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Super Mario Unlimited - Deluxe

Hack of Super Mario Bros.

Description:

Super Mario Unlimited Deluxe is a traditional-style Mario hack with difficulty ramping up from beginner to expert. It is based on the Super Mario Bros engine, but has been completely reworked into a whole new adventure.

Changes from the original game include:

    • 41 Original Levels!
    • Unlimited Lives!
    • New Power-up! The stopwatch lets Mario freeze his enemies
    • New Mechanics! Mario can super jump off enemies by holding A
    • New Collectable! Find all 32 Mario coins to unlock secrets
    • New Graphics and Music! A familiar mix of new and old

New features and changes in this DELUXE version:

    • Save your progress with three save game slots
    • All new Bowser fight with new music
    • A “secret message” at the end of each world
    • Attempt counter aka lives counter
    • Mario coin count is displayed on screen
    • Indicator displayed for when a Mario coin has been picked up
    • Hidden power up blocks are now partially visible
    • Fire flowers always give you fire power, even if Mario is small
    • You can jump off enemies and kick shells while invincible
    • Kicked shells kill piranha plants
    • Different end game text depending on how you play the game
    • Bowser’s castle expanded with a second route
    • World 6-5 expanded
    • Hidden bonus level added
    • “Speed runner mode” - Can you beat your personal record?
    • Second Quest / “Hard Mode” enabled after you beat the game
    • Added stopwatch sound effect
    • Music doesn’t reset when you go in pipes
    • Extensive color overhaul and cleaned up graphics
    • Removed the points system entirely
    • Changed title screen
    • Added intro screens
    • Some levels have small changes to fix issues
    • Fixed issue where music wouldn’t start right after unpausing
    • Made shells go faster off ledges so Mario doesn’t run into them
    • Fixed whirlpools so they don’t suck you down when you get hit
    • Other minor tweaks, bug fixes and edits

Also included are a Strategy Guide with detailed information on all cheats and secrets, as well as cover art for use with a NES Classic.

History

Inspired by the likes of DahrkDaiz, ATA and other great rom hackers of the mid-2000s, Frantik started work on Super Mario Unlimited with the hopes of creating his own asm-heavy Mario masterpiece. It took close to 7 years, but eventually the game was released to the world in late 2011. Overall, The hack was well received and was even featured in a video by James Rolfe of AVGN fame. Despite the popularity, it was a little rough around the edges, most notably with some questionable choices near the end and a little too much of that infamous “Nintendo Hard”.

In 2017 Frantik decided to go back and start adding a bit more polish, and Super Mario Unlimited: Deluxe was born. Everything good about the original has been made better, and everything bad has been removed or at least cleaned up. This is the original vision he had when he first began 15 years ago!

Revision details

Version 2.2 - 18 January 2021

    • Made “Speedrunner Mode” easier to use
    • Cleaned up display when skipping intro screens
    • Cleaned up Strategy Guide document

Version 2.01 - 22 November 2020

    • Swapped in SMB3 squished goomba sprite

Version 2.0 - 21 November 2020

    • Initial public release

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Super Mario Bros. (World)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20180803-121122)
  • File SHA-1: EA343F4E445A9050D4B4FBAC2C77D0693B1D0922
  • File CRC32: 3337EC46
  • ROM SHA-1: FACEE9C577A5262DBE33AC4930BB0B58C8C037F7
  • ROM CRC32: D445F698

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Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
frantikHackingAsm, Levels, Graphics, new music in Deluxe version
Dr. FloppyMusicMusic composition and music engine hacking on original Super Mario Unlimited

User Review Information

It's playable

Reviewed By: gravitygoesup1 on 29 Nov 2020

As the first reviewer said, the game is pretty good. The graphics changes look really nice and I enjoyed finding the secrets. However if you take the warp pipe to World 6 you die 100 times. I made it through World 6 all the way to 7-2, but there was a jump in that level that I’m not willing to try again. The only way I made it through was with save states. The first two worlds were hard, but it did take long for me to figure out how to get through it.

I need to go through Worlds 3-5, but the difficulty progression in this game seems to go from easy to impossible, so be warned if you want to try this. It’s advertised as a normal hack but it is in no way appropriate for casual gamers. Pros will enjoy this game.

Version 2.01 Recommended - No

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
A Very Super Mario HackThroughT1m325 Dec 20202.01Yes
I really like the graphics, gameplay, and levels. (With some caveats)isoacc05 Dec 20202.01Yes
Ridiculous difficulty curveXenon_Xyanide01 Dec 20202.01No
LOOOOVE this game!scarlet01 Dec 20202.01Yes
It's playablegravitygoesup129 Nov 20202.01No
A very promising hack but difficulty curve issuesLigeia26 Nov 20202.01No