See No Man’s Sky Turned Into An Impressive Super Mario Game

A No Man's Sky player successfully turned the game into something that looks just like Super Mario.

By Jason Collins | Updated

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After introducing dramatic changes to the game and including an extremely Star Trek update, No Man’s Sky has now turned into an impressive Super Mario clone. Mario is one of the best-selling gaming franchises worth more than $22 billion, and it’s featured in many Nintendo and Sega releases, but now, a gaming fan has introduced Nintendo’s mascot into No Man’s Sky, and the results are pretty amazing.

The news first surfaced on Reddit, where users shared images of the No Man’s Sky iteration of Super Mario, a level that shows the player from a more 2D perspective, traversing through the Super Marioinspired scenery. The player can be seen jumping over green pipe barrels with floating blocks above them—some of which have question marks on them—closely resembling a Mario level. Even better, the game’s protagonist is dressed in Mario’s iconic red and blue clothing. However, it’s worth noting that this is just a staged gameplay in which a second player acted as the “camera.”

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Even before No Man’s Sky was cloning Mario, the game was known for its enormous open-world setting with plenty of exploration potential and features that allow players to build their own bases. Some remember it as a game that began its journey as an overhyped release that failed to deliver on the promises made by its developers. However, the developers continued to improve on the original formula, granting the game a dedicated following due to the exploration and creativity it allows—leading to many players creating their own gaming experiences.

And this isn’t the first time the game was used to fuse modern and retro releases. No Man’s Sky also received retro gaming box art, portraying the game’s aesthetic if released in Sega Dreamcast or Mario’s own Super Nintendo Entertainment System. And that’s not the end of the players’ creativity.

Gamers have previously managed to recreate NASA’s James Webb Telescope within a universe that has approximately 18 quintillion procedurally generated planets to discover. In fact, the game’s base-building mode is what attracted the bulk of the game’s community.

No Man’s Sky received significant attention after its announcement, but it was released to mixed and average reviews—despite the procedurally generated universe, which is an achievement in its own right, many felt that the game was monotonous and repetitive at times, with pretty lackluster survival elements.

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However, the game’s developer enabled updates for the game and has continued to exponentially expand the perceived universe and uniqueness of each planet. Several months into the release, the developer also added a base building mechanics.

These mechanics brought massive numbers of players to No Man’s Sky, with many coming to the game just to show off their construction and design ideas similar to this Mario one. Admittedly, many of these gamer-made projects are very impressive, including both the Super Mario level, Star Trek battleships, and the aforementioned James Webb telescope. The game is currently getting frequent updates that further expand the near-infinite amount of space present within the game.

No Man’s Sky is available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.