Minimal Mario

Published: 2010-Dec-14, Updated: 2011-Apr-03

A screen capture of Mario standing next to a Goomba in World 1-1, rendered minimalistically

Inspired by the work of Calen Henry, I set out to do my first NES ROM hack: a playable version of Minimal Mario. The end result is awesome, and playable.

How to Get the Game

First, you need to make a dump of your Super Mario Bros. cart. The cart I had ended up being detected as "Super Mario Bros. (JU) (PRG0) [!]", in the GoodROM database. You'll need to make yourself a dump of this same cart. I recommend using CopyNES from Kevin Horton. Unfortunately, he's stopping making them for others. You can buy a newer USB version of the CopyNES from Retrozone. Refer to the CopyNES software documentation on how to make a clean dump of the game.

The next step is to apply my IPS patch to your freshly dumped game. To do this, you'll need an IPS patcher; pick your favorite one. (Hint: For Windows XP, I like Lunar IPS. For Mac OS X, I like UIPS. For Linux, I like to use whatever the default package manager provides.) Apply the patch and you are ready to play.

How to Play

When you first start the game, you'll see this screen. To start a single player game, press start. To start a two player game, press select, then start. This is exactly the same as the normal Super Mario Bros. game.

Watch a Playthrough

A fellow named Billy, who found that the springboard wasn't very minimal in my original patch, has uploaded a video of a play-through to YouTube. Be sure to watch it in all its glory in super low resolution 240p!

Download

Minimal Mario IPS Patch

Comments

dom2d 2011-Jan-19 18:48:18

New posts on ZZZz: Megaman art and Minimal Mario (thanks @bmcgames ) - http://zeezeezeez.wordpress.com/ #ZZZz

Agus Widhiantara 2010-Dec-23 04:01:41

Minimal Mario takes 'demakes' to the extreme, Super Mario Bros <b>...</b> http://bit.ly/dHymOt

Brando 2010-Dec-23 03:20:48

If "8-bit retro" is the craze this year, can "minimal programmer art" be ahead in 2011? I hope so! http://www.patater.com/minimal-mario

Pick 2010-Dec-22 06:29:10

Minimalist Mario http://bit.ly/gOh1Vj

David Finkelstein 2010-Dec-22 02:34:07

Minimal Mario takes 'demakes' to the extreme, Super Mario Bros. - Virtual Console Wii News | GamesRadar http://t.co/UhPWt6T

E Fashion Era 2010-Dec-21 23:21:29

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Wiiworldcouk 2010-Dec-21 23:20:09

New post: Minimal Mario takes 'demakes' to the extreme (Super Mario All-Stars) http://wiiworld.co.uk/?p=11387

Kiswandi 2010-Dec-21 23:11:37

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GamersFeed (PC) 2010-Dec-21 23:03:15

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Darryl Hupfer 2010-Dec-21 22:50:11

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GamesRadar 2010-Dec-21 22:49:42

http://bit.ly/hbzY2V - Minimal Mario takes 'demakes' to the extreme, is neat.

retrospekt 2010-Dec-21 22:27:59

http://tumblr.com/xlu13te8r7 #MegaMan Power Washing, Secret of #Mana out!!! (#iOS), Minimalist #Mario., and #Rymdreglage's new video!

Fabu 2010-Dec-21 11:53:59

Minimal Mario http://bit.ly/ffeoXA

Daniel 2010-Dec-21 01:23:14

Minimalist Mario art project now a playable game http://bit.ly/eWlIH5

Rob Sheridan 2010-Dec-20 20:42:14

Playable minimalist Mario ROM-hack: http://bit.ly/dTwI1h - via @4colorrebellion (anyone feel like sending me a pre-patched ROM of this?)

The Warp Pipe 2010-Dec-20 19:01:10

TWP: Minimalist Mario art project now a playable game http://thewarppipe.com/12/20/2010/minimalist-mario-art-project-now-a-playable-game/

Ben Mansell 2010-Dec-20 18:32:14

Playable NES ROM hack of Minimal Mario. http://www.patater.com/minimal-mario. Also, our most recent site launch.

GameSetWatch 2010-Dec-20 16:18:44

Minimal Mario As Playable NES Game http://bit.ly/eTMPyY

Gaming News 2010-Dec-20 16:18:44

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Shaun Inman - Retweeted by Jasper Hauser 2010-Dec-20 14:44:22

Minimal Mario http://www.patater.com/minimal-mario goes in the complete opposite direction from Mario All-Stars http://amzn.to/ig82uF

Shaun Inman 2010-Dec-20 14:16:18

Minimal Mario http://www.patater.com/minimal-mario goes in the complete opposite direction from Mario All-Stars http://amzn.to/ig82uF