Super Mario 64 mod adds co-op

Mario's Nintendo 64 single-player adventure modded to allow playable second character.

Super Mario 64 released in 1996 as a single-player-only adventure. And while the game will officially remain a one-player affair, modder Skelux has provided a glimpse at what the iconic game could have looked like with two-player support.

"It's a me…err…us…Mario!"

A video of the Super Mario 64 hack in action is available below, which shows Mario venturing through Princess Peach's castle and its paintings alongside another Mario character. The mod is available only through a PC emulator version of Super Mario 64.

This is the first time multiplayer has been added to the original Super Mario 64, but it is not a first for the series. November 2004's Super Mario 64 DS included a four-player competitive multiplayer component, as well as a suite of minigames.

For more on Super Mario 64, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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THE_DRUGGIE
THE_DRUGGIE

Hey guys, remember that time GS took down my editorial about Super Mario Crossover because it was talking about a mod?

TheArcade
TheArcade

If they're going to talk about this they need to talk about the Streets of Rage Remake. Best mod/homebrew for a beat-em-up in the world!

theKSMM
theKSMM

It's amazing to see what a talented, loving person can do to squeeze even more mileage out of a classic game.  It makes me wish that more studios would turn their abandonware over to the open source community and see what magic might result from it.

TheMudora
TheMudora

Wait, so we have to be hush-hush about mods/emulators in the forums, but you can just put up random useless articles about them on the main page?

shiss27
shiss27

Let the nostalgia set in...inhale....exhale. Ok...great job.

wyan_
wyan_

Thousands of games have been emulated, hacked and modded to greater extents than this game has. Unless all of them have been covered as news here, this article doesn't belong on gamespot at all.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Miyamoto's not going to like this...

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Now that I'm done bashing GS, this does look like an awesome Mod.

Dom_Hawk_basic
Dom_Hawk_basic

Nintendo should revive Super Mario 64DD, or was it Super Mario 64 2DD   i don't remember that was so long ago

DEagle267
DEagle267

Cool idea, hopefully this isn't final version tho, it'd be nice to give the 2nd mario Luigi colors and possibly make it split screen to make splitting up an option without the huge zoom out. Sharing health should stay tho, sorta helps balance having 2 players in it.

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

Those !. Man i only wish this really had co-op. Me and my cousin would of had the best of times playing through it together

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

That is pretty sweet. Super Mario 64 will always be one of my favorite games.

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

so if both go to completely different sides of the level we will have an amazing bird view of the entire level? Also, if one dies, both die? they share the same count of coins and health? Would be great if both marios start to slow down and then hit an invisible wall if they walk too far away from each other or something, just to make things easier with camera control. Also both share the same camera controls? so many IF BUT AND HOW'S

00Joseph00
00Joseph00

LoL, I love how this is GameStop news... I'm glad it's not all about stupid industry crap.

toddx77
toddx77

I remember the days of the N64, good times.

snaketus
snaketus

Brings back great memories indeed. Still best game ever made in my books.

wavelength121
wavelength121

Looks like both players have to stay together in the same screen no matter what, arcade-style. Which kind of defeats the point of co-op exploration. Oh well. Still the best game ever made.

Rar05
Rar05

damn, could've at least modded Luigi as the other player

Flint247
Flint247

Why are people treating this as if this were an official release and it is a bad thing? The original game is still here and no matter what mods come out, the original game will never change. So complaining about "co-op ruining the single player experience" is pointless, especially since this is optional. Personally, I am glad this happened. It was interesting to see what SM64 would look like with some form of co-op.

so_hai
so_hai

Wow! Imagine if they did this for Mario Party. Co-op would be unreal.

DarthLod
DarthLod

So, butchering every new Single Player game to add trendy cut and paste Multiplayer to it wasn't enough, now they are going to go back to old ones and ruin those too? "face palm"

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Even Mario 64 has to suffer from co-op.

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

why isnt the 2nd character luigi ? or at least mario in luigi colors if they ddnt had that character model

blackace
blackace

I'm sure Nintendo will be seeing Skelux in court. lol!! Modding is fine for Pc games because it's an open system and PC developers don't care. It's a big difference when it's done with console games that are to be played ONLY on the game console it was designed for.

unreal_master
unreal_master

Last time I checked you need a rom to play this....so why is gamespot reporting this as news?

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@TheMudora Exactly! Where are these Robo mods at when you need em?

Lamesy
Lamesy

 @wyan_ Unless you've commented on every single outlier and inconsistency in the history of Gamespot.com reporting, your comment doesn't belong here at all.

James_Maupin
James_Maupin

 @DarthLod Oh no, one of the best platformers now has a multiplayer mod on the pc and I can't like it anymore. More games need single player only, who honestly likes playing with friends when you can be lonely instead. "face palm"

destroyeur
destroyeur

 @blackace Nintendo =/= Sony.

 

If they were you could kiss the nintendocore music scene goodbye.

ollie_sr
ollie_sr

 @blackace It IS only on PC and they're not making money off of it.

squall_83
squall_83

 @unreal_master Did you watch the gaming marathon they held for charity a few days back? Many of the games they played were roms being run on their PC. They was even a part where Danny couldn't seem to beat the first boss in Super Metroid and you can see him exiting out into the ZSNES meu to create a save state.

chronocommander
chronocommander

 @unreal_master What's wrong if it needs a ROM to be played? This is just like super mario crossover, a fan-made production adding much-wanted functionality in a classic. Reporting the strength of the gaming community is the purpose of any news site and if you're going to pull the "this is illegal" argument, the N64 is unavailable legally on the market today, anyone who actually owns the original game or one of its ports would pretty much be in a gray area as they have bought the game where it is available and are playing this mod on an out of date legally unavailable version of the same game.

Lamesy
Lamesy

 @Romangelo  I think Joseph was being genuine. I would agree that it's refreshing to see an article about video games themselves, rather than the developers/publishers/Michael Pachter milieu.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

 @chronocommander  @unreal_master 

What's wrong is that, unless GS has changed their policies, you can't even mention wanting to get a hacked PSP, emulator, or anything else of that nature without being sent a warning.

You also used to be flagged for foul language, maybe they have changed some of their policies.....

Ovirew
Ovirew

 @chronocommander  @unreal_master I've heard this excuse used over the years many times now, that owning the original cartridge makes playing the rom legal.  But I have never been able to find hardcore proof of this...anywhere.

 

Not getting into a debate about emulation or anything, but I've honestly never found any proof of that claim.  I think I even tried looking into it once, with Nintendo as a matter of fact, but everything I read there seemed to contradict what emulation sites have always said.

chronocommander
chronocommander

 @FallenOneX Thanks for pointing this out, I really do think emulation should be viewed as more mainstream being one of the only ways of playing many old gems and actually having mods for them. Maybe now GS will be more relaxed about emulation overall.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

 @chronocommander Yeah, that's what I was referring to. Been flagged before after making a comment on a PSP Go article..... And your comment has to be fair, just look at the article you commented on.

chronocommander
chronocommander

 @FallenOneX  @unreal_master Wait, you're talking about the user's terms of use right? It does look like they've relaxed that in this case then. I've written a more detailed argument for use of the N64 ROM in a comment further down the page. If that holds it does not qualify as illegal use and all comments about emulation in that context are fair use on GS even with section 7.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

 @chronocommander  @unreal_master 

NOPE, SECTION 7 STILL HAS THIS:

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