Originally Posted by Romhacking
* 38 stars in about 10 new levels
* A Day/night cycle replacing (most) act selectors
* Choose to play as Mario or Luigi
* Modified enemies, objects and bosses (too many to list!)
* Custom music, including one original song (the town “night” music)
* A new final boss fight
Instructions from the readme file:
Applying the patch
You'll need a Mario 64 US (NTSC) ROM, usually called "Super Mario 64 (U)!.z64"
in order to play this hack. Here's how you should proceed:
1) Extend your ROM with VL-Tone's Mario 64 ROM Extender:
If you are on Linux, you can try also Cellar Dweller's "alternate" extender:
2) Apply the PPF patch on the extended ROM with PPF-o-Matic 3.0:
http://www.romhacking.net/utils/356/ (there's also a Mac version hosted at the
The ROM should be loaded on the "ISO file" field (PPF is a format designed for
the Playstation, but works very well for N64 ROMS too) and the .ppf file on
the Patch field.
Note: If you are a Mac user, you'll have to use the ROM Extender v1.3b, which has
been released a few days ago (at the moment of this writing).
These two steps should be simple, but in case you're having trouble,
a tutorial will be uploaded to http://sites.google.com/site/messiaen64/themissingstars
Setting up your emulator
Once you have sucessfully extended and patched your ROM, there might be a
few adjustments needed depending on the emulator you are using, because this
hack, unlike the original Mario 64 game, uses extended memory (the Expansion
Pak) to get rid of some limitations.
Mupen, MupenPlus and SixtyForce doesn't require any special adjustments.
Nemu64 can't play this hack because it doesn't accepts the extended Mario 64 ROM.
In Project 64 (my personal recomendation), you'll have to change the "Default Memory Size"
to 8MB. To do this, click on Options -> Settings -> Options and uncheck "Hide Advanced
Settings". Click OK and now do Options -> Settings -> Advanced Settings -> Default Memory
Size -> 8MB.
Now load the Missing Stars ROM. If the title screen doesn't show up, go in
Options -> Settings -> ROM Settings -> Memory Size -> 8MB.
Load the ROM again and the hack should be running.