It’s been two decades since Mario first jumped around in 3D, but it’s still crazy fun to go bounding across the hills and through the castle in Super Mario 64. Well, now you can do it with some of your best friends online — it’s admittedly a bit legally dubious, but still. So cool.
Video game modders Kaze Emanuar, Melonspeedruns and Marshivolt put together Super Mario 64 Online, a modified version of the N64 original that basically opens things up and allows a mind-boggling 24 players to run wild at the same time. The game doesn’t actually change Super Mario 64 itself, just allows for multiple players. It’s bonkers to throw all these players into a level, and if you’ve been looking for a fresh spin on the fan favorite, this should do the trick.
The game was released as a downloadable ROM, meaning it’ll need to be played on an N64 emulator. It also requires some fiddling with the setting to make it all work (since, you know, N64 games weren’t exactly designed for online multiplayer).
We also need to make clear: Nintendo will almost certainly shut this thing down very, very quickly. The company takes its IP seriously, even if it is a 21-year-old game. If it has Mario on it, Nintendo will be protecting it. Fiercely. We’re also not advocating downloading an illegal ROM. We’re just telling you it exists, and that it looks really cool.
Check out a trailer for the game below and let us know what you think: