A ginormous Nintendo leak has started spilling out onto the internet, bringing us source code, assets, artwork and a bunch of information about old-school Nintendo games including Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask & Pokemon games.
This began back in May, when a few bits of information started trickling out, but the floodgates have well and truly opened up over the weekend, with more information and imagery appearing even as I’m writing this post.
Super Mario 64 is one of the more interesting leaks. We get a bunch of original assets from the game including the box art and cartridge art in its original form, but we also get to see footage from the beta version of the game (that press got to play before launch).
Luigi’s model has also been uncovered, which brings more weight to the theory that he was supposed to be playable in the game and that it was set to be a two player game. Modders have already pieced together his model and made him playable.
In an early version of Super Mario 64, Princess Peach actually had legs added to her model! In the final game, this is not present in any of the versions. There are also many other differences to the model, such as the hair, crown, earrings, etc. Discovered by @visualprism ! pic.twitter.com/j065ZsjO6P
In Super Mario 64's leaked files, they refer to the game as "Ultra 64 Mario Brothers". Apparently, this wasn't just a codename. Here is a model file for part of the early title screen! pic.twitter.com/nfS8mklcgO
The new leak of Gen 4 beta sprites included early designs for about a dozen Sinnoh Pokemon. The leak also included a few Legendaries that are really more "placeholders" than beta sprites — but still interesting nonetheless.
A number of fascinating renders from Ocarina of Time were revealed, but probably the biggest deal is the fact that a new version of the game looks like it was in the works complete with new dungeons and new versions of existing dungeons.
Dated from July 1994, this is possibly the first, or one of the first 3D model Nintendo ever made of Link, as an experiment on the Super FX chip. (colors were manually added). pic.twitter.com/0tV6DGaUjH
So here he is. It is now largely assumed that this particular Link sheet comes from a scrapped BS Zelda 2 remake. (for Satellaview) There's some interesting details here, like the blood or rust on the sword. Fascinating stuff. https://t.co/xPnEiLPI5vpic.twitter.com/FBlvt8TF4A
Z2_DD_IKE_ROOM looks like the basis for the Swamp Spider House in Majora's Mask (can see the ramp with water below, doors seem to be in the right places etc ). Maybe something cut from OOT that was later reused in MM? pic.twitter.com/zPJvk7ry6C
It looks like MQ/URA was originally going to have its own version of a boss rush mode. There are multiple alternate versions of dungeon rooms that would have you play through smaller versions of the dungeons that then lead directly to a boss. Found by @Psi_Hate I believe. pic.twitter.com/JxZxzIYcqS
It’s believed that the leak includes original source code for games such as Mario kart 64, Yoshi’s Story, Wave Race 64, The Legnd of Zelda: Majoras Mask, Dr. Mario 64, Animal Crossing and Yoshi’s Story. This could lead to some pretty incredible revelations in the near future.