You’ve probably seen a few unofficial ports of Super Mario 64 for the PC, based on leaked source code, but now, a fully ray-traced version is available. Called SM64RT, this version offers custom level lighting, complete with ray-traced global illumination, shadows, as well as reflections, which really shine when you play as Metal Mario. Digital Foundry managed to get hair hands on an Alpha build and give us an in-depth look. Read more for the videos and Github page where you can try it out yourself.
The LEGO Super Mario Adventures world continues to expand with an all-new Luigi Starter Course (71387) that’s set to be released this summer. This 280-piece set adds several new characters including a pink Yoshi, Bone Goomba and Boss Boom Boom. Similar to the Mario set, Luigi has LCD screens in his eyes, mouth and belly to display a wide variety of instant reactions to movement, color as well as action bricks. As an added bonus, a speaker plays iconic sounds and music from the video game series. Read more for additional pictures and information.
If you thought completing Super Mario Bros. in a day on the original Nintendo Entertainment System was an accomplishment, think again. Twitch gamer “Niftski” just set a new world record by finishing the game in 4:54.948, or a quarter-second faster than the previous world record set by Miniland. For those who want to attempt one of these records, there are some helpful tips to use, like backwards acceleration, which involves Mario reaching full running speed quicker by first jumping backward. Read more for the video and additional information.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit – Luigi Set turns any room into a playable augmented reality circuit, and you can get the Luigi Set for $88.45 shipped, today only, originally $99.99. Simply place gates and customize courses in the real world, then see them come alive with different in-game environments, whether it be a jungle or a snowscape, complete with obstacles like Piranha Plants. Use objects from around the house to customize courses and add more difficulty. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Nintendo may have released Mario Kart 64 back in 1996, but new records are still being set, although not entirely in the way you expect. No, it doesn’t involve obtaining random items from special boxes placed in different areas of the track to stop the opposition and gain the speed advantage. A gamer who goes by Abney online set a new speedrun record on the Luigi Raceway course by exploiting a shortcut that involves repeatedly hitting a wall. Read more for the video and additional information.
Sure, most people aren’t buying a $1,500 graphics card to play Super Mario 64, or any classic games for that matter, but modder Dario Samo did just that. To be fair, he’s the main person behind a full ray tracing mod for Super Mario 64, and so far, it looks great. Unfortunately, the mod isn’t yet public, although once it is released, everything will be in source code form, and no copyrighted assets would be included to circumvent Nintendo’s watchful eye. Read more for a video and additional information.
Ever wonder what the original Super Mario World soundtrack sounded like before Nintendo compressed it? If so, then you’re in luck, thanks to dataminers. Technically speaking, they identified the exact samples used in the Super Mario World tracks, which were heavily compressed to fit on the SNES cartridge, and then rebuilt the songs using the full, uncompressed samples. Considering a standard SNES game is only 4MB, you can just imagine how much the audio was downgraded. Read more for two tracks and additional information.
Universal Studios Japan has finally lifted the embargo on Super Nintendo World, and to celebrate, we get to see two of its attractions – Yoshi’s Adventure and Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challegen – up close. If you hate spoilers or are planning to head there yourself in the near future, these videos should probably be skipped. It’s not yet open to the public, but Universal Park News Today managed to get access as a press outlet. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Nintendo Labo basically consists of DIY kits that let you build things for the Switch, but there aren’t any that recreate the biking experience, that is unless…you’re talking about Mike Choi’s creation. Called the Labo Fit Adventure Kart, it’s a total-body exercise program that gets you in shape while playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. In other words, this creation allows you to control your kart by pedaling on the Bike-Con and steering, while shooting items with the Ring-Con. Read more for a video and additional information.
It’s official, on February 12th, gamers will be able to get their hands on a Nintendo Switch – Mario Red & Blue Edition console. Featuring a red-and-blue color scheme that pays tribute to Mario’s iconic outfit, this limited edition hardware will be priced at $299.99 and includes red Joy-Con controllers with blue straps, a blue Joy-Con grip, a red Nintendo Switch dock, along with a red Nintendo Switch system. Read more for additional pictures, a bonus video of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, and additional information.