Now fans have ported Super Mario 64 to Nintendo 3DS
After an unofficial PC release earlier this year, fans have now natively ported Super Mario 64 to Nintendo 3DS.
The reverse engineered port was released online on Wednesday and would allow users of modified Nintendo 3DS handhelds to run Super Mario 64 natively, without graphics issues, and at a speed of 30 frames per second.
If Super Mario 64’s unofficial PC port is any indication, modders will likely improve portable gaming performance further through future updates. You can see Mario 64 3DS in action via the videos below.
The 3DS port was made possible by a fan project that reverse engineered the source code for the Nintendo 64 game.
Because the code was created in a “clean room” environment and is not influenced by data leaks, it is technically legal – at least in its rudimentary form, stripped of any official gameplay element.
It was previously possible to play Super Mario 64 on 3DS through the DS port from 2004.
Released in May, the unofficial PC port of Super Mario 64 has spawned an active modding community, and fans have improved the game’s graphics with a host of mods, including improved texture packs and a 60FPS patch.
It is even possible to implement ray tracing in Mario 64 through the third-party Reshade app.
In unrelated news this month, Nintendo suffered a major classic game data leak, including code from early versions of Super Mario 64.
Dataminers have already reassembled prototypes of enemies, levels, and sets originally intended for the N64 launch game.
More importantly, a role model for Luigi was also discovered in the leaked game files, which was originally intended to appear as a second playable character in the game.
It is understood that Mario 64 is expected to be re-released on Nintendo Switch later this year as part of Super Mario Bros. ‘ 35e birthday.
As first revealed by VGC, Nintendo will reveal plans to re-release most of the 35-year-old Super Mario catalog this year, remastered for Nintendo Switch, including 1996 Super Mario 64, 2002 Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. from 2007.