An Illicit, High-Speed Mario
The world of unlicensed, black market video games has brought more than its share of oddities to the console area. Exhibit A is the game “Somari,” a bizarre mashup of Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog created for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
In Somari, the player guides Mario in a speedy, Sonic-like fashion through levels pulled from the Genesis version of Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s not a great game, but the technical achievement of stuffing a play-alike clone of Sonic in an 8-bit NES game should not be overlooked. Illegal titles like this were available only in Asia and rarely made their way to the US due to strict trade laws.