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Mario Looks Pretty Awesome in Unreal Engine 4

Fans have been throwing all kinds of things into Unreal Engine 4, but with the most recent update (version 4.8), we’ve also seen the iconic Nintendo mascot being integrated into the engine.

Featured above, you can view a gameplay video of a re-created Mario, who is played through a variety of environments that were assembled using assets from the Unreal marketplace. The developer behind this, Aryok Pinera, has stated that all of Mario’s animations and textures have been re-created from scratch.

While this is definitely not indicative of an all-out Super Mario project, it’s certainly interesting to see developers tinkering with iconic (and legally protected) icons in pet-projects like this.

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Brandon Orselli

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15 comments
  1. chizwoz
    chizwoz
    June 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    The second you use a Nintendo IP and upload it online, a squid jumps out of the floor next to you and inks you to death.

  2. BlueLight
    BlueLight
    June 27, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    A squid or a kid?

  3. Cred
    Cred
    June 27, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    the running animation looks awkward

  4. chizwoz
    chizwoz
    June 27, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Haha you detected a flaw in my cultural appropriation.

  5. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    June 27, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    I knew this guy’s name was familiar. It’s the same guy who is/was doing the Super Mario 64 HD remake:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM9ADXfvnVo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA-aXpl6f8s

    Perhaps this indicates he is considering to switch over to UE4 for this project? Though considering he is asking on youtube about the legalities of such project, I suspect he chickened out in the end.

  6. NinEnix AtArt
    NinEnix AtArt
    June 27, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    The future of Mario

  7. Cred
    Cred
    June 27, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    good catch

    the animations also look straight out of 64 so he must still have that game in mind

  8. Kev Lew
    Kev Lew
    June 27, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    aye but nintendo will set loose the hounds again and again if they think he is going to do more than play about for his own amusement, they are zero tolerance, even for videos.

  9. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    June 27, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Ah that is a good find. I was trying to double check if we wrote about that – we didn’t. This is interesting, though

  10. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    June 28, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Ah, it’d be a blast if we could get a decent Mario model for SFM. Pretty sure there are already a few, though.

  11. Cred
    Cred
    June 28, 2015 at 2:47 am

    if he wanted to make a super mario 64 remake on unreal engine 4 all on his own and release it into the wild there is nothing stopping him, they could not track it and they could not stop it from spreading at that point

    but yeah if he thinks he can announce openly what he’s doing and not expect nintendo unleash the lawyer legion he’d be wrong

  12. flashn00b
    flashn00b
    June 28, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    And this is why I say a software only Nintendo can’t be all that bad at all: At least it would allow fan projects like this gain the official Nintendo Seal of Quality.

  13. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    June 28, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Your move, Nintendo.

  14. Sebastian Mikulec
    Sebastian Mikulec
    June 29, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Why can’t it be both?

  15. tccboss
    tccboss
    June 29, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Wow this awesome kinda makes me want a hyper realistic version of super Mario 64