Mario64 in 16 easy steps
October 26, 2006 11:59 PM   Subscribe

Friday Youtube Fun: How to beat Mario 64 in under 22 minutes (and only 16 stars). [previously]
posted by knave (24 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Note the serious glitches around the 14 and 18 minute marks!
posted by knave at 11:59 PM on October 26, 2006


That is one ridiculously athletic plumber.
posted by zennie at 12:28 AM on October 27, 2006


Oh, my goodness. *waves fan* I think I might be catching a case of the vapors.

Err, I mean that was some seriously ninja shit. God I love that game. I remember some game writer describing the first time he played it and he said something like "I cried. It was an emotional experience. This is how video games are supposed to be."

I've heard about this speed run but haven't seen the video. I've tried most of those shortcuts and all of the bugs. It just confirms my suspicions that there's no really good shortcuts through the final Bowser/fire world.

However, you could shave at least 10-20 seconds and as much as 30-45 seconds off that run. There's a handful of pretty major wall bonks, a couple of missed star grabs and a bit of slop in the tightness of the routing, plus Bowser can be tossed at a mine in one grab instead of two or three.

But then that's just evidence that this probably isn't a tool-assisted speed run, which is awesome.
posted by loquacious at 12:35 AM on October 27, 2006


Wow. Seconding waht loquacious said about the vapors. I think some of the jumps he did made made my heart beat a little faster. Of course, I have terrible hand-eye coordination and would never be able to make them if I tried, so that might have something to do with it. And even though I royally suck at platformers like this game (oh god, the Bowser worlds), I still love it. I'm actually about two-thirds of the way done with the DS version, and will probably download the 64 version on the Wii when I buy one. And if I could find my copy of the original N64 game, I'd try this run through myself. :>
posted by kosher_jenny at 1:12 AM on October 27, 2006


Inspired by this video, I actually hooked up my old N64 tonight and tried the game out again. It's remarkably hard, way harder than the video makes it look. You can tell this game is one of the first ventures into a 3d platform game. The control is awkward, the camera is always looking the wrong way, and, the N64 controller's joystick is a piece of crap. All of these just make the video that much more impressive.

Completely unrelated, hooking it up (first time I've used my new Dell monitor's composite input) revealed a strange problem with the monitor. Now I'm sad.
posted by knave at 1:46 AM on October 27, 2006


Stuff like this makes the geek game player in me very very happy.
posted by Zack_Replica at 2:59 AM on October 27, 2006


Sweet mother of jebus. That's awesome. But I had to turn off the sound. "Yahoo! Yahoo! Yahoo! Yahoo!"
posted by antifuse at 3:47 AM on October 27, 2006


God I love that game. I remember some game writer describing the first time he played it and he said something like "I cried. It was an emotional experience. This is how video games are supposed to be."

Abso-freakin-loutely! Mario 64 really blew my mind when it came out, and I even made a few special trips to the local Toys-R-Us to play it. This game was a milestone for true 3D environment games.
posted by zardoz at 3:57 AM on October 27, 2006


More like that HERE: http://tasvideos.org/
posted by ®@ at 4:39 AM on October 27, 2006


Oh yeah, even today Mario 64 stands as one of the best 3D platformers. Why is it that so many later games totally fail at what Mario 64 did so well?
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 4:39 AM on October 27, 2006


I recommend Megaman X and X2 played with the same controller.
posted by ®@ at 4:40 AM on October 27, 2006


I don't know if it's ever been posted here before, but they make a business out of this kind of thing over at Speed Demos Archive, and some it is AWESOME. This one is probably my favorite, along with Mario 3 in ~8 minutes, but they've got some really esoteric stuff too. The other day, I let a download run overnight to get all of Half-Life 2 done in 1:42:18.

So, in conclusion, I am en enormous dork, but there's something in those time trial videos that can drag you back to the game, even years after you last played them.
posted by Mayor West at 4:42 AM on October 27, 2006 [1 favorite]



Completely unrelated, hooking it up (first time I've used my new Dell monitor's composite input) revealed a strange problem with the monitor. Now I'm sad.


Hey, I've got that monitor! I had a similiar problem when I hooked it up to my brother's xbox, did you try going to display settings (on the monitor) and changing wide mode to 4:3?
posted by Silentgoldfish at 5:47 AM on October 27, 2006


Yep, same buggy behavior, but with letterboxing on the sides too. The only mode that "works" is 1:1, which looks like this. (Too small to play from a few feet away...)
posted by knave at 6:03 AM on October 27, 2006


Bugger, hey. If it's any consolation the last time I had problems with a Dell monitor (about a month ago) the tech support guy arranged for a new one without even trying to troubleshoot and I had a new one and had sent the broken one back within a week all by delivery guys coming to my front door. No, I'm not a Dell shill, I was just very impressed!
posted by Silentgoldfish at 7:45 AM on October 27, 2006


tour de force.
posted by crunchland at 8:53 AM on October 27, 2006


I'll cop to the delicious swell of schadenfreude everytime Mario takes a header into a wall or stationary object.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:42 AM on October 27, 2006


I feel bad for Bowser. Poor sap didn't stand a chance.
posted by dazed_one at 9:53 AM on October 27, 2006


This must be edited together, and that's fine really, since even taken as indivisual speed runs of levels, it's really impressive. Plus, the thought of someone practicing long and hard enough to play like that in one take... they must have been practicing nonstop since the game came out.
posted by Durhey at 2:46 PM on October 27, 2006


The comments on YouTube are really depressing.
posted by Target Practice at 4:04 PM on October 27, 2006


Durhey, it's a single-segment speed run as far as I know. But, it was beaten by a few minutes a while ago with this run.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 5:05 PM on October 27, 2006


Also, watch the number of lives he has throughout. At least, the numbers are consistent.
posted by knave at 5:08 PM on October 27, 2006


absolutely incredible -made me want to shout out loud with excitement...I know I need to get a life! :)
posted by Flamingoroad at 7:56 PM on October 27, 2006


Completely fantastic. Had no idea about those glitches, and he picked up stars in seconds in levels that still give me the screaming heebie-jeebies years later. Great link.
posted by livii at 1:48 PM on October 28, 2006


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