The Moment and Momentum of Super Mario 64: Nintendo’s Search to Find Balance for Video Games’ Most Sure-Footed Hero


By Kevin

In a recent interview with Destructoid, Ubisoft’s Ashraf Ismail suggested that this year’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag could be compared to Nintendo’s revolutionary Super Mario 64.  His point rests on the fact the new Assassin’s Creed game is built around navigating an ocean, which connects to various portals to the game worlds, much like the castle in Super Mario 64.  While not necessarily convincing me to expect such revolutionary things from Assassin’s Creed IV, Ismail’s comments has inspired me to think an awful lot about Super Mario 64.  This comparison was not only striking because of the contrasting tone of Assassin’s Creed games when compared to Mario games but also because Super Mario 64 is a game that I hold on a level few other games equal.

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18 Must-Read Game Developer Magazine Articles for Nintendo Fans


Bad News: Game Developer magazine is done (R.I.P.)

Good News: They’ve made their archives available to read or download online for free!

While the magazine started with a heavy PC focus, it evolved to cover the medium as a whole, and was home to some fantastic articles about or related to Nintendo, including their legendary Postmortem features. After browsing through the archive, here are some of my favorite Nintendo-related articles (though I’d highly recommend at least skimming the entire archive; it’s an interesting trip through the modern history of the medium through a different lens than other magazines).

Note: page numbers are based on the .pdf, not the magazine pages.

January 1998 – Postmortem: Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Page 42)

November 1999 – Nintendo 64 Programming (Page 18)

September 2000 – Full-Motion Video on the N64 (Page 20)

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