There was a Super Mario Bros. 3 demo for the PC?

File this under “Did you know”,because I sure as heck didn’t. Back during the 1990’s, John Romero, the same one from ID Software fame, had approached Nintendo with a built from the ground up demo of Super Mario 3 for the PC. In fact, this pre-dated ID Software and was prior to when the infamous dev studio was called IFD. 

Of course, Nintendo rejected the idea, I mean console games on the PC, what blasphemy is that and so the game was never accepted nor released. But it’s definitely a nice piece of gaming history that may have served to bridge console and PC gaming all those years ago.

And thanks again to John Romero, we finally have some footage of that port, something that was hidden for all these years. But don’t expect it to look or sound like the SMB3 you remember as it contains none of Nintendo’s assets.

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Keith Mitchell
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Keith Mitchell is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Outerhaven. A grizzled IT professional during the day, but a passionate lover of video games after his 9-5 grid. Loves playing the Dark Souls series and has been gaming since he was 6 years old. Available for podcasts upon request.