John Romero Reveals Unofficial PC DOS Port Of ‘Super Mario Bros 3’

John-Romero-Reveals-Super-Mario-Bros-3-PC-Port-DemoBelieve it or not but one of id Software’s earliest projects was to remake Nintendo’s hugely popular Super Mario Bros 3 for the PC. Although this was anything but a commission from the gaming giant in Japan, John Romero attempted to get Nintendo to license the game for release, only to find they wanted to keep it as a console exclusive. Despite being a widely known story within the gaming world, it’s only as of now we’re getting to see this technical demo.

Although Romero’s efforts didn’t win Nintendo over back in the day, the progress made on getting smooth scrolling gameplay on DOS based computers proved invaluable. id Software went on to make countless games which utilised their breakthrough, including the timeless Commander Keen series, and Dangerous Dave too - a title which was also given a brief run out in the Mushroom Kingdom behind closed doors.

Yesterday marked the 25th birthday of the aforementioned Commander Keen, and Romero was keen to mark the galactic hero’s big day with something special. Taking to Twitter, Romero sent out a link to Vimeo which contained a 6 minute demonstration of the Super Mario Bros 3 PC port that was pitched to Nintendo back in 1990. Much to our surprise, this technical demo is rather impressive and features most of what we know and love about the Nintendo NES game. While some of the physics are a little off and only the first level is identical to that of the source material, it’s worth noting that this demo was created in a week.

Needless to say yet another chapter of never-before-seen retro gaming history has revealed itself. Would have the release of Super Mario Bros 3 on the PC impacted the sales of the Nintendo NES? Or was Nintendo naive to let this technical feat go amiss?

Super Mario Bros 3 (PC Port) Gameplay

Link: John Romero Reveals Super Mario Bros 3 PC Port


 

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