Super Mario 64 - Disk version (found Nintendo 64 Disk Drive game; 1996)
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|Date found||June 2014|
Super Mario 64 is a 1996 3D platforming game that was the first Super Mario Bros. game to be in 3D and was the launch title for the Nintendo 64. It was a huge success and popularized the trend of 3D platforming games.
Production of the N64DD
A few years later, Nintendo released an add-on to the Nintendo 64 called the Nintendo 64 Disk Drive, or Nintendo 64DD for short. The add-on would have utilized magnetic disks instead of the standard game cartridges. It was a massive failure and was never released outside of Japan. Because of this, several games and expansion packs in development for the 64DD were subsequently cancelled, including a sequel to Super Mario 64 simply titled Super Mario 64 2.
Little is known about Super Mario 64 2 except that it would have the same graphics and style as its predecessor and that Luigi would have been playable as well. There is reportedly a demo of this concept, but there are neither any legitimate images or videos of this. While Super Mario 64 2 was never released, Super Mario 64 DS can be seen as the fruition of these ideas.
While a full realization of these concepts hasn't been found, footage of a 64DD disk of Super Mario 64 had surfaced in 2014. The only real noticeable differences between this and the original game are better textures, different castle music, slightly longer loading times, and buggy encounters with the Wiggler boss in Tiny Huge Island. It's unknown if any further development of this was made or if it's even the "actual" sequel, but it's speculated that the game found was actually just a tech demo for the 64DD that Nintendo made and showed off to the press to show the hardware's potential.