Someone Is Making A Game Based On The Super Mario Bros Super Show

Someone Is Making A Game Based On The Super Mario Bros Super Show

Many fans have recreated old Mario games in different engines or in different styles. But one fan and his young kids are doing something different. They’re creating a totally original Mario game based on the animated segments from the popular Super Mario Bros. Super Show and it looks amazing.

The fan game is being developed by Jesus Lopez, an animator who has worked on various video games including The Simpsons Tapped Out, Ducktales Remastered and Shantae 1/2 Genie Hero. He is working alongside his two young children, who are helping with artwork and programming. He has been working on the project for nearly three years.

YouTuber SwankyBox recently contacted Lopez and uploaded a video showcasing new footage of the game, behind the scenes documents and early artwork.

All of the animations in the game are hand-drawn by Lopez and are based on the animation style seen in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show. Specifically the animated segments of the show. The first level of the game is set in Pasta Land, where the first episode of the show is set.

Lopez still has a lot he wants to make, including more areas and different playable characters. But creating animation that looks this good is hard work for one man, so progress is moving slowly. Which is fine for Lopez.

For him, this is just one of many personal projects he is working on and is something he does in his free time with his kids. “This is one of my many personal projects so I can stay sharp as an animator in the video game industry,” explained Lopez in the description of a video showcasing the game’s progress.


  • I give it a week before Nintendo steps in and this gets cancelled.


        • Prob a bit much for me to say they want it shut down but I suspect that it doesn’t actually matter if it is.

          There’s a few things about all this that stand out for me.
          The guys no amateur, he has an established career in the gaming industry so I find it hard to believe he’s not aware of the complexities of such a project.
          The video feels more like a promotion of Lopez and the work of his kids than it does a promotion of the game itself, with behind the scenes stuff, past games he’s worked on, the role his kids have and the mention of other projects.
          That’s fairly normal for promotional stuff but what’s the purpose when you can’t actually promote the game itself?
          As for the game, it screams proof of concept, something that could easily pad a portfolio, single level, plentiful design work etc.
          The most important part though is a cease and desist only really applies if their intention is to distribute the game.
          As a private project, proof of concept or portfolio work, it’s completely above board and using existing IP’s in a different way for such endeavours are fairly common in the industry.

          I can’t bring myself to believe with his knowledge and experience that he would set his kids up for disappointment for something like a life lesson about IP’s and business, especially with that amount of work put in already, so for me there has to be a real beneficial purpose behind it all.
          I wouldn’t be surprised if the family releases an original piece of work in the future and because of this video (and possible knee jerk C&D from Nintendo) has a much stronger presence for coverage as well as the beginnings of his kids own body of work for their future in coding and art direction.

          • Yeah what you’re saying makes sense for sure. I hadn’t really considered proof of concept etc

  • Sure was good of Kotaku to report on this game, ey Luigi?

    (I’m not really blaming Kotaku; the guy shouldn’t have put it on YouTube if he didn’t want 12 inches of DMCA for breakfast in a week)

    just watched the video. anyone ever notice how SwankyBox sounds like David Hayter’s Solid Snake? He ends every sentence with that weird drawl.

  • Yeah…. don’t reveal it until it’s done and online for download.
    Everyone knows by now that Nintendo LOVES calling the law-talkin’-guys.

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