Super Mario Bros. (256 Worlds Version)

Super Mario Bros. 256 Worlds Version

Super Mario Bros. 256 Worlds Version

I remember semi-recently being informed of a secret in the original Super Mario Bros. Game, which had eluded me for years. Most Western gamers are sure to remember the infamous “Minus World”, and I also knew about the Famicom Disk version of Super Mario Bros. having a different minus world of sorts, which was still accessible by the warp zone trick that everyone is familiar with. What I wasn’t aware of was that in the cartridge version of the Japanese Super Mario Bros., 256 different worlds existed, literally hundreds of new levels.

Mysterious World 9

Mysterious World 9

According to this article, rumors initially began circulating in Japan about a world 9. After a lot of investigation, it would be discovered that by swapping out Mario for Tennis, and then for Mario again while the Famicom was powered on, the game would load up to one of the secret glitch worlds. Later, a safer method of accessing the stages (by using Family BASIC) would be discovered. Still, these two methods for exploring the hidden Mario stages can be a bit inconvenient, and that is where the Super Mario Bros. 256 Worlds cart comes into play.

The State Select

The State Select

The Super Mario Bros. 256 worlds cartridge is sort of like the “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” debate. It is hard to say if the bootleg game companies edited their game carts after knowledge of the original glitch spread, or if these carts were manufactured and hacked independently by the Chinese pirates, in a similar manner to how the stage started on or the number of lives might be edited in some pirate games. Either way, the so-called Super Mario Bros. 256 worlds cartridge is just a regular (bootleg) Super Mario Bros. cart, with a level-select directly built into the title screen. Pressing the B Button allows the player to cycle through and choose what world he or she wants to start on, including the hidden stages!

World A-1

World A-1

The hidden stages themselves are fun to play through and experiment with once or twice, but since they are glitch worlds, many are unable to be completed, and thus the allure quickly fades away. Likewise, I also have no idea just how common / rare this particular bootleg of Mario is. In outward appearance, the game cartridge just seems to be a standard Whirlwind Manu product, though checking a few of my other Super Mario pirates revealed them to be just normal versions of the game, i.e. sans the stage code. Either way, this game is a fun one to play around with if you have an afternoon to spare.

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I’ve Been through a Whirlwind: Beggars Can’t Be Choosers

Awhile back I had “scored” a catalog containing information about the various game cartridges that the infamous pirate outfit (Whirlwind Manu) had produced. Manu had distributed copied Famicom games across the globe, with their territories spanning from Taiwan all the way to places such as Argentina and Chile in South America. As luck had it, I saw an informational booklet or pamphlet go up for sale with info about this company, and although the asking price was rather steep, I took the chance and immediately bought the booklet. I wasn’t even sure what the booklet was, exactly, since there were no pictures of the inside to be had. Since I’m a sucker for this sort of stuff, though, I plunked the money down and eagerly awaited for my package to arrive in the mail.

After receiving the brochure in the mail, I had received requests from a lot of people, who had all wanted to see the contents of the book. While I am not against sharing information like that, and preserving it for all, a busy scheduled coupled with laziness hindered my progress of fulfilling the request. I then had promised to set aside some time to scan the item, hoping that I could have it completed before December of 2014 rolled around, but fate had other plans for me. As luck would have it, my new kitten would play on my scanner, and something got bollixed up. My computer stopped acknowledging the scanner’s presence, and there was nothing more that I could do. So I was unable to fulfill my promise, no one got to see the contents of the magazine, and my evil cat succeeded at breaking one of my items. Don’t worry, I took it out of his monthly allowance, and he is still trying to catch cockroaches and mosquitoes to pay off the debt.

Tonight I decided that it was about time to share the contents of the Manu flier with everyone. Although my scanner is still broken, I took pictures of the entire catalog. As one can see, the flier shows the artwork and gives a brief description about many of the games that Whirlwind Manu had bootlegged. Some of the descriptions are pretty funny to read, and although a nice reference source, the catalog is incomplete. Still, it would be an invaluable resource for those that are trying to collect all of the Whirlwind Manu games. At one point I was actually work towards that goal myself, but I then just became fed up with purchasing an official version of the game, as well as a Whirlwind Manu version, and thus I stopped. As I said earlier, beggars can’t be choosers, and I hope you guys enjoy this rare glimpse into one bootleg company’s knavery.

Catalog Front Cover

Catalog Front Cover

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Back Cover

Back Cover