Chances are if you are in any Mario 64 related Discord, you’ve seen the news- Decomp is on GitHub and available for public usage. But what is decomp? What does it actually do? When programs are written, it is typically done in a high-level language like “C”, which is typically very legible to a human … Read more
Since at least 2010 in bobmario511’s ABC speed TAS, Bowser in the Fire Sea has been known to need only one A press. Since then, the stage has remained a continual thorn in the ABC team’s side. A mandatory stage in any completion of the game (regardless of A button or not), it has seemed … Read more
Last week, the SM64 TASing Competition hosted its final results stream of 2018. Every two weeks for the entire year, a “task” was released to the public, to be completed by competitors with the fastest time possible. TASers generally had two weeks to independently work on this task, after which they would submit their finished … Read more
In the early 90s at the Consumer Electronics Show, Nintendo staff were shown something that stunned them. Seemingly, a group had broken the copyright protection on the Game Boy, reverse engineered how it worked, and created a working 3D game on it. Nintendo was incredibly impressed and quickly invited the group who had worked on … Read more
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Memory manipulation glitches can be some of the most game breaking and bizarre exploits in a game. Editing memory in unattended ways can lead to arbitrary code execution (ACE), a glitch that can completely break a game by allowing manipulation to its code. Super Mario World and early Pokemon games have ACE methods that completely … Read more
When Banjo-Kazooie was released in 1998, it was largely compared to the game two years its elder, Super Mario 64. Despite the period in between, these two games helped define what 3D platformers could be given the new technology. It is easy enough to acknowledge their similarities (vs. older 2D games), both games have a … Read more
The current iteration of the any% TAS category, dubbed the “1 Key TAS” (named so since it only collects the 1 Key in Bowser in the Fire Sea), has had an interesting couple weeks. The TAS made an appearance at GDQx with commentary by speedrunning legend cheese, improved by one frame that lead to an … Read more