TIL that the first character on screen in Super Mario 64 is Lakitu, Mario’s camera operator. Because the 1996 game was the first in the series to have 3D gameplay, the developers needed to teach players that they were controlling both Mario AND the camera.

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Game developers teaching players to actually play the game is harder than you think. The Portal devs had a hell of a time telling players to look up without explicit outside instruction.


Is that the guy who picks you up when you fall off rainbow road?


Another reminder that I’m getting old is when things that happened when I was in high school are TILs. Still waiting on someone to post a TIL about 9/11, probably not long now.


Nintendo basically excels at this kind of within world guidance.


Wasn’t the first character technically Princess Peach?