Here's Super Mario World running on a PC from the 1980s

See more

That's a platformer from 1990 running on an MSX2 from 1985, and boy does the side-scrolling look fine. The demake is the work of Daemos and a crew of volunteers at the MSX Resource Center forum, and apparently it's been in the works for six years.

It's not 100% finished yet, however. A post from earlier in the year asks for some more volunteers to help out, saying that, "the team is in dire need of volunteers. There is this huge collection of maps called b's castle that nobody wants to make. It is not very hard to make these maps we are simply done with it." Guess nobody likes Bowser's castle.

The MSX series of computers were primarily a Japanese phenomenon, catching on as a standard after being organized by a collaboration between Microsoft's Japanese wing and ASCII, with most of the manufacturing handled by Sony. The Metal Gear series began its life there, and it also gave us The Demon Crystal, which came to Steam last year.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.