Super Mario Oddities

25 years of wackiness inspired by the legendary Nintendo game, from lost levels to breakfast food to pop art.

Posted by  | Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Real Lost Levels
Few western gamers know that Hudson developed and released an authorized, alternate version of Super Mario Bros. for Japanese home computers in 1986. “Super Mario Bros. Special” contained all-new levels, additional enemies adapted from Donkey Kong, and even the ability to use a hammer.

There was a big catch: Due to the limitations of the NEC PC-8801 and the Sharp X1, the game doesn’t scroll smoothly like the NES version. Instead, you steer Mario to the edge of one screen and onto another one, which makes for tricky gameplay.┬áIf you’re interested in trying it out, you can find all the necessary files to emulate it on your PC at Hardcore Gaming 101 (scroll down the page).

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. lesinge32 Says:

    as a fellow love of old school video games you should check out the pac man video this swiss artist made!… also tetris, pong, space invaders

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  3. Guest Says:

    How about Communist Mario?

  4. GamesOgre Says:

    That's a fantastic collection of weird Mario stuff. I agree, that control-Mario-by-hand video is amazing!