While Super Mario 64 has been out for 20+ years and has been widely available for PC if using an emulator, it has never been fully ported to PC to leverage its power. That has changed today with a brand new PC port thanks to a fan named “Unreal” that has posted a trailer on YouTube that shows the game being played in glorious 4K with DX12 support and support for ultrawide display. Further, this new version features controller functionality as well as support for other mods.
The 12-minute trailer showcases the PC version of the game that was stealth-released over the weekend in its entirety. Fans will have to work to get the game as no links are provided due to Nintendo’s zealous protection of its intellectual property. Over the past several years, Nintendo has taken down all sorts of unlicensed versions of its games due to copyright infringement. In addition, rumors have been floating around that the company is looking to remaster SM64 for itself.
YouTuber “Unreal” wrote in the video description, “I can’t give a download link for obvious reasons and DON’T ask for a download link in the comments.”
So if you’re looking for a blast from the past that takes advantage of your PC’s awesome capabilities, look no further than Super Mario 64. It may take you time to find it and you certainly don’t want to dally given Nintendo’s likely efforts to take it down, but by all reports, it will be well worth the effort.
About Super Mario 64
The game that launched the Nintendo 64 system stands the test of time as one of the first and best exploratory action/adventure games. Guide the legendary plumber through an incredibly vast magical world with never-before-seen movement and camera-angle freedom. Mario’s got the moves with graduated speeds of running and walking, jumps, super jumps, bounce attacks, swimming, and more. The more you play, the more moves you’ll discover.
This industry milestone game lets gamers play at their own pace, encouraging them to explore new nooks and crannies of its many levels with a Zen-like approach where the journey is as important as the goal. Other N64 games such as Zelda, Banjo-Kazooie, and Donkey Kong 64 all owe much of their inspiration to this gem of a game. A showcase for the system’s graphics and processing speed capabilities, Super Mario 64 is a must-have for any N64 owner. —Jeff Young