Super Mario 64, the port on PC: Digital Foundry analyzes ray tracing

The Super Mario 64 amateur port for PC supports ray tracing: we show you the complete analysis of Digital Foundry in a video

Although the best official version of Super Mario 64, at the moment, both that of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, the port on PC (amateur, but we’ll get there) is attracting a lot of attention. Rather than limiting itself to the 30 frames per second and four thirds that the Nintendo Switch limited edition trilogy wanted to preserve, this project aims at the opposite. We are therefore talking about full widescreen support, 60 frames per second and, above all, of real-time ray tracing. Not surprisingly, in fact, in a completely exceptional way Digital Foundry has decided to enter this gray area.

Digital Foundry is the port of Super Mario 64 on PC

Since ray tracing is one of the major attractions of the next-gen, let’s briefly summarize how the PC port of a great classic like Super Mario 64 stands out. generation of shadows and highlights in real time, contrary to the more “artisanal” simulations seen so far. What makes this conversion particularly interesting from a purely analytical point of view is the implementation of the structures Render 96, aimed at simulating the promotional renders of the original game. We leave you to the vision of the analysis, reporting below the Digital Foundry disclaimer.

“Before anything else, let’s talk briefly about the project. The original Nintendo 64 game has been decompiled and the source code, made available, has given rise to numerous ports, including ironically the one for the Switch. Being a technically open source title, any contribution is more than welcome, which is what Darìo has done with the version including ray tracing. Legally, the source code is available, while Nintendo expressly has problems with executable versions. As long as you compile the code yourself, the PC port has no legal repercussions. “

Of course, we recommend viewing only for the technical and analytical aspect, suggesting to support the original product. In fact, there are ways to buy Super Mario 3D All-Stars even now.

Now it’s up to you to tell us yours: what do you think of this new version of a great classic? Let us know below, and as always don’t forget to stay on for all the most important news for gamers and more. For your purely gaming needs, you can instead find the best discounts in digital format on Instant Gaming.

Stefania Romagnoli is a dedicated writer who delves into the world of video game news. With a profound passion for gaming, Stefania keeps readers informed and up-to-date on the latest developments, announcements, and trends within the gaming industry.