Super Mario 64 Remake Developer Showcase Video; Open Source Modern Update Of N64 Classic Title Moves Forward

By Steve Buja , Updated Jan 05, 2015 08:58 AM EST
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Studios today are remaking everything, slapping on a new coat of paint and reselling you the same experience - but better - for largely the original price. Resident Evil has had how many remakes already? But, for some fans, the studios aren’t focusing on the correct titles and they remake the game themselves.

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Case and point: Super Mario 64, arguably one of the greatest games of all time, and at the very least one of the top three titles for the N64. One group of intrepid fans have been hard at work with an update of the classic title for a while now and released a new developer showcase video to outline their progress thus far.

The project is the brainchild of Aryok Piñera (aryoksini on Youtube) and a group of volunteers and is the very definition of ‘labor of love’. The team behind it are a volunteer collective of not-for-profit enthusiasts who are “passionate about the magic of the original game.” Sadly, they would be unable to sell the finished product, lest Nintendo strike at them with legal action.

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The game is being recreated via the Blender Game Engine, an open source 3D graphics program created by “tudios and individual artists, professionals and hobbyists, scientists, students, VFX experts, animators, game artists, modders” and so on.

And they need your help. If you have a particular set of skills, be it with rendering, shadowing, composition (the music, too, has to be redone), then you can join the project by dropping a line at the official Facebook page.

All games are, at least to some degree, works of love. I can think of none moreso than remaking a game simply because you admire it so much, without any thought of monetary compensation or reward. The recognition of the struggle is the least we can do. Watch where the team is at below.

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