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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, as well as the Korean Samsung SPC-1500 computer. 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.

An update of the hack with new enemies, power ups, enhanced 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

High quality submission

Reviewed By: tatanga on 12 Jul 2010

This is a very high quality hack. The level design is very fun, and sometimes I had a hard time putting the game down. The difficulty is a lot higher than today’s standards, but if you prefer a challenge, this game is for you. While playing, I got a couple of GAME OVERs before beating the game. The level design is good enough that I really didn’t mind replaying the hack several times before beating it.

If you want a fun challenging hack that will push you to improve your skills, you’ll enjoy SMB Special Edition.

Difficulty: 9 / 10 (You’ll probably have get a couple GAME OVERs before you get the hang of it, which I consider perfect)

Level Design: 9 / 10 (A lot of thought was put into the levels, high quality)

Atmosphere: 8 / 10 (Some unique areas such as an under water fortress add to the experience)

Total: 13 / 15 | 86.6%

(I recorded myself playing the hack in its entirety. If you want to get a feel for it, here’s the playlist.)

Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
I would recommend the "X1" version over this oneBurningtrash4heat08 Feb 20201.0~rc1Yes
Awesome!Zerano06 Feb 20201.0~rc1Yes
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