Super Mario World may have been a Super Nintendo exclusive launch title, however, that didn’t stop pirates from bringing the plumber’s adventure to the rival platform. Super Mario World 64 is the unofficial answer to getting your Mushroom Kingdom fix on the Sega Mega Drive – much to Nintendo’s disapproval.
While this is far from being a perfect copy, this bootleg version of Super Mario World is quite the curiosity. To date the developer of this port is currently unknown and the game has been missing from preservation sites in ROM format. Any chance of playing this game has remained with the difficult task of locating a physical copy of the game from the black market.
Several retro gamers, however, have been hard at work to reverse engineer this title to preserve it. Eke over at SpritesMind managed to get to the bottom of the Bowser-like-copy-protection by using Bruno Freitas’ Sega Genesis Cartridge Explorer and successfully dumped the game back in October 2012. Although existing in ROM format, Super Mario World 64 will only work in the Nintendo Wii Sega Mega Drive emulator Genesis Plus GX due to the complex code within.
But before you go expecting great things, keep in mind that this is very much a knock-off product. Yoshi is nowhere to be seen, nor is the world map we’ve grown to love over the years. But nevertheless seeing Mario on Sega’s 16-bit system is a sight to behold and one we’re sure Nintendo never hoped would happen.
Super Mario World 64 (Sega Mega Drive Bootleg) Gameplay Video
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