Super Mario made a successful debut in Nintendo as a jumping game in 1981. The success and fame of the world’s favorite plumber extended to a massive franchise celebrating its 35th anniversary.
Nintendo offered the game on several platforms, including the smartphone platform. Now it is possible to play the classic game unofficially on smartphones. Despite Nintendo not releasing an official game, the franchise’s retro and fan-favorite title, several fans and Android tweakers have created a way to make it possible.
What are the treats on its 35th anniversary?
The 35th Anniversary of Super Mario led to several special releases by Nintendo, its mother company, developer, and publisher. The favorite handheld console, Game&Watch, will come in the ‘Back to the Future’ and return exclusively with a colorful Mario platform game.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars’ release for the Nintendo Switch is another Nintendo product for users to enjoy and celebrate the game’s 35th anniversary. A back-to-back-to-back compilation of three Super Mario games will feature the new title from Nintendo in one. Nintendo also made three other 3D remastered version of the game in the Switch console.
Another is the Nintendo x PUMA RS-Dreamer Kicks featuring the colors and design theme of Super Mario.
Despite Nintendo not releasing an official game title from Google Play or App Store, fans can still relive the game. They can experience it through the Android smartphone platform. Check out the below guide to learn more and play for yourself.
Super Mario in Android: How?
XDA Developers shared a new way for the world to play Super Mario 64 on Android devices, in cooperation with Github, even without emulators or ROMs. But this method requires users to have the original game and title with them. For that hack to work, Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 should be complete and legitimate.
- From the Google Play store, install Termux. This is a processor application based on Linux, which powers Android phones.
- In the Termux environment, install the required dependencies:
pkg install git wget make python getconf zip apksigner clang
- Copy and reproduce the correct repository by using VDavid’s Git Hubs for Super Mario 64:
git clone https://github.com/VDavid003/sm64-port-android cd sm64-port-android
- Copy the game baserom through Termux. The user, with his own complete and legitimate copy of SM64, should provide this.
termux-setup-storage cp /sdcard/path/to/your/baserom.z64 ./baserom.us.z64
- Make sure you get SDL files and Termux supplementary requirements.
- Start the build; “jobs” may be increased or reduced depending on the preference and capability of the CPU core of the smartphone.
make --jobs 4
If things go well, the resulting Super Mario 64 APK should be found inside the “build” folder:
ls -al build/us_pc/sm64.us.f3dex2e.apk
If users use the Termux correctly, a Super Mario 64 apk will be created which will be readily available for installation and playback.