Yeah, the first one is heaps of fun. A nice combination of traditional mario platforming action with a great battle system and rpg elements. I still think it would be better without the turn based battling and have it like a action rpg type thing but the battle system is still great. It also made me laugh quite a bit which is good too.
I never finished it though i just rented it. It got a VERY limited Australian release, only about 2 copies to every shop, and only very few shops were still stocking 64 games. I had pre ordered a copy but cancelled it because I had no money at the time and thought I could pick it up a few weeks later, damn was that a mistake. The AUS PAL release now goes for ridiculous amounts on ebay australia, well over $100 for a complete copy, so i'm kicking myself now knowing I could have got it for about $70 new when it first came out.
Ara Ararauna, Blue and Gold Macaw, 32-34 inches
They are adaptable, and enjoy being in social situations. They readily become adept at performing tricks, and seem to love doing so. Cost:$900-1400