TIME Video Games

You Can Now Play Super Mario 64 In Your Browser

Well, the first level anyway

For millions of 90s kids, Super Mario 64 is the video game equivalent of Proust’s madeleine — evoking a simpler, more exciting and infinitely more awesome time. And the game’s first level — that lush green hillside with bright gold coins, giant rolling cannonballs and a tense boss battle providing a taste of the epic, princess-saving journey ahead — has now been recreated in HD and can be played in your browser.

Developer Roystan Ross created the level to demonstrate a custom character controller he created, according to TechCrunch. He had to sacrifice larger features like the chain-chomp and the final battle with the Big Bob-omb, but other than it’s a pretty accurate rendition.

It may not the same as holding that three-pronged N64 controller in your hands, but you can play it online using a downloadable plugin called the Unity web player.

The project is not affiliated in any way with the game’s parent company Nintendo, but it does provide a glimpse of what the cross-platform forays that the video game giant recently announced it would attempt might look like.

TIME HD

Texas Motor Speedway Unveils World’s Largest HD Screen

"Big Hoss" TV Construction Tour
Sarah Glenn—Getty Images Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage looks on during the "Big Hoss TV" Contruction Tour at Texas Motor Speedway on February 14, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Because everything’s bigger in Texas

The world’s largest HD screen is now deep in the heart of Texas.

Positioned along the backstretch of the Texas Motor Speedway outside of Fort Worth, “The Big Hoss TV” is reportedly 12 stories tall and provides 20,633.34 square feet of HD broadcasting, according to ESPN.

“To have the biggest one in the world, this is another one of those everything-is-bigger-in-Texas stories,” TMS president Eddie Gossage told the sports broadcaster.

The gargantuan monitor is set to make its high-definition, NASCAR debut during the Duck Commander 500 on April 6.

According to the designers, Big Hoss is outfitted to withstand central Texas’s temperamental climate and will be able to handle 120 m.p.h. wind gusts and hail storms. Workers tested the monitor’s resilience by reportedly hitting golf balls at the screen.

[ESPN]

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