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Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is finally out photo
Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is finally out
by Tony Ponce

Super Mario Crossover, the pixel-for-pixel recreation of Super Mario Bros. that features a selectable cast of NES stars, was all set for the big 3.0 update this past June. It was unfortunately delayed a month, but it is now available for your pleasure. Head on down to developer Exploding Rabbit's site to give the new revision a spin.

New to 3.0 are the levels from Super Mario Bros. Special, a Japan-only port / remake for the NEC PC-8801 and Sharp X1; a difficulty system that drastically alters level layouts; and more skins for levels and characters to make them look like various other games on the NES, SNES, Game Boy, and so on. More tweaks and skins are planned for the future, but this is likely the last big update.

Exploding Rabbit is now hard at work on Super Retro Squad, which follows the style of Super Mario Crossover only with original characters and levels. While originally looking like an NES game, the graphics have been beefed up to a more detailed 16-bit style, though it looks like there may still be skins to "downgrade" the look to 8-bit and handheld styles. The game will also feature four-player online and local co-op. You can check the new screens below.

Super Mario Bros. Crossover 3.0 Released [Exploding Rabbit]

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6:00 PM on 06.22.2013

Nintendo increasing staff to forge more games and new IPs

Would you like to see a new Metroid, Wave Race, or Star Fox game? Perhaps some Chibi-Robo love? Hell, maybe even a new IP? Well, apparently nothing is out of the question with Nintendo as they look to build and strengthen the...

Wesley Ruscher

11:45 AM on 06.16.2013

Samus doesn't mind having no game at E3 this year

In a sectioned off outer space section of E3, I bumped into none other than Samus Aran. She was keeping it really, doing whatever, and having a pretty good time. I figured she'd feel left out, what with Nintendo ignoring her...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 06.13.2013

Reggie asks Retro why they're doing another Donkey Kong

Remember when I said Reggie would be watching you on social media? Well it turns out he wasn't joking, as he sat down with Retro Studios' Michael Kelbaugh to ask the question many people were thinking: "why is there going to...

Chris Carter

7:30 AM on 06.12.2013

Retro chose Donkey Kong over Metroid for the Wii U

When Nintendo's Satoru Iwata informed us that we'll be seeing what Retro Studios was working on at E3, we all assumed the best possible outcome: Metroid. But what we actually got was an announcement for a follow-up to Donkey ...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 06.04.2013

Mario Bros. 3 headlines Club Nintendo's June rewards

If you haven't played Super Mario Bros. 3 yet, you can pick it up on the Wii Virtual Console for 150 Coins by way of Club Nintendo. Outside of Mario, F-Zero X (Wii VC) is 200 Coins, Link 'n' Launch (3DS) is 150 Coins, and Met...

Chris Carter





10:00 PM on 05.24.2013

Too cute! Mega Man, Mr. Saturn, and Samus crotchet dolls

D'AAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWW!!! Etsy member Sam Wilding loves making pixel art. Sometimes, his partner in crime Natasha will take Sam's pixel art and transform them into "amigurumi," crotchet dolls whose sole purpose is to sit there ...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 05.17.2013

Wii U owners don't know how to play Super Metroid

If you're a jaded hardcore gamer, and if you've ever complained that the new generation of "dumbed down" console gamers are the bane of life, prepare to feel justified. The arrival of Super Metroid on Wii U demonstrates the d...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 05.15.2013

Super Metroid is on the Wii U Virtual Console for $0.30

If you have a Wii U, run, don't walk to your GamePad and pick up Super Metroid on the eShop for $0.30 -- it should be live later today, unless Nintendo delayed it until the eShop update tomorrow. A timeless classic, Super Met...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 05.09.2013

Club Nintendo offers refunds for Super Metroid purchases

Recently, Club Nintendo offered up Super Metroid for 150 coins -- a modest offering, right? There's only one problem: the game was set to go on sale for $0.30 on May 15th. As a result, Nintendo is offering up a 150 Coin refun...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 05.05.2013

Zero Suit Samus figure making a comeback as well

Last night we told you that the Max Factory figma Link and figma Samus figures are getting reprinted. The good news keeps on rolling on through as the Zero Suit Samus figure based on Metroid: Other M is also coming back! The ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 PM on 05.04.2013

Link and Samus figmas to be restocked this winter

"Remember me?" It's our old friends: Max Factory's figma Link and figma Samus! These sexy poseable figurines were all the rage when they released last year, and they quickly sold out. If you missed that window, it was off to ...

Tony Ponce

5:00 AM on 05.02.2013

Calling all Metroidvania fans: Check out Valdis Story

It's hard to keep track of all the Kickstarters out there, but I regret not reporting on Valdis Story: Abyssal City because it's shaping up nicely. A year after Kickstarter funding ended, we now have more footage of the Metr...

Allistair Pinsof



Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is just around the corner photo
Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is just around the corner
by Tony Ponce

Three years ago as of yesterday, indie dev Exploding Rabbit's Super Mario Bros. Crossover was unleashed online, and the reception couldn't have been warmer. For the benefit of the unfortunate few who haven't heard of this darling fan tribute, Crossover is a tile-for-tile remake of Super Mario Bros. but with the ability to swap Mario out for a number of NES heroes, like Link, Bill Rizer, Simon Belmont, or Mega Man. The game was later expanded with more characters plus graphical skins to emulate the look of other NES, SNES, and Game Boy games.

Version 3.0, scheduled for some time in May or June, will introduce all new stages taken from Super Mario Bros. Special, an obscure Japanese exclusive for the NEC PC-8801 and Sharp X1 home computers. There will also be rearranged stage layouts depending on your selected difficulty, so what was once a leisurely bridge stroll over a crystal clear lake could now be a perilous platforming challenge across a molten pool of lava.

Finally, I'd like to remind you that Exploding Rabbit is also working on an original title called Super Retro Squad, which is essentially Crossover just with new characters directly inspired by the NES stars. Once 3.0 is out and about, development on SRC will most certainly kick into high gear.

Super Mario Crossover 3.0 Trailer [Exploding Rabbit]

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NeverEnding Story and GoldenEye chip mixes plus more photo
NeverEnding Story and GoldenEye chip mixes plus more
by Tony Ponce

Atreyu! Falcor! Atreyu? Falcor?

Game music remixer Dj CUTMAN has organized a bunch of tunes that he's produced for the video group Underbelly into a nifty pay-what-you want pack. Underbelly Beats & Remixes contain a few straight-up NES arrangements and beat compilations of Super Mario Bros. 2, Metroid, and Mega Man 2, plus a few other surprises.

One of those surprises is a chiptune version of the main theme of The NeverEnding Story -- not the joke track from The Lonely Island linked above, of course. Then there is his medley of GoldenEye 007 tracks, which reminded of just how badass the music in that game was.

Go on and sample, chilluns!

Underbelly Beats & Remixes [Dj CUTMAN]

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11:30 AM on 03.19.2013

Super Metroid turns 19, gets a fan-made symphony

On March 19, 1994, one of the best Super Nintendo titles -- and one of the best games of all time -- made it's debut in Japan. Super Metroid was and still is the perfect combination of atmosphere, exploration, and action, bu...

Tony Ponce