And he was only a baby when it was first released
For many players, speedrunning is the ultimate way to show off your skill. While certain games require talent to remember movies or perfect strategies, the art of speedrunning arguably calls for even greater concentration and focus, with the smallest mistake costing valuable seconds and potentially...
The infamous Super Mario 64 GamesMaster challenge
We've had a lot of anniversaries recently, with Sonic and Metroid standing out as key examples. However, one event - which was in danger of going uncelebrated until we spotted this tweet - is a seminal moment in UK TV history, and it all revolved around a challenge on Super Mario 64. For those of...
"L is Real 2401"
Nowadays game secrets don't remain elusive for long, especially in new releases. The internet picks apart and analyses games to the most extreme degree, meaning that - most of the time - we're just a Google search away from answers on shortcuts, easter eggs and all manner of small but fun details. Older titles had the benefit of...
Green with envy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_YKqu0uOfs The link between defunct studio Argonaut Software and Nintendo is well known - the UK firm helped the Japanese giant enter the world of 3D gaming with the SNES blaster Star Fox. However, what's less well documented is the fact that Argonaut had a very early role to play in the development...
The baron of all blasting matter
How could anybody forget good ol' King Bob-omb? The rotund ruler is the first boss you ever encounter in Super Mario 64 and grants you the game's first star upon his defeat,but he's appeared in or been referenced to numerous times over the years in subsequent Nintendo games. Of course -- as the game's first challenge...
Is it-a me, Mario you're looking for?
https://youtu.be/9dRqM-ceCiY The Super Mario series like so many others is brimming with secrets, some of them interesting, some of them not so much, but we're sure few would argue the best secrets take the form of complete levels for you to play. That's why we've thrown together what may well be the top five...
For Nintendo, in particular, changing the game remains a key task
In the past week we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog and the 20th anniversary of Super Mario 64, two games that were hugely influential alongside their iconic systems. They were notable when they first launched not just for being excellent games, but for their...
A vital part of gaming history
2016 is a year with plenty of notable anniversaries, and now one of the most influential games in the industry's history is 20 years old. Super Mario 64 - hat-tip to this NeoGAF thread for the reminder - arrived in Japan on 23rd June 1996, and thanks to time zones that landmark has now been reached in Nintendo's...
It's-a me, amiibo!
We recently learned that Rare wanted to do amiibo-style toys during the N64 era, which frankly would have been amazing. YouTuber James (aka yoshielectron) has now craftily found a way of retroactively adding amiibo support to Super Mario 64, which might be the next best thing. You may remember him from when he created a
From cute penguins to rude owls
As you've likely noticed Nintendo games tend to have fun and silly secrets. That's part of their charm, of course, and it keeps us busy with games long after they were originally released, one example being Super Mario 64. Well, for your amusement our video man Alex has been looking into some of the secrets in this...
Hope and clay
No one does guide books quite like the Japanese. Years before such tomes became fashionable as pre-order bonuses here in the west, gamers in Japan were enjoying intricately detailed publications which covered elements such as level designs, walkthroughs and secrets. However, some of these guides went the extra mile and contained...
Wii U eShop / DS
Super Mario 64 is undeniably one of the most influential games in the industry's history, so it's only natural that Nintendo would attempt to capitalise on its success with a re-release. What nobody expected at the time was for it to not only arrive on a portable console, but also feature Yoshi as the initial protagonist. Super Mario 64...
Just because they can
The rebirth of Virtual Reality in the games industry is blurring the lines between the real world and fantasy, offering an immersive experience which - as time goes on - could become indistinguishable from reality. But that's not the only way that video games and real-life can mix with one another - electronics hacker James...
Super Mario 64 speedrunner Pannenkoek20012 is offering a cool $1,000 to anyone who can reproduce a glitch which has the potential to dramatically change future speedrunning attempts on the famous N64 platformer. The glitch - which was spotted in the game's Tick Tock Clock level and allows the player to skip part of the level - was...
But given Nintendo's stance on fan-made videos, it might be short-lived
While Minecraft continues to dominate YouTube when it comes to video game-related content, March saw Super Mario entering the top ten game franchises on YouTube list, thanks to a flood of videos being posted using the fan-made Super Mario 64 HD project. The chart - compiled...
Wii U eShop / N64
There are two types of gamer – those who have played Super Mario 64 and those who should. Regularly placing towards the high end of 'best game ever' lists, Super Mario 64 has become a standard name-drop in many a classic gaming debate. Since launching in 1996, there have been a number of successors and contenders for the...
We show off the Wii U features for this classic
Nintendo brought us all a treat during the most recent Nintendo Direct, when it announced the long-awaited arrival of Nintendo 64 games to Wii U Virtual Console. Available now on your Wii U, one of the first available games is the legendary Super Mario 64. We took the time to play and capture some...
And is totally unofficial, needless to say
Super Mario 64 is one of the finest video games ever made, but aside from a Nintendo DS remix, it has rather been forgotten by Nintendo. Thankfully, dedicated fans still love the title enough to bring it back from the dead, and four such individuals -- Aryoksini, mStuff, Callum Martin and Chadtronic -- are...
Nor its coin claimed
While most gamers have a particular title that they'll play over and over again to a borderline unhealthy degree, not many of us have the fortitude and familiarity with any game to find its deepest, darkest secrets. Some do just that, however, often sharing their ultimately fascinating discoveries with the rest of us. One...
Who said Sonic was the fastest thing alive?
Speed runner Siglemic has collected all of Super Mario 64's 120 Power Stars in one hour, 43 minutes and 54 seconds, setting a world record for the completion of the 120 Star run. The complete run can be seen on Siglemic's Twitch channel — the glorious proof for anyone who might question this blazingly...
The first person point of view is a bit troublesome
By now, it's probably safe to say that people are interested in the Oculus Rift. We've seen multiple Nintendo-themed demos via videos from YouTube user Chadtronic — from the likes of Zelda to Metroid — while others have gotten in on the act with examples such
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