May 29, 2021

The Guy Who Made The Stretchy Super Mario 64 Face Also Almost Gave Us Portal Zelda

The cake was a lie.

We do love a good retro infodump here at Nintendo Life, and the latest is a podcast interview between Ben Hanson from the MinnMax Show and legendary game developer Giles Goddard. We reported on the interview earlier in the week, in fact, but the full show (above) featured so many intriguing titbits that we wanted to explore them in a little more detail.

Goddard is the man responsible for programming the big Mario face at the start of Super Mario 64, porting Alex's beloved Doshin the Giant over to GameCube, and being one of the lead programmers on 1080° Snowboarding and Steel Diver. He was also on the team that made that Zelda 64 demo, and was one of the very, very few Western game developers during the early days of the notoriously insular Nintendo. All that, and the man's only 50!

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