In the latest Iwata Asks segment on Nintendo’s website, the President drilled the original developers of the NES Super Mario Brothers, concluding with a confirmation that the series creator Shigeru Miyamoto is currently working on an iteration of the plumbing adventure for the 3DS.
“Yes. So, in the interests of adopting new technology for the Super Mario Bros. tradition, I am now making a new Super Mario Bros. game for the Nintendo 3DS system,” Miyamoto said. “I want to show everyone as soon as possible what the new Super Mario Bros. will be like on the Nintendo 3DS.”
Of course, by collecting the original developers of Super Mario Bros in one room, all kinds of interesting trivia spilled out. The original prototype for the game represented Mario with one big block, and that later went on to form the basis for The Legend of Zelda.
Also, and this is a mindfuck, the original controls had you jump by pressing “up” on the D-pad, while the A button was mapped to “attack.” Originally Mario could kick enemies, and even fire a beam gun while riding around on a cloud. In the early, early stages, Miyamoto didn’t even imagine Mario flying on a cloud – his original ride was a rocket.
And being an NES game, they pulled tons of tricks to save memory. Everyone’s familiar with the fact that clouds are just recolored shrubs, but the game is rife with examples of repurposing. For example, the castle you start every level with is also on the top of the castle at the end of the level. Not impressed? How about this: the sound of big Mario getting smaller and going down a pipe are the same sound.
And you know what else? Jumping on a turtle? Swimming? Same fucking sound.
[via Iwata Asks]