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Free To Play Fridays – Super Mario Brothers Crossover

I can’t believe it’s already the third week of our Free To Play Friday series! So far we’ve covered DC Universe Online and PlanetSide 2; both massively multiplayer games for the PC. This week, I wanted to point the spotlight on an singleplayer, independently-developed game that celebrates the golden age of NES gaming with Super Mario Bros Crossover.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if other popular classic NES characters invaded the Super Mario universe? What if all of these larger-than-life characters got together and helped Mario save the princess from the evil King Koopa?

Independent developer Jay Pavlina (AKA Exploding Rabbit) developed Super Mario Bros Crossover to answer these questions, putting his favorite classic NES characters into one game. From Mario, to Zelda, to Mega Man, if they’re 8-bit heroes, you’ll find them here.

Learn more about Super Mario Bros. Crossover after the break.

Pesky bricks, mushrooms, and Bowser making your life hard? Return the favour with Bill’s iconic Spreader Rifle.

The roster includes:

  • Mega Man (Mega Man Series)
  • Bass (Mega Man 10)
  • Bill (Contra)
  • Simon Belmont (Castlevania)
  • Samus (Metroid)
  • Link (Legend of Zelda)
  • Blaster Master
  • Ryu Hayabusa (Ninja Gaiden)
  • Luigi
  • Mario

These aren’t just cut and paste heroes, each character has their own move animations, special attacks and transformations. Mega Man can charge his mega buster, Simon can upgrade his whip, Bill can upgrade his rifle, and Ryu can use his throwing stars in addition to his blade.

Super Mario Bros Crossover also has a fair number of options a player can customize. Classic soundtracks are included for each character, so a player using Simon would hear music from Castlevania. The look and feel of each level can be changed to mimic the style of the NES, Super Nintendo, and Gameboy (including graphics, color schemes, and audio capabilities). And every character has multiple skins; for example, Bass can be replaced with a playable Dr. Wily, Link with versions from his days on the NES and Super NES.

Mario, Samus, Link, Mega Man and more; all in one game!

Finally, SMB Crossover can also be played with a gamepad, definitely a step up from the default keyboard controls. Click here to get instructions on playing with a controller.

NES and retro gaming fans should definitely check out Super Mario Bros Crossover to experience one of the most inventive independently developed free-to-play games to hit the web.

The full Super Mario Bros Crossover game can be played for free at the Exploding Rabbit website or check out the screenshots below:

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About janhutchings

Canadian Game Industry Blogger / Contributor for @Sonyrumors & @ShogunGamer / Communications and PR Professional. Voice of Canadian and Indie Gaming. http://jtmgames.com/

Posted on November 30, 2012, in Free Gaming and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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