The talent and enthusiasm behind the Mario modding community is unlike any other. Countless Mario titles have been deeply modified and experimented with, and this week Mario Party Legacy will be highlighting five different Mario games and series that feature a dedicated and fascinating hacking and modding community.
About two years ago, Mario Party Legacy took the opportunity to present five fan games that stood out as some of the best work to come out of the hacking scene, at least in terms of the Mario modding community. This week we’re doing it again. Instead of looking at individual fan games throughout the week, each day we will showcase a number of projects for a particular Mario game or series. We’d like to note that we will only be focusing on games in the 3D era. Nothing against the good ‘ol games of the NES and SNES, but some of the more recent games have seen impressive development and we’d like to put a spotlight on that.
Now on to our first game! Super Mario 64 has the biggest modding community of the group of games we’ll be looking at this week, and the advancements and updates made to the game make this fact clear. At this point, players can create completely brand new levels, change character models, import new music, create new animations, and even assemble new objects and functions. If you’ve got a creative idea, there is plenty to work with to make an extraordinary Super Mario 64 hack.
Super Mario 64 DS has picked up on a growing community as well. The two games are quite similar, so hacking and modding for the two are easy to transition into. Here are a few noteworthy hacks for both games that are available to play right now!
Super Mario Star Road
Probably the most well known and highest quality hack out at the moment. Skelux’s Super Mario Star Road features over 15 new levels, a brand new hub world, new music, and over 120 stars.
Super Mario 64: Multiplayer
It’s Super Mario 64 with co-op! A second player can join in as Luigi, allowing you to play the entire game together. The most recent update lets you fight to the death!
Another Super Mario 3D
One of the first major hacks for Super Mario 64 DS. Features brand new levels and 73 stars to collect.
And a few others:
- Super Mario 64 – The Green Stars by Kampell64 – Trailer
- Peach’s Christmas Invitation by Kaze Emanuar – Trailer
- Super Mario 64 Star Revenge by Brotude – Trailer
And what about projects we can look forward to? As it was mentioned before, the Super Mario 64 hacking scene is constantly improving, attracting more and more creators and pushing the boundaries even further. Here are a couple of projects to keep an eye on!
Super Mario Star Road 2
What more is there to say? A sequel to the first Star Road! New stars, new levels, and everything you would expect in a sequel! More info here.
Super Mario 64: Last Impact
Creator: Kaze Emanuar
Kaze has done a tremendous job inputting all sorts of new objects and ASM hacks that will enable his mod to include new power-ups like a Fire Flower and F.L.U.D.D. from Super Mario Sunshine. New levels and plenty of stars as well! More info here.
Super Mario Land 64
A hack based on the world of Super Mario Land 2! New animations and new gameplay elements like the ability to drive a kart! More info here.
Super Mario Sunshine DS
Super Mario Sunshine is being remade to run on the Super Mario 64 DS engine! Includes F.L.U.D.D. and other notable Sunshine features! More info here.
And some more here to keep an eye on. If you have any other notable hacks or any you’re personally working on, feel free to share in the comments!