Saturn (occasionally stylized 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.
Saturn was succeeded by Saturn: Moon Edition on its release of November 29th, 2021.
- New free-camera system
- Dynamic window size/resolution & widescreen
- Interpolated 60 fps
- Live model-loading
- Not only allows color codes, but custom textures and/or Fast64 models
- Changeable eye states/textures
- Chroma key stage
- Green/blue/pink & snow variants
- 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.
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.
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, a successor to the original software. Moon Edition was released on November 29th of the same year.