Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. is one of those classic platformers that's so good you can revisit it over and over again - and one fan has gone so far as to make their own redesigned version, Super Mario Flashback. The game features beautifully revamped pixel art, modifications to the gameplay that include additional powers, level tweaks, extra levels and much more.
The original Super Mario Bros. game was developed by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, and released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985. Nowadays it's fairly easy to play Super Mario Bros. using an emulator if you don't have the original console, but some fans are dedicated enough to take the game and make it their own.
Super Mario Flashback has been an ongoing project for a whole now, but Engadget recently wrote a profile about the game and its designer, a 20 year-old Turkish student called Mors, whose programming skills were largely self-taught. Mors made his first Super Mario fan game at the age of 12, and continued to make games for fun over the years, developing his skills along the way. For an idea of just how well this paid off, check out the demo of Super Mario Flashback below.
Based on what we've seen, Super Mario Flashback seems to strike the right balance between presenting a world and game feel that's incredibly familiar, while also rejuvenating the look of the game with fresh pixel art and adding enough twists to make things exciting even for people who know the original game well enough to play it blindfolded. Super Mario Flashback incorporates gameplay elements and even levels from later Super Mario games likes Super Mario 64 and New Super Mario Bros. The music is based on the themes from Super Mario Bros., but remixed to add to the feeling of a game that's both nostalgic and new.
You can download a playable demo of Super Mario Flashback here, though the full version isn't expected to release until 2020. That fans are still working so hard in their own time to explore and build upon the world of Super Mario Bros. is a testament both to the staying power of the game, and to the dedication of the fans. We look forward to hopefully playing Super Mario Flashback ourselves, and if you had a go at the demo, let us know what you thought of it in the comments below.