Super Mario 64, (released in June 23, 1996) is an 3D platformer developed by Nintendo and a launch title for the Nintendo 64. Being the first 3D Mario game, it is based on open-world playability, degrees of freedom through all three axes in space, and relatively large areas which are composed primarily of true 3D polygons as opposed to only two-dimensional (2D) sprites. It places an emphasis on exploration within vast worlds that require the player to complete various missions, in addition to the occasional linear obstacle courses as in traditional platform games. While doing so, it still preserves many gameplay elements and characters of earlier Mario games, and the same visual style. The plot involves Mario having to defeat Bowser, who had trapped Princess Peach and her Toad retainers inside the castle's walls and took most of the collectible 120 Power Stars. The game received critical acclaim upon release, praised for its ambition, visuals, gameplay, and music, but criticized for its bad camera. It sold over 11 million copies as of 2017, making it the Nintendo 64's bestseller. It was also re-released for both the Wii and Wii U Virtual Console emulations. This also led to many YouTubers making animated series about it, leading to SMG4's high rise to popularity.
- 1 Development
- 2 Remake
- 3 Reception
- 4 Role in the SMG4 series and the YouTube channel as a whole
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Video
Producer/director and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto conceived a 3D Mario game during the production of Star Fox (1993). Super Mario 64's development, handled by Nintendo EAD, lasted approximately three years; one was spent on designing while the next two on direct work. The visuals were created using the Nichimen N-World toolkit and Miyamoto aimed to include more details than earlier games.
A remake of the game titled Super Mario 64 DS was released in 2004 for the Nintendo DS, being the system's first Mario game. It added Luigi (who was supposed to appear in the original game, but was "asked to leave" due to technical limitations), Wario, and Yoshi as playable characters. It added 30 hidden stars to the game, making the total counter 150.
On September 18, 2020, Super Mario 64 was included as one of the games in Super Mario 3D All-Stars. The game was on sale for a price of $60 (USD) for a limited time until March 31, 2021, when the game was pulled from the Nintendo eShop and production of physical copies stopped.
Super Mario 64 received critical acclaim from critics and fans, and is still highly praised today, garnering thousands of Game of the Year awards and receiving a Metacritic score of 94. The DS remake also received positive reviews, but was criticized for its multiplayer mode and lack of analog controls, receiving a Metacritic score of 85.
Role in the SMG4 series and the YouTube channel as a whole
Game locations that appear in SMG4 episodes
- Peach's Castle
- Bob-omb Battlefield
- Whomp's Fortress
- Jolly Roger Bay
- Cool, Cool Mountain
- Lethal Lava Land
- Dry Dry Desert
- Hazy Maze Cave
- Castle Courtyard
- Big Boo's Haunt
- Snowman’s Land
Like most SM64 machinimists at the time, Luke originally dubbed his series as Super Mario 64 Bloopers (SM64 Bloopers, for short) but had to change it to the current "SMG4" style due to YouTube's recently updated and much more strict copyright policies. The game itself has appeared in a number of videos throughout the series' run; likely some of the more notable examples would be SM64: The Mario Parable, SM64: Mario in Real Life!? and SMG4: If Mario Was In Meta Runner.
It replaces Ultra Jump Mania in this abridged parody. Just like in the original series, Mario (in place of Theo in this case) accidentally gets warped out of the game cartridge, and he "dies" in the end because Bob (as Lucks) destroys it. Thankfully, the events of this video turn out to be a dream Tari had the night before.
SMG4's flashback takes place right after the events of the game. Mario expresses relief over Bowser's defeat and that the power of the Power Stars were restored to the castle, and Peach tells Mario that she hopes that nothing changes. After SMG4's USB crash lands near Peach's Castle, all the citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom became corrupted, Mario himself becomes extremely idiotic, unstable, and addicted to/madly in love with spaghetti. He proceeded to throw Peach into the sky, who eventually adapted to Mario's antics/became corrupted from SMG4's USB, causing her to become the bossy and nagging princess we've come to know. A later flashback in The Other Universe reveals that the SMG4 universe is actually a ROM file of Super Mario 64 run on an emulator and modified by the power of memes brought by the Guardian Pods.
When Solid Snake and Bowser are surrounded by the enemy soldiers, Snake swings and throws Bowser in a similar way to Mario whenever he fight Bowser in Super Mario 64. It is also a reference to the "So Long Gay Bowser" meme.
Princess Peach indirectly references Super Mario 64 when she yells at Mario "WHY DID I EVEN BAKE YOU A CAKE 24 YEARS AGO?", referencing the beginning of the game when she invites Mario over to have cake.