One of the first, if not the first machinima of this kind was the eponymous series created by YouTube user Megaman765 in 2006. The series consisted primarily of gameplay footage recorded in an emulator and edited with subtitles and/or voices added to it via Windows Movie Maker. Gameshark codes and other hacks were used to create various effects such as changing the colors of Mario's clothes, creating clones of Mario, and freezing the camera in place. Others users, such as Fleskhjerta, starman3 and MarioMario54321 have created similar videos and the genre grew in popularity.
MATTHEWGU4 and ACDCGAMER went on to create the first non-comedic SM64 machinima videos (such as the Mario/Metroid trilogy), fathering the "SM64 drama" subset. "Super Mario 64 bloopers" would refer specifically to the comedic variety of SM64 machinima and, erroneously, all SM64 machinima. This reflects the significance of Megaman765 as a sort of founding father for the modern genre. It also reflects the insane amount of SM64 machinima authors who give their series the exact same title.
SuperMarioGlitchy4 has gone on to become arguably the most recognizable icon from the genre, going from independently-made videos in 2011 to a full-on production company with a professional crew and cast. His eponymous series would eventually de-emphasize the SM64 game engine and assets in-favor of using Garry's Mod.
Early SM64 machinima was rather simplistic and primitive. They didn't always have the best of scripts (if any) and the recording and editing was of poor quality. By around 2008-2009, SM64 machinima and its associated community had evolved far beyond their simple roots and become a niche of its own. Along with the audience, the quality of Mario bloopers have also evolved dramatically.
Some of the most notable names in SM64 machinima include the aforementioned MATTHEWGU4 and MarioMario54321 (started 2007), SuperMarioGlitchy4 (started 2011), Jokester94n (started 2008), MJacobBarker (started 2011), GlitchyMario64 (started 2013), OnyxKing67 (started 2014), and Geofcraze634 (started 2014).
Some common tropes in SM64 machinima include:
- Action Girl: Just about anybody besides Princess Peach, and even then that's just because she isn't commonly depicted.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: A somewhat common villain trope, particularly with King Whomp, Bowser and even some heroes such as Luigi.
- Author Avatar: The countless dozens of YouTubers that appear in these videos.
- Art Shift: Happens any time footage from another game is used. Also whenever a 2D sprite or non 64 Bit 3D model is superimposed on the 3D environment of SM64.
- Bigger on the Inside: The igloo in Snowman's Land and the Rainbow Starship in MarioMario54321's series are some notable examples.
- Cerebus Syndrome: The "SM64 drama" videos compared to the bloopers.
- Crossover: Some machinimists tend to crossover concepts from non-Mario franchises into their videos.
- Energy Ball: Done in the style of Ki Attacks or Fire Balls.
- Energy Weapon: Some characters and YouTubers use lightsabers or plasma guns as their weapons of choice.
- Evil Doppelgänger / Evil Twin: MarioMario54321's videos feature Oiram, an evil twin of Mario who is the opposite of him in every way, as well as a whole army of other such doppelgangers of various people. Many other video makers have copied this idea.
- Fartillery: Wario, obviously.
- Palette Swap: The numerous YouTube Author Avatars are mostly recolors of Mario, even if they're female. Even Mario's own brother Luigi, despite there existing a hack to insert a custom Luigi player model into the game in place of Mario, usually is depicted as one (although this has been changing in later years). Also, bystanders are often Mario recolors, especially in the earlier videos.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Most notably, Mario's (in)famous "WWAAAAAAAAOOOOOHHHHHH!" as he falls to his death.
- Shout-Out: Common, sometimes utilized as a form of unofficial Canon Welding. See Crossover.