Upon the 35th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros., Nintendo released a trailer for many games, reboots, and software revolving around the Italian plumber.
One announcement that made gamers go wild was the long-rumoured Super Mario 3D All Stars; a compilation for the Nintendo Switch of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. As incredible as these games are, Super Mario 64 gets special mention since it was the one that abandoned the side-scrolling format and embraced the transition to 3D.
Being the launch title for the N64 and the first three-dimensional game in the franchise, Super Mario 64 was hyped to unrealistic proportions. Astoundingly, it exceeded all expectations, garnered countless awards, and shook the platforming genre forever.
Because Super Mario 64 has been analysed to death, many Nintendo fans know a lot of trivia about it. But even the most die-hard players will be baffled to learn about the behind-the-scenes dramas, the games it inspired, and how the game itself came to be.
Even if you feel like you know each level inside-out and you completed Super Mario 64 a dozen times, there are a few things you may have missed.
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