super mario 64 and sonic the hedgehog (the first one, from 1991) give off similar vibes

They both feel like the worlds they're set in are in some way less "alive" than the following games in their series, but I'm not entirely sure what creates that feeling

@vurpo oh yeah I do see where you're coming from! I think it has mainly to do with pale and/or plain-feeling color palettes, scenery and characters/items
@vurpo a lot of times there's just, missing details, that would otherwise translate into a sense of polish
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