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. After that, others such as Fleskhjerta, starman3 and MarioMario54321 created similar videos, and the genre grew in popularity. Eventually, Internet users such as MATTHEWGU4 and ACDCGAMER created the first non-comedic SM64 machinima videos, such as his popular Mario/Metroid trilogy, fathering the so-called "SM64 drama" subset.
Early SM64 machinima was rather simplistic and primitive. They didn't always have the best of scripts 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 somewhat large niche in the YouTube userbase. Along with its audience, the quality of Mario bloopers have also evolved dramatically.
The term "Super Mario 64 bloopers" is sometimes used to refer specifically to the comedic variety of SM64 machinima and, erroneously, to all SM64 machinima. This reflects the significance of Megaman's comedic series of the same name 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.
Some of the most notable names in SM64 machinima include the aforementioned MATTHEWGU4 and MarioMario54321 (started 2007), Jokester94n (started 2008), MJacobBarker (started 2011), GlitchyMario64 (started 2013), OnyxKing67 (started 2014), Geofcraze634 (started 2014), and probably the biggest name of all, Supermarioglitchy4 (started 2011), among countless others. However, these days it's safe to say by 2016 onward, SuperMarioGlitchy4 has taken over as the most recognizable icon and representative for this genre, having since overshadowed the genre's pioneers Megaman765, MarioMario54321, and MATTHEWGU4, as he produces a special blend of comedy and drama with a unique flavor, in addition to quick frequency of uploading, up to going from independently made videos to full on production company and professional crew and cast.
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 some heroes such as Luigi.
- Author Avatar: The countless dozens of YouTuber heroes that appear in these videos. The trope is so ubiquitous that it has become a pet peeve of many in the SM64 community.
- 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. Can also occur when a video maker switches to a higher-quality screen recorder or video editor.
- Bigger on the Inside: The igloo and the Rainbow Starship in MarioMario54321's series are examples. Other examples are the Cookie King's fort or the TARDIS itself.
- Cerebus Syndrome: The "SM64 drama" videos compared to the bloopers.
- Energy Ball: In the style of Ki Attacks or Fire Balls.
- Energy Weapon: Some characters and Youtubers, such as Jediwarriormike, use lightsabers or plasma guns as their weapons of choice.
- 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 (such as Pinkolol16 or Fawn). 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.
- 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.