Mario Running Around In Unreal 4 Engine Environments

June 30, 2015


This is a video from Youtuber aryoksini of Mario running around in environments created using Unreal Engine 4. It is quite the departure from existing Mario games. A brief explanation while I try to jimmy the lock on my roommate's food stash and steal a Carnation Instant Breakfast for myself.

Here is Mario running in Unreal Engine 4, all the environment assets were taken from the Unreal marketplace, all the character actions were scripted using blueprints only, all animations were re-created from scratch as well as the PBR ready textures.

I especially like the cel-shaded style environment around the 0:45 mark. I feel like that would actually lend itself to a pretty sweet looking Mario game. Now, by a show of hands -- how many Wii U owners do we have here? Do you all have children or did you buy the system for yourself? I'm only asking because I'd hate to steal the console away from a child when the new Zelda game comes out.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to JD, who was really hoping for some Unreal Engine footage of Princess Peach. Presumably because he has a crush.

  • Edward

    That's so cool. If Mario games were like that, i'd like Nintendo again. Now, i've just outgrown the simple graphics.

  • Simple graphics are things like 2D sprites and painted isometic back drops.

    A good game is a good game, regardless of the artistic style used to create it. I'll take Super Smash Bros over Call of Duty any day bruh.

  • Brad Walton

    A lot of people think COD is a good game, so you're basically doing the same thing. COD doesn't appeal to me for a lot of different reasons, but it has nothing to do with the overall quality of the game. A good game can be a good game, but if the cost of entry is the same reason you finished your comment with "bruh", I personally don't want to play it. COD is directed at a certain audience, just like most Nintendo exclusives. I don't like Bro-fest games, but I also don't like games that look like my toys when I was a little kid.

    And there's no definition for "simple graphics". To each their own. The look of Nintendo games won't appeal to every gamer. Whenever you like something, you should automatically know why other people don't like it. For example, I like spicy food because it's spicy. People don't like spicy food because it's spicy.

  • Except Call of Duty isn't a good game. They found a formula that makes a shit ton of money and they slap a half-ass'd single player campaign on it, give it a new title, and ship it for another $60 a pop.

    I haven't bought a console since my PS2, so it's not like I'm some huge Mario fan boy. But as a "gamer", I respect what Nintendo does because they make legitimately fun games to play, and it doesn't require this whole "dark and gritty" sense of realism that's gripped every aspect of entertainment over the last decade.

  • timeiskey

    person 1: "murder is bad because it is"
    person 2: "thats obviously a very sound argument"

  • 80sGamer

    There have been "legitimately fun games" beyond Nintendo's contribution to the industry.

    If you could remove yourself from your ivory tower once in awhile and look at the industry with common sense and real objectivity, you'd see it too.

    I wonder what your outlook would be On Call of Duty if you were a major shareholder in Activision or Treyarch? Simply because you don't like something doesn't make it bad. Your overall consensus of the industry is absurd.

    Graphics has always been a concern for both developers and publishers. Companies like Nintendo did as best they could with an 8-bit platform while allowing the game to still run smoothly, and even then, they still had problems.

  • timeiskey

    dont bother commenting, ignorance without eyes

  • Like I said, I don't even own a Nintendo console nor product. I play everything on my PC from Starcraft and DotA 2, to Mass Effect, to Counter Strike:GO, to cheap Indie games like Super Meat Boy, to AAA titles like The Witcher, to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, to even playing old games I loved as a kid like Aliens vs. Predator 2.

    My entire point in this whole thing was pretty straightforward...Mario games are fine without all of the hyper realistic graphics and gritty undertones. Do I like them personally? No, otherwise I'd own a console and play them. Call of Duty was merely one of hundreds of examples that I could have used, I only did so because it was low hanging fruit.

    And if you must know, I actually did buy stock in Apple back in 2006...and I absolutely despise the company, their products, their fans, their ecosystem, and probably any other facet of the company that you could possibly name. So no, I really wouldn't change my stance on their subpar shooter game even if I was making money off of it. Though I probably should invest some money into that, if for no other reason than to get a chunk of lucrative money train that is Xbox couch squatters camping with a controller.

  • timeiskey

    you have "hype aversion"
    apple has good engineers who make good stuff.

  • Hype aversion is when multiple people tell you that you will like something, so you end up not liking it. I have a genuine disgust of Apple that like I said, ranges from their products, to their company as a whole. I could write an entire essay on why they're a shit-fiesta, but just a few easy examples would be the lack of customization in their operating systems (especially iOS) because none of the code is open source, the patent lawsuits that went on for years (Apple tried to patent touchscreen technology as a whole), and the simple fact that Steve Jobs was such a fucking pretentious asshole that he would buy the exact same car, a Mercedes SL55 AMG with the same paint color, every six months, just to be able to drive around without license plates.

    The only silver lining in their company, is that I was smart enough to put money in when I saw how popular the iPod was becoming.

  • timeiskey

    oh woops. i meant this

    anyways, though they have no customization, windows/linux guy here, the laptops they make are good stuff. buy used one, and dual boot that shit.
    The phone UI is excellent as well. I can see how nice it is. Even though i dont use them.

  • Laptops aren't even worth it these days unless you're a writer. Everything that I can troubleshoot offsite, can be done over the phone or through remote desktop on my tablet.

    Yes, Apple hardware is solid, but that's just not enough for me to care given how much I despise the company's policies and the closed nature of their ecosystem. Also the fact that they call their technicians "geniuses" really bothers me.

  • Edward

    Yeah....which is why a lot of hardcore gamers have Nintendo Wii's and DS's right? Lol

  • timeiskey

    actually smash bros is one of the most played hardcore fighting games in existence.

  • Citrus Lump

    i believe you may be grossly underestimating the number of people who are enjoying games such as Smash Bros., Zelda, Splatoon, Monster Hunter, etc. while these games may be graphically inferior, the game play and even the visuals stylistically are great and the audience backing them is quite large. also, have you been to a college? every other person seems to have a 3ds.

  • Hardcore gamers build their own PC's and do custom case mods for optimal air flow, volt mod the GPU and mobo, spend hundreds of dollars on the best peripherals and accessories... and still aren't afraid to play "simple graphics" games like TF2 and Battle Block Theater alongside AAA titles on their rig.

    The point is, super high end graphics are just one part of a game. The gameplay itself is the most important aspect...a pretty game that's not fun to play, is completely missing the point of a video "game". Nintendo is aware of this and that's why Mario games will always sell well...they have a certain fun factor to them that lets you sit down and play it for 15-20 minutes between errands, or for hours at a time on the weekends either by yourself or with a group of friends.

  • timeiskey

    battle block theatre is platformer shovelware

  • Do explain.

  • timeiskey

    its a flash game. people like it, but for me its basically shovelware.

  • I wouldn't call it shovelware because it's not like it asks you to install it during your installation of oh say, Diablo 3. It's not a big budget game, that's true, but the dialogue is nothing if not entertaining and it's a fun time killer that you don't need to make microtransactions in to play.

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