Bros No He Didn’t: SMB3 V2.0 Is Coming

By Quintin Smith on June 15th, 2011 at 9:54 am.

PC games need fonts like that

RPS hasn’t posted about the fan remake of Super Mario Bros. 3 before, and I’m not sure whether that’s because of this project’s hazy legality or simply because that particular moustachioed protagonist has a way of seeming like the antithesis of the PC. Well, shucks. I’m posting about it now. In a roundabout way, this is the kind of project that makes the PC great.

If there can be such a thing, Super Mario Bros. 3 is considered the classiest of Mario games; a kind of connoisseur’s choice. As such, Nintendo fans have been saying for years that it should be ported to the DS, DSi or 3DS (it having been already ported to the GBA and the Wii’s Virtual Console). One such fan by the handle SKJmin has, however, taken a more proactive step.

Back in November of last year SKJmin released his labour of love- a downloadable patch for the New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo DS rom that turned the game into a painstaking recreation of Super Mario Bros. 3, saddling the old classic in the new game’s modern engine. So long as you own a New Super Mario Bros. cartridge then you are, apparently, within your rights to download SKJmin’s work, acquire a rom of New Super Mario Bros., get yourself an emulator and have a good time.

The reason I’m posting about this today is that I’ve just heard via Joystiq that tomorrow SKJmin will be released version 2.0 of the rom, making it even prettier. Cue the trailers!

Here’s the trailer for his original update, v1.0.

…and here’s the trailer for the update.

Presumably if we have any hardcore Super Mario 3 fans in the audience, they’ve already played this. And if so: impressions?


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  1. inertia says:

    Stop bromoting console stuff.

  2. 8-bit says:

    super mario world was better.

  3. MrThingy says:

    “Chaos Engine” theme tune in the second trailer. :D

    (cue droning monologue about “golden age” of gaming, etc. etc.)

  4. ulix says:

    Nintendo usually goes easy on taking inspiration from their character’s and games. You can basically do with them what you want without fearing a C&D-letter…

    Unless its a remake of course, a remake I might add of a game they still sell (and which I bought a second time) on Virtual Console.

    • jon_hill987 says:

      Pokédroid (a Pokédex app for Android) got a C&D from them. A week later Pokdex3D is in the new 3DS store (and not as good because, despite the nice 3D models it only covers Black/White).

    • Jumwa says:

      It’s not really surprising to see a game company not wish to have a direct competitor to their product using their IP, I suppose. Though a shame, none the less, to see any fan project put to a stop.

    • jon_hill987 says:

      Wait, I forgot the really stupid part!
      Both Pokedroid and Pokedex3D are/were both free on their respective stores!

    • ulix says:

      Fair enough. But if they have a product in the pipeline that is more or less the same as the fan-made thing, its only natural to C&D them.
      However, there are tons of Super Mario games on the web, using the original art-assets, the same gameplay, they just add new levels. Somwhat like Super Mario Bros 2 (the real one, known here as “Lost Levels”).
      Same goes for all kinds of fan-homages to Nintendo games, like Legend of Princess by Konjak, etc. etc.

      Whereas Square Enix (for example) C&D the hell out of people for even slight resemblances… A shame, really.

  5. jymkata says:

    Maybe this would be cool if there was a pc port or something?
    But maybe that would suck too, playing mario on a keyboard.

  6. Heliocentric says:

    Wow that extra stuff looks irritating.
    At least the core game wont be too hard.

  7. Bullfrog says:

    Am I the only one wondering why? Recently played SM3 & SMW again, on both SNES (which now needs a chisel wedged in it to work properly) and PC emulator, I really don’t see the point of remaking them with slightly shinier graphics. If the game remains the same why not just stick to the (still perfectly enjoyable) original?

    • Mad Hamish says:

      Yeah the New Super Mario Bros. engine runs differently so it just doesn’t look right and I’d say it doesn’t feel right either. For mario 3 anyway. The new mario games are still great. Remakes of old platformers are only worth it if the mechanics are identical. If movement is a tiny fraction slower or the jumps hang for a milli second longer, you notice it and it bugs you.

  8. CaspianRoach says:

    Who cares about Mario anyway?

  9. SpaceAkers says:

    Mario games are sweet.

  10. Will Tomas says:

    “So long as you own a New Super Mario Bros. cartridge then you are, apparently, within your rights to download SKJmin’s work, acquire a rom of New Super Mario Bros., get yourself an emulator and have a good time.”

    I’m not saying don’t do it, because I don’t have any moral qualms about this, but from a legal point of you, you aren’t within your rights to do that, certainly in the UK. It’s still illegal to copy a CD to your computer, or to your iPod. The same goes for cartridges and ROMs. They’re illegal, even if you own the cartridge, unless you bought it as a digital ROM from Nintendo. As Nintendo don’t do that, having the NSMB ROM is illegal.

    Now, will that be enforced? Probably not. Is it a great and serious crime? No. But sadly it’s not “within your rights.”

  11. JohnnyMaverik says:

    Yea super mario world was better. Still good effort.

  12. andrewdoull says:

    There’s a strong indie tradition of Super Mario Bros remixes. Notch wrote Infinite Mario Bros which is now used for AI and procedural generation research by a number of academics, and Andrew Spinks (developer of Terraria) also wrote Super Mario Bros X.
    On the other hand, maybe it just creates a weird fascination with bashing in blocks…

    • Dominic White says:

      On that note, and an effort to make this thread more PC-oriented (I’m the guy folks get angry at for NOT being mad at consoles all the time, and I still don’t know why this got an article… I mean, a DS rom hack? Cool, I suppose, but really, not PC in the slightest), rather than lament Nintendo dropping the banhammer on Super Mario Bros X, I went and assembled this pack for you all:

      Super Mario Bros X, final version,with all the extra episodes and a whole pile of community-made ones. There’s about a dozen full Mario games worth of content right there, and a level editor with several included sprite-packs. Enjoy!

    • andrewdoull says:

      Thanks, Dominic. Any chance of a torrent?

    • Icarus says:

      Thanks, Dominic. Grabbing that now.

    • Dominic White says:

      There’s about 8 mirrors there. A torrent really isn’t needed. Megaupload gives me speeds around 1MB/s, so you should have it in minutes.

  13. Mordsung says:

    People still play Japanese games?

  14. Koozer says:

    RPS console sister site please. I don’t mind if it’s a bit thin.

  15. Urthman says:

    RPS hasn’t posted about the fan remake of Super Mario Bros. 3 before

    What? The fan remake? Can you really be unaware that there are dozens, maybe scores of these? That’s like the 2nd most popular game to remake after asteroids. Here’s a few of the better ones:

  16. Baines says:

    Since nearly every comment is instead about console news on a PC site, the legalities of rom hacks, whether SMB3 or SMW is better, or alternative Mario related games, I’ll say something else…

    Yes, it certainly looks like a rom hack. It has two of the big rom hack design staples. First, it remakes existing games in a different engine. Second, the new material is challenge oriented. New material in rom hacks is hardly ever about a comparable fair challenge, but rather more like “It is at least theoretically possible”. Massive amounts of wall jumping, instant death traps, sections requiring stage memorization, and sections built around having to speed run them with time for few if any mistakes.

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