Super Mario Bros. Crossover 3.1 Released

Super Mario Bros. Crossover 3.1 is released, and it includes the lost levels. It’s the final version of the game, so please consider supporting the spiritual successor, Super Action Squad.

People have been asking for The Lost Levels to be added to Super Mario Bros. Crossover for a long time, so we decided to do it. Instead of the usual 32, The Lost Levels has 52 levels. We’ve also included easy and hard versions of each, so that’s an additional 156 levels. That means there is now a total of 348 levels in the game. That’s a lot!

We did not change the physics for Mario and Luigi, so this is not the “true” version of The Lost Levels. Instead, it’s based on the version that was in Super Mario Bros. Deluxe. We didn’t have time to write new code for any of the characters, so this was the only realistic way for us to do it.

We decided to make this the final update to Super Mario Bros. Crossover, so you can now consider the game “done.” It is possible I may release a level editor in the future, but there are no plans as of right now, so consider it a bonus if it happens. For now, the game will continue to only be playable while connected to the Internet, but after Super Action Squad is released, I’ll remove that requirement and will consider releasing the source code.

So… if you are a fan of this game, should you be sad? NO! You should actually be happy. Super Action Squad is the spiritual successor to Super Mario Bros. Crossover, so it’s basically an expanded version of the game without all of the frustrating limits. It’s been in development since August 2013, and it’s coming along fairly well.

Since we want to make Super Action Squad the best game possible, I created an SMBC feedback forum. Please tell us everything you like and don’t like about SMBC, and we’ll keep it in mind while working on SAS. I am especially interested in feedback on the weapon, power-up, and health systems. I feel like they could be better, but it’s hard to figure out the best way to do them, so any ideas are welcome.

And remember, if you like SMBC, the best way for you to see more of it is to support Super Action Squad. My goal with the game is to take the best elements of all platformers, especially retro ones, and combine them into a single game. It’s a difficult task, but we already have a solid foundation to build upon, so I think we can do it.

Anyway, you can play version 3.1 now, or you can view a list of changes. Thanks for reading!

Super Mario Bros. Crossover 3.0 Released

Super Mario Bros. Crossover 3.0 is released. There are tons of new features in the game, including a total of 192 levels.

Version 3.0 of Super Mario Bros. Crossover is finally complete. This is our biggest update so far, and it features an entirely new set of levels from Super Mario Bros. Special. With the inclusion of difficulty-based maps, there are now 192 levels in the game. Some other notable features are a new difficulty system, a new skin selection system, full-screen support, and several new skins. For a full list of changes, see the version history page.

We are also pleased to announce that the game will no longer be locked to our website. You are free to put the game anywhere you like. The only limitation of playing the game on other websites is full-screen mode; it will only work on our site.

This game has gotten bigger than I ever thought it would, and much of that is thanks to the help of Zach Robinson and Blaine Hanna. I now wish to inform people that it is time for me to move on, so I will no longer be playing a large role in the development of this game. Blaine will now be the lead developer, and I will be spending nearly all of my time on Super Retro Squad.

More levels and skins will certainly be added to the game in the future, but I would probably consider this the last major release. As Super Retro Squad gets further along in development, it will be more difficult for any team members to devote time to this free game when it is filled with intellectual property that we do not own.

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for making Super Mario Bros. Crossover a huge success. The huge positive response that this game received has changed my life, and it made it possible for me to form a development team and turn Exploding Rabbit into a production studio. I can never thank you enough for that.

Thanks again for your support, and I hope you enjoy Super Mario Bros. Crossover 3.0!

Super Mario Bros. Crossover 3.0 Delayed

Super Mario Bros. Crossover 3.0 is delayed, but I announce some of the new features that are coming.

We won’t be able to get the new version of Super Mario Bros. Crossover done by June 30th. I’m sorry! In order to make up for this disappointing news, let me show you some cool new features coming to version 3.0.

Improved Skin Selection

Changing skins in previous versions of the game was a chore, and many people didn’t even know it was possible. In version 3.0, it’s very easy. Whenever you select a character, you’ll now see a skin selection screen like the one below.

Changing map skins was also difficult and was hidden away in a menu. Now, you can do it directly on the character select screen.

The map skin selection menu shows you a preview of what each skin looks like before you select it.

Revamped Difficulty Settings

The difficulty settings in previous versions didn’t work well. They either made the game too easy or too hard, and there was no customization. Now, all of the options for difficulty can be adjusted separately, so you can choose exactly how you want to play the game.

We also finally got around to adding one of the most requested features:


Cheats are always a fun way to change the experience of the game. We added a few new ones that have been requested for a while. Here is one of my personal favorites:

It’s really fun on water levels.

And I realize that people don’t want to have to unlock the cheats by playing through the game every time, so we added a simple way to unlock them. Retro gamers should be able to figure out how to do it.

And of course, there’s also all of the new stuff shown in the trailer, which includes 32 new levels and easy/hard versions of every level. So basically, there are 192 levels in the game.

Why it was Delayed

Even with all of these new features, we would have had the game done in time if we weren’t working on Super Retro Squad at the same time. When we release version 3.0, we’re also going to be releasing some new information about Super Retro Squad. We want people to think of Super Retro Squad when they think about Super Mario Bros. Crossover, so we’re working on some different ways to make that happen.

This release is a big deal for us, so we want to make sure we take the time to get it right. Please be patient and look forward to it. I can personally tell you that this version of the game is magnitudes better than the previous versions. My favorite new feature is the hard versions of levels. You will die a lot, but don’t worry… we provide plenty of extra lives for you!

I don’t like giving specific dates because it’s stressful to get the game done in time, but I am pretty sure it will be out before the end of July. Please accept my sincerest apologies and understand that this delay is for the best. Thanks for your understanding!

Mega Man X Analysis – Game Mechanics

I analyze the game mechanics of Mega Man X, one of my favorite Super Nintendo games.

Since I’m working on Super Action Squad, I’ve been looking at a lot of my favorite retro games, and I’ve been trying to understand what makes them so much fun. I thought other people might enjoy the research I’m doing, so I decided to turn it into a video series. The first game I’m doing is my favorite action game on the Super Nintendo, Mega Man X. The first topic is game mechanics, and I’ll be covering different parts of the game in future videos.

I really enjoyed making this video. The amount of time and work I put into this series will be based on how much interest there is. As I’m sure you know, I’m very busy with Super Retro Squad, but if people like this sort of thing as much as I enjoy doing it, I’ll find the time.

Super Mario Bros. Crossover 3.0 Trailer

The trailer for Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is released on the 3 year anniversary of SMBC and Exploding Rabbit.

Today is the three year anniversary of Super Mario Bros. Crossover, so we figured it was a good day to release the trailer for version 3.0. Finally, we’re going to have more levels. We decided to take the levels from an obscure Mario game called Super Mario Bros. Special. It is a pretty weird game that even has some new items and enemies. Playing the game is an absolute nightmare because it’s on an old Japanese computer and it has many technical limitations. Now that it’s playable in SMBC, it can finally be enjoyed like other Mario games. Also, I know that people want The Lost Levels in the game, but we decided to do “Special” first since it’s something different. We’ll be working on The Lost Levels for a future update.

The other big feature we’re adding is levels that change based on difficulty. This means if you play on easy mode, you’ll play an easier version of each level, and for hard mode, a harder version. I really enjoy the hard mode levels. Since I’ve played the game so many times, I’m used to playing through the levels pretty quickly, but on hard mode, I have to stop and think about what I’m doing. It’s really fun, and it plays with the player’s expectations. Easy mode is also fun. Instead of just making the levels easier, we added tons of coins. It makes you want to collect as many as you can so it changes the gameplay a bit.

And of course, there are new skins. Many of the skins in the trailer were released in version 2.1, but I included them since many people may not be aware of them. The new map skins are Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES and SNES), Super Mario Bros. Special, Atari, and Castlevania. There are also some new character skins that were not shown in the trailer only because there is so much stuff in the game it’s difficult to show it all. As mentioned in the trailer, the new version will be released in May or June.

In addition to the three year anniversary of SMBC, it is also the three year anniversary of Exploding Rabbit. It’s always fun to look back on the anniversary and see where I was last year. If you would have told me one year ago that I was going to raise $53,000 and move across the country to work with people I never met on a commercial game, I would have told you that you’re crazy… and I still think you’re crazy, but that’s what happened.

We finally seem to be settled into the house and have most of our finances and lives in order, so we’re able to get a lot more work done now. I think you’ll notice that you’re going to see a lot more stuff from us now because of that. I’m also focusing a lot more on being more social and transparent online, so there shouldn’t be any long gaps of silence from us. I’m hoping to release videos pretty regularly now, and maybe, for once, I’ll be able to do it.

And I’m sure you noticed, but we have an updated logo. It’s a bit more colorful and fun, and I think it fits the company well (although it almost seems too colorful for the current design of the site, but let’s just ignore that for now).

Hmm… I seem to be writing a lot, and lots of text on one page scares me, so I’ll stop. Happy anniversary to everyone, and thanks for helping to make my life a crazy adventure.