12 of the craziest Mario hacks


Pit of Death

A hacked version of: Super Mario World

What makes it crazy: When MoltovMarioWorld created his Pit hacks, he wasn’t aiming to make a full-fledged Mario game; instead, he sought to pack all the punishment and pain of an entire playthrough into one ruthless level. As if scrolling stages weren’t arduous enough, the layout of the Pit of Death means that merely grazing a wall or ceiling in the wrong spot spells instant death. But wait, there’s more – you’ll need to master the art of mid-air juggling keys and P-switches if you want any hope of surviving.

Our favorite part: The insane P-switch juggling at 0:49. Never in a thousand years could we pull that off.

Pit of Despair

A hacked version of: Super Mario World

What makes it crazy: What’s Death without a little Despair? To quote the friendly, inviting intro screen, MoltovMarioWorld has crafted “the most difficult level in the world; you will cry and wish you were not alive if you play this hack.” Our confidence isn’t helped much when the overworld depicts a skull surrounding the level, nor does the blood red backdrop upon entering the Pit. This isn’t false advertising, either – the precision required for this stage’s shell-hopping and key-chucking will induce despair in most any Mario expert.

Our favorite part: 0:38. Mario learns how to levitate with nothing but a key and his mad skills.

Lucas Sullivan

Lucas Sullivan is the former US Managing Editor of GamesRadar+. Lucas spent seven years working for GR, starting as an Associate Editor in 2012 before climbing the ranks. He left us in 2019 to pursue a career path on the other side of the fence, joining 2K Games as a Global Content Manager. Lucas doesn't get to write about games like Borderlands and Mafia anymore, but he does get to help make and market them.