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Perhaps the best Mario games of all time, it is also arguably one of the most recognisable platform games of all time too. Endless levels, intuitive controls and challenging gameplay makes for hours of fun.

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      08.10.2011 18:39

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      Outwardly simple and weird, yet inwardly complex and fun.

      Let's face it. When it comes to appeal, Super Mario 64 just doesn't make sense. Poor graphics, blocks of coloured pixels, an Italian plumber with a bushy moustache, a colourful outfit and a strange world where mushrooms give you extra lives and when you attack creatures there, they release coins.

      Whilst all of this may sound a little unusual, it may surprise you to know that Super Mario 64 is considered one of the greatest games of all time. And it's easy to see why. The graphics are indeed poor compared to the power behind PS3 graphics, but at the time, the of the N64 were groundbreaking. Besides, Nintendo compensated the way in which they always do - by making objects simple in shape. SM64 can best be described as an adventure/puzzle game, where the aim is to rescue Princess Peach from the grasp of the evil King Koopa (Bowser). To do this, you must work your way around 15 different worlds within the castle, along with several hidden bonus worlds to collect the Power Stars necessary to face off against Bowser. The stars are obtained by completing the various challenges necessary.

      Plenty of days worth of fun can be taken from this game and how you progress through the game is left mostly to the player. In what order you collect the Power Stars is mostly up to you, though certain ones require you to collect special items first.

      Outwardly simple and weird, yet inwardly complex and fun, SM64 is a must-play for all gamers. It is a piece of gaming history that will no doubt remain loveable for ages to come. Look out for the special bonus of collecting all 120 Power Stars.

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      22.03.2011 10:00

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      A great game that's stood the test of time superbly and will do in the future! Play it! Endless fun!

      Mario was always a 2D kind of guy, but thanks to the N64, he was transformed in to a 3D masterpiece, blowing everyone away with a quality, well designed game. This is brilliant. Everything about this platformer is fun, colourful and entertaining.

      The gameplay is wonderfully smooth, and Mario can perform a variety of movements, including higher jumps, triple jumps, wall kicks and even crawling. These are all very easy to pick up. The graphics are great for their time, and the colours are beautiful! All worlds are thought out excellently, and the music is instantly recognisable.

      Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach, and it's your job to save her. There are around 15 worlds, each very different to each other, with each presenting you with different enemies. There are 7 stars to collect in each world (and some around Peach's Castle too.) Once you have enough, you can open doors to progress in the game. You'll have to fight Bowser 3 times - each time you fight him, it will be harder, so watch out!

      Challenges include beating big bosses, retrieving things, or even races. Mario also has the ability to fly with a certain hat, and can also turn invisible and into metal!

      Perhaps some of the challenges are a bit easy, but there are 120 stars to collect, so you'll be playing for a long time, and when you've completed it (and met Yoshi), you'll want to do it all again.

      I would definitely recommend this, and seeing as it's only £6, you MUST get it. A gamer has not lived until they've played Super Mario 64. This is why it's probably the most famous platformer in the world. Definitely a timeless classic!

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      04.08.2010 16:34
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      Arguably the best platformer on the N64

      One of the most recognised 3D platformers in gaming, this is also regarded as one of the greatest Mario games of all time. The aim is to rescue the Princess Peach from Bowser, by collecting stars from a group of levels ranging from an ice world, to a fire world, a fortress and a submarine base among many others. Each world houses a number of stars to be gained by different tasks.

      The controls are easy to pick up and the difficulty curve is perfect, easing you into the game well. There's a huge amount of replay value what with the number of stars, though there's a lack of multiplayer that is available in the new DS version.

      The best thing about this game, however, is not the levels, or the controls, or that it's one of the most popular games; it's the experience. This is a great game to either pick up and play or sit down for hours with - you'll want to just explore, see the highest point you can get to on a level or surf on a Koopa's shell.

      One thing that might put a downer on this is when it's compared to more modern Mario instalments, such as the new Galaxy games, the remake on the DS, or (perhaps) Mario Sunshine on the Gamecube. This shouldn't put you off, though - Mario 64 is well worth it.

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      21.07.2010 16:48
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      Save Peach before it's too late!

      This is one of my favorite Nintendo games! Me and my friends used to play on this for hours and hours, we even asked some more friends to help us complete the game! But we managed to!

      Mario gets invited by Princess Peach to visit her at the castle, but when he arrives at Peach's castle, she is not there, but the evil dinosaur Bowser, has taken her away and everything else that belongs to Peach and Mario, but there is one thing Bowser hasn't stolen, and that is Toad, the tiny mushroom who helps Mario on his quest to find Princess Peach and tells Mario secrets about the castle and how he can get to them, but Mario has to gain some special skills to do that like be able to fly, turn to metal and turn invisible.
      One of Mario's biggest tasks to collect power stars, to unlock doors that lead to different worlds, but they are in format of painting and ones that move while you are close the picture and worlds you must enter, also with these worlds you must gain all eight power stars.

      Power stars are also to help Mario to defeat Bowser and rescue Peach. However Bowser as to be defeated at least three times before Peach can be recused, the first battle is Bowser in the deep dark world, which you need eight power stars for, and when Bowser is defeated in this round, Mario will win a key which opens to another set of worlds which includes, a desert, volcano, under water and a spider's trap. Bowser must then be in battle again, however this battle is called Bowser in the volcanic world and Mario must collect 32 Power stars and when Mario wins this battle he win another key which opens to the final set of worlds which include a clockwork, rainbow, another snowy world and some form of puzzle, however this is the last battle Mario will have will Bowser until he can have Peach for himself, however Mario can try and fight Bowser earlier but the staircase goes on forever and you won't get very far, however if Mario gains 70 power stars he can then run up a short flight of stairs and fight Bowser for the last time and it is called Bowser in the sky, the fight is longer than the previous two but when Bowser is defeated he gains a power star that will help him fly away and come face to face with Princess peach and meet some old friends including Yoshi!

      Overall, as this was one of the first Nintendo games i've ever played I still love it as of today and I really want to play it now! It was just an awesome game but now my Nintendo and the game got sold so some other person is hopefully enjoying it now!

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      27.04.2010 14:31
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      Just the best Mario game!

      =====My opinion=====
      Super Mario's first 3D game, and also the first one for the N64. It's basic engine is also used in the famous Ocarina of Time, with changes, of course. The graphics are great, due to hardware capacity, wich Nintendo really knew how to use.

      =====Storyline======
      The storyline is the classic one, with some changes:
      Peach invites Mario to have a cake (possibly with some "Hot Coffee", if you can understand me xD), when Mario reaches the castle, he discovers it was a Bowser's ambush, and that he kidnapped Peach (again!). Now Mario must use the power of the Stars to open the Castle's doors and find Bowser and Peach!

      =====Gameplay======
      The gameplay is great, Nintendo could take the classic SMB games to a #D pespective without much errors (except the fact that Mario punches, but...), almost every enemy from the earlier games are present, such as Goombas, Koopa, Bo-ombs, Ghosts, Pipe Piranhas. etc.

      =====Soundtrack=====
      The soundtrack has many of the earlier games' musics, possibly to make a "nostalgia" apperance.

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      24.04.2010 20:02
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      A slice of Nintendo magic from the past and that can't be bad.

      When the N64 was released in the UK in 1997 it made its mark instantly largely thanks to often being bundled with Mario 64, which was released at the same time.

      Best described as an action/adventure/3D platformer, Mario 64 was truly a sight to behold to kids of the 90's who had previously only experienced the 2D magnificence offered by the SNES, Megadrive and a host of older consoles. Some kids, myself included, had barely even seen a 3D game before (except maybe a brief go on Duke Nuken 3D on their Aunt's computer).

      Having been well acquainted with the character of Mario from the SNES and Gameboy, it is fair to say that Nintendo have almost flawlessly converted a favourite 2D character to 3D. Mario was always athletic (especially for a plump plumber), but now he takes it to a whole new level with a repertoire of flips, jumps and tricks to tackle any situation.

      The story is simple, as you'd expect: the Princess has been kidnapped by Bowser and Mario must get her back. To do so, he must make his way through the castle's locked doors by obtaining the Power Stars, of which there are 120 in total. Multiple stars are hidden in each level and the levels are as varied and interesting as you could hope. Each level is themed and presents its own type of hazards such as lava, ice or quicksand. This is all topped of very nicely with good atmospheric music and sound effects. The wind whooshing by when you have a wing cap or the birds singing in the sunlit castle courtyard are particularly pleasing.

      Mario 64 is a very well developed game and seems to suffer very little from glitches and bugs. It feels solid, which sits well with the image people have of the Mario franchise as solid and dependable.

      This is definitely a game for kids, although an adult can easily enjoy it. The difficulty level is quite low, but then Mario never has been that difficult in any of its previous forms. Having said that, this is probably the easiest Mario to date.

      If you've played it before I'd recommend playing it again now that you're older: it brings back so many memories and is still a quality game. On the other hand, if you aren't the nostalgic type or have never played it then I wouldn't bother as it will never be as good as the first time you played it or really stand up to a lot of more complex modern action/adventures.

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      31.03.2010 02:47
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      An instant classic, which has stood the test of time to remain one of the best games ever made.

      What can I say about this game? It's an instant classic and a must buy for any Nintendo 64 owner.

      This game debuted with the Nintendo 64 when the console was released in 1996. Built from the ground up in a new 3D engine, it showed the power and graphic capabilities of what that generation of gaming was able to achieve. Even though it made the jump from 2D to 3D, it still carried the magic of a Mario game. The gameplay felt perfect, and back in 1996, it was a must buy for any platforming game fan.

      Games which are as enjoyable to play today, as they were 10+ years ago, is a rare thing. Super Mario 64 has stood the test of time, and keeps going as one of the most impressive debut titles of any console to date. This game deserves to be played, it's that good.

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      16.03.2010 16:33
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      Marios first 3D game is groundbreaking stuff just like his 2D games a must have!!

      Super Mario 64 was the first ever super mario game to be presented in 3D. Many, many gamers couldn't wait until the day super mario 64 was released was it going to be a smash hit just like his previous 2D games, or was it going to be a disaster. Of course it turned out to be amazing the way mario moved brilliantly in 3D, his moves he could perform whilst shouting words with glee ya! wahoo! yipee!! The way the levels were presented and the way you had to fight bowser and the music, yes everything about this game was groundbreaking stuff!

      Like almost every Mario game princess peach has been kidnapped by bowser and has hidden himself and peach in the walls of princess peach's castle. Mario must find the power stars which are hidden in secret paintings and walls inside the castle, in order for mario to find bowser and rescue the princess.

      The gameplay is revoloutionary and has set the example for most 3D platforming games. Princess peach's castle is the main hub level in mario 64, mario can explore the castle and its grounds to find secret paintings and walls he can jump into. Once he finds a painting he can jump into he is transported to a course, and each course has six challenges to complete. Your award once you complete a challenge is a power star! Once mario collects more power stars he can go deeper into the castle and find new courses to complete and earn new but more difficult power stars. Until you have collected enough stars to find out where bowser is hiding and defeat him!

      Mario has new moves this time around he can punch, kick, jump do foward, backwards and even sideways somersaults. He can grap ledges do wall kicks and even a ground pound which mario jumps in the air and slams down on his arse (this plumber really will stop at nothing to get his princess back!) There are other moves he can perform as well and with the help of different caps he can vanish, turn his whole body into metal he can even fly!!

      All these things and more make marios first 3D adventure outstanding the levels get harder and harder as you go on but not too hard so you think its impossible. There are new power ups to find, secret stars to get, cannons to blast out of, koopa troopas to race. And many many more things each challenge is different so the game never feels samey, this game really is a masterpeice and a must have if you have a nintendo 64 buy it!!! If you have a nintendo wii download it from the virtual console it really is a must have!!

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      21.02.2010 10:29
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      You need this game.

      This game is a true classic.It revolutionized gaming when it came on the market, with its 3d perspective and innovative game play. We rediscovered this gem a couple of weeks ago when we dug out the old N64 from the cupboard, and it has rarely been out of use since! The N64 controllers make movement easy, and half the fun is just running and jumping round the worlds, which are all staggeringly different. This is a massive game, there are loads of different world to explore and a vast castle to look around, discovering secret levels as you go. Mario can even fly, courtesy of a special "flying hat", that you can access by opening special boxes. This game can really hold its own against the newer games, as it is intensely playable. The sheer size of the game will keep players entertained for hours, as it takes ages to complete the whole game. There is great variety in the missions and goals, so it never gets boring, and the colourful backgrounds and lively music make this game really special.

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      19.02.2010 02:04
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      One of the best games for the N64

      When the N64 console was released way back in 1997, Nintendo needed a strong game to attract the gaming audience. Who better to rely on then, than that vertically challenged Italian plumber, Mario, who almost single-handedly made the Nes and the Snes consoles a worldwide success.

      Mario 64 was a brave move for Nintendo, a game designed to show off the consoles graphical prowess, this was the first Mario game to forage into the world of 3D landscapes. The gamble paid off, critics and gamers alike were wowed by the vast 3D landscapes and moveable camera-angles, which at the time was a fairly new concept. Surprisingly even by today's standards the graphics still look decent, although the camera can be a bit dodgy sometimes, especially when you're trying to line up a difficult jump onto a moving platform.

      The story behind Mario 64 is deceptively simple. Princess Peach has been kidnapped by the evil Bowser. You play as Mario, tasked to enter Peach's castle and rescue her. Of course, thing's are never that simple and upon entering the castle you discover numerous locked doors standing in the way of you and Peach. To unlock each door you must collect a requisite number of stars by completing stages. There are 15 stages, with each stage containing 7 stars.

      What makes the game such a hit is that every stage, without exception, is a delight to play. No two stages are alike. One moment you'll be traversing an icy mountaintop, the next you'll be exploring an Egyption-esque pyramid. Each stage features classic Mario traits - moving platforms, little mushroom enemies, gold coins to collect, etc and so fans of earlier games will feel right at home here. At the end of some of these stages is a boss character to defeat, and this is perhaps the game's biggest weakness- the bosses are just too damn easy. Even the final boss consists of nothing more taxing than running round the back of him, picking him up and chucking him around a bit. With the Nintendo 64, Nintendo were trying to appeal to younger gamers as well as older gamers, and this definitely shows in the easy boss design.

      Despite the lack of difficulty, the game will still take a while to complete, especially if you're trying to collect every star. On the N64 there is no bonus content but on the DS version there are numerous mini-games to unlock by collecting a certain amount of stars. The game is also available to download for the Wii for 1000 points, however you will need to purchase a classic controller as you can't use the Wii remote for this game.

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      25.01.2010 22:02
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      Buy this or the ds remake now!

      This is easily one of the best mario games of all time and is now a classic that I hope will never die.

      In this game mario has entered the 3d world for the first time in another platforming adventure which in my opinion even surpasses great games like super mario bros. 3 and super mario world. The game like most platforming games is single player and is all about a cake!

      In the beginning mario receives a letter from princess peach stating that she has baked a cake for him and would like him to come to the castle. Surley mario would know this is a trap. A princess baking?!? But no our favourite italian plumber makes his way to the castle. Upon entering the courtyard I knew this game was going to be good. The controls seemed to flow niceley and the graphics were amazing for a 1996 game.

      Upon entering castle mario learns the princess's ill fate. The castle has been taken over buy king bowser and the princess has been captured. Most doors have either been sealed or locked allowing mario access to only one level. Bob-omb field. Each level has 6 acts each with a powerstar and a hidden star for collecting 100 coins on each level.
      In a total there are 120 stars which takes a long time to collect.

      Mario can jump,wall jump, punch and ground pound his way to victory fighting familiar enemies such as goomba's,thwomps and bob-omb's
      Koopa's appear in the gmae but not as a main enemy. Upon jumping on a koopa in bob-omb battlefield mario rides his shell like a skate board.
      The levels are all quite large and free roam which makes the game much more interesting and you have to explore the level to find the star. Most acts only give you a hint in the name such as race with koopa the quick in which you have to talk to a koopa and race him to the summit of the mountain.

      In total the game has 15 levels with 6 acts each and a secret star for each level when collecting 100 coins on that level. There are also secret stars in the castle.

      Just to end I have to say this game has a great sound track the snow levels music is great!

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      05.01.2010 16:03
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      Really good game, definitely worth the £5 you will spend on it, thats cheap for a N64 game.

      Well what can i say, this game was a hit when it first hit the stores. This was the game that made the N64 famous. Luckily it was the consoles first game.

      This game has great graphics for a N64 game, especially an early N64 game. Plus features a very large variety of levels, a total of 15 courses each being very large in size, and having secrets of its own. This game will keep you busy for a long time, probably one of the longest lasting games you can get on the N64. Even now, several years on from when i originally played it, i still get great enjoyment out of trying to achieve 100% completion, which is no easy task. Sure it's relatively easy to beat the final boss, but after that there's still a lot more needed to be done. You'll need to collect all the stars, each of the 15 courses containing 7 stars each. As well as unveiling the castles secrets.

      I have very little to say against this game, it has great graphics, great gameplay, and won't get repetitive either. The only thing this game lacks is multiplayer, but it really doesnt need it, and to be honest, it would probably hinder the single player side of the game if the developers did decide to include a co-op or battle mode to the game. On the whole its a very solid game, with no bugs as far as i know, this game was made to perfection, and got the N64 off to a good start. Its a shame games like this weren't produced for it later on in the consoles life.

      Donkey Kong 64, a game released much later on in the N64's life was very similar to this game, but with much improved graphics. Although it still doesnt quite match up to this game.

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      30.11.2009 23:18
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      Mario in glorious 3D

      Mario has appeared in more outings over the years than anyother single gaming icon. From saving princess peach in the classic 2D side scrolling platformers of old, to participating in sporting events such as golf and tennis with all his mushroom kingdom pals. Theres a readson why there are so many Mario titles, that's because Nintendo always manage to get the formula just right, each installment is executed to a high standard, Mario 64 is no exception, Mario's first 3D adventure not only on the N64 but ever before.

      Mario 64 was released alongside the N64 with it's release in 1997. Makes sense that to launch their new console, Nintendo would want the help of the duminuitively statured Italian Plumber who has sold more games over the years than most of his competitiors put together.

      Luckily Mario survives the transmission into the third dimension, although predictably there are a few niggles that arose from converting Mario into 3D. Namely camera angles, at times frustration can arise from poorly placed cameras obscuring the action. However, I would have anticipated worse problems, such as clumsy and difficult controls, thankfully, Nintendo have nailed the control system. Mario feels easy to move around, with a wide selection of jumps and jump combo's thrown in for good measure.

      Mario has been summoned to Peach's Castle as she's been kidnapped by the tyrannical lizard Bowser, no change to the story which although sounds negative does incorporate all the elements required for a good story. A damsel in distress, an obviously evil bad guy and a definate hero (basically a fairy story rendered in full graphical lusciousness). He must collect stars by completing stages, once he has collected enough stars he can gain access to locked doors and eventually save the princess.

      The games numerous stages are linked together beautifully. To access each stage Mario must explore Peach's castle, jumping through paintings to enter the stage. Each stage must be replayed upto 8 times, each time with a differently located star.

      As you would expect from a Mario game there are certain powerups that Mario can use. Much fewer however than previous Mario games. There's a metal cap which turns mario into metal enabling him to walk underwater, a winged cap which lets mario soar through the sky and an invisibility cap which turns Mario....Invisible!!!

      The game will take a while to complete and even longer to unearth every star, there's no unlockable content though however which is a bit of a shame.

      Mario 64 despite it's awkward camera angles and occasional graphical glitches is another great chapter in the Mario story. Reccomended to Gamers of all ages, it's an absolute classic.

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      06.11.2009 01:13

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      A brilliant transition of mario form 2-d to 3-d

      Super Mario 64 took the huge reputation of the hit super Nintendo 2-d games and took its latest release to the next level with this game. At the time the two main consoles around were the Nintendo 64 and the Playstation, this latest offering was the first game in which Mario was playable in full 3-d, complete with huge fully interactive levels which simply blew my mind after playing it for the first time. Although I appreciate that time has moved on, and that Nintendo have been able to reproduce the then stunning graphics of the 64 onto a handheld (DS), at the time the graphics boasted by Super Mario 64 were truly a breakthrough and a real transition from the snes. The gameplay was also smooth and great fun to play. The game itself also was good value for money as there are 150 stars in total to collect which means the game has quite a good lifespan. The game is also quite challenging in difficulty for all ages and is suitable for all ages as well. I think this was a really good first outing for Mario in 3-d and I firmly believe that the successful transition from 2-d to 3-d of Super Mario 64 has laid the foundation for all the future Mario games such as Mario Sunshine on the GameCube, Super Mario Planet on the wii and any future Mario releases to come.

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      06.07.2009 16:24
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      Mario's debut in 3D is a complete success and one you must own!

      This one of the classic games that defined Nintendo during the years featuring the N64 and Playstation. Both systems had their own exclusive and successful titles but this is seen to be one of the best.

      After Mario's success in 2D platforming games, the designers at Nintendo set out to re-design Mario to fit into this new gaming era where 3D graphics were the key to success. Was this re-design successful? Of course it was.

      Mario 64 is considered to be one of the greatest games ever, it took Mario out from his 2D adventures and stuck him in 3D scenarios. What made this game a real success was the open world gameplay. You could pick limited levels to start with but by the time you had completed a few levels you could pick and choose what levels to complete. The actual levels themselves were also key to this game's success. The worlds were truly massive with plenty of things to do and explore. Snowy worlds, lava furnaces, green plains, watery worlds all stood out for gamers experiencing the game. The graphics were fantastic with great attention to detail being paid to making the game look great.

      The levels themselves featured around 6 stars you had to unlock and complete and all of which were pretty different, some of them involved some simple platforming skill, others involved racing koopa troop or giant penguins, solving puzzles, collecting red coins as well as plenty of others. The boss battles in the game were also pretty impressive with Bowser being re-created in 3D along with Mario's old nemesis the goombas.

      The game will take ages to complete as there are 120 stars to collect and even though you can complete the game without collecting them all you won't truly be satisfied until you do!

      This title is and always will be a true classic and it set the standard for 3D platforming games for the future and not many have matched let alone beaten this game in terms of top quality gaming!

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