Nintendo ROM hacker Kaze Emanuar has used a conceptually simple tweak to give Super Mario 64 a completely different feel. First Person Mario 64 is exactly what it sounds like: your camera follows Mario’s head movement as closely as possible, turning the game into a dizzying first-person adventure.
In the clip above, Emanuar runs through a few of the ways the game plays differently. Rolls and jumps become “terrifying” with your vision limited to a first-person perspective, and level geometry disappears at close range, so sometimes it looks like you’re running on thin air. If you want to feel really disoriented, just imagine playing it in a virtual reality headset as well.
Emanuar is known for serious, full-featured projects based on Super Mario 64, including the multiplayer game Super Mario 64 Online, the level editor Super Mario 64 Maker, and the ambitious expansion Super Mario 64: Last Impact. He’s also designed many smaller and more playful hacks, like a mod that adds Super Mario Odyssey’s sentient red cap into the 1996 game. If you want to try First Person Mario 64 for yourself, there’s a download link in the YouTube description.
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