Mario 3 remade in New Super Mario Bros. engine, fans making Nintendo look lazy

Hey Nintendo, you know how you're re-releasing Super Mario All-Stars for the Wii? Well why aren't you doing it like this? Don't get me wrong, I bloody adore Super Mario All-Stars, and will be picking it up for the second time as soon as I can get hold of a Wii copy. And I'll play through it with all with the same child-like glee I did the first time. But seriously, could we not have a 2.5D re-remake as well? You have had 17 years to get it ready.

Well, as is often the way, a fan has stepped in where a big company hasn't. A chap by the name of SKJmin has created a ROM hack of the DS' New Super Mario Bros. which converts it into Super Mario Bros. 3. What's that you say? Pics or it didn't happen? Well I have them, and they're moving.

Obviously some artistic license has had to be used, given that SKJmin only had the assets on the cartridge to work with. So no racoon suit or Kuribo's shoe here. But even more exciting than the massive job he's done on the remake itself is the extra bonus content he's put in. Aside from the fan service references to Metroid and Zelda, SKJmin's original levels look out-bloody-standing.

There are a lot of crap fan-made Mario games knocking around the 'net, but this guy looks like he really gets what makes a proper 2D Mario level work. In terms of ideas, execution, and that clever blend of sharp conceptualisation and brutal seat-of-the-pants reaction-tests, he's got it nailed. It really shows off the kind of ultra hardcore design wit that Nintendo's own 2D Mario output has been missing of late. Give this man a job.

So what do you reckon? Would you like a new version of Super Mario All-Stars rebuilt like this? Should Nintendo let this guy work on a new 2D Mario game? Do the New SMB games lack the spark of the original ones? Let me know in the comments.


  • MrDelicious - November 28, 2010 3:54 a.m.

    I will agree though, this guy's original levels look awesome.
  • MrDelicious - November 28, 2010 3:46 a.m.

    In regards to the last paragraph, here's an idea. Build a Mario 3 level-editor for Wii users. Take the best of the best user-generated levels and create new worlds for download. THAT I would eat right up.
  • MrDelicious - November 28, 2010 3:44 a.m.

    Remaking Mario 3 with the Mario Wii engine and graphics is fun and impressive, but it's certainly not a worthy replacement for the original. The original Mario 3 had a certain feel to it. Firstly is the play-control. The way Mario moved is a HUGE part of the game. The way players could build Mario's speed and let his momentum carry him, the jvariable jump height depending on how long the A button was held.. I mean, the levels were made around that game engine. To take the same level design and slap it into a completely different game just doesn't compare to the original. That, and the original had a style of its own that is irreplacable. To "update" it with 3D graphics is silly. Heck, I still think the remakes for Super Mario All Stars are silly. (Does the Mario 1 theme really need a drum beat?) If they used their resources to create something new and different and wonderful, that would be fine. But the idea of remaking the old Mario's with 3D graphics is a little perverse, to me. BTW, I do absolutely think that the New SMB games "lack the spark" of the originals. They feel like throwbacks. Very few things that were new in NSMB DS or NSMB Wii felt like much more than gimmicks. The orginal games were simple, yet crafty. The new games feel like the Star Wars Prequel Triology. A lot of flare, but not much substance.
  • Deutero - November 17, 2010 5:48 a.m.

    fantastic stuff. huge props to SKJmin. a game that will likely be free that looks better than 70% of the stuff that entire teams get paid to work on
  • Marcus20 - November 16, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    Whats the music called on the 10th chapter?
  • KielbasaNinja - November 16, 2010 12:50 a.m.

    Brilliant level design, sweet remixes, and just enough new stuff to make it interesting yet remain true to the originals. My wager is that this is the best Mario game we'll never play.
  • shmoopy97 - November 15, 2010 11:37 p.m.

    do you know what rom emulator it runs on?
  • Spybreak8 - November 15, 2010 7:56 p.m.

    Yeah I was excited about this when I posted it in the forums:
  • Bawheidbob - November 15, 2010 6:55 p.m.

    Impressive stuff.
  • SausageLozenge - November 15, 2010 6:54 p.m.

    I enjoy the 2D sprites more. I'd Check out the Super Mario Bros. X if you want what that guy did but with the 16 bit sprite style of Super Mario World. Here's the site you can download and play it
  • FoxdenRacing - November 15, 2010 5:18 p.m.

    @JadenkOTOR: There seems to be a trend of game designers hating some of their most popular creations. Miyamoto hates SMB3, Inafune hates MM2, I wouldn't be surprised if Kojima hates either MGS1 or MGS3, so on and so forth.
  • Crabhand - November 15, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    I don't care if Nintendo does it or someone else, this guy should be hired as a level designer by some company. The levels in that video was the stuff of legends.
  • Darkshine34 - November 15, 2010 4:43 p.m.

    I wish I was that good at Mario
  • JADENkOTOR - November 15, 2010 4:19 p.m.

    What is with the hate around here? Mario 3 is my second favorite Mario in the entire franchise (nothing can compete with super mario world) and this guy has made a beautiful rendition of it.... Of course the new All Stars should be made like this and the fact Nintendo isn't already on the phone tracking this guy down is beyond me.
  • FoxdenRacing - November 15, 2010 3:29 p.m.

    I find this guy's tech demo interesting and wish to subscribe to his newsletter. Slashdot memes aside, this looks beautiful; here's to hoping it sees completion.
  • HarryBalls - November 15, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    That's awesome Mr. Houghton! Why do I get the impression you're more of a Hunter S Thompson kind of a journalist and less of a Barbara Walters? Could it be the cigarette holder... ? Naw.
  • Kage_No_Shi - November 15, 2010 2:11 p.m.

    Beyond mere awesome, more like super epic or something! First Sonic Fan Remix (albeit, incomplete), now a remake of SM3 + loads of extras? What'll be next?
  • Squander - November 15, 2010 2:09 p.m.

    @Straygator: its from "The Last Remnant" (Tsuyoshi Sekito "Flamedrop") - his Soundtrack is just badass!
  • StrayGator - November 15, 2010 1:55 p.m.

    Where is the "Mazes" part's music from?
  • KnightDehumidifier - November 15, 2010 1:35 p.m.

    In a recent interview Shigeru Miyamoto said that Super Mario Bros. 3 was this in regards to remakes of original Mario games: "I look at Super Mario 3, and was like, "This was it?! This is what we thought was good enough?"" [] Congratulations, he has remade an underwhelming Mario game in the eyes of the man who made the game.

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