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SMB Special for NES

Hack of Super Mario Bros.

Description:

Update: 1.0~rc1 - Offical Release Candidate

This release (1.0~rc1) is the first official release candidate of the Super Mario Bros. Special for NES port. SMBS is a SMB based game licensed by Nintendo and created by Hudson Soft for the Japanese PC8801 computer. It was later ported to the Sharp X1. However, beyond these (now) obscure platforms, it was largely ignored and forgotten until suddenly becoming a cult hit in the emulation scene.

The game became notorious for it’s fiendish difficulty and it’s (unusual for a Mario game) use of single screens rather than smooth scrolling. The suggestion was made to give the game a facelift and expose it to a wider audience by porting it to the NES. This is the result of that effort.

Full source code is also available for interested hackers: smbs-src-1.0~rc1.tar.bz2 (temporarily unavailable)

An update of the hack with enhanced graphics, palettes, and more is available here.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Super Mario Bros. (JU) (PRG0) [!].nes
  • CRC32: 3337EC46
  • MD5: 811B027EAF99C2DEF7B933C5208636DE
  • SHA-1: EA343F4E445A9050D4B4FBAC2C77D0693B1D0922

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Levi “Karatorian” AhoHackingEngine Hacking, Tool Programming, Packaging
frantikHackingEngine Hacking, Level Editing, Graphic Design

User Review Information

Fantastic

Reviewed By: indstr on 26 Feb 2009

Review of “SMB Special for NES” version 20090219 by indstr

I had never heard of SMB Special before, but I’m incredibly glad I tried this. Hudson did a great job on the original levels, and frantik has done a fantastic job on the port.

You can tell there is a high level of quality and thought put into the level design — obviously one of the most important aspects of any SMB ROM hack. Here, this can be expected since the original levels were made by a professional game developer.

Difficulty: Although the description mentions “fiendish difficulty”, I think the difficulty here is just right. It’s more difficult than the original SMB, but not as hectic as the lost levels.

Worlds 1 and 2 start you off somewhere near the difficulty of around worlds 4-5 on the original SMB, and then the difficulty continues up from there.

So far I have not gotten past world 6, but I am sure the last sections of the game will present quite an interesting challenge indeed.

This hack is highly recommended.

  • indstr

Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
A Piece of HistoryPowerPanda15 Feb 20181.0~rc1Yes
Interesting levels + Excellent port overCommancer22 Sep 2012N/AYes
High quality submissiontatanga12 Jul 2010N/AYes
Fantasticindstr26 Feb 2009N/AYes