Nintendo is no stranger to making quality video games. In its decades of experience in the field, the gaming giant has created more classics than one can count. However, it is no exaggeration that one title in particular holds a special place in many fans' hearts: Super Mario 64.
First released on the Nintendo 64 in 1996 as the flagship launch title, Super Mario 64 revolutionized the world of 3D platforming. Now with the advent of HD remakes such as The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, fans have now taken upon themselves to create an HD remake of the beloved Nintendo 64 classic. Posted on the YouTube channel Chadtronic, the development video diary showcases Princess Peach's iconic castle, character models of familiar creatures, and various platforming elements.
According to Game Informer, the project is led by Aryoksini, mStuff, Callum Martin, and Chadtronic, a talented group of fan developers. While the endeavor is led by these folks, it is by no means closed off to those who would like to take part. As mentioned in the description of the video, they are constantly looking for folks to help out the development team.
"Super Mario 64 Fan Remake is a not for profit project being developed by a team of individuals passionate about the magic of the original game. Interested in joining the project? We are always looking for more help! Join our facebook development group - http://on.fb.me/1zJB3HN We also have a fan facebook page you can follow for updates! http://on.fb.me/1yis1Gt"
While this project has been underway for more than a year, Nintendo does have a history of putting an end to unlicensed ventures that utilize their copyrighted material. While most other companies, such as Microsoft and Sony, have never really buckled down on YouTube users posting playthroughs of games, Nintendo gained some notoriety for flagging and removing such videos. It was only recently that they allowed users to post videos of their games -- and only after taking a share of their profits.
Will this Super Mario 64 HD fan remake suffer a similar fate due to Nintendo's protective nature? Considering it is a not-for-profit project, it is difficult to say. There have been some reports that Nintendo is starting to endorse fanmade projects, but they've been conflicting at best. Undoubtedly, a number of fans would weep at the thought of Nintendo shutting down a promising idea like this, but at the end of the day, Nintendo is running a business, and who knows what Nintendo may find damaging to their IP?
Are you excited for this fan HD remake of Super Mario 64? How would you feel if Nintendo shut the project down? Let us know in the comments below!