Fan-Made Mod Adds Mario Characters To GoldenEye 007

Is there any Mario crossover that doesn't work surprisingly well?

If you thought that it was strange to see Mario wield a gun in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, then we highly recommend you don’t check out this trailer for a mod that adds Mario characters to GoldenEye 007.

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A YouTuber known only by the wonderfully appropriate username of StupidMarioBros1Fan supposedly spent four months adding Mario characters, worlds, and items to the N64’s most memorable shooter. Initially, the idea was just to throw a few Mario skins into the game’s multiplayer mode. However, it seems that StupidMarioBros1Fan may have had a bit too much fun along the way and decided to just go all out. 

For instance, you may notice that this mod actually adds a host of Mario characters to the GoldenEye campaign. Enemies are replaced with Koops, Peach plays Natalya, Luigi subs in for the traitor Alec Trevelyan (nice), and Bowser is naturally recast as Arkady Ourumov. It’s clear that this mod isn’t trying to subtly add those assets to the game – just look at the size of those Koopas – but we don’t actually require that much subtlety from the average Super Mario-themed GoldenEye mod. 

That said, the subtle changes to the game’s dialog that acknowledges the relationships between these modded characters is entirely welcome. 

Of course, the mod’s impact on GoldenEye‘s multiplayer mode will undoubtedly be the most welcome addition amongst the shooter’s fanbase. As fun as it is to run around as various Mario characters shooting each other, the real draw of this modded multiplayer mode comes from exploring the custom Super Mario Bros. maps that have been added to the game. It’s enough to make you ask for a proper crossover between these two properties (even though that will never, ever happen). 

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Fortunately, this fan-made take on that concept is free to download. If you’re willing to put in the extra effort, you can even play this mod through an actual Nintendo 64. 

Now, where did we put our extra N64 controllers with the bad joysticks that we gave to our friends when they visited…