Super Mario 64 was a seminal release, it was one of the last times that a console and a launch title sold 1:1 at launch, and it was an instant classic. Sure, there were problems with Super Mario 64 but fans were too enamored with the quality of the overall package to be nitpicking little things like a sucky camera (sure you could adjust it, nay you HAD to adjust it). Nintendo had a hit on their hands and they knew it, the gamers proved it. Cartridges were here to stay for at least one more home console generation (they lived on a good decade longer in the handheld market). Now, nearly 20 years later, homebrew developers are working hard to finish their new level pack for Super Mario 64.
There are a whopping 25 levels, still with 120 stars to collect, complete with new challenges and secrets to discover. This is not just a palette swap that would make the early Mortal Kombat developers “oooh and aahh” at, no this is a new game. There are planned to be new graphics, environments and music and sound effects implemented in this Super Mario Blast Off.
It is still unknown if Nintendo will drop a cease and desist Bob-Omb on this one or not. There is a playable demo and the final patch is expected to be free of charge to those that want it so it is unlikely Nintendo will take suit on this.
You will need a legally obtained (as if anyone has that laying around) ROM image of the original Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64 to use this patch when it is released. We cannot link to any sites that offer this ROM image as Nintendo still holds, and defends, the rights to the game files.