Super Mario 64

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Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 (Front Cover, NA).png
The front cover for Super Mario 64.
Developer Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo
Release date(s) Nintendo 64
JP: June 23, 1996
NA: September 29, 1996
PAL: March 1, 1997
Virtual Console
NA: November 19, 2006
JP: December 2, 2006
AU: December 7, 2006
EU: December 8, 2006
Genre Platformer, Adventure
Mode(s) Single player (Multiplayer mode cancelled)
Platform Nintendo 64
Digital version(s) Virtual Console

Super Mario 64 is a video game released by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 in 1996. It serves as a launch title for the console itself. It later spawned a remake for the Nintendo DS called Super Mario 64 DS.





Secret courses[edit]

Mistakes and Grammar Errors[edit]

  • A typo exists in the game's script. It was fixed for the Virtual Console version though. Mario must go to the top of the castle, and talk to Yoshi. Yoshi then says, "Mario!!! It that really you???". It should be, "Mario!!! Is that really you???" in order for it to be grammatically correct.
  • If Mario is one star short of opening a star door, it says "You need 1 more stars." This was not fixed in the Virtual Console re-release.
  • In the Virtual Console version of the game, the Chain Chomp's mouth and tongue are purple instead of red.
  • If Mario has four or less bars on the health meter and gets squished by a Thwomp, Mario disappears into thin air.

References to Other Video Games[edit]

  • Super Mario Bros. - A carving of Mario from this game appears on a pillar in Bowser in the Sky.
  • Super Mario World - Yoshi says to Mario that they haven't shared an adventure in ages, and the last adventure they went through together was in this game. Also the idea of Switch Palaces is in a way brought back.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Due to all the rumors involving the mysterious carvings on the star statue surrounded by Boos that supposedly read,"L is Real 2401", the very same carving returned in this game. This game also uses a heavily modified version of the game engine used here.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - One of the characters is seen with a Mario mask. Like its predecessor, Ocarina of Time, it also runs on the same modified Super Mario 64 engine.
  • Paper Mario - This game starts the same way, with a letter being sent from Peach. Peach's Castle returns and the main room is near identical (however the doors do lead to different rooms).
  • Super Mario 64 DS - This game is a remake of Super Mario 64. Also, at the start, Yoshi is on the roof and jumps down, a reference to the fact that he is there at the start of Super Mario 64.
  • Mario Kart 64 - Peach's Castle is hidden in the Royal Raceway.
  • Super Smash Bros. - When Mario's shield breaks in this game he acts the same as he does when he has low health here. Two levels based on places here are also accessible, such as Metal Mario's Stage and Peach's Castle.
  • Mario Kart Super Circuit - Peach's castle reappears in the background of Peach Circuit and Mario Circuit 4.
  • Mario Kart DS - Tick Tock Clock appears as a race track in this game. Several bosses found here also reappear in this game.
  • New Super Mario Bros. - This game uses many things found here, such as Dorrie, and a Bowser head closes in on the screen when the player dies.
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door - The game starts in the same way, Peach sends Mario another letter.
  • Super Mario Galaxy - The game starts in the same way, Peach sends Mario another letter, while the Bowser levels resemble the ones in "Super Mario 64" and use the same theme.
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee - Two levels based on areas from Super Mario 64 appear Princess Peach's Castle and Metal Mario is a trophy.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Music from Bob-omb Battlefield is unlockable.
  • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! - Wrinkly Kong plays this game sometimes in her Save Caves.
  • Pokémon Stadium 2 - The screen where Mario's face is can be seen on a TV screen.
  • Super Mario Sunshine - A brief clip of Mario's fight with Bowser is seen when FLUDD scans Mario.


  • There are many glitches in this game, that, when utilized, allow the player to complete the game with sixteen stars in as little as sixteen minutes, instead of the previously required seventy stars.
  • Mario's method of defeating Bowser in this game is identical to the one he used in The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach. He also used this technique during their battle in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode Mario Meets Koopzilla.
  • When Super Mario 64 was being localized for the English speaking countries, many small changes were made. For example, Princess Peach never reads her letter aloud in the Japanese version of Super Mario 64. In 1997, Super Mario 64 was re-released in Japan as "Shindou edition." It featured all the changes from the English game, plus rumble pack support.
  • An Easter Egg which can be seen when when Mario jumps out of water and a fish flies out with him.
  • In the Japanese version of the game, the portrait for Jolly Roger Bay depicts several bubbles, while the international version shows the sunken ship at the bottom of the level. Super Mario 64 DS has the Japanese version's painting for all regions.
  • If there's another Nintendo 64 controller connected to the console, the second player can control the camera while Peach congratulates Mario.