SMB Crossover

I’ve been in grad school for about a month and a half now and I can say it was a good idea not to bring my gaming systems with me. I don’t have time for anything but school and homework! Now a lot of the games I’m excited for are out or close to it, and I can’t play them! Woe is me…

Regardless, when I need a break there are some excellent flash games out there to help me chill out and defrag a bit. My favorite being Super Mario Bros. Crossover. I guess I could be cheating by naming SMBC as my favorite since it is the original SMB, but who would have thought playing as other classic Nintendo characters would make an already great game better? The roster of playable characters includes Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden, Link from The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man from (umm…) Mega Man, Bill from Contra, Samus from Metroid, and Simon Belmont from Castlevania. Mario is available as well but his physics seem a bit off to me, and who would want to play as Mario anyway? You can either play as one character, or choose between characters at the start of each stage. Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses, and some are more suitable for certain stages than others. For example, Mega Man is fantastic in underwater stages thanks to his pressure sensitive jumps that give the player a large amount of control not found in many of the other characters. Conversely, Mega Man is a poor jumper when not traversing the flood and has to employ his robotic dog Rush quite frequently to make it over even simple obstacles.

SMBC also has various difficulties, customizable controls, and a save option that give it even more replay value than even the original SMB. All-in-all it’s a great game to play for a few minutes (or longer) and, thanks to the save option, move on. I highly recommend any SMB, or classic Nintendo fan check it out.

I’m a little more than two months away from going home for Christmas. Once there, I’ll have four games on my plate: Metroid: Other M, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Epic Mickey, and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. I probably won’t make it through all of them since I’ll also want to spend time with friends and family, and also work on some other school/career related projects. At the same time, I decided to do my Master’s degree in pop culture studies, and game studies in particular so my game time over the holidays might turn out as research too. w00t! for education!