To get the new-look WoS off to an especially
tremendous start, we've got something a little special for you.
This week, your intrepid reporter discovered a piece of gaming history
whose existence has until now escaped even the most supposedly definitive
of books and web archives - a lost Super Mario Brothers game.
Called "Super Mario Brothers Special", the game ran on the obscure
Japanese PC-8001 computer, and was created in 1986 by veteran developers
Hudson Soft. Looking and sounding very much like the arcade/NES original,
SMB Special has two major differences to its parent.
Firstly, it contains a complete new set of
levels, different from both the first game and the Japan-only "Super Mario
Bros 2" which later appeared on the SNES Mario Allstars compilation. And
secondly, rather than having a scrolling display in the manner of the
other Mario games, SMBS features a flick-screen format which changes the
gameplay significantly. (For example, a kicked Koopa shell will now
rebound off the edge of the screen and come back at you whether there's an
obstacle there or not.)
Despite these changes, and the primitive
hardware the game was running on, SMB Special is an entertaining game,
significantly harder than the original and a challenge even in comparison
to the Japanese SMB2. But hey, don't take my word for it.
contains everything you need to play SMB Special - the PC88Win
emulator, the system ROMs, and the disk image itself. Simply unzip the
file contents to a folder, load up the disk in drive 1, select "N
Mode" from the "Options" menu and then reset the emulator. The game
should auto-run from there. (Controls are numeric pad to move, Z and X
the fire buttons. You can use normal cursor keys by switchng Num Lock
off.) Enjoy, before Nintendo's lawyers have us all