Mario Party 64 is a Super Mario 64 romhack that turns boards from the original Nintendo 64 party game into a fully-fledged 3D platformer. The fan-made game makes a stage out of each of Mario Party‘s eight boards, scatters seventy collectible stars throughout. Mario Party 64 also offers its own take on over a dozen popular minigames, including Mushroom Mix-Up, Platform Peril, Bash ‘n’ Cash, Bobslep Run, Bombsketball and more. The trailer below, from the mod’s designer, MrComit, offers download instructions and gives a quick look at Mario dashing, jumping, and sliding through the different stages and minigames. For a more in-depth look, you can check out this 100-minute long gameplay video by Snooplax.
The Nintendo 64 mod scene is very active. Designers constantly churn out refreshing, creative takes on their favorite 64-bit classics–just last month, for example, popular modder Kaze Emanuar debuted a hack for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time that turned Super Mario 64‘s Shifting Sand Land into a complete dungeon. That said, Mario Party 64 is one of the coolest mods I’ve yet seen. Mario Party boards are colorful, eye-popping, fantastical creations. In other words, they were just a few tweaks away from being absolutely perfect for a 3D platformer.