Twenty years after our first taste of 3D Mario on the Nintendo 64, we go hands-on with one the biggest releases for this holiday season. Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch. The next entry in the genre defining series that began with Super Mario 64. Yeah, this is kind of a big deal. And if you're wondering how it fits into the legacy of classic Mario, be sure to read on.
Super Mario 64 was not only a system seller, it represented that first huge step into the world of true 3D gaming. Polygons, textures, draw distances. The hypothetical z-axis and an abundance of what we would come to know as fog. Most of the 3D worlds found in the ‘90s were riddled with the stuff. To those who took the plunge, whilst giving a middle-finger to the slow as hell technology they called the CD-ROM, the cartridge-based Nintendo 64 was home to many classic, gimmick free, pure gaming experiences. No boring movies to sit through, or rump shaking CD music to shake our rumps to. Just straight-up next level 3D gameplay.
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