N64 modders are a creative bunch, constantly building new content for favorite games, or in some cases, straight-up mixing classics together like they’re chocolate and peanut butter. That’s the case here, where popular modder Kaze Emanuar built Super Mario 64‘s Shifting Sand Land into a dungeon in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The video below, pulled from Emanuar’s YouTube channel, walks through some of his own developer commentary and shows off the level. At over seventeen minutes long, there is a lot to see and admire.
The mod has players make their way through the level’s outskirts and into the pyramid. The quest continues from there as they then work their way up the pyramid through several enemies and puzzles in a fashion typical to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. With a nice finishing touch, Link is awarded with a shimmering Power Star once the dungeon is conquered. Seeing the Hero of Time grab stars in a Super Mario 64 level is kind of jarring, but also looks kind of right, don’t you think?
The N64 is an old system, but it still has plenty of fans (including some prominent political figures). For many of the N64 faithful, this mod and others like it keep The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and many more classics alive. That’s not to say that people do not still play these all-time greats in their original, intended forms, though. Plus, you can still discover a lot of hidden, wonky secrets–Arwings, for example–in the vanilla version of games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Have you ever played any mods like this one, in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time or any other N64 game? What other crossovers on the system would you like to see modders tackle? Let us know in the comments!