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Saturn (occasionally known as SATURN) is a cross-platform all-in-one machinima studio for Super Mario 64. Unlike most other machinima tools, Saturn does not rely on emulation or any third-party software. It was released by Llennpie on July 13th, 2020 after over one year of development.

Saturn utilizes Super Mario 64's decompilation project and PC port, which allows for numerous machinima features (including those impossible to replicate on emulator) to be directly coded into the game.

Features[]

  • Dynamic window size/resolution & widescreen
  • Interpolated 60 fps
  • New free camera system
  • Color code system
    • Uses the common GameShark format
    • CometSPARK support
  • Live custom model loading
  • Fully changeable eye textures
  • Chroma key stage
    • Editable to any color
  • Texture pack support
  • Completely rebindable controls
    • All controls in the game, including those used for machinima, are 100% configurable

In order to compile Saturn, a prior copy of the game (a legally obtained ROM file) is required. This is to avoid including any copyrighted material. Compilation instructions can be found on the official wiki.

History[]

In early 2020, Llennpie began searching for alternative methods to create machinima. She began experimenting with the newly released "PC port", with prior knowledge from the decompilation project. The first video showcasing Saturn was uploaded on May 29th, 2020.[1]

Llennpie officially released Saturn to the public on July 13th, 2021, accompanied with a developer showcase video. Shortly after, the GitHub repo was added to sm64pcBuilder2. Following its release, Saturn would actively receive updates and bug fixes as needed.

On October 9th, 2021, Llennpie announced Saturn: Moon Edition, an alternative version to the original software. Moon Edition was released on November 29th of the same year. Shortly after, the original version became loosely known as Legacy Edition.

In March 2022, Llennpie announced that she would be discontinuing Moon Edition and solely working on the original software again, porting any Moon-exclusive features back into Legacy Edition whilst adding new content.

On June 29th, 2022 - exactly 7 months after Moon Edition's release - the final Moon Edition exclusive feature was ported to Legacy.

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