What classic Nintendo game has aged the worst?

super mario 64

Nintendo has built up a very rich history over the years. Plenty of their fantastic titles have defined their respective genres and even the medium as a whole. Unfortunately, not all of these games are as good now as they were upon their release. Decades of advancement in console power and game design have left some older standouts in the dust. A few examples come to mind, but for me, the most prominent Nintendo title to fall from grace is Super Mario 64.

On release, Super Mario 64 was, of course, incredible. It kicked off the collectathon genre and introduced the world to the amazing potential behind 3D environments. The colorful levels, a wide array of challenges, and a wonderfully-arranged soundtrack created a mesmerizing experience. Many still see the game as such, but myself and others believe 3D platformers have come a long, long way from Super Mario 64. In retrospect, the game’s controls now feel about as precise as typing with boxing gloves. The different environments and gameplay challenges are still colorful and somewhat fun, but it did not take long for titles like Banjo-Kazooie to come along and assert itself as an equal, if not surpassing Super Mario 64 entirely (Banjo-Kazooie, by the way, holds up beautifully).

The 3D Mario series itself has advanced considerably — I personally rank Super Mario 64 as the second-worst 3D Mario game, just ahead of Super Mario 3D Land, and much closer to that than to Sunshine, Galaxy and its sequel, 3D World, and Odyssey. All in all, I have always found that the N64 juggernaut was not only quickly surpassed, but that it aged worse than many of its 3D platformer peers.

What old Nintendo game do you think aged the worst? Are there any retro flagship titles that you now find barely playable? A childhood favorite that you are afraid to revisit? Take to the comments and let us know what you think.

Nick Pearson
I'm the Reviews Editor here at Nintendo Enthusiast, and I'm a major fan of all consoles and eras.