Sunday, May 2, 2010

super mario bros. crossover

Progress: 80% at time of posting

There is and has been a thriving, user generated Flash game scene for years. Shame on me for neglecting it; well no more! A little game called Super Mario Bros. Crossover has changed all that. You may have seen some different emulators/ports of Super Mario Bros. (SMB) before but never with additional characters from classic NES games. This is the team-up I've dreamed about playing as a child. The idea is simply genius, play your way through the complete eight SMB worlds as Mega Man, Samus, Link, Bill (Contra), or Simon (Castlevania) and of course Mario.

This is not just a change to the character graphics (sprites) our hero's bring over their skills and moves from their own games. Bill can use the Contra favorite Spread Gun, Link has his boomerang to stun opponents before slicing them, Simon can use his whip. All the characters react to eating mushrooms and fire plants differently in a way that reflects their own game. I won't spoil all the surprises. Half the fun of the game is check out the unique character interactions. Currently Exploding Rabbit has the game hosted at

Super Mario Bros. Crossover

This game is as extremely addictive as its always been. SMB is among the highest selling video games of all time and this spin on it almost makes it feel fresh again. After every level, you get to go back to the character select screen allowing you to change your character. Also the game smartly added unlimited continues so the fun never has to stop. Using a keyboard is not recommended by the author, but can be done easily. PC users will have the most options getting this to play full screen and using a game pad. Personally I would love to have this game running on my PSP or DS handheld.

The music mash ups are really fun. The different characters bring over different sound effects and music from their own games really helping to add to the crossover effect of the game. I'm not sure if there are any copyright laws being broken here but I do think even Shigeru Miyamoto, the original game designer of SMB, would enjoy playing through this game. Thank you Exploding Rabbit for making and sharing this game with the world I will certainly be checking back to see what you come up with next. Visit the designer's site here:

Exploding Rabbit

Grade: B
Summary: You have to play it to believe it.

Super Mario Bros. Crossover Version 1.1 has been released featuring a new character: Ryu from Ninja Gaiden. This is a new version of the game.
"’s almost like a re-release of the game. This is how I would have wanted to originally release the game if I had the time." -Jay Pavlina
Game is now playable over at


  1. I liked playing SMB as Contra Bill. Bang, bang, turtles. Take that, Koopa Troopa!

    Now you have to review Machinarium or Braid. I'm curious what you'll have to say about such innovative Flash games. Braid's a lot like SMB, but with real artistic gfx.

  2. I really like that you did this game. I felt the same way totally playable and fun; however, short lived by the poor controls. If we weren't so spoiled these days, super mario bro's crossover would be amazing.