It’s not the full game (or even a full level), but hey, if you’re looking for a high definition Super Mario 64 experience, it’s the best we’ve got so far. Roystan Ross, a Unity developer, has recreated the first world in Super Mario 64, Bob-Omb Battlefield, in glorious high definition, and you can play it as a browser game using the Unity Web Player.
Now, there are some caveats, and they’re big ones. There’s no Big Bob-Omb at the top of the mountain and no Koopa to race to the top against. There aren’t even any red coins or wing caps! Perhaps most crushingly, there’s no Chain Chomp, the gatekeeper of 3D gaming who taught some pretty hard lessons back in the day. On his site, Ross asserts that these are all things no one cared about anyway—we’ll call that assertion very questionable. His version is more like a walk in the park, where you can stroll around and enjoy the old sights and sounds in a fresh new way. I mean, there are still Goombas, too, but I don’t think anyone is dying from Goomba attacks without being frustrated and sloppy from ten or so Chain Chomp-related deaths first.
Sadly, TechCr unch reports that Ross has no plans to build the whole game. Then again, that’s probably for the best, because Nintendo doesn’t usually take kindly to unlicensed fan projects, anyway. Hopefully this one will stay small enough for Nintendo to not bother with a cease and desist.