How old were you when you first played Super Mario 64

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#1 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -


#2 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

I was 31 and it changed how I viewed video games. To me, it meant the sky was the limit.

#3 Posted by Snipzor (3317 posts) -

Oh dear god, it was so long ago. I don't remember much about those times, but I do remember my dad cut part of his thumb off while I was on the first snow level... kinda hard to forget something like that.

#4 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

@Snipzor said:

Oh dear god, it was so long ago. I don't remember much about those times, but I do remember my dad cut part of his thumb off while I was on the first snow level... kinda hard to forget something like that.

Before there were video games, I almost put my dad's eye out with a lego. It popped from my force straight into his eye. Don't get me started on my Lincoln Logs.

#5 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5441 posts) -

Looking at the release date, I must have been eight. I played it for the first time at a kiosk, and was like "OMG what the fuuuuuuuuuuuuck this is amazing holy shit I can't believe I am looking at this let alone playing it oh man oh man".

#6 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

I really loved that game, but after that there wasn't much I cared for on the N64. I sold it and bought a PS1, which turned out to be my all time favorite game console because it had so many classic JRPGs.

#7 Posted by JJOR64 (19023 posts) -

I think 6.  Can't remember to be exact.  I was just a little kid when the N64 came out.

#8 Posted by ArclightBorealis (1563 posts) -

6 or 7? It was still a few years past when it first released, as I got on N64 the Christmas of '99. Had a heck of a lot of fun playing it, took me about 3 years to finally get all 120 stars, and there was one that always alluded me. Not sure if it was a glitch, but apparently the one I was missing all those years was from catching the rabbit in the basement a second time. Except that I could not find him there. Realized I had to start the game over and make sure to catch him when he came up the second time. Finishing that game was a pretty fantastic feeling, one of the first games I ever beat (not counting Pokemon Snap or Yoshi's Story, as those didn't give me as much of a challenge as Super Mario 64.)

#9 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

@McGhee_the_Insomniac said:

I really loved that game, but after that there wasn't much I cared for on the N64. I sold it and bought a PS1, which turned out to be my all time favorite game console because it had so many classic JRPGs.

I loved that N64. So many great games. I was more of a platform junky and some cool sidescrollers, golf, sports, stuff like that. But the first person shooters were cool as hell. Turok and Turok 2, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, all very cool games.

I finally bought a used PS1 to play Silent Hill. I knew I would love that game. Really wasn't into JRPGs.

#10 Posted by buzz_clik (6989 posts) -

I was 20. I'd just moved to Melbourne and my (then) girlfriend bought me the (then) latest Nintendo console, along with a copy of this amazing new Mario game.

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#11 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4976 posts) -

First time seeing the game in a Best Buy with those big ass screens really just made my jaw drop. I was about... 8 I believe.

#12 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

I was 7.

#13 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

I was 2.

#14 Posted by TehFlan (1944 posts) -

I think I was 7. I don't remember. It wasn't the year it came out, but I got it as a birthday present, however old I was.

#15 Posted by supermike6 (3586 posts) -

I was between 3 and 6 I believe. I never really knew what I was doing but I loved it all the same.

#16 Posted by Aronman789 (2682 posts) -

I only ever played the DS version.

#17 Posted by Rahf (126 posts) -

I played it when it came out, so that would be 11. Even though I don't remember anything from that time in my life, I do have a very fond emotional connection to the game.

#18 Posted by SuperfluousMoniker (2910 posts) -

I played it the year it came out, which means I was 14 when I first played it. I remember liking it a lot but preferring the 2d Mario games at the end of the day (an opinion I continue to hold, although the Galaxy games are fantastic).

#19 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

@Aronman789 said:

I only ever played the DS version.

I thought about adding an other option. But it's still Super Mario 64 even if you played it on the DS or the Wii on your Virtual Console. That's your age.

#20 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) -

8 years old. Blew my mind. Put me on the tragic path of being a regular gamer for years.

#21 Posted by Famov (768 posts) -
@HandsomeDead said:
8 years old. Blew my mind. Put me on the tragic path of being a regular gamer for years.
With 10k posts and relentless unearned cynicism, I have difficulty believing that you've found a way to leave this path.
 
And uh, I was eight years old too.
#22 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

358. Even back then, that game kicked ass.

#23 Posted by nickystixx (184 posts) -

I was 10 years old when i played mario 64 the first time. i thought that it was amazing. i didn' get an N64 though i went with the Playstation because of twisted metal and it was 50 dollars cheaper than an n64  I think i made the right choice. 

#24 Posted by TooWalrus (13237 posts) -

I dunno, when did that come out? 1996? OK, so 6 or 7.

#25 Posted by Blubba (527 posts) -

I was 4 when it came out, but I don't think I actually played it until I was 6 or 7. It was probably one of the first games I actually owned. I really hope there is a more direct sequel eventually.

#26 Posted by Gerhabio (1977 posts) -

When I played it I thought that's what games were: Platformers.

#27 Posted by Hector (3365 posts) -

I was 7 years old, played it at a friends house!

#28 Posted by strangeling (1260 posts) -

I never played it until it was known as Super Mario 64 DS. Does that count?

#29 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -

im pretty sure i was 4 or 5.  i dunno thats probably the first video game ive ever seen

#30 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

@strangeling said:

I never played it until it was known as Super Mario 64 DS. Does that count?

Sure it does. It's all good when it comes to Super Mario 64.

#31 Posted by ShadowKing7 (753 posts) -

I think I was 8, and holy Christ, I thought it was amazing.  One of the games that forever cemented my love for the N64.
#32 Posted by Raakill (870 posts) -

16 or so, I just ran ran around the castle and the first few levels blown away at how open it was.

#33 Posted by gla55jAw (2692 posts) -

Never owned an n64 and never played it, sadly.

#34 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

Pretty sure I was eight years old. Fantastic game. Sadly, I never owned it. :(

#35 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

@gla55jAw said:

Never owned an n64 and never played it, sadly.

I love the honesty. I'm now waiting for the mother's womb people to show up. Wish me luck.

#36 Posted by Redbullet685 (6054 posts) -

Probably 4-5.

#37 Posted by Stonyman65 (2765 posts) -

I was 7 or 8, somewhere around there.

#38 Posted by Twilit_Igniter42 (65 posts) -

I was 16.  I remember seeing grainy screenshots of it in Nintendo Power when I was 15 and I couldn't comprehend how they could turn a 2D platformer 3D.  Then, one fateful day in the fall of '96, my mom had just come home from taking my 6 year old brother to Toys R Us and told me she saw some kids playing the demo there and she said it looked amazing.  Since I didn't have my license, I made her drive me to the Toys R Us the next day so I could play it.  And when I did, I was floored - a big, 3D digital playground to run around in!  The demo reset itself every 2 minutes, so I never actually made it into the castle (I was all proud of myself when I found a "secret door" in the moat).  We got the N64 that Christmas.  It was the last classic system in my opinion.  Once Sony entered the picture, things changed (not for the bad, it was just a different playing field after that).

#39 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5146 posts) -

13 years old but I played it on the DS.

#40 Posted by Jimbo (9869 posts) -

I haven't played a Mario game since Super Mario Land.

#41 Posted by Vexxan (4623 posts) -

6 or 7...can't remember.

#42 Posted by Bucketdeth (8024 posts) -

I was 6 and I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

#43 Edited by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

It is the first non-educational game that I remember playing. I played it in a store on launch day. I didn't actually get an N64 till 2001. SM64 remains my favorite game of all time.

#44 Edited by phish09 (1110 posts) -

I was about 15 or 16 when that game came out, and all I remember thinking is "this plays like total shit".  I figured, right there and then, that 3D games were going to be the death of all my favorite franchises.  Don't get me wrong, I loved me some Doom and Wolfensten and Star Fox...games that were meant to be played in 3D, but to me Mario was about this tight precise platforming and great artistic style, and Mario 64 came out and just looked like ass and controlling the camera was a total chore.  I'm glad they've finally made some good 3D mario games on the Wii, but that seriously took them a long time to get from something as great as Super Mario World to the next great game in the franchise, Super Mario Galaxy.
#45 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2725 posts) -

Never played it.

#46 Posted by NickBOTT (481 posts) -

I was 12 years young.  I played and loved every minute of it, then about a month later my house got robbed and that was one of the things stolen womp womp.  They didn't touch my SNES but did steal my copy of Maximum Carnage for some reason.  Maybe bc it was a red cartridge?  Oh well...

#47 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -

@Claude said:

I was 31 and it changed how I viewed video games. To me, it meant the sky was the limit.

I was 25 and it made me think that Nintendo + Silicon Graphics = a whole lot of hype and muddy textures.

#48 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

@SeriouslyNow said:

@Claude said:

I was 31 and it changed how I viewed video games. To me, it meant the sky was the limit.

I was 25 and it made me think that Nintendo + Silicon Graphics = a whole lot of hype and muddy textures.

You must have been a PC gamer. I though Turok was cool as hell on the N64, but looking back it was a foggy as hell adventure.

#49 Posted by TwoLines (2819 posts) -

About 12 or 13. 

#50 Posted by YoungFrey (1321 posts) -

I still remember it quite well.  I'd just gotten my first real job out of college.  I was living in a fairly crappy appartment with 1 futon, 1 director's chair, and a peach crate to hold my tiny TV (actually an old C64 monitor).  I spent some good times playing that game and listening to Antichrist Superstar.  Those two things are permanantly linked in my mind.Good times.

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