Whether it’s creating their own custom Nintendo consoles or mining hidden NES games found inside the Switch operating system, we have covered some extremely interesting projects from the gaming hacker/modder community over the years. While many of them are less than legal, the ingenuity of these individuals continues to astound us.
After an extremely popular fan-made hack of Super Mario 64 went viral late last year, one of the master minds behind the project is back with the new Super Mario 64: Ocarina of Time mash-up.
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Late last year, we reported on the widely popular Super Mario 64 Online – which allowed for up to 24 players to play through the game simultaneously – before Nintendo and its legal team shut the whole thing down. One of the creators of that mod known as Kaze Emanuar, who has spent years hacking and re-creating Nintendo games, was also hard at work on a now legendary Mario 64-meets-Ocarina of time cross over title.
Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are widely considered to be of the best video games in history. Both of which are still played to this day, with the latter carrying a 99/100 aggregate review score on Metacritic. Clearly these are two great choices for a modded mash-up title.
Emanuar decided to use the Super Mario 64 engine and meticulously re-create elements of Ocarina of Time, allowing Mario and friends to jump into the Kingdom of Hyrule. Just about every town, fairy fountain he could manage is in place here, but the map has been altered significantly in order to work with Mario’s suite of abilities as best as possible. Super Mario 64 characters are significantly more mobile than Link with the ability to jump and wall run, etc. He also included 170 stars to collect.
Here’s the launch trailer for Super Mario 64: Ocarina of Time:
Emanuar’s first hack was called Super Mario 64 Madness and was quickly followed by a string of fan hacks: Mario and the Magic Wand, Organ of Matrias, and a version of Super Mario Bros 3D that let’s you play as Mario or Luigi. Not to mention last years Super Mario 64 Online, clearly Emanuar is one of the best doing it. According to reports, the modder is currently working projects inspired by PUBG and Doki Doki Literature Club, among others.
You’ll find everything you need to access the game in the details section of the game’s YouTube trailer. Just keep in mind, it’s more than likely only a matter of time before Nintendo shuts this down, so grab it while you can.
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