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The Thief and the Cobbler SMB2

Hack of Super Mario Bros. 2


This hack is based on the unfinished cult animated film The Thief and the Cobbler, as written and directed by three-time Academy Award winning animator Richard Williams (animation director of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, author of The Animator’s Survival Kit).

Select one of four characters - the nameless Thief, Tack the Cobbler, Chief Roofless of the forty Brigands, and Princess Yum Yum - for a side-scrolling fantasy adventure across seven worlds and twenty stages.

Pick up and throw items, enemies and bombs in a world where anything can become your weapon.

Face off against the evil Grand Vizier, Zig Zag, and his henchmen Goblet, Gopher, Tickle and Slap. Meet the mad and holy old Witch of the desert mountain, who will both help and harm you. Watch out for dangerous creatures, including the vulture Phido and the deadly doggie Kuriboss.

Retrieve the legendary golden balls, defeat the evil warlord One Eye, and save the Golden City! _________________________________________________________

It is written among the limitless constellations of the celestial heavens, and in the depths of the emerald seas, and upon every grain of sand in the vast deserts, that the world which w e see is an outward and visible dream, of an inward and invisible reality … Once upon a time there was a golden city. In the centre of the golden city, atop the tallest minaret, were three golden balls. The ancients had prophesied that if the three golden balls were ever taken away, harmony would yield to discord, and the city would fall to destruction and death. But… the mystics had also foretold that the city might be saved by the simplest soul with the smallest and simplest of things. In the city there dwelt a lowly shoemaker, who was known as Tack the Cobbler. Also in the city … existed a Thief, who shall be … nameless. _________________________________________________________

This is a complete graphics hack. Most background graphics are tweaked, and almost all enemy and character graphics have been redrawn. More elements of the world are animated than in the original game. Characters from the film “The Thief and the Cobbler” appear, of course. Most minor enemies are now based on real-world animals. The title screen is redone. Cards announcing which World you’re on now feature King Nod or Zigzag (for World 7). The ending features artwork adapted from the movie’s actual storyboards.

Some changes have also been made to the levels. These changes are not huge. It is mostly the same game, but there are enough changes throughout to keep you on your toes, and be a somewhat different experience. This is also optional - an alternate patch without these changes is included.

This is the first release of this hack, and if you find any problems or issues, please contact the creator directly rather than writing a review about it. _________________________________________________________

Special thanks: Shauing Bavi_H Alex No Keith McKnight XKeeper DragonDePlatino

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20210216-231042)
  • File SHA-1: 7DF0F595B074F587C6A1D8F47E031F045D540DAE
  • File CRC32: 7D3F6F3D
  • ROM SHA-1: 43AC7C7AAF1846EAD7B544302BB9131E4964FD32
  • ROM CRC32: 57AC67AF



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ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Garrett GilchristGraphicsGraphics and ROMhacking

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Visually amazing & interesting levelskmadkr19 May 20221.0Yes