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Bowser's Jumping Challenge

Hack of Super Mario Bros.

Description:

Super Mario Bros. Bowser’s Jumping Challenge is my SMB1 hack for the NES. I will be using SMB Utility, a great easy to use editor. I have also edited some graphics, nothing major. I updated the numbers’ font, mushrooms and the floor and solid block graphics to SMB3 style. I also added some big “B”s in different places to signify Bowser’s involvement in this challenge, it is called…Bowser’s Jumping Challenge after all.

This hack is hard, but real world hard…not save-state hard. Save-state hard means this game could only be beaten by save-stating in an emulator after every hole or bad guy. I think games design with that in mind aren’t true to the nature of console games, or any type of GAME. Games should be fun, if they can be challenging and fun, even better. But taking the player out the flow of a level so they can press F-whatever to save because they know the game will cheat them soon, is bad design, poor taste (if done intentionally) and just no fun for the player. So that’s why I call my hack real world hard. As in, if this where an actual cartridge inserted into an existing Nintendo Entertainment System, the player could actually beat the game without any artificial help.

Having said all that, SMB1BJC isn’t terribly long either. Four levels per world, 3 worlds amounts to 12 levels total to complete. Short and sweet, the perfect length in my opinion. A good old-school platformer lover gamer should eat this hack up in an afternoon. I’m gonna have to assume anyone with knowledge of this site and its type knows that a game-pad is pretty much required to play these demanding of hacks. If you can beat it using a keyboard…wow.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Super Mario Bros. (W) [!].nes - GOODNES 3.14
  • CRC32: 3337EC46
  • MD5: 811B027EAF99C2DEF7B933C5208636DE
  • SHA-1: EA343F4E445A9050D4B4FBAC2C77D0693B1D0922
  • SHA-256: F61548FDF1670CFFEFCC4F0B7BDCDD9EABA0C226E3B74F8666071496988248DE

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
AlexARHackingGraphics & Levels

User Review Information

For the masochistic only

Reviewed By: indstr on 28 Feb 2009

AlexAR describes this hack as “real world hard…not savestate hard”

I don’t know WHAT kind of crack he is smoking… Because this hack is hard as all get out. The difficulty ranks somewhere up there with the hack “MI41″… Which is incredibly difficult, but at least it gives you something like “Crown + piece of sky” number of lives. ;)

Bowser’s Jumping Challenge gives you 5 lives. Five. Even level 1-1 is a considerable challenge to get through. By the time you reach 1-3, you will be tearing your hair out at the amount of precision required for some of the jumps on moving platforms.

Sure, some crazy japanese people with insane reflexes could get through these levels with 5 lives. With many many hours of practice first!!!

Inaccuracies of the difficulty description aside, the hack is actually very well designed. Great level design - you can tell it was made by someone who loves and plays the game.

I haven’t gotten through the whole thing yet — I’m currently stuck in 2-1 at a place that at first glance seems literally impossible to pass. (Too high of a wall to jump over ?? Maybe there’s an invisible brick I’m missing somewhere). Anyway, maybe one day I will figure it out.

This hack is definitely recommended to check out, but have your quicksave button ready, despite what the author says!!!

  • indstr

Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
cough coughocarinayoshi06 Dec 2011N/AYes
For the masochistic onlyindstr28 Feb 2009N/AYes