What does PU stand for in Super Mario 64?

Parallel Universe

PU stands for "Parallel Universe," a term used by Nintendo 64 (N64) gamers who play Super Mario 64 (SM64). It is an area of a course in Super Mario 64 that is meant to be out of bounds but is accessible to a player due to a glitch in the game.

The glitch is in the game's coordinate system that allows players to escape the course onto a duplicate course, or "parallel universe." However, the PU is rather desolate since it has no objects, items, enemies, or walls. The video below from the pannenkoek2012 YT user provides further explanation about PUs beginning at the 10:38 mark.

The acronym is only used by Super Mario 64 gamers so if you do not play the game, you will most likely never hear or see the term. N64 gamers may include older adults who played the game on the original console back in the 1990s or younger gamers playing N64 gamers on some type of emulator.


"I finally made it to the PU but then the game crashed. :-/"

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Last Updated: April 6, 2020

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