it a go after all this time, there are a number of unlockables to obtain — including characters, stages, and features.
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