The Art of Video Games: Super Mario 64” Exhibition Video

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  • NARRATOR: “Super Mario 64” had a lasting impression on game design for its 3-dimensional graphics, responsive soundtrack, and open-ended exploration. Designer Shigeru Miyamoto placed this familiar story in a world of such visual solidarity that players were awestruck. To support the vibrant graphics, the game combined interactive audio, environmental sound effects, and a musical score from Koji Kondo to create an immersive soundscape that carried players through the adventure.

    The Nintendo 64 controller also provided new options for movement throughout the game. Players had greater control over the camera view, and Mario was now able to swim, crawl, climb, grapple, tip-toe, and do a variety of jumps in order to get past obstacles and enemies.

    This freedom, combined with a world that was more vivid and “real” than people had seen before, captured the imagination of fans and made this the most beloved “Super Mario” game of all time.

    Super Mario 64 Nintendo of America, Inc.

    This video is one of 80 displayed in The Art of Video Games exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.