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Super Mario Bros. in the Mystery of the Flying Fish

Hack of Super Mario Bros. 3


While Mario is romping through the Mushroom Kingdom’s royal water fountains one day, he is witness to a mysterious phenomenon: the fish from around the kingdom begin to take flight! It’s up to the Mario Brothers to find out what is responsible (I wonder…) and stop it before the local fish markets are all dried up! Note that this is a “mini-hack” – a novelty/concept hack that is complete and spawns only one world.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (U) (PRG0) [!].nes - GOODNES 3.14
  • CRC32: 85A79D9C
  • MD5: BB5C4B6D4D78C101F94BDB360AF502F3
  • SHA-1: A03E7E526E79DF222E048AE22214BCA2BC49C449
  • SHA-256: 6EA0777CA520BA7AD7B0EA0F6452140D59AA0B1DFFE5045CB1E8020DDE10C267




ContributorType of contributionListed credit
PSlugworthOriginal Hacking

User Review Information

Short, quick fun!

Reviewed By: sVybDy on 31 May 2010

If you’re like me, one of the things that annoy you the most about hacks is how much time you usually have to devote to completing the entire game. Because even as a gamer who spends countless hours on games, I have to recognize that amateur-made hacks may lack the dedication to quality level design and difficulty that makes professional games work. Fortunately, Mystery of the Flying Fish is one of the few hacks I’ve found that was genuinely entertaining start to finish.

For one thing, as a concept hack that only lasts for one world, I was able to knock it out in under an hour. Whether or not you’ll be able to do the same depends upon your reflexes. This hack features several levels or sections of levels which have flying Cheep Cheeps waiting to take you down. They can certainly be thwarted, but you have to be quick to dodge or defeat them. You also will not get many spare items or extra lives to do it with.

Despite the apparent shallowness of the idea, I was actually impressed by the number of different ways the creator of this hack exploited it to keep things interesting until the very end (and that especially goes for the final battle, which is easily the most inventive take on this classic bit of gameplay I’ve ever seen in a hack. I’m proud to say I managed to take the final boss down without getting hit, much less losing a life.) There is also some clever graphic and text hacking that ties into the story, and the fact that the story is well-written to boot is both unusual and refreshing.

In short, unless flying Cheep Cheeps aggravate you to no end, this is definitely a hack you should try playing. Highly enjoyable in all aspects.

Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Short but very sweetyoyotheyoshi25 Sep 2014N/AYes
Short, quick fun!sVybDy31 May 2010N/AYes
Heavy trial&error gameplayNess29 Jan 2010N/ANo