You can play the first level, anyway, but that's still what blew us all away in 1996.

Yeah, that's right. A computer science student named Roystan Ross gifted the world today with a browser-based (Bowser-based, lol) version of the first level of Super Mario 64, the genre-defining 3D platforming game that shipped with the Nintendo 64 and was the first of its kind to find mass success.

Nothing says "browser-based gaming" like awkward keyboard controls!
(screengrab via SuperMario64HD)

You can play it here. If it's not working (it was overwhelmed with traffic before), head to Roystan's blog and download the desktop version.

See? It's in a browser! (screengrab via SuperMario64HD)

Sources: Roystan Ross