Super Mario 64 in your browser is perfect retro Sunday fun

30 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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The Nintendo 64 remains my favorite console for a variety of reasons, even though it’s been over 18 years since its North American release. No matter how much you loved Super Mario 64 when it first released almost 20 years ago, you can’t deny it’s ugly as sin, especially by today’s standards.The next-gen consoles, including the likes of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, have undoubtedly provided us with high-end, graphically-intensive gaming experience. One modder and game developer, Roystan Ross, took it upon himself to recreate the first level of the 3D platformer in the Unity Engine with greatly improved visuals. When taken on a trip down the memory lane and reflecting on the SNES, Dreamcast or N64, though we’re not going to be stunned by their visuals, still the old-school games appear to be as addictive and appealing as ever.

Ross worked to make it a fairly faithful re-creation, but he left out “some really minor stuff that nobody cared about like red coins or the Wing Cap or the Big Bob-omb,” and replaced them with “crowd pleasers like giant springs and coin blocks.” The game works with several game controllers, Ross says, such as those for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, as well as Sony’s DualShock 3 and 4 controllers. However, if you want to rekindle the old flames by playing this greatest platformer, you’ll either have to set up that old Nintendo 64 (which most of you won’t have) or use some kind of emulation software. Most of the art was done by Ross himself, save for the most iconic Mario models in the game such as the Goobma, Power Star, and Mario himself which were ripped from Super Mario Galaxy. This game has been popular with the gaming enthusiasts for a long time and now as it has been made available on browser, its popularity is going to break all the previous record. Any bugs that come up will be left alone unless they are “horrendously gamebreaking and horrendously simple to fix.” He is however giving away the project in its entirety for free, so any other Unity developers who find bugs or want to continue the project could theoretically do so.

The actual link to play the game in-browser is suffering some loading issues due to the sheer amount of people wanting to give it a shot, but you shouldn’t have any problem downloading the game to be played on your Windows, Mac, or Linux machine from Ross’ own blog. He has a wide range of interests when it comes to tech but he’s currently spending a big chunk of his time writing about privacy, cyber security, and anything policy related.

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