Super Mario Odyssey was one of the top games of 2017, and it was an especially big hit with retro gamers. The Switch exclusive is a brilliant tribute and follow-up to the classic 3D platforming adventures of the late 1990s and early 2000s, reminding its nostalgia-loving fans of games like Banjo-Kazooie.
In that spirit, modder ItzSka decided to take the classic Clanker’s Cavern level from Banjo-Kazooie and insert it into Odyssey. The level is fully playable, with six Jiggies to collect and plenty of fun challenges to tackle. You can check out some footage above, and if you follow through to the video description you can download it for yourself.
What have we wrought? After the recent Nintendo Direct revealed that gamers will have the chance to play as Mario in a bathing suit in Super Mario Odyssey when it launches on October 27th, fans have already created a mod that allows you to play as shirtless Mario in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
You can see this mod in action in the video above, where YouTube user Nishman235 commentated over the fanmade shirtless Mario being used to KO fools crazy enough to combat the swim trunk-wearing hero in Smash for Wii U‘s For Glory mode. Equipped with pot belly, stubby arms, and, yes indeed, even nipples, Mario wrecked characters left and right. It makes one wonder if Mario will have any enhanced abilities while half-naked in Odyssey come this fall or if players will play beach dress up for the character only for the aesthetic value.
If you’re fine with aesthetic value and you love seeing a former plumber in a bathing suit, you can go ahead and download the mod for yourself right here.
What do you think about this fanmade mod? Are you surprised the community has rallied around shirtless Mario so quickly? Personally, I find it surreal to know we are getting playable shirtless versions of Nintendo’s two most prominent mascots this year. Tell us what you think in the comments below!
Super Mario Odyssey is on the horizon, but for some fans like YouTube user Aurum, it is not enough. Such is the reason for the existence of “Neo Mario Galaxy,” a fan-made modification to Super Mario Galaxy 2 that can be added to any homebrew-able Wii or Wii U. Featuring new creative and challenging Mario levels, this fanmade project might just be enough for Super Mario fiends to get their fix before the next official Mario platformer.
“Neo Mario Galaxy” has a lot of new content to offer, including 22 additional Power Stars and the return of the Ice Flower and Red Star power-ups that were only available in the first Galaxy. Lots of the level gimmicks—such as beep blocks and wind currents in cloudy levels—from Super Mario Galaxy 2 are also receiving a remixed twist.
One of the eight new galaxies, the Turnlog Galaxy, even looks to be a remade version of the secret level from Episode 6: The Shell’s Secret of Noki Bay from Super Mario Sunshine! A single world map will display all of this new content and can be downloaded here. Step-by-step instructions are listed on Aurum’s website, so anyone with some time on their white gloved-hands should be able to play his creation.
Does “Neo Mario Galaxy” look worth picking up to you? After just replaying Super Mario Galaxy 2 myself, this add-on content seems like a great addition to the already stellar game that is Galaxy 2. If you have picked this fan-made work up already, let us know how it holds up in the comments below!
Mods for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U are growing increasingly popular, so much so that the main joker from Xenoblade Chronicles has now appeared as a challenger. Reyn himself has been modded over Ike, and the fans who created him really delivered on a total package, complete with textures, a voicepack, and a nameplate for the character.
As the above video shows, it is totally Reyn time! You can see how Reyn has been mapped over Ike’s model and moveset, making for a strong and sturdy fighter that I imagine Reyn would be like if he actually were in a Super Smash Bros. game. YouTube user MYT64 was able to show off the works of multiple fans who created the different aspects of the mod.
You can learn more about the creation of the mod over at GameBanana, where the mod is also available for download. With four differently colored skins to choose from for the character, you can have a four-player free-for-all in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U anytime and all the time. Because it is always Reyn time.
What do you think about this mod? Can you see yourself picking it up and exercising your Smash Bros. power as Reyn? Are there any other characters from Xenoblade Chronicles you would like to play as in Smash? Let us hear about it in the comments below!
Big thanks to Joel Abreu for telling us about this mod!
There are always new reasons for people to believe we live in a world without merciful gods. Inspired by the unholy art of Kirby showing off human feet beneath his cherry red shoes, YouTube user and modder Lucky Jero has created a playable version of this Kirby abomination in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. It is undoubtedly disturbing.
In the above video, the modded barefoot Kirby takes on Cloud Strife in the Omega form of the Boxing Ring stage in Smash for Wii U. The mod certainly does its job of adding realistic feet to the pink puffball, and it can be downloaded online as well.
What do you think about this disturbing addition to Kirby’s body? Will you use it to gross out your friends, or will it just give you nightmares yourself? Give us your thoughts in the comments below!
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove may have recently received its new, official downloadable expansion in Specter of Torment earlier this spring, but that certainly has not quenched a thirst for M-rated, 3D action with the titular shovel-wielding hero. One fan and modder at least had that thirst, so he quenched it with “Shovel Souls,” an elaborate, work-in-progress mod of the original Dark Souls.
YouTube user Abject is working to incorporate more than just Shovel Knight skins into the world of Dark Souls. By watching the trailer for “Shovel Souls” above, you can see how the mod replaces the hero character with Shovel Knight himself (complete with shovel and matching armor), works Shield Knight into the gameplay with a reenactment of the original Shovel of Hope campaign, and includes text, music, and sound effects from Shovel Knight into the world for a fuller experience.
What do you think about this crossover mod? Are you excited to see where it goes from here? Let us know in the comments below!
It was only a matter of time: the pink puffball himself has been added to the roster of Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U, though only unofficially, of course. Like Sonic the Hedgehog and Captain Olimar before him, Kirby has been shown off on YouTube racing against the Mushroom Kingdom’s finest.
Modded over Koopa Troopa, Kirby displays his trademark cuteness in racing action once again thanks to YouTube user Reyes Rosas. The biddybuggy kart has been transformed into a Warp Star kart for this mod too, and anyone can download it for some Kirby Air Ride feels.
What do you think about the recent mods for Mario Kart 8? Who should be added into the game next? Let us know in the comments below!
Just days after Sonic the Hedgehog joined the races, yet another character who inspired an official Amiibo costume in Mario Kart 8 has received an unofficial mod to put the character itself in the game! This time, that character is none other than the S.S. Dolphin’s enterprising Captain Olimar.
YouTube user EdbotnikThe mapped the big-nosed captain over Baby Mario in the Wii U racer. The mod even comes complete with sound effects, unlike the mod for Sonic the Hedgehog, who was mapped by another Mario Kart 8 player over Metal Mario.
Edbotnik made his mod available for download as well. If you want to see the mod in action before grabbing it yourself, though, be sure to check out some footage of the tiny captain racing through courses in the video above!
How cool do you think this mod for Olimar in Mario Kart 8 is? What other characters would you like to see added, unofficially or otherwise, in Nintendo’s flagship racing game? Let us know down below!
Zero Suit Samus is one of the best fighters in the Super Smash Bros. series, so naturally, it was only a matter of time before fans found a way to bring her into other fighting games. Thanks to a new mod by DeviantArt user Khaledantar666, it’s now possible to play as Zero Suit Samus in the PC version of Street Fighter V.
The mod looks great: the fighting moves look natural and work perfectly, and Samus’s character model is well-done and fits into the world of Street Fighter quite nicely. She comes in two variants and seventeen different colors, including all the colors available in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.
You can take a look at Zero Suit Samus in action in the video above! If you want to install the mod, there’s a short installation guide here. You can also find all the necessary links for the installation here.
What do you guys think? Does Zero Suit Samus work as a Street Fighter character? Would you be interested in installing her and giving it a shot for yourself? Let us know in the comments below!
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild finally released yesterday, and already modders have managed to add the blue-tunic wearing Link from Breath of the Wild as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. The download for the mod is now available, but if you’d like to see it in action first then you can use the trailer above to watch Link face off against Piccolo, of all people, in a fairly intense fight. The video lasts about five minutes, and you get an awesome look at how the new Link plays as a fighter.
If you’d like to download and play around with it yourself, you can do so right here. What do you think of this mod? Are you impressed with how fast the modders pushed this out? Let us know in the comments below!
Modding is nothing new to the Super Smash Bros. community, having added fighters such as Phoenix Wright, Goku, and Sans, among many others. So with the release of Yooka-Laylee just under two months away, it’s not much of a surprise that the eponymous duo would enter into the fray. Modder Anivernage, along with a few others, designed the characters as a Yoshi skin for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The mod is compatible with 8-Player Smash and can even be taken online over Wi-Fi.
Thanks to the introduction of official mod support in Fallout 4, we’ve seen a ton of crazy and creative features made for the game. Recently, one of the most impressive mods replaces the U.S. Army robot Liberty Prime with the Iron Giant. The much-loved robot from the classic 1999 film is certainly not gentle when in combat, making him a powerful ally. The mod was created by 3D artist Matthew Swanton, and it can be downloaded now from NexusMods.
Check out the video above to see the Iron Giant in action, and let us know what you think of this mod in the comments!
First person Pokémon!? Well not just yet, but with the Pokémon Evolved mod for Ark: Survival Evolved we can get pretty close! The mod replaces the dinosaurs in the regular game with over 29 different Pokémon. Instead of collecting resources, the mod flips several of the game’s mechanics and instead allows you to fight and capture Pokémon for coins which can be spent in terminal for supplies. The mod is still in Alpha, but it already has 600 positive reviews and is available for the PC and Steam VR versions of Ark: Survival Evolved.
The mod did attract some attention when it was taken down via a DMCA claim; however, the claim has since been withdrawn, sparking speculation that it didn’t actually come from the Pokemon Company but instead a rival mod creator. The mod is still being updated by its creator Mystic Academy, and new Pokemon are still being added. We already have Bulbasaur, Charizard, Squirtle, and all the Eevee evolutions, among many others, but no Pikachu just yet.
The mod definitely seems worth checking out if you already have Ark: Survival Evolved, and it’s something I’ll definitely be downloading. Are you planning on downloading the mod? Let us know in the comments!
It has been just over three years since Grand Theft Auto V originally launched and introduced fans to the modern Los Santos. While the popular open world game has been going strong with several critically acclaimed re-releases on current consoles and PC, it stands to reason that fans may be longing for good old Liberty City. A group of modders known as OpenIV may have the solution for PC players, though “mod” may be a bit of a misnomer for what they have actually done. Rather than modifying the base game, a converter tool will pull Liberty City’s files from Grand Theft Auto IV and place the city right next to Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto V.
OpenIV did not give a specific date on when this tool will launch, but they did say it will be available soon. The converter will require players to own both GTAIV (or Episodes From Liberty City) and GTAV. Due to the fact that the files are actually coming from GTAIV itself, with OpenIV just releasing a program to transfer them into a DLC pack for GTAV, the modders believe there will be no legal ramifications to worry about. OpenIV does, however, warn players that they should not try to play GTA Online with Liberty City installed, as it will still break Rockstar’s modding rules.
If you would like to check out OpenIV’s full FAQ, you can do so here!
Do you think you will check out OpenIV’s converter tool? Let us know in the comments below!
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U may be have finished up its run of DLC (though the rumored Switch port could potentially get even more), but new content continues to flow in thanks to the tireless work of the game’s modding community. With the major success and memorable characters of the newest Pokémon titles, it’s no surprise that these modders have turned their attention towards adding fighters (as skins, at least) from the Sun and Moon story, with some awesome results.
Much like the Lillie & Cosmog skin we shared a few months ago, though, these are just skins, not distinct fighters with their own movesets. Popplio is a skin for Villager; Incineroar for Fox; Wicke for Peach; and Gladion for Cloud. While the movesets don’t really match their characters’ actual abilities, it’s great to see these new characters joining the fight to be the best, like no Nintendo character ever was, and I think it’d be pretty sweet if at least one of them (Gladion, please? With Type: Null or Silvally at his side?) was to become a DLC character for Super Smash Bros. for Switch.
If you’d like to try these skins out for yourself, you can download the Popplio, Wicke, and Gladion mods from Game Banana; unfortunately, the Incineroar skin is currently unavailable, with the creator having deleted it and hoping to improve and reupload it at a later date. There are also a few, more minor mods that the video above shows off, which you can find in the video’s description if you’re interested.
What do you think of these skins? Who else from Pokémon Sun and Moon would you like to see get modded into the game? Let us know in the comments!
Pokémon Sun and Moon are out now in all major regions, and one dedicated fan has already created a rather fitting crossover. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U modder SunSpirit has created a downloadable skin that transforms the fighting duo of Rosalina and Luma into the normally peaceful Lillie and Cosmog. SunSpirit notes that because this is just a skin, it should be safe to use over WiFi. If you’d like to try this new look at for yourself, you can download it here. You can also check out a galley of screenshots by clicking below!
Back in 2002, Nintendo released Super Mario Sunshine, which is considered to be one of Mario’s greatest platformers. Mario and his pal FLUDD run, jump, and pound across Isle Delfino to try and save Peach from the mysterious Shadow Mario. While Super Mario Sunshine was a great single player game, some fans have decided to give the game a co-op multiplayer mod that lets you play with two characters at the same time. CyberTanuki, one of the modders helping with the multiplayer mode, explained in more detail about the goals for the mod.
When asked about the goals of the mod, CyberTanuki explained what their team hopes to achieve.
1. To play Sunshine cooperative of course. This mod is literally just a proof-of-concept atm, but eventually, Player 2 will be able to assist Player 1 and have the ability to do everything Player 1 can do.
2. Shared screen will be for local play, but there’s actually a possibility to provide Player 1 and Player 2 with their own screen via online, meaning both players can do whatever they want in the same level, and have complete control of their own camera.
3. They’ll most likely have their own health meters.
What do you think of the Super Mario Sunshine mod so far? Discuss in the comments below!
Back in 2011, a dedicated modder by the name of Skelux developed a ROM hack of Super Mario 64 called Super Mario Star Road. It came with fifteen brand new levels and served as a spiritual sequel to the original game. Now Skelux has returned to create Super Mario Star Road 2, and this time he’s using the engine for Super Mario 3D Land.
While the fan project features the gameplay mechanics of Super Mario 3D Land, the level’s setup encourages players to explore the world like Super Mario 64. You can check out some of the work that’s been put into this game already by clicking the video above!
What do you guys think of this fan project? Did you play the original Super Mario Star Road? Let us know in the comments below!
Nintendo’s classic Super Mario 64 is one of the most beloved and iconic games ever made, but have you ever found yourself wishing it featured Toad just a little more prominently? Well somebody sure did, because a mod now exists that turns every texture in the game into Toad’s face. Additionally, Mario himself has been swapped out with Toad, and most of the game’s text has been replaced with repeated uses of the word “Toad.” You can check out footage of this nightmarish mod by clicking above, and you can download the patch here.
Fans of Super Smash Bros. all have their own list of characters that they wish could make it into the renowned fighting series, and now that Cloud and Mega Man have been added to the roster, one of the most requested gaming heroes is Sora from the Kingdom Hearts franchise. While there’s no telling if Square Enix’s Keyblade-wielding warrior will ever make it into the series proper, fans have now created a mod that accomplishes that goal, at least appearance-wise.
The mod creates a new skin for Shulk that makes him look like Sora, complete with his signature Keyblade and his outfit from Kingdom Hearts II. The moveset is still decidedly Shulk and the Monado’s, but I’m certainly not disappointed to see the Keyblade shooting out blades of light with each Smash attack. You can check it all out in the video above, and you can head here if you’d like to download and try this mod out for yourself!
What do you think of this mod? Could Sora ever see inclusion in Smash as an official newcomer, or do you think this is as close as we’ll ever get? What other characters would you like to see added to the franchise via mods? Let us know in the comments!