A fully functioning PC”>PC port of Super Mario 64 has been released online.
The fan-made port, which was first shared on social media sites this weekend, was made possible by a 2019 recompilation project which saw fans reverse engineer the game’s source code.
Unlike PC emulators which imitate the conditions of the original N64 hardware, the DirectX 12-powered port allows players to run Mario 64 at far higher resolutions without compromise, such as native 4K or in ultra-widescreen mode.
Mario 64 has been ported to PC by fans.
The fan-made port also supports third-party software such as Reshade, which can be used to add modern visual effects including bloom lighting to the game.
The native PC port should also have significant implications for Mario 64’s active mod community, which had previously required an emulator for its projects.
It’s not yet clear if the Mario 64 release has any relation to a recent significant leak of legacy Nintendo console data, or if the timing is coincidental.
According to various sources, over two terabytes of data was allegedly leaked onto the anonymous forum 4chan over the weekend, including the original source code for Nintendo 64″>Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube”>GameCube and Wii.
The data could, in theory, be used to create illegal clone hardware able to run software and operate exactly like the original systems.
The PC emulation community could also theoretically use the data to improve their software so that it imitates the original systems perfectly. However, since the leaked documentation has been illegally obtained this would put them in murky territory.
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Mario 64 is set to be re-released for Nintendo Switch”>Nintendo Switch later this year as part of the Super Mario Bros.’ 35th anniversary.
As first revealed by VGC, Nintendo”>Nintendo will reveal plans to re-release most of Super Mario’s 35-year back catalogue this year, remastered for Nintendo Switch, including 1997’s Super Mario 64, 2002’s Super Mario Sunshine and 2007’s Super Mario Galaxy.
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