So much can be said about Super Mario 64 and the importance that game holds. I won’t faff on about it too much, everything to be said about it has already said. What I will say is that if you’re a newcomer this’ll absolutely play well for you. Neat little touches such as the level design, learning the acrobatic flow of Mario’s jumps and even the in-game lore explanation for the use of cameras, are all charming and shine bright.
If there were complaints to be had about this version of Super Mario 64, they’d be nitpicky. The game holds up remarkably well except for the quite finicky wall jump manoeuvre. With artful and skilful backflips at the triple jump bounce at your disposal, players are mostly able to ignore it. It’s an issue that’s fine in the other two games in Super Mario 3D All-Stars but I just wish it worked more here too to pull off even more precise platforming. The version of the Super Mario 64 that’s in this bundle is the original Nintendo 64 one. I understand wanting to emphasise that each game in this collection be the console versions. Totally fine. Still, knowing the DS version of Super Mario 64 is out there, adding more playable characters and stars to collect, left me wanting more. With an $80AUD price point for Super Mario 3D All-Stars, it would’ve added extra value for players.
Slip, slop, slap in Super Mario Sunshine
Players’ next adventure will see them soaking in the rays and hitting the beach! Yes, it’s time for Super Mario Sunshine. I know it’s far from a disliked game, but it’s still absolutely the underdog and least spoken for game out of the trio. Therefore, going in I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Boy did I not expect the wild narrative rides it’d take me on. I’m sorry, Mario’s been framed in a crime and sent to jail, only to essentially be put on probation on a tropical island, tasked with cleaning up the place? Sign me up.
While not my favourite of the bunch, it’s absolutely the game in the Super Mario 3D All-Stars that arguably has the best vibes. Gorgeous tropical music plays. The ocean waters are a nice crisp blue. Locals, known as piantas, are chubby, friendly and in desperate need of help (and fruit, if you’ll give it to them). There’s a weird shadow version of Mario running around, doing graffiti crimes. Need I even mention the cheesy voice over dialogue the game has to offer in cut-scenes? Even when Mario has work to do, there’s still some fun for him to have. Seriously, Sunshine is just bursting with atmosphere and stuff to do out the wazoo.