Mario 64 Used To Have Multiplayer

Mario 64 remains, for many, the pinnacle of singleplayer gaming. As close to a perfect game as you're going to get. Wonder how that would have changed had the game's original multiplayer component made it into the final product.

In a Q&A session posted on Nintendo's site, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that Mario 64 had, at one stage during development, a significant multiplayer component.

Iwata: Ever since Mario Bros., you've had your heart set on making a multiplayer Mario game. You've tried each time, but it's never quite come together… Even with Mario 64, it started with Mario and Luigi running around together, didn't it?

Miyamoto: That's right. The screen was split and they went into the castle separately. When they meet in the corridor, I was incredibly happy! (laughs) Then there was also the mode where the camera is fixed and we see Mario running away, steadily getting smaller and smaller.

Iwata: Yes, that's right.

Miyamoto: That was a remnant of an experiment we did where Mario and Luigi would run away from each other but you could still see them both. But we were unable to pull it off…

Course, he now says with Super Mario Bros. Wii he has pulled it off,'s not the same. Wonder if it's something they could include with Super Mario Galaxy 2...

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    They should make it a choice from the beginning whether you want to play as Luigi or Mario. I have always preferred playing as Luigi and while it was cool you unlocked him after 120 stars I kind of got bored half way through since I had done it all before. Would be more interesting if you could unlock toad or wario as the secret character for fully beating the game.

    Even thought i don't own a Wii and i find the Mario franchise a bit of a joke minus the few really great games it has spawned, i don't like the idea of Super Mario Galaxy 2.

    It's the first time its a direct sequel to one of the Mario games. I wish they would have just created a whole new environment. Even if it meant partly being in the Galaxy. I kinda feel as if Nintendo are re-using old level designs to create a new game.

    Either way, this just speculates more than Luigi is in fact hidden SOMEWHERE in Mario 64!

    Wish they would just tell the truth!

      In regards to Mario Galaxy 2, there was a lot they didn't explore with the original Mario Galaxy, and, yes, it is riding the tailcoats of a previous success (which is what Nintendo's first party games area all about anyhow).

      Regardless, I'd love to see Mario Galaxy 2. 1 was just so much fun, and looked absolutely stunning. Shame I took it back to the store, since i asked for paper mario. I shoulda kept my mouth shut :S

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