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A modder has recreated Super Mario Odyssey within its 24-year-old predecessor Super Mario 64.
Super Mario Odyssey 64 is a rom hack created by popular community modder Kaz Emanuar. A version of the mod released on Saturday and includes over 80 Moons to collect, scattered across 64-bit recreations of Odyssey’s worlds.
The mod requires an emulator to run, but since it’s a rom hack it’s likely to eventually be removed via a legal claim from Nintendo.
Odyssey 64 includes all-new assets based on its N64 predecessor and entirely new mechanics based on the Switch game, including the ability to capture and play as enemies using Cappy.
As one of the most iconic games of the early 3D era, Super Mario 64 has an active rom hack scene. Emanuar previously released another Mario 64 creation, ‘Last Impact’, which features 12 new power-ups, custom assets, and new boss encounters.
There are plenty of other examples of Mario 64 hacks which introduce entirely new levels and mechanics, and modders are likely to become even more creative thanks to the recent reverse engineering of the game’s source code.
As first revealed by VGC last month, Nintendo will reveal plans to re-release most of Super Mario’s 35-year back catalogue this year, remastered for Nintendo Switch, including 1996’s Super Mario 64, 2002’s Super Mario Sunshine and 2007’s Super Mario Galaxy.