Calling all nosey Nintendo fans: here's your chance to take a peek behind the scenes of your favourite childhood games, including Majora's Mask, Super Mario Sunshine and Mario Kart Wii. Or some earlier games if that doesn't include you.
noclip.website (not to be confused with the YouTube gaming documentary series) allows users to explore a variety of datamined maps from classic Nintendo games from the comfort of their browser. Simply open the website, select the game you want, and have a poke around the maps to your heart's content.
Along with the retro Nintendo titles, there are a couple of current generation titles such as Mario Odyssey, and some non-Nintendo games, including Sonic Mania, Dark Souls and Banjo-Kazooie. The Dark Souls ones are predictably, well, dark.
It's a great to boot up these maps for a quick and convenient nostalgia trip, while the levels with animations are particularly lovely to float around (and very gif-able). Beyond this, noclip also provides users with a way to explore maps from the perspective of a game designer: they really give you a sense of how each game is constructed, and show some of the illusions used to create a convincing gameworld. There's something quite amusing about flying around Delfino Square to discover the outline of Pinna Park is literally just a few squiggles.
noclip is an open source project run by Jasper, who does most of the coding and frequently tweets interesting factual tidbits about game design and reverse engineering. It uses datamined code to construct the maps - something that Nintendo probably won't be happy about - but hopefully its newfound fame on social media won't lead to a take-down. At least Bowser is now in charge of Nintendo , so perhaps anything goes nowadays.