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New first-person ROM hack of Super Mario 64 is the closest thing to a VR Mario game

Ever wondered what the chunky polygonal world of Super Mario 64 would look like from Mario's perspective? Thanks to a new ROM hack, it's now possible to experience the game from a first-person POV, but you may not want to.

Super Mario Odyssey may have been one of the best selling games this year, but leave it to the retro community to breathe new life into older Nintendo IPs. There are already countless ROM hacks and edits to the Super Mario 64, but the latest hack from Kaze Emanuar allows you to play the title from Mario's perspective.

Looking at the demo (embedded below), this ROM hack may show why Nintendo is hesitant to bring their games into the realm of VR. Considering the extremely acrobatic movement demanded by the game, the first-person mod may cause more headaches than pleasure from gamers.

The fact that the hack exists is technically impressive. While the Nintendo 64 is known for being one of the first 64-bit console manufactured, most first-person games (like Goldeneye or Perfect Dark) run at a noticeably choppy framerate. The ROM hack of Super Mario 64 is incredibly smooth, although this is likely due to it being a ROM run inside of an emulator. It should be noted that most modern emulators can take advantage of the more powerful hardware available in PCs to smooth out gameplay or offer higher resolutions than can be attained on physical hardware. 

As it stands, this ROM hack is probably the closest thing we'll get to an VR-version of an officially released Mario title. If you're interested in trying the hack, it can be found in the description of Kaze Emanuar's video on YouTube (you'll need a Nintendo 64 emulator to run the file).

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Sam Medley, 2018-01- 3 (Update: 2018-01- 3)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.