Happy 23rd birthday to Super Mario 64!
Today is the 23rd anniversary of the release of Super Mario 64 in North American stores. Happy birthday! Mario's first 3D platformer was one of the launch titles for the Nintendo 64 console, and one of the best games released for the N64.
Cake that Princess Peach bakes for Mario after defeating Bowser in Super Mario 64
The N64 along with Super Mario 64 were officially released on Sunday, September 29, 1996. The console was supposed to launch the following day on Monday, September 30, but it was moved up one day earlier so that kids don't have to miss school and can get the system on the weekend. Some of the early promotional artwork and advertising actually had September 30 on it.
On September 30th, Dinosaurs Will Fly! - Super Mario 64 promotional artwork
This started a trend for Nintendo where major game and hardware releases were launched on Sundays. The Wii U itself was also released on a Sunday, but later major games started to come out on Fridays, and this has persisted with the Nintendo Switch to the present day.
A couple of days ago, for Throwback Thursday, Walmart Canada Gaming tweeted an interesting piece of official art from Super Mario 64. I have no recollection of ever seeing this, it is likely some sort of promotional art, but it looks comparable to some of the art that was found in the Super Mario 64 manual.
Super Mario 64 official art - Bowser Battle
What are your favourite memories of Super Mario 64? How does it compare with the modern day Mario games? Or are you still more of a 2D Mario fan?
What would you think of a Super Mario 64 remake on Nintendo Switch? A completely remastered Super Mario 64 would be something exciting for both new and old Nintendo fans alike!