Thanks to the work of several people in the gaming community, up to 24 people can simultaneously play Super Mario 64—a game that was very much meant to be enjoyed solo.
The game, known as Super Mario 64 Online, was apparently built atop a Super Mario 64 ROM, and allows players to choose any character from the Mushroom Kingdom—even Wario and Waluigi—and play how they want. The video above best demonstrates how the new game works
As you can see, it’s a little chaotic with so many different players running around a single world, but it adds an entirely new element to the game. Players can all band together to tackle a boss, for example, or go their separate ways to find the different stars scattered through the game.
With up to 24 players all working together toward the same goal, I wonder how long it would take to complete the game in its entirety? I also wonder how long it’ll take for Nintendo to shut this operation down.
Super Mario 64 came out all the way back in 1996, but the game is very much still in our collective consciousness. Kaze Emanuar, Melonspeedruns, and Marshivolt have created tutorials on how to participate in Super Mario 64 Online, so give them a shout if you’re interested.
But you better play soon, because Nintendo will probably spoil the fun any day now.