Is Super Mario 64 Really 20 Years Old? Yep, So Watch The Archived Livestream

Is Super Mario 64 Really 20 Years Old? Yep, So Watch The Archived Livestream

Embrace your mortality as Jeremy plays this landmark N64 adventure at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.

As the guy on staff who spends the most time digging around in the history of video games, I've grown fairly accustomed to the passing of time and the fact that seemingly recent memories did, in fact, happen a very long time ago. Still, every once in a while, we'll pass a milestone that throws me for a loop, and here's one of them: Super Mario 64 happened 20 years ago.

Specifically, the game debuted in Japan alongside the Nintendo 64 console on June 23, 1996 — and it's already the 23rd in Japan. So it's now 20. To mark the occasion, and to keep a little variety in our streams this week after Nadia had to scrap Mighty No. 9 streaming plans due to technical issues, I've thrown out the intended Mega Man 5 stream for today to focus instead of celebrating this milestone. Or mourning, if you prefer.

Join me live at 4 p.m. ET today (1 p.m. PT) as I take Super Mario 64 for a spin to pay tribute to the moment that video games left behind the olden ways once and for all and entered what we think of as the modern era. The era of polygons, I mean. With analog controls and user-adjustable cameras. As usual, I'll be playing Super Mario 64 on real N64 hardware, so this rendition of the game may have lower resolution (and lower frame rates) than you are used to. Mario 64 holds up pretty well, but it can be a little shocking to see it in action without all the subtle tweaks and improvements that you get with emulators and Virtual Console....

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