Super Mario 64 fans have yet another way to relive the old days when they were scrunched up with a Nintendo 64 controller in their hands and their eyes glued to the TV, but this time around, they can share the experience with up to 24 players online on their computers thanks to Super Mario 64 Online.
That's the case until Nintendo decides to take it down, though, which the company is pretty known for doing so to fan-made games of its franchises.
Super Mario 64 Online: Doing God's Work
As everyone may know, Super Mario 64 launched back in 1996 for the Nintendo 64. Originally, it's a single-player game, but some mods allowed two-player support.
From the look of things, Kaze Emanuar, Melonspeedruns, and Marshivolt — the folks behind Super Mario 64 Online — think that's not enough, developing a ROM hack that lets up to 24 people play together online.
It's easy to imagine what's in store: players kicking and punching one another in total mayhem, running about, and doing all sorts of things, including playing hide and seek and racing, to name a few.
To get a clearer picture, here's a clip Kaze Emanuar uploaded:
Most people would be pumped up at this point, so here's a tutorial on how to install Super Mario 64 Online:
Nintendo Gets Another Target
Of course, this isn't the first time that we've seen someone turn something based on a Nintendo game into something glorious.
For instance, there was Pokémon Uranium, which the developer spent nine years in creating. Another example is Pokémon Prism, which didn't even manage to roll out, but it was leaked by pirates, though.
We can go all day, but the point is, in the end, they had one thing in common: They were all taken down by Nintendo. All this Nintendo versus fan creators is pretty heated, and it even spawned things like DMCA's Sky, following the takedown of No Mario's Sky.
The takeaway here is that Super Mario 64 Online is unlikely to be a special case, and it's probably only a matter of time until Nintendo sends out a take-down notice to the creators.
At any rate, emulators are far from a dying breed, and that means gamers are likely to find any means necessary to play almost any game they want.