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Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 Boxart.png
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo 64, Virtual Console (Wii, Wii U)
Release date Nintendo 64
Japan June 23, 1996
USA September 29, 1996
Europe March 1, 1997
Australia March 1, 1997
China November 21, 2003 (iQue Player)
Virtual Console (Wii)
USA November 19, 2006
Japan December 2, 2006
Australia December 7, 2006
Europe December 8, 2006
Virtual Console (Wii U)
USA April 1, 2015
Europe April 1, 2015[1]
Australia April 2, 2015
Japan April 8, 2015[2]
Genre Platformer, Action-adventure
ESRB:ESRB K-A.png - Kids to Adults
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
Mode(s) Single player
Nintendo 64:
Media N64 icon.png Cartridge
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Nintendo 64:
Wii U:

Super Mario 64 is a 3D action-adventure platformer game released for the Nintendo 64 in 1996. This game was one of two (three in Japan) launch titles for the Nintendo 64, along with Pilotwings 64, which helped drive initial sales of the console. To this day, it has sold nearly over 11 million copies, and is marked as the best selling Nintendo 64 game of all time. It is also the second most popular game on the Wii's Virtual Console, after Super Mario Bros.

Being the first 3D Mario game, Super Mario 64 has introduced many moves that would be used in almost every later Super Mario title: Triple Jumping, Ground Pounding, Long Jumping, Crouching, and Somersaults. Punching and kicking were also introduced, but would not be used in any later main title (besides its DS remake).

Though not the first 3D platforming game, Super Mario 64 codified many of the controls and designs conventions of the genre[3]. It is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest and most important games of all time[4][5][6].

In 2004, a remake of Super Mario 64 was released for the Nintendo DS entitled Super Mario 64 DS. The remake had various differences from the original game such as Luigi, Yoshi, and Wario becoming playable characters. There was also a sequel called Super Mario 64 2 planned for the Nintendo 64DD, but it was canceled due to the 64DD's commercial failure. The game was rereleased digitally on the Wii U's Virtual Console service on April 1st 2015, making it and Donkey Kong 64 the first two Nintendo 64 games to be released on the service.


The Princess' letter.

Princess Toadstool (or "Peach", as she is called for the second time in the western world since Yoshi's Safari introduced it) sent a letter to Mario to come and have some cake with her in the castle. When Mario arrives, he finds one of the Lakitu Bros. who follows him around holding a camera and filming him. Together, they go inside and hear a familiar voice telling them to get out of the castle, actually being Bowser. Toad informs them that Bowser has kidnapped Peach again and is holding everyone hostage inside the castle walls. He has also stolen the 120 Power Stars and given them to his minions who are hiding in the paintings that are accessible from inside the castle. Mario must jump into each painting scattered around the castle in order to retrieve the power stars.

Toad informs Mario about a Bob-omb field where King Bob-omb must be faced. The first of many power stars can be found here. By obtaining more Power Stars, Mario unlocks doors to three more paintings in the castle including the Whomp's Fortress, Jolly Roger Bay, Cool, Cool Mountain, and the ability to collect more stars.

Mario finds his first painting, an entrance to a level

When Mario collects eight Power Stars, he can open the Star Door at the left side of the castle. He then falls through the floor in the room and enters the first Bowser Course, Bowser in the Dark World. After traveling through the course, he enters a warp pipe, which leads him to Bowser. After evading Bowser's attacks and grabbing his tail, Mario throws him into a bomb on the edge of the stage defeating him. Unfortunately, it turns out that Bowser doesn't have Peach with him. Instead, he floats into the air and disappears, leaving a key for Mario to collect. Mario then obtains the key that allows him to enter the basement of the castle. The basement contains four levels, which are Lethal Lava Land, Shifting Sand Land, Hazy Maze Cave, and Dire, Dire Docks. After collecting 30 stars, Mario is granted with the ability to open another star door in the basement. The Star Door leads to a room with the entrance to Dire, Dire Docks and the second Bowser course, Bowser in the Fire Sea. After navigating through the course, Mario jumps into another battle with Bowser. This battle can be more challenging than the last one, since Bowser can now teleport and tilt the stage. Also, the distance between the arena platform and the bombs has increased. When Mario defeats Bowser for the second time, Mario gains a key to the second floor leading to even more paintings. After Mario collects his 50th Power Star, he can go up to the third floor, and once Mario collects 70 Power Stars, he can access the door into Bowser's final stage, Bowser in the Sky, and go through another one of his obstacle courses. After he finds the warp pipe at the end of the course, Mario finds Bowser waiting for him. The two then begin to engage in battle. This time, Bowser has to be blown up by a bomb three times. When Bowser gets blown up twice, certain parts of the arena fall away, leaving the platform in a shape of giant star. Bowser ends up defeated, and is surprised when Mario tells him there were some Power Stars he missed; the Castle's Secret Stars. Bowser gives up, and then hands Mario the final Grand Power Star before he disappears. When Mario grabs the last power star, wings appear on his cap, allowing him to fly. He circles the star-shaped arena, and flies away. Eventually, he lands in front of the castle.

Mario, Peach, and two Toads waving goodbye.
Mario finally gets his cake.

As his wings fade away, Mario uses the power of the Giant Power Star to save Peach and take her back at the front of the castle. The star goes into the stained glass window over the front door of the castle, the window flashes, and Peach slowly descends to the ground. Mario rushes up to her as she opens her eyes. Thanking him, Peach kisses Mario on the nose and says she will bake a cake for him. Peach and two nearby Mushroom Retainers walk into the castle. Mario starts to do so himself, but then pauses and turns around to look at the upward. Peach calls him, and he rushes after her. It should be noted that if a second controller is plugged into the system, it can be used to control the camera while Peach congratulates Mario, as well as during the credits. After the credits roll, Mario, Peach and two Toads wave goodbye to the player, followed by the cake, with Peach and Mario figures, shown at the very end. The game will then freeze, and the console will have to be turned off or restarted. (This was customary for beating the final Boss at the time, since "extra mode" was not a popular concept.)


Mario in Bob-omb Battlefield, the first stage in the game.

Levels are laid out inside paintings in the castle, or sometimes the walls themselves. They can also be found in holes, portals, oil pits, and inside a clock. Each world has seven Power Stars. Within each, one of which is gained by finding one hundred coins in the level. The other six Power Stars are found by performing "missions", fighting bosses, winning races, etc. Every course has boundaries to limit the player from going too far, either as a strict wall or an invisible boundary. If Mario hits either, he falls down (quite often losing a life). Otherwise, Mario is free to roam the large expansive levels at his leisure.

Levels often feature pink Bob-ombs called Bob-omb Buddies. They open cannons littered around the levels for Mario to fly with. When the cannon is open, Mario simply falls into the pit where it is, and it raises. The player targets the cannon with a cross hair shot, and fires. This helps Mario reach high or far away areas. It is often a good idea to use the Wing Cap (see below) with cannons.

Bob-omb Battlefield Whomp's Fortress Jolly Roger Bay
Big Bob-omb on the Summit Footrace with Koopa the Quick Chip Off Whomp's Block To the Top of the Fortress Plunder in the Sunken Ship Can the Eel Come Out to Play?
Shoot to the Island in the Sky Find the 8 Red Coins Shoot Into the Wild Blue Red Coins on the Floating Isle Treasure in the Ocean Cave Red Coins on the Ship Afloat
Mario Wings to the Sky Behind Chain Chomp's Gate Fall Onto the Caged Island Blast Away the Wall Blast to the Stone Pillar Through the Jet Stream
Cool, Cool Mountain Big Boo's Haunt Hazy Maze Cave
Slip Slidin' Away Li'l Penguin Lost Go on a Ghost Hunt Ride Big Boo's Merry-Go-Round Swimming Beast in the Cavern Elevate for 8 Red Coins
Big Penguin Race Frosty Slide for 8 Red Coins Secret of the Haunted Books Seek the 8 Red Coins Metal-Head Mario Can Move! Navigating the Toxic Maze
Snowman's Lost His Head Wall Kicks Will Work Big Boo's Balcony Eye to Eye in the Secret Room A-Maze-ing Emergency Exit Watch for Rolling Rocks
Lethal Lava Land Shifting Sand Land Dire, Dire Docks
Boil The Big Bully Bully The Bullies In the Talons of the Big Bird Shining Atop the Pyramid Board Bowser's Sub Chests In The Current
8-Coin Puzzle With 15 Pieces Red-Hot Log Rolling Inside the Ancient Pyramid Stand Tall On the Four Pillars Pole-Jumping For Red Coins Through The Jet Stream
Hot-Foot It Into the Volcano Elevator Tour In The Volcano Free-Flying For 8 Red Coins Pyramid Puzzle The Manta Ray's Reward Collect the Caps...
Snowman's Land Wet-Dry World Tall, Tall Mountain
Snowman's Big Head Chill with the Bully Shocking Arrow Lifts Top o' the Town Scale the Mountain Mystery of the Monkey Cage
In the Deep Freeze Whirl From the Freezing Pond Secrets in the Shallows and Sky Express Elevator--Hurry Up! Scary 'Shrooms, Red Coins Mysterious Mountainside
Shell Shredding for Red Coins Into the Igloo Go to Town for Red Coins Quick Race Through Downtown! Breathtaking View from Bridge Blast to the Lonely Mushroom
Tiny-Huge Island Tick Tock Clock Rainbow Ride
Pluck the Piranha Flower The Tip Top of the Huge Island Roll into the Cage The Pit and the Pendulums Cruiser Crossing the Rainbow The Big House in the Sky
Rematch with Koopa the Quick Five Itty Bitty Secrets Get a Hand Stomp on the Thwomp Coins Amassed in a Maze Swingin' in the Breeze
Wiggler's Red Coins Make Wiggler Squirm Timed Jumps on Moving Bars Stop Time for Red Coins Tricky Triangles Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Castle Secret Stars

In addition to the main courses of the game and the Bowser Courses, there are also a few hidden courses that house several of the Castle's Secret Stars, as well as the three ! Switches.


New Enemies

Returning Enemies


Mario's "break dance", or sweeping kick.
Mario punching and kicking.

In addition to Mario's signature jumping, a whole new host of abilities is given to the player. Mario can punch, kick, kick jump, hip drop (Ground Pound, something Yoshi and Wario could do in previous games), triple jump, long jump, back flip, somersault, jump dive, and perform the wall kick (bouncing from wall to wall with timed jumps to reach higher areas). The usual Super Mushroom and Fire Flower are absent in this game. Instead as the game progress, Mario gains the power to wear new hats, in the form of colored Caps, with multiple abilities exclusive to each. The Power Gauge is also introduced in a circular form which became standard for future three dimensional "Mario" games, (though it has made an appearance beforehand, in a vertical form, in Super Mario Bros. 2).

The Caps are found inside special '!' blocks littered around the every level. Initially empty, they can be filled by finding '!' switches (similar to the Switch Palaces of Super Mario World). There are three colors to the caps, and each cap lets Mario perform different abilities. Only one (or occasionally two) forms of colored caps are in each level. Normally, each cap is worn separately, but Mario can sometimes don two caps at once and combine the abilities of both.

  • The Wing Cap (red) allows Mario to transform into Wing Mario and fly around if he performs a triple jump or blasts out of a cannon. This is useful for reaching high or far areas, and finding secrets in the sky. Also, the Wing Cap lets Mario do a Triple Jump without having to walk/run.
  • The Vanish Cap (blue) makes Mario transform into Vanish Mario which makes him invulnerable to attacks. He can also walk through some walls to reach new areas, where he can find hidden items or Power Stars. Also, all enemies' attacks travel through him.
  • The Metal Cap (green) causes Mario to transform into Metal Mario, which makes him metallic and heavy. This lets Mario defeat enemies by walking into them, walk through streams of fire without taking damage, avoid water currents, and walk under water and lava. Because of his weight, all Mario can do in this form is walk and jump.


There are various mini bosses in some stages, but the primary boss is Bowser. He appears three times in three different levels. This is a list of the bosses in the game.

  • King Bob-omb - A giant Bob-omb in Bob-omb Battlefield. He appears as the first boss in the game, and the first star.
  • Whomp King - A giant Whomp on top of Whomp's Fortress. He appears as the first star, and after he is defeated, there is a tower on top of the fortress.
  • Bowser in the Dark World - Bowser appears at the end of this level. The player needs to swing him by the tail clockwise or counterclockwise and hurl him at bombs on the outside of his circular arena.
  • Big Bully - Two of these giant Bullies appear in Lethal Lava Land. On both occasions they try to knock Mario into the lava.
  • Eyerok - Two stone hands with eyes on their palms. They appear when the player blasts open the top of the Pyramid in Shifting Sand Land and ride the elevator inside.
  • Big Boo - A giant Boo which appears three times in Big Boo's Haunt. He initially appears once all the Boos in the mansion have been removed, again in the underground Merry-Go-Round, and lastly on the top balcony of the mansion (possibly what inspired Boolossus).
  • Big Mr. I - A giant Mr I which only appears in the attic of Big Boo's Haunt.
  • Bowser in the Fire Sea - Bowser appears at the end of the level. Game play is the same as the first Bowser, except now his jumps make the arena tilt, causing Mario to need to run up the arena to avoid falling off. Bowser also gains a new move where he vanishes and reappears a short distance away.
  • Chill Bully - A large Bully made of ice. He tries to ram Mario onto a lethally frozen pond in Snowman's Land.
  • Wiggler - A giant Wiggler, which becomes angry when his home in Tiny-Huge Island gets flooded.
  • Bowser in the Sky - Bowser appears at the end of this level. He must be thrown into the bombs three times. Each time he falls off the arena, his jump back makes a piece of the arena fall off. After being hit twice, he stomps the ground and more of the arena will fall off, which then the remaining section of the arena becomes star shaped. Once Bowser gets hit the third time, he will be defeated, leaving behind a Giant Star, which is not added to the Power Star total after it is collected. The game will then be completed.

Notable mistakes and errors

  • At the end of the game, when speaking to Yoshi on the castle roof, Yoshi says "Mario!!! It that really you???" instead of "Mario!!! Is that really you???".
  • If Mario is one star short of opening a door, it will still refer to the word needed in the plural: "You need 1 more stars" instead of "You need 1 more star."
  • After the last boo is defeated, Big Boo will say his quote that he appeared, then he laughs, "Ka ha ha ha!"

Those errors remained in the Virtual Console version. However, they were fixed in the remake, as Yoshi is a playable character, the Big Boo laugh is changed to "Ha ha ha ha!", and the message that appears when Mario doesn't have enough stars to open a door is "You need (number) more."

References to other games

  • Super Mario Bros. - A carving of Mario from this game appears on a pillar in Bowser in the Sky. There is also a small jingle used at the Power Star select screen which sounds identical to the first few notes of the opening theme in this game.
  • Super Mario World - The idea of Switch Palaces is in a way brought back. Also, when Yoshi is met, he says to Mario "It has been so long since our last adventure!", referring to this game. Also, the soundtrack follows the same composition technique used in Super Mario World in a similar way where there's a signature melody in the game that's heard across different levels in several variations (Bob-omb Battlefield, Snow Mountain, Slider).
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - The theme used for invincibility in this game, specifically the string instruments playing in the background, is reworked into Wing/Vanish Mario's theme for Super Mario 64. The idea of collecting red coins first appeared in this title as well.

References in later games


Main article: List of media from Super Mario 64
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Main article: Super Mario 64 DS

Super Mario 64 DS is the remake of the game for the Nintendo DS, bearing some new features on its storyline, gameplay and graphics. Unlike Super Mario 64, Mario is not the only playable character (nor is he even available at the start, the only character available at the start of the game is Yoshi); Yoshi, Luigi, and Wario also join the adventure in order to rescue Princess Toadstool from the hands of Bowser. Other new features within the game include a multi-player mode, in which up to four players can play simultaneously on each Nintendo DS connected together locally; minigames to play with each character, and new additions to the story mode such as new missions and levels.

A version of the original game was released in Japan on July 18, 1997, that included Rumble Pak support. This game is the same as the International release of the game, as it retains all of the glitch fixes as well as graphical and sound changes (except Mario calling Bowser by his name in the "So long-eh Bowser" voice clip, which was changed to "buh-bye"). The only differences other than one voice clip are the language being changed back to Japanese, a new title screen easter egg, fixing of the "backwards long jump" glitch and the Rumble Pak support.

Official soundtrack

Main article: Super Mario 64 Original Soundtrack

An original soundtrack that is based on the game is released. It has thirty-six tracks from the game.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Super Mario 64.

Regional differences

There is a total of four releases of this N64 game Super Mario 64: The original NTSC-J Japanese version, the European and the Australian PAL release, the American NTSC-U release, and the Shindō Pak Taiō (Shindou Edition) NTSC-J re-release in Japan. The Shindou Edition includes almost all the changes from the original Japanese version to the American version, plus the Backwards long jump glitch was fixed. It was also the version used for the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console release.

The PAL version is limited to 25 FPS as opposite to 30 FPS of the NTSC releases, therefore Mario movements are much slower in the PAL version. Also the PAL version allows the player to change the language between "English", "German" and "French" (the third doesn't work in the Australian version[citation needed]) in the options menu in addition to the ability to change sound options. The NTSC releases remove the language selection (instead locking it into either English or Japanese) and, since only sound options are left, changes the menu's name from "Options" to "Sound".

Gameplay changes

The Easter Egg

The Shindou Edition re-release adds Rumble Pak support which was not supported by older releases. The Intro Screen add a little box to inform the player about this feature. Also, a new Easter Egg was added in this version, at the "Press Start" screen, if the player presses Z Button, the background will be filled with images of Mario's face. This is taken from the frame buffer, so the faces move alongside the modeled Mario face.

In the original Japanese version, after defeating Bowser, the key collection cutscene shows a Star instead of a key; early footage of the first Bowser fight shows him leaving behind a Star upon defeat, suggesting that this is a very old leftover.

Several glitches which were present in the Japanese version have been fixed for the American release:

  • When the player steps on one of the Cap's switches, the surroundings stop moving until the text is advanced, however if the player collects the star before the text appears, the star would not disappear upon collection. In the American release, the surroundings don't stop moving anymore.
  • It's possible to collect more than 999 coins (for instance, grabbing the coins generated by Bowser's fire), at which point in all other releases the coin counter gets forced back to 999. However, due to an overlooked mistake in the Japanese code, it tries to set the life counter instead to 999. Since the life counter is only 8 bits, this becomes -25, which is displayed as M25 in the game. (M is used in the place of a minus sign.)
  • After Bowser is defeated the first of the second time, he leaves behind the key, if the player runs to where the key will land and press Camera up Button and look somewhere, Mario will keep looking that way during the key collection cutscene, this glitch was fixed in all other releases.
  • A glitch exists in Shifting Sand Land causes the audio to stop playing and possibly freeze the game. The glitch was fixed in other releases.
  • In the Japanese version, if Mario exits a level while standing on a falling bridge block, when he returns to the castle he will clip through the first thing he stands on. This was also fixed in later releases.

Level design changes

In Jolly Roger Bay the fifth star: Blast to the Stone Pillar, in the original Japanese version, the Power Star was in the open, however in the international releases, the star was put in an ! Block possibly to make the star's location not too obvious. Nonetheless, the star is out in the open again in the DS remake.

In Cool, Cool Mountain the second star: Li'l Penguin Lost, in the original Japanese version, after returning the baby penguin, the star appears right above the mother; the star was a tad hard to collect due to the large size of the penguin, so other releases moved the star a little away from the mother.

Graphical and textual changes

A few differences are found in the title screen between versions.

The copyright year differ between versions as that the PAL and the NTSC-J SE versions were released in 1997. The "TM" mark was changed for each release for unknown reasons. The Logo is slightly narrower in width in the PAL version.
The USA and the original Japanese version. (NTSC-U, NTSC-J)
The copyright year differ between versions as that the PAL and the NTSC-J SE versions were released in 1997. The "TM" mark was changed for each release for unknown reasons. The Logo is slightly narrower in width in the PAL version.
The European and the Australian version. (PAL)
The copyright year differ between versions as that the PAL and the NTSC-J SE versions were released in 1997. The "TM" mark was changed for each release for unknown reasons. The Logo is slightly narrower in width in the PAL version.
The Shindou Edition re-release. (NTSC-J SE)
The copyright year differ between versions as that the PAL and the NTSC-J SE versions were released in 1997. The "TM" mark was changed for each release for unknown reasons. The Logo is slightly narrower in width in the PAL version.

The intro screen says "PRESS START" in the NTSC versions, but just "START" in the PAL version. The text location was also moved slightly to the left in the PAL version.

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The USA and the Japanese versions. (NTSC)
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The European and the Australian version. (PAL)

The unused "key" HUD icon was removed from the non-Japanese versions. It appears as a garbled mess in the US version, and as a silver-blue Ü in the European version.

In the European version, the "German Umlauts" (Ä, Ö and Ü) were added. However the Ü isn't used anywhere in the game. The Japanese versions have all the English alphabetical characters (except X, there is a similar "×" that is used in the HUD), the J, Q, V, Z were dropped in the American release and replaced with messed garbage texture, the V and Z were re-added in the PAL release of Super Mario 64. The Japanese versions also has exclusive Japanese characters which were removed in other releases.[citation needed] Also in non-Japanese versions, the "%", "&", "!", and "!!" were removed, oddly enough those textures are not used anywhere in the game except in the debug screens.

The Jolly Roger Bay' painting in the original Japanese version is essentially water with some bubbles added in. It also was unique in that it did not have a gold frame (supported by almost every other painting in the game, excluding the Wet-Dry World painting). In all other versions, the painting has been changed and the frame was made golden.

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Audio changes

  • The Chain Chomp makes a totally different barking sound in the original Japanese version.
  • The Red Coins use a different sound that doesn't increase in pitch for each collected coin in the original Japanese version.
  • Certain sound effects are missing in the original Japanese game's opening, specifically the "whoosh" when Lakitu is flying, the "click" when the camera goes into his point of view, and the "boing" when Mario jumps out of the pipe.
  • The warping sound effect heard when exiting a course without getting a Star is absent in the Japanese version, and the star sound effect doesn't play when entering certain "mini-courses" like the Tower of the Wing Cap.
  • An audio cue titled "Lakitu's Message" was added when Lakitu flies up to Mario to introduce himself and explain the camera controls. Thus, it isn't in the official soundtrack.
  • In the intro, when Mario jumps out of the pipe and the pipe goes back into the ground, a variation of the classic Mario "pipe sound" is heard in the US version. This sound has been made a lot quieter in the PAL version, almost down to where the player can't hear it.
  • In the PAL version, the Star Door closing sound is very similar to the opening sound, this is not the case in all other versions.
  • The yellow coin collecting sound is slightly slowed down in the PAL version.
  • When letting go of Mario's face when playing around with it, the PAL version's sound is off.
  • Mario's Double Jump sound is different in the PAL version; which was later used for the Shindou Edition (albeit higher-pitched).
  • One of Mario's first Jump sounds is higher-pitched in the Shindou Edition.
  • In the original Japanese version, Mario says "Here we go!" no matter how far he swings Bowser. In the international version, he only says "Here we go!" when swinging Bowser a short distance away; when Mario swings Bowser far away he says "So long-eh Bowser!". In the Shindou version, he says "Here we go!" when swinging Bowser a short distance away but for a long distance he says "Buh-bye!" as Bowser is normally called Koopa in Japan. The Shindou quotes are used for Super Mario 64 DS.
  • Mario doesn't say a few lines in the original Japanese version:
    • "Hello!" when Mario's face greets the player.
    • "Okey-dokey!" when the player chooses a save file.
    • "Let's-a go!" when the player chooses a star.
    • "Game over!" when the player runs out of lives.
    • "Press START to play!" when the player is watching the demo.
    • "D'oh!" when the player Long Jumps or dives into a wall. He instead says "Uhn!" like when he otherwise hits a wall.
    • "Boing!" when the player jumps off a Spindrift.
    • "Wha-ha!" or "Yipee!" when the player Triple Jumps. He instead only says "Yahoo!" which can also randomly happen in international versions.
    • "Ha ha!" when leaping out of the pipe in the intro. He still says it after a backflip.
    • Mario doesn't say "Mamma mia!" when falling out of a non-painting course after the player loses a life in the Japanese version. He does in the international versions.
    • His "I'm-a tired!" and dreams about pasta while sleeping.
  • Princess Peach doesn't have any voice acting in the original Japanese release during the beginning and final cutscenes. This was added for all other versions.

Pre-release and unused content

Main article: List of Super Mario 64 pre-release and unused content

The most notable unused content is the Blargg, which is still in the game's data, that would appear in the Lethal Lava Land, Bowser in the Fire Sea, And Wing Mario over the Rainbow stages. Also, Big Boo held a key instead of a Star inside of him. The purpose of the keys was to unlock a variety of the various doors in Big Boo's Haunt - there was even a "key counter". 32 levels were planned for the game, but only fifteen of them made it into the final product.


Super Mario 64 received critical acclaim, garnering a score of 9.8 from IGN, 9.4 from GameSpot, and 9.75 from Game Informer. Although it was criticized for its camera system and difficulty, it was praised for its graphics, level design, soundtrack, and the Mario series shift from 2D to 3D.

Sometime after the game's release, rumors about secret glitches, stars, and hidden characters circulated. Among the most famous is the widely publicized hoax that Luigi was hidden and fully playable, causing bogus rumors to circulate on how to unlock him.

Super Mario 64 is the best selling game for the Nintendo 64, selling 11.62 million copies worldwide, as of December 31, 2009.


Main article: List of Super Mario 64 glitches

The most famous glitch is probably the Backwards Long Jump which will let the player climb any stairs including the Endless Stairs. Another famous glitch is the Black Room of Death which is Mario being trapped in the castle walls. It could be achieved using several ways, including using the Backwards Long Jump glitch. Another rather known glitch is the cloning glitch, often used to collect more coins than the actual number of coins in the game.

As in many other N64 titles, the cartridge can be tilted in the console to achieve messed up results, for example Mario's body will flip horizontally, but he can still be controlled. Also, the music will be heavily corrupted.

The frozen head glitch.
Several glitches exists in the Japanese In multiple areas of the game, there are unintended invisible walls that the player can bump into. The most popular one is probably the one in Tall, Tall Mountain just above the wooden log.

The top of the castle is normally only accessible using the cannon that can be unlocked after gathering 120 Power Stars, however version, however they were fixed in the other releases. While collecting one of Bowser's keys, the player can press Camera up Button, and looks somewhere, Mario will keep looking that way during the key collection cutscene.

Using a good timed Triple Jump on the slope near the castle, the player can climb the castle without the cannon. Also, when Mario reaches a corner, he can fall down slightly and grab onto a ledge. The player can then pull themselves back up onto the roof, at which point Mario will lose a life. For unknown reasons, he also loses his hat.

When the player is going to exit the endless stairs with less than seventy stars, the saying Bowser states about the required number of stars to solve the endless stairs will show and then the player exits the path to the endless stairs. In the remake, the glitch is fixed.

Angled Dive

When Mario enters the water, the angle Mario was facing before entering is preserved in a datum, therefore, when the player jumps and lands on dry land, the next dive Mario performs will start with this angle. A few frames afterward, the angle will fix itself and the dive will be completed correctly. Several things "reset" the angle, including grabbing a ledge, shooting from a cannon, changing areas and jumping while facing a slope. This glitch does not affect the dive itself, just the animation.


Main article: List of Super Mario 64 staff

Game director

  • Shigeru Miyamoto

Assistant directors

  • Yoshiaki Koizumi
  • Takashi Tezuka

Mario face programmer

  • Giles Goddard

Course designers

  • Kenta Usui
  • Naoki Mori
  • Yoshiki Haruhana
  • Makoto Miyanaga
  • Katsuhiko Kanno

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スーパーマリオ64
Sūpā Mario 64
Super Mario 64
Chinese 超级马里奥64
Chāojí Mǎlǐ'ào 64
Shényóu Mǎlì'ōu
Super Mario 64 (unofficial in China)

iQue Mario (name of iQue's localization of Super Mario 64 in mainland China)


  • Super Mario 64 was one of the games featured at The Art of Video Games exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2012.[7] The game won voting in the "action" category for the Nintendo 64, beating out Banjo-Kazooie and Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire.
  • Like most Nintendo 64 games at the time, Super Mario 64 does not use the full 64-bit capabilities of the console, but actually runs in 32-bit.
  • The music which plays while climbing the endless staircase is a Shepard tone, a sequence of notes which are made to sound as if they are infinitely ascending in tone when in fact they are looping.
  • Super Mario 64 is one of the few mainstream Mario games, along with Super Mario Sunshine, to not have a single reference to Luigi.


  1. ^ Nintendo Direct Presentation - 01.04.2015. Posted to YouTube by Nintendo of Europe on April 1, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  2. ^ Super Mario 64 for Wii U Virtual Console on the Nintendo of Japan website. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  3. ^ GameSpot - 15 Most Influential Games of All Time
  4. ^ GameFaqs - The top 10 games Ever
  5. ^ Edge Online - The 100 Best Games to Play Today
  6. ^ Official Nintendo Magazine - 100 Best Nintendo Games
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