Saturday, July 24th, 2021

Random: John Romero’s “Super Mario Bros. 3” PC port appears on a floppy disk in the museum



You may remember that a few years ago, veteran game developer and DOOM legend John Romero released a demo video of the PC port of Super Mario Bros. 3, which was originally made for Nintendo in 1990.Well, the complete demo has now appeared in the pile of data donated to Strong National Game Museum In the U.S.

Will become id Software (of earthquake, German army headquarters, with doom Fame) made this proof of concept more than 30 years ago, hoping that Nintendo can authorize the official PC port. Although the platform owner rejected the proposal, the demonstration itself is an impressive piece of code, and a copy is now in the archives of the aforementioned agency.

Detailed description Ars Technica, Andrew Borman, the curator of digital games at the museum, discovered the prototype on the floppy disk, which was buried in the software collection donated some time ago.Obviously, the person who donated “is a game developer, but they did not work on this field, but received [it] During their work”.

So why is the demo of “Super Mario Bros. 3” PC port rejected important?Um, until now John Romero’s video (Embedded at the bottom of the page) is the only public evidence of its existence-although it is mentioned in the book of David Kushner Master of Doom — Therefore, it is very important to archive it and make it accessible to researchers, especially considering the importance of the source game and the team members participating in it.

The demo is also an example of John Carmack’s programming ingenuity. It demonstrated the smooth screen scrolling familiar to platform enthusiasts on the console, but it was something that was difficult to replicate in PC games of that era.

As Borman told Ars Technica, the demo is far from complete and “lack of many features and polishes. If developers can cooperate with Nintendo, they will see these features”, but for the original prototype, As Romero told Polygon, In “one week, after get off work, two days on weekends”, this is an incredibly impressive achievement and an important part of the history of video games.

It is good to know that it is now in the museum to which it belongs.

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