What if Super Mario 64 was released in 2021 and not 1997? Nintendo’s platform game would benefit from ray tracing, as is the case with the PC port presented by a YouTuber who plays with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090.
Super Mario 64 has truly become a timeless game nearly 25 after its release, in 1997 for European players and in 1996 for American and Japanese players. Whether through la compilation Super Mario 3D All-Stars on the Switch which also contains Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy or the PC port in 4K without an emulator, Super Mario 64 is still talking about it.
With the launch of new graphics cards that are still suffering from shortages across the world, players, finally the luckiest who have been able to get one, are mainly benefiting from the most recent releases. However, other players like the youtubeur “Darío” take advantage of the power of GPUs to put iconic games to the test that have marked the generations. Indeed, Darío himself said: ” I bought a graphics card for $ 1,500 to play Super Mario 64 with ray tracing ».
Super Mario 64 in (almost) next-gen version
Darío shared the gameplay video for the PC port of Super Mario 64 with a GeForce RTX 3090 and ray tracing enabled on Youtube. As you can see, this is arguably the most impressive version of the game we’ve seen so far. With ray tracing, PC porting gains an almost next-gen dimension. The effects of reflection, refraction and shadow are totally impressive.
Of course, it is not necessary to have the GeForce RTX 3090 that we had the opportunity to test to enjoy the PC port of Super Mario 64 in the same exceptional graphics conditions. Any card compatible with ray tracing is enough. In addition, the PC port does not give direct access to such graphics, even with a GeForce RTX. Yououtubeur Darío clarified that this is a specific mod ” in development for the PC port of Super Mario 64 created by the community ».
Finally, we do not yet know if Nintendo will decide to end the PC port given the Japanese giant’s usual reaction to unofficial content in its games. In the meantime, Darío continues to work on the mod for the Super Mario 64 port. By the way, someone recently discovered an easter egg from the original Donkey Kong in the Super Mario 64 intro on the Nintendo Switch via Super Mario 3D All-Stars.
Source : ComicBook