Super Mario 64’s Peach Castle Has Been Recreated In Halo 5’s Forge Mode

by Robert Workman

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We’ve seen some truly twisted creations come out of Halo 5: Guardians’ Forge mode in the past, but someone really went out of their way on this latest addition – Peach’s Castle from Super Mario 64. No, we’re not kidding.

A Halo fan by the name of Niref, who’s worked on some great Forge mode maps in the past, has put together this nostalgic little treat, which players can download and play through now. It’s pretty much a pixel-for-pixel recreation of Peach’s Castle from the Nintendo 64 classic, even though there’s not really any sign of Yoshi or anything like that.

The video above showcases the map in action, with a YouTuber named xXBarthXx running through it and dying a few times, but showcasing just how detailed the castle is – and it’s absolutely extraordinary, even with the deaths and all. It’s really something else. (Granted, we’re not sure if the Mario theme is still intact in the mod or not, but it wouldn’t hurt to give it a look and find out.

Better still, in the video, you can see that you aren’t limited to the ground when it comes to fighting others. Actually, you’re encouraged to climb around the castle and see what it has to offer, including sniping from above or hunting down enemies on the tower. That makes the map a little bit bigger than you may expect – and even those that aren’t diving in for nostalgia’s sake will find a lot to find here. There’s also a cannon that allows you to blast onto the roof of the castle very quickly – talk about a throwback!

Niref’s level can be downloaded here, for those that have access to the Forge mode in their game, and you can check out xXBarthXx’s continuing coverage of forthcoming and well-made Forge maps on YouTube, at this link. If you’re still all about everything Halo 5 and looking for new room to roam in multiplayer, this Mario castle is a must. We’ll see you over by the cannon! Whoo-hoo!

Halo 5: Guardians is available now for Xbox One, and you can access the Forge mode through Windows 10.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.