The first three dimensional entry in the Mario franchise, Super Mario 64 follows Mario as he puts his broadened 3D movement arsenal to use in order to rescue Princess Peach from the clutches of his arch rival Bowser. Mario has to jump into worlds-within-paintings ornamenting the walls of Peach's castle, uncover secrets and hidden challenges and collect golden stars as reward for platforming trials.
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This is the game I would bring to a desert island without any other thought in mind. This game is still amusing to me throughout the many times I played it, and it just never gets old. I love the Super Mario series, the characters were always so charming and adorable. Proud to say this was the first game I ever played, I love it. It also had a huge impact on the gaming industry with the open-world and platforming genre.
It's one of the classics, a true genre defining game, however that does not make it a great game. Whilst I have a lot of nostalgia for it, it's definitely rough around the edges and it shows. Overall I would recommend it, however be aware that it's not a game for everyone.