Super Mario 64 Speedrunner Discovers 28-Year-Old Secret

Speedrunner Alexpalix discovered a way to open a previously inaccessible door in Super Mario 64's Cool, Cool Mountain level without hacking. The door was opened by exploiting the game's collision mechanics using a large penguin to glitch through the hut's collision barrier.

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Super Mario 64 Speedrunner Discovers 28-Year-Old Secret

Super Mario 64 Speedrunner Discovers 28-Year-Old Secret

In a remarkable discovery, speedrunner Alexpalix has uncovered a long-hidden secret in Super Mario 64's Cool, Cool Mountain level, 28 years after the game's release. The secret, which has puzzled players for decades, involves a door without a handle that appears inaccessible from the outside.

The door in question is located at the end of the cottage slide in Super Mario 64's fourth course, Snow World. While the door could open outward, allowing Mario to collect a star, it was previously impossible to re-enter the cottage through the same door without hacking. Nintendo had even removed the polygonal door knob from the outside and designed the cottage's geometry to prevent Mario from reaching the door.

Inspired by a video by Pannenkoek2012, Alexpalix investigated the door and found that the key to accessing it lay in exploiting the game's collision mechanics. After numerous attempts, Alexpalix successfully opened the door by using a large penguin to glitch through the hut's collision barrier. The trick involves launching the penguin into a state of perpetual, accelerated fall between collisions, allowing the player to walk through the door and uncover its secrets.

This discovery showcases the creativity and determination of speedrunners and highlights the continued relevance and appeal of Super Mario 64, widely regarded as one of the greatest platformers of all time. The breakthrough has sparked excitement among fans, with one commenting, "Seeing this just makes this one want to see a 'Wrong' category extension where the point is to collect as many stars outside of the intended method as possible." The maneuver takes longer to perform than beating the cottage slide course normally, so it does not aid speedrunners in their attempts to beat Super Mario 64 any faster. However, this hackless solution to access a previously inaccessible area opens up new possibilities for exploring the game and is a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of the Super Mario 64 speedrunning community.

Key Takeaways

  • Alexpalix discovered a 28-year-old secret in Super Mario 64's Cool, Cool Mountain level.
  • The secret involves opening a door without a handle in the cottage slide area.
  • The door was previously inaccessible without hacking due to Nintendo's design.
  • Alexpalix exploited the game's collision mechanics to open the door using a penguin glitch.
  • The discovery showcases the creativity of speedrunners and opens up new exploration possibilities.