There’s tons to be enthusiastic about with regards to Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Nintendo’s strong new assortment of three traditional platforming video games for the Nintendo Switch. But exterior the realm of gameplay, many followers wished to know one particular factor concerning the re-release: Can we lastly read the “L is real” sign in Super Mario 64?

Quick recap, if you happen to’ve by no means heard of this city legend. When the revolutionary Mario sport was launched in 1996, some gamers observed {that a} plaque within the citadel courtyard appeared to read “L is real.” Well, if you happen to squinted arduous sufficient. The sign was extraordinarily blurry, however all the identical, many took it as proof that someplace, one way or the other, Mario’s brother Luigi was hiding within the sport.

In some methods, that conspiracy principle has since been validated a few occasions over. We know that, at one level, Nintendo genuinely did need to embody the inexperienced plumber in Super Mario 64, as unfinished property inside the Gigaleak this 12 months attested. And in fact, the Nintendo DS model of the sport already made Luigi a playable character a few years again.

Still, the final word validation would be to know whether or not the sign mentioned these fateful three phrases all alongside, proper? But as a video from GameExplain attests, sadly, the plaque is still utterly unreadable on the Switch. What provides?

It’s necessary to notice that, regardless of some additions and enhancements within the assortment, Super Mario 3D All-Stars just isn’t a remake or remaster. Things are upscaled, certain, however the Nintendo Switch model of Super Mario 64 is still working with property that have been created within the mid-’90s for a a lot decrease decision. If a graphical asset was unreadable earlier than, then it is going to still be fuzzy at a much bigger measurement — in spite of everything, the textures themselves haven’t modified.

As our evaluation says, “Any single-color objects on the planet — like Mario’s overalls, or a koopa’s inexperienced pores and skin — still look nice, as single-color textures scale up completely to greater resolutions.

“But much of Mario 64’s world consists of textures that aren’t just single colors. The grassy hillside outside of Peach’s castle and the surface of the water in Dire Dire Docks both look like they use textures that were created two and a half decades ago, for a system running at 320×240.”

Word on the road from Nintendo hackers is that the gathering is entirely emulated, which could additionally account for the sign’s unreadable standing. The pixels haven’t been up to date; they’re being upscaled, for essentially the most half.

All the identical, people trying on the sign still swear they’ll barely make out finer particulars now — even when they can’t say for certain. L will proceed to be actual till confirmed in any other case, it appears.