Play an HD Recreation of Super Mario 64 Right From Your Web Browser
The next-gen consoles, including the likes of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, have undoubtedly provided us with high-end, graphically-intensive gaming experience. But despite of all their advancements, they would never be able to erase the retro classics from our memories.
When taken on a trip down the memory lane and reflecting on the SNES, Dreamcast or N64, though we’re not going to be stunned by their visuals, still the old-school games appear to be as addictive and appealing as ever. And when it comes to moving through more than two dimensions, who else not remembers Super Mario 64?
However, if you want to rekindle the old flames by playing this greatest platformer, you’ll either have to set up that old Nintendo 64 (which most of you won’t have) or use some kind of emulation software. So what about playing it on your computer? Yes, you’ve heard it right. You can now enjoy Super Mario 64 from right within your browser.
Developer Roystan Ross has used the Unity engine to recreate the game’s first level, Bob-Omb Battlefield. Apart from the fact that you can pick up and play the game in your browser using a Unity plug-in, the developer has done a sterling job in improving the visuals and accuracy of the classic platformer, while it looks and feels fairly smooth.
The HD remake, however, will not be the subject of further development, and it will remain to be a one-level title. But in case any major bugs arise that would render it unplayable, then Ross may consider releasing subsequent fixes.
We’ve tested the game on one of our machines and can report that it runs slick without any issues. The level layout and gameplay are virtually identical, and you can control Mario with either your keyboard or a gamepad.
To play Super Mario 64 HD, point your browser to this link: mario64-erik.u85.net/Web.html. But before you get started, you will have to download the Unity Web Player should you not have it already present and running. You can also download the desktop version from links as below:
Per developer instructions, when playing the desktop versions, do not edit the input settings in the Unity input menu. Instead, setup your input configuration in the in-game controls menu.
Check out this impressive classic platformer, and do share your views about it in the comments below.