Mario Running In Unreal Engine 4 Is Disturbingly Satisfying And Awesome

You no longer have to wonder what Super Mario would look like if he was rendered in 3D using the Unreal Engine 4. What, the thought never crossed your mind? Well it did for YouTube user aryoksini, the same cat who showed off samples Super Mario 64 remade in HD using the Blender engine. As nifty as that was, his newest project is even better.

Using the Unreal Engine 4, aryoksini created a 3D world in which you see Mario like you've never seen him before. Not that we haven't seen Mario in 3D before, just not as well rendered as this -- it's equal parts awesome and disturbing to see Nintendo's iconic character all grown up into a modern sprite.

Super Mario Unreal Engine 4

"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," aryoksini explains.

It's not likely you'll ever see a real Mario game built with the Unreal Engine 4, though it's not out of the realm of possibility. Nintendo, like anyone else, could use game engine without any upfront costs, but would have to pay Epic Games five percent of all gross revenue after the first $3,000 it collects.

While that probably won't happen, it's reasonable to think that Mario will get a proper 3D makeover at some point, perhaps when Nintendo releases its next generation NX game console.