Super Mario 64 Plus, a fan-made update to the Nintendo classic, reveals graphical updates and alternate gameplay modes in its trailer.
A new trailer has dropped for Super Mario 64 Plus, a fan-made PC mod to Nintendo’s landmark release from 1996.
As reported by PC Gamer, the trailer highlights some of the new features Plus adds to the classic game: a 60 FPS frame rate, more responsive controls and an improved camera — which is noted to look like the basic 3D freecam that is common among video games today, but is leaps and bounds ahead of 64-bit technology. Mario’s moves have also been updated with more recent additions to his arsenal, including spin jumps, extended belly slides, wall sliding, ground pound jump, dive hops and ground pound dives.
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There are also a selection of new modes for Plus: the ability to stay in a level after collecting a star (rather than being spat out into the hub world and having to repeatedly reenter levels), an infinite lives mode, a hard mode, challenge modes that incorporate fan-favorites like the green demon challenge and daredevil challenge, and a permadeath mode that will erase progress after losing a life. All of these modifications can be turned on and off at the player’s leisure.
Mors, the indie game developer behind Plus, said on Twitter that their current plans with the game include a v1.1.0 patch with “further fixes and some small, but also commonly requested new features.” After that, they intend to focus on other projects for a while.
Okay, so here are my current plans with SM64Plus…
I’m going to release a v1.1.0 patch soon, with further fixes and some small, but also commonly requested new features. It should be out in a week or so.
After that, I’ll just be focusing on other projects for a while.
— Mors (@MorsGames) April 6, 2021
Originally released in 1996, Super Mario 64 was the first Mario game to be played in 3D. It was met with critical acclaim upon its release and has been considered both a high point in Nintendo’s lineup and one of the best games of all time. A remake was released for the Nintendo DS in 2004. More recently, Super Mario 3D All-Stars was released: a port to the Nintendo Switch of not just Mario 64, but also 2002’s Super Mario Sunshine and 2007’s Super Mario Galaxy.
Super Mario 64 Plus is currently available to download on PC.
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