Super Mario Odyssey demake shows what it would look like as a 2D NES game

Super Mario Odyssey
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Super Mario Odyssey has been reimagined as an NES game to see what it would have looked like 30 years ago. And the best part? It’s free to download right now.

TeddyRoseKidd, a Twitch streamer and YouTuber has uploaded a video to his channel where he showcases exactly how he reimagined Super Mario Odyssey as a 2D NES game.

The video is 13 minutes long and showcases not only the finished product, but the creator’s entire process including creating sprites and replicating the Super Mario Odyssey move set using only two buttons. While the game isn’t actually played on a NES console, TeddyRoseKidd wanted to see if it could have been made on it, which meant constraining himself to the two face buttons that NES controllers had. So, how does he fare? Surprisingly well, as it turns out. Almost all of Mario’s iconic move set from Super Mario Odyssey makes it across, including the Hat trick, Triple Jump, and Ground Pound. 

The game is free to download via the creator’s Google Drive at the moment, so you can check it out for yourself. TeddyRoseKidd does a run-through of the level in his video, but deliberately doesn’t reveal where all the collectibles are, so you’re going to have to make the most of your move set (and your memory of Super Mario Odyssey’s opening level) to find them all.

This isn't the first time we've seen a demake of Super Mario Odyssey though, as there was footage floating around of an N64 style version of the game last year, running on Mario 64 emulator.

If you’re hankering for more Nintendo action, check out our roundup of the best Nintendo Switch games. Maybe you’ll spot something else in need of a 2D demake.

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