> Wow, talk about sucking all of the charm right out of the game. In original form, > Mario 64 is a stone cold classic with that indescribable Miyamoto touch. With this > "texture pack" it looks like something Activision farted out between Call of Duty > installments.
Super Mario 64 has never looked the same since the Nintendo 64 itself, mainly since there hasn't actually been a massively popular emulator that has bothered keeping the original look and feel but retaining speed in the way pSX did for example. I grew up with SupraHLE and Nemu64 in the "golden era" of N64 emulation (good riddance to both Glide wrappers and my i810 video chipset) before going between Project64 and 1964 (which was probably designed to sound like NinTenSixtyFour in some non-English language). I bet they still haven't fixed the reversed 2 in Mario Kart either (the character in second place has a "5" next to them in the around-the-screen position display - it's still there in the TASvideos runs, but who knows how old their TAS-ified emulators are). My console still has a number of years left before I completely wear out my four controllers, and as long as eBay is still there to hand me replacement parts (notably thumbsticks and conductive rubber pads for the buttons when they inevitably end up splitting, getting stuck or not working) they will be here for a long time.