For about as long as video game emulation has existed, there have been fan hacks. Some of these hacks might be as simple as translating one language to another, while others could be more advanced, adjusting game rules and behavior. Then there are hacks that are more like entirely new games, such as one just released, called Super Mario 64 Land, created by ardent ROM hacker Kaze Emanuar.
You can see from the video above that this is no ordinary SMB64. This is an entirely new game that just happens to use the classic game as a base. In addition to an entire new fleet of levels and worlds being added, there are also “new friends” to chat to and appease, new power-ups to acquire, and of course, a whack of entertaining boss battles. In all, there are 32 levels and 70 areas, 75 music tracks, 8 bosses, and 10 new power-ups.
If Super Mario 64 Land was released as a standalone binary, we’d imagine that a certain N-named company might have a beef with it. Because of this, you have to do a little bit of work in order to take advantage of this game, which at the very least requires you to have a clean release of the Super Mario 64 ROM rip (with a .z64 file extension). You then need to patch it, at which point you could load the resulting modified ROM into your favorite Nintendo 64 emulator. The platform (PC, Android, etc) you play on doesn’t matter.
If you dig the look of this game, you might be interested to know that Emanuar puts huge effort in hacking and releasing other games, all produced with the goal of becoming a de facto great game designer. We’d say things are looking good from that standpoint. You can check out his YouTube channel to dive in more, and explore other released titles (Super Mario 64 x Ocarina of Time is worth checking out, as well.)
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