ByLuis Rodriguez, writer at Creators.co
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Luis Rodriguez

If you look at [Video Games](tag:958498) today it's quite astounding what they have been able to accomplish with technology. I mean think about just ten years ago, to a time when online gameplay was relatively new to many players and now it's the norm on any console. We have come a long way from the 8-bit games and the 2D side-scrollers we had in the 80's and early 90's. The graphics today can even sometimes rival the real world's and that's just an incredible accomplishment in my opinion. One game, in particular, to thank for this revolution into 3D gaming has got to be without a doubt Super Mario 64.

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The game was one of the early pioneers into the world of 3D gaming but also establishing an open world game where you weren't confined to just sides-scrolling. This is the game that took the 360-degree analog control and a dynamic camera system to another level that wasn't explored before. In other words, this is what gave you the ability to roam around the world the likes no other game had done before it. This is what has inspired many games we see today such as Kingdom Hearts, and even the Grand Theft Auto series are just some of the games that took inspiration from it.

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If you never played Super Mario 64 all I have to say is go out there and pick it up and get ready to enjoy the art of video games at its finest. I wouldn't hesitate to say the game is pretty much as perfect as to any game gets and still lives up to it this day. The game dealt with the same concept any other Mario game before or after dealt with and that's saving Princess Peach from the evil Bowser. In the game, Bowser has invaded the castle where Peach resides and has confined her somewhere within. The only way for her to be saved is for Mario to hop into paintings in the castle that leads to worlds where Bowsers minions are holding stars. These stars need to be recovered in order for Mario to find out exactly where Bowser is keeping Peach and be able to defeat him.

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The game had many memorable moments that truly stand the test of time for many of us who played it. We all remember that title screen that greeted us just as we turned on the system. I mean literally the game just started and there we had Mario's face front and center greeting us with the now classic line "It's a me, Mario!." I'm not gonna lie I spent a good time playing around with the face which let you pull at his nose or mustache for some fun before the game even started. It might not have been part of the main storyline but this "level" was truly a work on its own.

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If you did however managed to get past the fun of the title screen you were treated to a variety of worlds that ranged from high flying fortresses and underwater adventures. A particular world which was rightfully called Cool, Cool Mountain has a mission where you literally raced a penguin to earn a star by sliding down and icy slope. This is early on in the game and really sets you up for the fun that's to come in future levels. I mean even well after you had gotten the star you still went back to see if you could find a way to finish it faster.

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The world of Mario is filled with many memorable characters such as Goombas, Koopa Troopas, Shy Guys, and even Bomb-Ombs. There was one particular character however we met later on in Super Mario 64 that I'm sure many still remember and that is Dorrie. If you're still a little confused as to who this is then you just have to remember is the Loch Ness monster at the bottom of Hazy Maze Cave. It truly was one of those moments of pure joy finding this creature you otherwise wouldn't believe was in the game until you saw it. It's a good thing the creature was an ally and not the other way around.

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A true test of your gaming skills has to be the battles you had with Bowser throughout the game. There was not one battle but three that as each progressed pushed your skills even more. The concept of fighting him was simple, all it took was grabbing his tail then spinning him in order to launch him to one of the bombs on the edge of the field. This would prove much more difficult to do the second time as Bowser made it much more difficult being more aware now. The final bout was the one that proved how much of a gamer you were. Bowser in the final battle left little surface to battle on and you had to beat him in close quarters combat this time. In the finale there you were just you and Bowser with the epic music blasting through your T.V as you tried your best to take him down once and for all. Once the moment finally came the achievement you felt was like no other.

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If I'm being honest the one moment that really made me look at Super Mario 64 as one of the definitive games was the first time you wore the Wing Cap. Mario has flown before with either the Racoon Tail or the Super Cape but it never felt like this. The moment you gazed into the sun in the castle's main hall and were transported to a tower where you would be able to fly around the clouds. I really enjoyed how free and amazing that moment was just flying through the sky with such a great soundtrack behind you. You were later able to fly around in other worlds after this but there was nothing like that first time you got the chance to do so.

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In conclusion Super Mario 64 turns 20 years old this year but it continues to be a turning point in the video game industry. It's always great to see the progression in video games, but it's nice to look back at where it all started and the pioneers that got us where we are today. If you ever have a chance to go and play this game you definitely should and of course get all 120 stars because there's a special surprise at the end.

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