I love mashups. Well-executed ones, anyway. And while most of these mashups are confined to the realm of music, I’ve found a video game one that hits all the high notes. It’s called Super Mario Bros. Crossover, it’s by Jay “Exploding Rabbit” Pavlina, and it’s a great way to spend an hour or two.
Crossover is a painstaking recreation of the original Super Mario Bros. with a twist – other classic NES game characters are now playable, with most of their signature moves intact. Blowing up Bowser with Mega Man’s (titular) charge shot (!!!) is surprisingly gratifying.
The game wouldn’t be noteworthy if it didn’t play as well as it does – all the characters and their power-ups fit surprisingly well into the classic Mario levels, and the level of polish that has gone into making the game feel so organic is evident from the outset.
This is Pavlina’s first game. Please make more.