Dan Mons

Strong National Museum of Play obtains Super Mario Bros 3 for PC disk

ArsTechnica reports that the Strong National Museum of Play have obtained a floppy disk containing id Software’s original Super Mario Bros 3 PC demo. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/07/museum-obtains-rare-demo-of-id-softwares-super-mario-bros-3-pc-port/ Andrew Borman, the museum’s Digital Games Curator, mentioned that the disk was a part of a larger donation set given to the museum by an unnamed software developer.  The developer […]

Alex Mitchell

Bug in Super Mario Bros (NES) discovered, patched

GoldS, an admin and writer at video game research wiki The Cutting Room Floor, has released a patch for Super Mario Bros. (NES) that fixes a bug in the code that governs Lakitu’s behaviour when throwing spiny eggs: “The Spiny eggs are thrown by Lakitu in a simple way, with no horizontal movement whatsoever. However, this […]

SmokeMonster

Super Mario 64’s Smoke Effect Bug Fixed After 24 Years

When Mario catches fire in Super Mario 64, black smoke pours from his rear end, along with a heavy smattering of black garbage pixels. This is due to a mistake in the game code that displays the texture in the wrong format. The black pixels should actually be transparent. The bug went largely unnoticed for […]