Best Level from Super Mario 64

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un-rad touch: the kid in middle school who said you could get to the end of the endless staircase after about 15 minutes, he "totally did it"

frogbs, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:00 (six years ago) link

lol

a permanent mental health break (difficult listening hour), Friday, 1 February 2013 17:01 (six years ago) link

really the only shitty thing about this game were the random Toads that would give you stars for nothing

frogbs, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:01 (six years ago) link

another point for hazy maze cave: this moment of genuine like hushed awe in the dark lake deep underground

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a permanent mental health break (difficult listening hour), Friday, 1 February 2013 17:03 (six years ago) link

haha it was so mean that you had to butt stomp its head

乒乓, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:04 (six years ago) link

while we're on this nostalgia trip BRB

― 乒乓, Friday, February 1, 2013 11:49 AM (14 minutes ago) Bookmark

favorite place to hang out in Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

乒乓, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:05 (six years ago) link

gonna throw a vote for snowman's land because i love it

castle grayscale (Lamp), Friday, 1 February 2013 17:05 (six years ago) link

in all its polygonal glory

castle grayscale (Lamp), Friday, 1 February 2013 17:05 (six years ago) link

snowman's land is awesome for shellsurfing

乒乓, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:06 (six years ago) link

This was def a very consistent game, I have fond memories of every single level

The Bowser levels were the most fun with their pure platforming and instant easy deaths but a vote for them would bely the scope of the game. I vote Hazy Maze Cave, what with the Steel Mario bit and the part where you ride the dinosaur, great level.

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:06 (six years ago) link

nah you buttstomped its back to make it lower its head so you could climb on it before it raised it again. it's got fat back there; it can take it. altho the noise it made was p wrenching.

xp omg yes

a permanent mental health break (difficult listening hour), Friday, 1 February 2013 17:06 (six years ago) link

also that little igloo that became this weird ice palace inside??

乒乓, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:06 (six years ago) link

that xp was to dayo's zelda poll

a permanent mental health break (difficult listening hour), Friday, 1 February 2013 17:06 (six years ago) link

Shifting Sand Land seems like a shitshow but it had those hilarious rolling metal boxes and the disembodied hand, come on, great level!!

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:07 (six years ago) link

I like Hazy Maze Cave because of the way the music changes depending on where you are. This is something I really love about Mario games by the way, like how you get the bongos whenever you're on Yoshi. Galaxy was full of tricks like this.

frogbs, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:07 (six years ago) link

you fight the pair of disembodied hands with the eyes in them that you punch in shifting sand land, right?

乒乓, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:14 (six years ago) link

yeah; i think that was my favorite boss. (possible competitor: big boo, not because of the actual enemy but because of the setting, up there on the mansion balcony in the dark and the wind with no guard rail.)

a permanent mental health break (difficult listening hour), Friday, 1 February 2013 17:16 (six years ago) link

yes they're in the pyramid in that tomb in the middle that you can only get to by standing on the 4 pillars outside which causes the tip of the pyramid to explode revealing a secret entrance

ciderpress, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:17 (six years ago) link

hand boss was weird though. i didn't feel it fit in.

that boo battle was pretty incredible; all I remember is the camera angle really screwing with you, probably on purpose

frogbs, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:19 (six years ago) link

yeah, me too. just the other day i dug out my n64+SNES+NES and hooked them all up, but my N64 and SNES controllers are busted, somehow. anyone know a good place to get new/used controllers? i see some on amazon but they all appear to be crappy 3rd party, stiff controls, etc.

― Z S, Friday, February 1, 2013 11:55 AM (40 minutes ago) Bookmark

the worst was analog stick dust

乒乓, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:36 (six years ago) link

think I remember coming across a controller where the octagon ring surrounding the stick had literally been ground into a circle

乒乓, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:36 (six years ago) link

the owner of it prob played 1080 snowboarding to death

乒乓, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:37 (six years ago) link

hand boss was weird though. i didn't feel it fit in.

I liked it, it was scarier, suggested a dark heart

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:38 (six years ago) link

i'm surprised mario doesn't have CTE from me banging his head into so many basement walls trying to catch that fucking rabbit

乒乓, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:41 (six years ago) link

i still can't do the fucking rabbit.

a permanent mental health break (difficult listening hour), Friday, 1 February 2013 17:41 (six years ago) link

those fuckers who do the speedruns get him in like 2 seconds. always felt the rabbit was Nintendo's way of needling the player a bit

frogbs, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:42 (six years ago) link

I look forward to playing this today.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 1 February 2013 18:29 (six years ago) link

this poll is amazing, thank you for making it, also I've literally only just woken up and in all seriousness thought one of the poll options was 'Tiny-Huge Cock'

walloreinhart (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 1 February 2013 21:18 (six years ago) link

Embarrassing nicknames from Mario's past

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 1 February 2013 21:22 (six years ago) link

Cool, Cool Mountain isn't the best or most fun or rewarding level but I don't think I can vote against penguins

( ͡° ͜ʖ͡°) (sic), Friday, 1 February 2013 23:34 (six years ago) link

Cool, Cool Mountain did have that atmosphere.

I think my favorite single stars were the Bowser levels, but I can't fully seperate the experiences enough to vote for one of them right now. This is hard.

abcfsk, Saturday, 2 February 2013 02:09 (six years ago) link

If this was "best place to hang out" like the Zelda poll then my answer would 100% be Jolly Roger Bay, I honestly did turn on the N64 sometimes just to go and hang around in there, the music for that level is still my all time favourite videogame music and yeah, you could remix it yourself by wandering round: the beach was chimes only, then the lovely filtered synth strings faded in as you jumped into the water, and you'd get those light skittery drums in the hidden cave. Whether or not it's the best level is trickier. Might just vote for it anyway though.

I was 21 when this came out btw.

JimD, Saturday, 2 February 2013 21:43 (six years ago) link

I posted it on this board before but there is one level on this game that is just a straight rip of a caetano veloso song

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Saturday, 2 February 2013 21:54 (six years ago) link

the level's music obv (I'm sick)

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Saturday, 2 February 2013 21:56 (six years ago) link

I heard the dude who did the music for this game bought an affordable housing unit located inside a larger division of identical housing units with access to shared facilities and resources. he called it his koji den of sick jams

乒乓, Saturday, 2 February 2013 22:07 (six years ago) link

jimd really otm about the atmosphere in jolly roger bay -- plus the eel has the same, like, majesty as the monster in hazy maze cave, where it's this huge creature that mostly ignores you (although the eel will snap if you get too close) and that you can just watch swim around its habitat.

a permanent mental health break (difficult listening hour), Sunday, 3 February 2013 01:47 (six years ago) link

as a level there's not much to it but it's the prettiest.

a permanent mental health break (difficult listening hour), Sunday, 3 February 2013 01:48 (six years ago) link

playing the water levels of SM 64 + wave race 64 in such close proximity to each other really has made water environments the Best Thing in video games

乒乓, Sunday, 3 February 2013 03:19 (six years ago) link

wave race 64 still the finest racing game ever. who would sponsor such a tourney?

乒乓, Sunday, 3 February 2013 03:20 (six years ago) link

holy shit I forgot about Wave Race 64!

:C (crüt), Sunday, 3 February 2013 03:25 (six years ago) link

what a game.

:C (crüt), Sunday, 3 February 2013 03:25 (six years ago) link

^

乒乓, Sunday, 3 February 2013 03:29 (six years ago) link

Great poll idea.

No love for Tall Tall Mountain? I can't remember any of the specific puzzles but I thought it had a cool 'feel'. I hated any of the ones that felt too contained in an obvious box - especially Lethal Lava Land. Wet-Dry World had a solid gimmick but suffered from this IMO. Kind of claustrophobic. The more 'landscapey' ones I think brought out that sense of majesty or peacefulness. I could say a lot more but it's late.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 3 February 2013 08:09 (six years ago) link

i approve of this bomb ass remember the 90's thread. My favorite level was the ghosthouse, and wave race was my jam. Ghosts were so cool.

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sleepingbag, Sunday, 3 February 2013 08:51 (six years ago) link

playing through this again and I'm leaning toward tiny-huge island atm

ron paulstretch (crüt), Friday, 8 February 2013 01:35 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 28 February 2013 00:01 (six years ago) link

Yeah, I'm going Tall Tall Mountain, seems like an underdog and I just love how spatial it is - moreso than some of the others you get the sense of "oh yeah, now i'm above that place I was before" and so on. Also just hits that sweet spot I loved about Tomb Raider and even a shitty game like Ultima 9, these early 3D worlds where it was just so much fun to explore. It's a pretty small area but it feels more about roaming and experiencing the ambitious, death-defying landscape than it does about solving little polygonal puzzles.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 28 February 2013 01:32 (six years ago) link

This game is pretty damn sweet, but all the tweaks they've done since then and Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a WAY more enjoyable experience. For instance, the camera pretty much never is a problem anymore. Also, in 64, it seems like items are much smaller, so it's more difficult to collect them. Having never played 64 til now, til after SMG2, it's pretty clear that most of the innovations were born there and I have to give mad props to Nintendo for inventing them, and perfecting them over several series of games.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 28 February 2013 03:07 (six years ago) link

find DC's repeatedly expressed architect's love for tall tall mtn v heartwarming

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 22 February 2018 11:22 (one year ago) link

hahaha aww

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 22 February 2018 13:36 (one year ago) link


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