Great Job, Internet!: A clever creator has remade all of Super Mario 64 in 2-D

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Back in September, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Super Mario 64’s North American release, Dave Pickett, the proprietor of the Lego-themed YouTube channel Brick 101, set out to recreate the entirety of Mario’s groundbreaking three-dimensional debut inside Super Mario Maker, the nifty build-your-own-Mario toolkit that Nintendo released last year. But here’s the thing: Super Mario Maker only lets you make 2-D games. For his conversion to work, Pickett had to use all the tools and tricks the game had to offer, along with plenty of creative license. The results are impressive, both capturing the spirit of their 3-D inspiration while still being clever, challenging puzzles in their own right. He’s been releasing these Super Mario 64 2-D levels since September and wrapped the project earlier this month, but today, Brick 101 posted a snazzy trailer that shows off some highlights of each stage alongside ...