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

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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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