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Super Mario Crossover 3.0 trailer celebrates third anniversary of the majestic Mario mashup

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I don't think a trailer has ever made me quite so jubilant before, but the five-minute-long showcase for the 3.0 version of indie platforming mashup Super Mario Crossover (opens in new tab) took me right back to the glory days of Nintendo - mainly because nearly every character from the days of the NES and SNES has been wangled into the same remix game. It's a glorious celebration of everything Nintendo and copyright-infringing - you can even play as a tetromino, for Pajitnov's sake. In honor of the browser game's third anniversary, developers Exploding Rabbit (opens in new tab) are adding difficulty modes, as well as new characters and levels, including content from the obscure Super Mario Bros. Special. The update will hit sometime in May or June.

As IndieGames (opens in new tab) note, Exploding Rabbit (when they're not exploding rabbits) are currently working on their Kickstarter-funded platformer Super Retro Squad (opens in new tab) , which will be similar to Super Mario Crossover but with original characters in place of Mario, Luigi, Mega Man, Samus, Link, Thingy From Contra and the rest of the 8-bit gang. Now, put on your rose-tinted glasses and have a watch of this magnificent video.

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.