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Super Mario Clone World Brings Super Mario Bros. to the Atari 2600

Iconic Nintendo game Super Mario Bros. has been, in a rather retro move, ported to run on the Atari 2600–a game system that preceded it by eight years.

Courtesy of coder and Atari enthusiast Sprybug, the demo has lots of room for growth:

It is now 32k. With 32k I believe I’ll be able to fit 16 levels (World 1-1 through 4-4). Each end world will have a Koopa kid as the boss. For those that played the pre-demo version, you already know that it’s not exactly like SMB, but it is pretty close. You automatically get what’s in the bonus yellow blocks. The flagpole is also smaller and I did this because I wanted to be able to put it in strategic areas not on ground level in order for you to have to figure out how to get there to finish a level.

Given the significant constraints he faced in porting the game backwards onto an older console, we can definitely understand the tweaks to the game play. If you’re dying to play the demo, grab a copy of Stella (a robust Atari 2600 emulator) and a copy of the demo at the link below.

Super Mario Clone World Demo [via Boing Boing]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/23/12

Comments (5)

  1. fallout330

    What an intriguing effort. Very cool!

  2. tml32101

    I acknowledge the difficulty of the process, but why bother when the game was already made for the Atari 2600? I own an original seeing as I am a collector, so I’ll share a link for anyone to look up… http://www.scottdecker.com/video_games/atari_2600_mario_bros.html

  3. trinity343

    @TML

    While yes the original Two player VS Mario bros game was on the atari 2600, did it have the style of game play similar to that of the NES Super Mario Bros? if not then it is not the same game that is already on the atari 2600

  4. Jason Fitzpatrick

    @tml32101: That’s not a port of Super Mario Bros.; that’s a port of the arcade game Mario Bros. In the video above you can see that this port is a partial remake of the side-scrolling NES game Super Mario Bros.

  5. Sprybug

    To Tml32101:
    You are speaking about the first regular Mario Bros. This one is based off of Super Mario Bros. 2 different games.

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