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SMB Special - 35th Anniversary Edition

Hack of Super Mario Bros.

Description:

Super Mario Bros. Special is a follow-up to Super Mario Bros, originally released in Japan in 1986 for the home computer market. The game features 32 all new levels, 5 new enemies and 5 new power-ups. Due to limitations of the PC hardware, the game engine was quite poor in comparison to the Famicom/NES original. Most notable was the lack of scrolling; the PC version would instead show each screen one at a time.

This port brings the levels, new enemies and power-ups back to the Famicom/NES engine. Also included are most of the unique background changes and other features not possible with the original SMB engine. The end result is a much more playable game that feels like a legitimate sequel.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Super Mario Bros. (World)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20210216-231042)
  • File SHA-1: EA343F4E445A9050D4B4FBAC2C77D0693B1D0922
  • File CRC32: 3337EC46
  • ROM SHA-1: FACEE9C577A5262DBE33AC4930BB0B58C8C037F7
  • ROM CRC32: D445F698

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
frantikHackingLead programmer
Levi “Karatorian” AhoHackingAdditional programming

User Review Information

Never would have played SMB Special without this port/hack

Reviewed By: Supergamerguy on 24 Jul 2021

This is easily a better sequel to the original Super Mario Bros. than the Lost Levels (Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan) ever was. Not only does this hack still retain a similar feel to how the PC-8801 looked (but without any of the garish color choices), but the level layouts seem to stay faithful as well. This makes the levels simpler, but still provides a fresh, interesting time for both old and new fans of Mario alike. My only gripe (and this is not necessarily an issue with the developer of this hack) would be the difficulty spike around the end of the 6th world and some of the level design beyond that, but I would rather have this hack be faithful to the original as possible than be a bit easier in that department. Overall, this is an extremely commendable effort on the parts of frantik and Levi, one that I’m glad to have been able to experience in it’s peak form on the NES.

Version 1.2 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Press Up+Select On the Title ScreenPowerPanda08 Aug 20211.3Yes
Lost, No MoreEldrethor03 Aug 20211.3Yes
A hack many of us had hoped for for a very long timehdofu31 Jul 20211.3Yes
Awesome port!iruden30 Jul 20211.3Yes
Official level of quality for the port of this amazing game!BlueYoshi30 Jul 20211.3Yes
It's like going back to the past. A good pastdiablo66629 Jul 20211.3Yes
Never would have played SMB Special without this port/hackSupergamerguy24 Jul 20211.2Yes
This is the best SMB Special Hack yetzstandig22 Jul 20211.2Yes
Miyamoto GoldPolargames21 Jul 20211.2Yes
I never imagined this oddity in an NES game.Vallenatero201520 Jul 20211.2Yes
A new SMB experiencepleasejust20 Jul 20211.2Yes
Definative version of SMB Special•.~°♪ BEEBO •.~°♪22 Aug 20211.1Yes
Incredible port of this obscure gem!ShadowOne33319 Jul 20211.1Yes