Super Mario 64 comparison video shows the 3D All-Stars difference

Super Mario 64 comparison graphics video Super Mario 3D All-Stars Nintendo Switch graphics HD resolution

With Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Nintendo is granting its fans the gift of paying more money to play games a lot of them already own. Isn’t that beautiful? However, even though these games are closer to straight ports than spectacular remasters in the vein of, say, SpongeBob, they are still enjoying some visual upgrades on Nintendo Switch with an HD resolution. To illustrate that, GameXplain has provided a terrific video doing a graphics comparison of Super Mario 64 on Nintendo 64 (with EON Super 64) and in Super Mario 3D All-Stars on Switch.

The video offers the same clips at different speeds so that you can slow down and really appreciate the differences. But a theme becomes clear quickly: The fuzziness of Nintendo 64 is gone, and every single thing is just looking crisper. From Mario’s character model to even the static flat sky art, everything is so much clearer. In turn, it creates the sensation of mildly better lighting too, especially on the title screen with Mario’s giant face. This is Super Mario 64 at its super best.

Of course, people have been playing Super Mario 64 for 24 years and its graphics were never a problem before; indeed, they were once revolutionary. But it’s nice to know the visuals have been perked up at least a little bit with the jump to HD resolution as the game debuts on Nintendo Switch in Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

If you haven’t preordered the game yet but want to, here’s where you can find it.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!