A 3DS Port of ‘Super Mario 64’ is Now Possible Due to Dedicated Fans

by Antonia Haynes

It never ceases to amaze me how incredible fan-made content and mods can be and the newest fan-made port is no exception. Super Mario 64 has been ported to both the PC and the Nintendo Switch over the last few months in order to allow players to experience the Nintendo 64 classic on more contemporary platforms. The latest port for the game comes from Reddit user Stranno, who shared the fan project yesterday.

Although most modification and reuse of Nintendo properties are usually illegal (they have a pretty bad reputation of shutting down any and all fan projects) this port is technically not an illegal project as the source code for the game – reverse-engineered from the Nintendo 64’s original source code- was made in a ‘clean room’ environment. It is such a shame that Nintendo tends to crack down hard on fan creations when they are only made because of the love that these creators have for their properties. Hopefully, this technicality will mean that this port is safe.

The 3DS port is impressive so far with smooth graphics and a frame rate of 30fps. It easily fits in with the popular PC and Switch ports. For more information on the port, have a look at Stranno’s Reddit where you will find all the appropriate links and downloads.

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1 comment

Izsak Barnette August 5, 2020 - 1:08 pm

3DS would have been a cool platform to see more N64 games on, since the small screen can hide the graphical issues of the time. However, in cases were the source code hasn’t been leaked, its not powerful enough to emulate N64 properly.


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