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3D Artist Behind Super Mario 64 Blender Version Recreates Mario in Unreal Engine 4

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June 30
4:05 AM 2015

Mario 64 was released back in 1996 for Nintendo 64. It was given an entirely new and different look by Pinera using Unreal Engine 4.  Imagine watching Super Mario in 3D with a hyperrealistic background. What Pinera and his team came up with was the unique outcome of it. 

Wouldn't you like to see the most well-loved plumber and game character Super Mario, in a visually-stunning realistic setting? Now you can see that in YouTube, thanks to 3D graphics designer and artist, Aryok Pinera, who goes by the handle name, aryoksini, who came up with this video.

As stated in mynintendonews.com, Pinera was quoted saying, ""Here is Mario running in Unreal Engine 4, all the environment assets were taken from the Unreal marketplace, all the characters actions were scripted using blueprints only, all animations were recreated from scratch, as well as the PBR ready textures."

Super Mario is still one of the most played video games in the past 19 years since its release. If it had been released today, Nintendo might have made it look like Pinera's version, minus the use of Unreal Engine 4. Mario's animations were made by hand and they also used original music in the video as stated in arstechnica.co.uk. Mario's movements in the Nintendo game are still very much visible in this mashup made by Pinera.

According to fullredneck.com, Unreal Engine 4 will also be used in the upcoming games, Kingdom Hearts III and Gears of War 4. Although it is kind of weird to see Mario within a 3D-graphic video, he looks great and sharp in this realistic setting.

Unfortunately for those who think that this is an upcoming actual game, this is only an art project made by Pinera and his team. According to Pinera, they wanted to remaster the 64 levels of Mario 64 but decided to just stick with the art project rather than pushing through with the original plan. There had been other HD remakes of Mario 64 but Nintendo is quick to take them down because of copyright infringement issues.

If you wanted to check out more of Pinera's works, check out his other videos by subscribing to aryoksini in YouTube. Get updated with his team's art project and be blown away with more possible game mashups. 

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