Players have been emulating and modding Super Mario 64 for years now. But a brand new port of the sport has mysteriously popped up online: a totally practical, native 4K model of the sport for PC, powered by DirectX 12.
A YouTube channel referred to as Unreal (no relation to Epic Games’ property of the identical identify) posted a 12-minute gameplay video of the brand new port, which was noticed by VGC. It appears to be like just like the Super Mario 64 you keep in mind, not the one that truly existed in your Nintendo 64. This model of the sport just isn’t emulated, and has built-in controller help, together with the power to make use of analog sticks to maneuver the digicam.
Unlike different fan-made ports and homebrew video games primarily based on Nintendo properties, the Super Mario 64 PC port dropped with out advance discover. The port might be troublesome in case you don’t know the place to look — even most Reddit comment threads gained’t hyperlink the sport.
“They actually did it the right way,” wrote Reddit user Jadentheman, in response to the totally launched mission. Instead of saying DX12 Super Mario 64 and placing out a single stage, the creator dumped the complete recreation on-line over the weekend with little fanfare. While Nintendo will certainly seek out obtain hyperlinks to the sport, the sudden launch offers gamers a brief window to search out the sport and obtain it earlier than it goes away — which is why followers try to guard the brand new PC port by not sharing it on public boards.
While it’s not confirmed, it’s speculated this new port is a results of the decompiled Super Mario 64 source code that leaked final 12 months.
This DirectX 12 model of Super Mario 64 comes only some weeks after a rumors of the sport’s Switch port, which is reportedly coming later this 12 months, alongside different Mario video games like Super Mario Galaxy.