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Super Mario Bros. Special for NES

Hack of Super Mario Bros.

Description:

This started off as a palette restoration of Messatu’s X1 hack. It is a combination of Messatu’s enjoyable new minor features and lovely title screen, but with how Levi “Karatorian” Aho and frantik’s hack actually looked like a NES game. Once the palettes and flash effect cycles were restored to that of their version, sprites were then also restored and a few small tweaks made.

SMB Special should be… special. So, inspiration was taken from All Night Nippon SMB. That game had a mix of tiles from SMB and SMB2j. So, the same was applied here. There are some tiles here from SMB2j as a result, but not all of them are. The intention was to make SMB Special feel like an in-between-quel for SMB and SMB2j and this seemed like a solution.

The beta ground tile from SMB2j is used here for the same purpose as well.

The end-game text was also modified to remove the Hudson thanks Messatu added and changed it be more like a traditional Mario ending. Starman also smiles now like he does in the actual SMB Special game by Hudson.

This has been play-tested. Applies to a bare SMB rom.

The archive contains multiple versions of the patch:

- v20170114, is the original release

- v20170325, is contains a few minor additional tiles from “All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros.” and “Super Mario Maker”

- v03-04-2020, is the current release. Redone from scratch, it is more conservative with its tileset changes for a hopefully more authentic look.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Super Mario Bros. (World) (HVC-SM).nes
  • MD5: b6fa79abf0aa1bce8831c7c5ad8ab1f2

Links:

Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Levi “Karatorian” AhoOriginal HackingOriginal Release: Engine Hacking, Tool Programming, Packaging
frantikOriginal HackingOriginal Release: Engine Hacking, Level Editing, Graphic Design
MessatuOriginal HackingX1 Release
TRIFORCE89HackingNES visual restoration and improvement

User Review Information

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
The Best Version of Super Mario Bros SpecialPowerPanda15 Oct 2020v03-04-202Yes
Great slight improvements... but not fullyEden.GT15 Jan 20172017114Yes