* Mario gets one in the iconic Bowser fight. In order to beat him, you have to grab him by the tail, swing him around, and throw him into a bomb. The result? A HUGE explosion, and a pwned Bowser.
** Even better with the final battle, as Mario has climbed far into the sky to fight him, and the battle is set to some epic background music. You have to blow Bowser up '''three''' times! Grabbing the star afterwards and flying into the sky with heroic music playing... perfect way to end the game.
** On that note, Bowser's encounters in general. Taking cues from his having [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]] a mere generation ago, Bowser ups his game this time; he outright takes over Peach's Castle [[VideoGame/PaperMario64 for the first]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy of many times]] [[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU in this series]], steals the source of its power, and puts his hold on pretty much every area of the castle by creating 15 different worlds that you have to explore. And then come the levels where you trek up to Bowser; you go through a gauntlet more similar [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros to]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 the]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 games]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld of]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld2YoshisIsland old]], complete with [[AwesomeMusic/VideoGames "Koopa's Road"]] playing as it builds up to your confrontation, complete with each having a Power Star to boot (2 in the DS remake). At the end of the level you fight the scaly king of the Koopas himself, who across the different battles uses several abilities such as a huge stomp attack, a charge attack, his signature [[BreathWeapon fire breath]], and even teleportation. As stated above, you have to throw him into a bomb to do any damage at all. Then comes "Bowser in the Sky". Pretty much everything is thrown at you this time, and the end has you fighting Bowser with an even ''more'' awesome tune in the background, forcing you to hit him three times to win, and after the second hit he makes the entire ground crumble, revealing a star shape and requiring your aim to be true to even hit the bomb. There's a reason why Mario is the ultimate hero of gaming, especially after this fight.
* There's an oasis in a corner of ShiftingSandLand. What's awesome is the fact that the developers were nice enough to put it there to refill your health at any time, since diving in water and then coming back out refills your health.
* A meta-example, but managing to successfully translate a 2D platforming series into 3D, which had never been done before at the time. Super Mario 64 would go on to leave major marks on the video game industry.
* Each and every time Mario dons the Wing Cap is an awesome moment, soaring through the sky with soaring music playing. There's a reason why it's the game's signature power-up.
* On Bomb-omb Battlefield, using the cannon on the floating island to launch Mario directly into the red-coin star with careful aiming. A flawless victory.