Super Mario Crossover is a flash based project started and developed by Jay Pavlina at explodingrabbit.com that got really popular on the internet over the last 6 years. The game is build by using the original Super Mario Bros. game as engine and introducing a few new 8 bit NES heroes as playable characters: Link from the Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, Samus Aran from the Metroid game, Simon Belmont from Castlevania, Bil Rizer from Contra, Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden, Sophia the 3rd tank from Blaster Monster, Luigi Mario’s older brother and Bass from Mega Man 10.
Super Mario Crossover got updated quite a few times over the years by getting new features added as well as new characters, yet all this mods to the original release were only add-ons. Players along the world cataloged the game by their own conveniece leaving the impression that there were actually 3 different games released and this translates to the following:
Super Mario Crossover 1 (actually versions 1.0 , 1.1 and 1.2 releases. )
Super Mario Crossover 2 relates to version 2.0
Super Mario Crossover 3 relates to version 3.0
In version 1.0 the available characters to choose from were the following ones: Link that is also able to jump, a fact that wasn’t possible on the original Legend of Zelda game, Samus Aran, Simon Belmont that also get’s a new ability of double jumping a fact that also wasn’t possible in Castelvania game and Bill Rizer from Contra.
Version 1.1 adds Ryu Hayabusa as new character, Samus Aran get’s a new suit and also her Power Suit becomes available after collecting a power up item inside the game and Mega Man get’s his robotic dog Rush to help him overcome taller obstacles.
Version 1.2 adds Sophia the 3rd as new character.
Version 2.0 adds Luigi and Bass as new characters as well as new skins and music all for characters while the coming 2.0 subversions fixes some bugs and adds new skins and also adds or removes some functionality for some characters
Version 3.0 adds new levels that were inspired by the Super Mario Bros. Special game and also brings new skins to the scene as well as the option to replicate the game play as it would appear on some other 8 bit era consoles or available hardware. All 3.0 related subversions were released to fix some bugs as well as to add new mods to some of the characters behavior.
When it comes to game play as you would probably expect some of the available characters will be favorized by their special abilities or weapons making your life a lot more easy when it comes to completing all levels. The action of Super Mario Crossover just like in the original game is related to saving the damsel in distress by taking a long journey among all 8 worlds, followed by a final battle against Bowser in his lair.
I personally enjoy playing both as Bil Rizer and Ryu because Contra and Ninja Gaiden were two of my favorite Super Nintendo (SNES) console games of my childhood and I truly enjoy having the option to kick all Mario’s villains so easy . For me this looks a lot comic also, as I do laugh a lot when seeing those poor Gombas and Koopas walking towards a soldier waiting with his loaded shotgun or having to fight against a hard trained ninja armed with a Katana and lot’s of Shurikens that is also able to use stealth and hide on walls sides and such.
This idea of Jay Pavlina of mixing all this retro characters into a game as Super Mario Bros. was genius. The effort and the countless hours of labor he dedicated to bring this game to life really worth all of our gratitude. The game got viral among Mario’s fans since it went live for the first time on Newgrounds back in 2010 for the first time and still continues to get a lot of popularity nowadays.
If you are among those that haven’t played Mario Crossover until now and would like a quick sneak peak to get yourself familiarized here is a long video presentation for you.
In case your desire for playing more Mario retro games from the 8 bit era just got bigger 8bitMario.com website has it all for you.