Prepare To Want: Mari0 Is Remarkable

I wish all our screenshots did this.

I began today posting a spoof video of the SNES’s Mega Man, with a Portal gun. It made me smile. I end today posting a genuine video of a game where two people are remaking the original Super Mario Bros, with a Portal gun: Mari0. It made me smile much bigger. I got hold of an early version. It made me do that weird mix of smiling and frowning that Mario Bros games do, except with the bigger grins for clever portal application. They’re going to get sued into space by about fifteen different companies at once, but fortunately they don’t seem to mind.

Perhaps that’s to be expected from an indie developer with the name Stabyourself. A German, Maurice Guégan, and a Slovenian, Sašo Smolej, make up the team who say they aim “to create enjoyable experiences for anyone to easily get into and enjoy.” Also noting that the sorts of people who might want to contact them are Nintendo, wanting “to send us a cease and desist letter?” I really hope they have the good humour not to, and recognise what is very clearly a tribute, not-for-profit game released as open source.

The game itself is brutally hard. I think that might be something to do with the lack of programming for mushrooms at this point, meaning Mari0 is always on one life. But by golly, it works. You control Mari0 with WAD, and aim the Portal gun with the mouse. Left click and right click, just as our Lord Gabe intended. Just now the gun doesn’t seem happy to aim at the floor, which does rather limit the options for chicanery. But say there’s a gaggle of Goombas between two green pipes, and a Koopa on the other side: stick a portal entrance by the turtle, another next to the chestnut gang, and then jump on the shell to fire it through. It’s surely what Shigeru Miyamoto always wanted.

And there’s loads more to it than that. A daily screenshot marathon currently going on at the Stabyourself site (created to force the developers to add something to the game worth screenshotting every day) also has lasers, push buttons (releasing cubes), hard light bridges, aerial faith plates, and even blue and orange gel. The game will also offer downloadable map packs, and the version I’m playing with comes with two. One is based on the Nintendo game, and the other is themed around Portal itself, offering apposite puzzles but with a Mario-alike at the helm.

Stabyourself was also responsible for Not Tetris, the Tetris + physics madness that’s now rejigged in their Not Tetris 2. And they’re currently working on Not Pacman, and something called bunq, alongside Mari0. I think this is one well worth keeping an eye on. In fact, use that eye on the video below. If it doesn’t make you gasp and want to post it to the rest of the internet, then I simply don’t understand you.


  1. Felixader says:

    Stop showing me stuff that i ahve to try imidiately afterwards. My Lifespan on earth is limited, Mind Dammit!

  2. Azazel says:

    Oh I say!

  3. mondomau says:

    Hasn’t this been a ‘real thing’ for a while? I’m sure I read about it on this very site. But maybe I am wrong. Or crazy.

    Still though, portals! Mario! Lawsuits! Can’t wait.

    • John Walker says:

      I could find no evidence of our having posted it before.

    • LTK says:

      You’re not crazy, there’s a thread about it on the RPS forums! It prompted me to have an unexpectedly good time with Not Tetris.

    • westyfield says:

      It was on the forums a while ago, if I recall correctly. Perhaps that’s what you’re thinking of?

    • RF says:

      I’m fairly certain I’ve seen it on this site on the front page. My face is like: :psyduck:

    • mrwout says:

      Hmmm I also seem to remember to have seen this game on the frontpage, and since I don’t visit the forums I’m quite sure I didn’t see it over there :p

    • mondomau says:

      As above in my ballsed up reply – it was a cross between this joystiq article:

      link to

      and the RPS forum. RSS feeds got me all confused.

  4. Dozer says:

    I like the animated header image…

  5. LTK says:

    I thought this was initially going to be SMB, but with portals. Now it’s looking more like Portal 2, the flash version. Not sure if want.

  6. Teddy Leach says:


  7. Kaira- says:

    Moving pictures? Now I’ve seen everything.

    • Buckermann says:

      Next thing they are going to add sound and music. It’s crazy, CRAZY I SAY!

    • LTK says:

      Moving pictures are just a cheap gimmick that corporations are using to suck more money out of ignorant consumers. If we just stop paying attention to it, it’ll go away.

    • Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:


  8. Wizardry says:

    They should make a turn-based RPG with placeable portals

    Oh, wait. Ultima V did it in 1988.

  9. Nero says:

    He missed the 1-up >.<

  10. Dominic White says:

    There’s about 5000 mario fan-games out there. Only one has (and this is even arguable) gotten the deathglare from Nintendo, far as I’m aware. Given the huge popularity of Super Mario Crossover (which is still kicking it hardcore), I reckon this one will be safe.

  11. googoogjoob says:

    i have a brilliant, totally original idea: let’s put portals in a game

    • Prime says:

      I have a totally brilliant and original snarky comment: let’s mock the work of others simply because I can.

    • Stupoider says:

      Although portals have become the bald-and-bearded of the indie world, Prime!

    • Consumatopia says:

      I’m all for originality, but throwing portals in a bunch of random games isn’t the worst idea in the world.

      Hey, some ideas don’t get stolen enough.

    • sneetch says:

      I have a brilliant, totally original idea: let’s arrange letters into words and use those words to post a snide comment on the internet

  12. caddyB says:

    I hope they don’t add anything to do with “scrolls*” in it.

    *It’s just a mediocre joke.
    Not to start a flame war about who trademarked what first or how you lose yours if you don’t protect it or how if people like me ran the country we’d all be speaking German.

  13. Dominic White says:

    Seriously though, Super Mario Crossover – link to – has been doing the rounds for at least a year now. If that’s safe, then Mario + Portal should be.

  14. felisc says:

    “Maurice Guégan” sounds very french for a german name.

  15. LGM says:

    This really doesn’t impress me much. I love both series but this just seems a waste of time and talent.

    Why do so many people use their skills to modify existing titles? How about making something original? If I had any game design skillz, I sure wouldn’t be wasting them on “fan games” based on other games.

    Just my 2 cents.

  16. michal.lewtak says:

    My life couldn’t be more complete.

  17. Dakia says:

    Jaw meet floor.

    Dreams meet reality.

  18. Ba5 says:

    RPS needs to hire cheap Chinese labour to manually remove all spam.

  19. DickSocrates says:

    Valve should hire them to make the game professionally; removing all the Mario stuff of course. Although, with DOTA2, Valve don’t seem to be that bothered about using another company’s assets…

    • LTK says:

      Wait. What sort of capacity for creative enterprise has stabyourself demonstrated that makes you think Valve should hire them? This is Portal 2 + Mario. Not exactly the pinnacle of creative game design.

    • Tams80 says:

      What, you mean like the portal flash game? ¬.¬