Gaming Anniversaries August 23- Super Mario 64

Released August 23, 1996- Super Mario 64

Super Mario 64 jumped into the North American market on this day in 96′. For the Nintendo 64!

Most folks first memories of playing the Nintendo 64 was playing Super Mario 64. Our beloved plumber hero was once again summoned for his very first 3D adventure on the system. Capturing the hearts and minds of players all across North America.

Super Mario 64 was a launch game on the N64 system during its test run in the United States.

The gameplay was immediately loved by fans. Mario could do all the things he did in the 2D adventures, such as running, jumping, picking things up and exploring. But it was on a 3D plane. Making for more beautiful landscapes and more fleshed out characters to explore. Additionally, this new system gave Mario a voice. The same voice we all love today. One of Charles Martinet. Wahoo!

In this adventure, Mario is once again tasked with saving Princess Peach from the clutches of the evil Bowser. Additionally, the Koopa King put a curse on the castle and enslaved all of her subjects. Mario will jump into different worlds via paintings on the wall in an effort to collect all of the stars and finally put an end to his terror and save the Mushroom Kingdom!

The gameplay in Super Mario 64 is charming and fun along with the characters, making Super Mario 64 still one of the best in the entire franchise in my opinion. Further to that, the game was such a phenomenal success, it warranted re-releases and even a port to the Nintendo DS system years later.

Super Mario 64 ultimately sold over 11 million copies by 2003. And still, earns Nintendo money today via the Virtual Console circuit. If you’ve been living under a rock, or just haven’t had time to check it out, Do yourself a favor and give it a try!


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Living in St.John's Newfoundland, Dave has been a gamer all of his life. Starting with the NES and working both backwards and forwards, he intends to play the new along with the old!