What Super Mario Bros would look like with guns

Shigeru Miyamoto originally imagined Mario as a gun-toting, jetpack-wearing macho man. No, really. It's shown in the original concept outlines included in the Super Mario Collection art book. But what would the game have looked like with these ideas in place? Well, thanks to a little sprite modification and keyframe manipulation, I've created a custom video to give you an idea. Warning! Contains gun violence.

Looks strange, doesn't it? But the concept was entirely real. Miyamoto wanted Mario to have a jetpack so that he could accelerate while jumping - something he can't do in the actual game. It may be in Japanese and a little hard to make out, but here are the concepts as seen in the art book:

Above: These early diagrams also show that Mario's 'jump' button was originally 'up' on the d-pad. WTF?

The concept also outlined a punch attack and potential rocket riding(!) which all sounds ridiculous when applied to the classic, pure platform action we know and love. But don't forget Mario did get a jetpack of sorts in Super Mario Sunshine, and punched many a Goomba in the face in Super Mario 64. Then there are Metal Mario and the Cosmic Clones, both ideas that were mentioned years before we ever saw them come to fruition.

Miyamoto never gives up on an idea... no matter how bad it is. So expect a Shadow The Hedgehog-style Mario gun game in the future*.

25 Oct, 2010

Source: Aussie-Nintendo 

*most likely called Super Mario Gunshine.



  • philipshaw - October 28, 2010 2:03 a.m.

    Cool video but if that ever happens it would ruin mario
  • shyfonzie - October 27, 2010 12:48 a.m.

    Gunshine made me chuckle. Nice job with the animation!
  • Yirba - October 26, 2010 11:05 p.m.

    One slight issue... I believe Miyamoto-san already specified that the screen would only scroll from left to right even at that early stage. In this video, the screen scrolls left slightly at one point. Still, really awesome! Someone should make a proper playable version.
  • batmanboy11 - October 26, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    I'm glad he changed his mind...
  • Sy87 - October 26, 2010 7:46 p.m.

    Wow that sucks I rather just play the crossover that a modder made. Oh and what does religious jactiong mean your crazy captcha comes up with crazy phrases.
  • NanoElite666 - October 26, 2010 4:25 p.m.

    "Super Mario Gunshine" would be a MUCH more appropriate to derive the acronym SMG from than "Super Mario Galaxy".
  • tareq - October 26, 2010 3:08 p.m.

    This needs to exist
  • EnragedTortoise1 - October 26, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    Wow... that kind of a game would be AWESOME.
  • GR_JustinTowell - October 26, 2010 2:29 p.m.

    @TRAVthe3RD - yes it is the swimming sprite! Good spot :)
  • TRAVthe3RD - October 26, 2010 1:49 p.m.

    is his swimming sprite used to jump in that vid? he glides so gracefully :p yeh im glad you mentioned mario sunshine in here cuz that would be my impression of what mario with guns would look like.. good ol fashioned pg rated fun!
  • flabslapper - October 26, 2010 12:10 p.m.

    lol that was really good!
  • KidKatana - October 26, 2010 11 a.m.

    Ha that goomba made me chuckle. Well done sir.
  • JayBeat - October 26, 2010 9:51 a.m.

    Super Mario Gunshine. Patent that.

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