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Mario 3: Around the World (Mario 3: Вокруг света) is a unlicensed Mario-based platformer developed by BMB and published by KDS (Kudos).

Overview[]

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Gameplay.

The game begins with an intro involving a mysterious cloud appearing over the Mushroom Kingdom and kidnapping Princess Peach; Mario then finds out from one of the Toads that Wario is behind all of this, and then sets off to rescue the Princess.

The gameplay is notable mostly for its' streamlined level design, awkward and somewhat-lacking physics, wonky hit detection and being the bare minimum for a Mario game. Mario controls similarly to his original games; A is used to run and B is used to jump. However, throwing fireballs is assigned to C instead of sharing the same button to run. The only power-ups are Super Mushrooms (although Mario doesn't grow bigger) and Fire Flowers (his clothes don't change color). The only way to gain extra lives is through collecting 100 coins (as in all Mario games). Jumping is rather odd; while holding B increases your jump as expected, letting go causes you to automatically drop. Mario also doesn't abide by gravity; he instead jumps up at a specific speed and then falls at a faster speed. There's also no real friction accounted for when Mario stops walking or running; instead he'll keep walking/running for a bit if he's been moving for a while or will come to a complete stop if he's moved a short distance. Running acts more as a toggle and just increases Mario's speed as he moves on the ground.

When respawning, sometimes it tends to spawn you in the ground and not on it.

There are 22 levels in total; 11 Egyptian-themed, 6 Aztec-themed, and 5 Arctic-themed. Some of the pipes will actually take you to an underground area and let you skip part of a level. Enemies-wise: you have your usual Goombas and Koopas. Piranha Plants (here, they're yellow and lack a stem) and the Flurries from Super Mario Bros. 2 also appear here but they function the same way as Goombas. Pile Driver Micro-Goombas also appear but instead of jumping, they remain stationary. Nipper Plants appear as well but functioning as how the original Piranha Plants did. The only new enemy is a white rhino-looking creature standing on its hind legs who acts the same way as Goombas.

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Continue screen, featuring strange artwork from here.

The game is also infamous for stealing graphics and music from other sources, which is usual for BMB and its games. A lot of the sprites are taken from Super Mario All-Stars; Mario uses sprites from Mario & Wario. Most of the art for the intro, ending, and various screens were also taken from various sources and downgraded to fit the Mega Drive's graphic capabilities. Between each level, there's an intermission screen showing a Mario-related picture involving the level's theme. The infamous continue screen is a pic called "DeadMario" created by Bibs that was originally posted on Pyxleyes. [2] The majority of the music was taken from the modules that come with Shiru's TFM Music Maker. The Continue and Game Over tracks were taken from Uwol: Quest for Money. (which Shiru also composed for) All those tracks are sped up and use slightly different instruments. Two of the tracks appear to be conversions of Amiga tracks (Nighthawk's cover of Super Mario Bros.'s overworld theme and Maktone's Class11.time flies) When you lose a life from an enemy, it plays a short sample of a conversion of the first boss battle theme from Chrono Trigger done by Chris Kelly. [3] When Mario falls, a sample of someone yelling plays instead.

Trivia[]

  • The game's reported developer, under the "Old Pirate" alias, posted several Patreon articles surrounding the game in 2021. They conceded that the game's physics were "awful", and appeared to begin work on a new game revision with improved mechanics (likely for freeware digital distribution rather than on cartridge).[1][4] However, this revision is yet to materialize.
  • In the ROM, Alone Coder's Ne4to Strrrrashnoe! can be found and is nowhere played in-game, even if the tracks are allowed to be randomized. It's unknown what its original purpose was.
  • In Gens and BizHawk, if you hit a brick block, the music will stop for one second, then become stuck on the spot before you hit the brick block unless you die. In Kega Fusion, you can hit a brick block without the music becoming stuck. (However, it does distort a bit)
  • The game will lag if played on an At Games Sega Genesis Ultimate Portable Game Player, this will also occur on Mario 4: A Space Odyssey.
  • The Game Over screen is the same as the title screen, but with the sky background behind the castle colored black and the trees around the castle edited to look dead.
  • The title screen scrolling code is taken from the source code of krikzz's Sega Genesis port of Battle City, and the PSG player code (as usual for BMB games) is taken from the source code of Shiru's Sega Genesis port of Uwol: The Quest for Money.
  • The Levels are confirmed to be made on MappyWin, its is unknown how to actually moddify them.

Mario 4: A Space Odyssey (Mario 4: Космическая Одиссея)[]

Mario 4: A Space Odyssey (Mario 4: Космическая Одиссея [Kosmicheskaya Odisseya]) is a hack of Mario 3: Around the World also developed by BMB and published by KDS. While this game adds a few changes, it plays pretty much the same as Mario 3: Around the World did.

Overview[]

Mario 4: A Space Odyssey's plot has Mario and Luigi watching the stars until a star crashes onto the ground. An Alien creature (despite the intro depicting multiple Shroobs from Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time, the text only states one) warns Mario and Luigi about an oncoming threat and that they need to stop the conqueror of galaxies with their army. (However, in-game there is no army that fight alongside Mario and Luigi).

There's only a total of 16 levels in the game now (6 less than Mario 3: Around the World). The enemies are completely different, being mostly a combination of Shy Guys, Bob-Ombs, Shroobs and giant versions of Goombas and Piranha Plants. There is a 2-player option where the second player plays as Luigi. Some of Luigi's sprites are Mario's but his hat's painted green to resemble Luigi. You can also access a shop by pressing C when you pause. You can buy Super Mushrooms, Fire Flowers, continues and extra lives, which is very useful. After the final level, you fight what appears to be a giant, black version of Fawful's head.

The graphics this time around not only use graphics from Super Mario All-Stars, but also from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and New Super Mario Bros. The continue and game over screens have become infamous for the same reasons as Mario 3: Around the World's, as both are stolen: the continue screen is based on a t-shirt design known as Game Over by Aaron Wiliams.,[5] while the game over screen is based on another t-shirt design, Original Gamer by Dann Matthews. [6] The music and sound effects remained the same.

Trivia[]

  • An unused New Super Mario Bros. background shows up in one of the levels. This may have just been a result of taking rips of the backgrounds from a website.
  • Genuine Mega Drive and Genesis consoles and more accurate emulators have trouble with the shop; when you buy something from the shop, the game can sometimes crash or hang on the screen. On some less accurate emulators, like Kega Fusion and Gens, this can be fixed by switching the music banks on the options screen.
  • As with the shop, the game will crash on actual consoles and accurate emulators when the penultimate level before Fawful's boss level is completed.
  • Collecting 1000 coins will cause the first digit to change between X and Y instead of showing the number of coins.
  • The title screen background of Mario 4: A Space Odyssey is the OST cover from Super Mario Galaxy.
  • The level selection screen can be accessed by pausing the game, pressing the C, Up, Down and Right buttons at least 25 times each. This screen alongside the text alongside is directly ported from BMB’s other MD bootlegs, with Felix the Cat MD being the most known example.

Box Descriptions[]

Mario 3: Around the World[]

В новой игре знаменитому водопроводчику Марио придется вновь преодолеть все трудности и козни врагов, чтобы спасти принцессу Персик, захваченную злобным Варио и его приспешниками.

Твоя задача помочь Марио найти и спасти принцессу.

Впереди новые приключения, новые и старые друзья, новые способности главного героя.

"In the new game, the famous plumber Mario will have to once again overcome all the difficulties and machinations of his enemies in order to save Princess Peach, captured by the evil Wario and his minions.

Your task is to help Mario find and save the princess.

There are new adventures ahead, new and old friends,  and new abilities of the main character."

Mario 4: A Space Odyssey[]

Величайший герой отправляется... в космос.

Во время Звездного фестиваля, когда звездные камни падают по всему Грибному королевству, Марио и Луиджи наблюдали за звездами на ночном небе. Вдруг их внимание привлекла звезда, падающая за Грибной холм. Когда она исчезла из вида, друзья отправились на поиски. На месте падения звезды они обнаружили космический корабль. Существо, которое в нем находилось, рассказало, что над их Галактикой нависла угроза, которую может предотвратить только Марио. Если же он не остановит Завоевателя Галактик и его огромную армию, все Грибное королевство будет обречено...

"The greatest hero goes... into space.

During the Star Festival, when star stones fall throughout the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario and Luigi observed the stars in the night sky. Suddenly, their attention was drawn to a star falling behind Mushroom Hill. When she was out of sight, friends went in search. At the site of the star's fall, they discovered a spaceship. The creature that was in it said that a threat loomed over their galaxy that only Mario could prevent. If he doesn't stop the Galactic Conqueror and his huge army, the entire Mushroom Kingdom will be doomed..."

Stolen Assets[]

Graphics (Mario 3: Around the World and Mario 4: A Space Odyssey)[]

Level graphics[]
  • Mario & Wario (Mario and Luigi)
  • Super Mario All-Stars
  • Super Mario Bros. (a blue sprite of Small Mario is found in one of the levels, Mario 3 only)
  • New Super Mario Bros.
  • Yoshi's Island DS
Misc. Graphics[]
  • Bibs - DeadMario [2] (Continue screen)
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Princess Peach in the ending of Mario 3)
  • Yoshi's Cookie (Gamecube version) (Mario's sprite in the cutscenes)
  • lucky1988 - Ancient Egyptian Plumber [7] (Egyptian level intro)
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong (An artwork of Toad from this game is used in the opening.)
Mario 4 - Space Odyssey (Genesis) Continue And Game Over Screens

Left: The "Continue" screen
Right: The "Game Over" screen, which says "Mario died, and with him died his hopes of saving the Mushroom Kingdom."

Graphics (Mario 4: A Space Odyssey only)[]

Level graphics[]
  • New Super Mario Bros.
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
  • Mario & Wario (Mario and Luigi)
  • Super Mario All-Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Misc. Graphics[]
  • Aaron Wiliams - Game Over [5] (Used for Continue Screen)
  • Dann Matthews - Original Gamer [6] (Used for Game Over Screen)
  • Knowing (Fourth pic in the intro is based on one of its posters)
  • Super Mario Galaxy OST Cover (in the title screen)

Music[]

Level music (picked randomly):[]
  • 4mat - Wizardry
  • Alone Coder - Uzhos
  • Groovemaster303 - FM Acid
  • Groovemaster303 - Lost Forest
  • Groovemaster303 - Quick Fix
  • Groovemaster303 - Through The Night
  • Karbofos - Nonamed
  • Linde - Forget Him
  • Linde - Lame Bells
  • Maktone - Class11.time flies (mislabeled as Arkanoid - Ending Theme)
  • Nighthawk - Super Mario Bros. (originally an Amiga .mod)
  • Pinball Wizard - Another It
  • Shiru - Space Standart
  • Tepples - SMB1
  • A conversion of Arkanoid - Ending Theme. (mislabeled as Maktone - Class11.time flies). The way the track sounds suggests another poor conversion; possibly of another Amiga .mod.
Misc. Tracks[]
  • Alone Coder - Trampam (Used for intro)
  • Chris Kelly - CHRONO TRIGGER - Boss Battle Theme 1 [3]
  • Uwol: The Quest for Money - Ending (cover done by Shiru, used on title screen)
  • Uwol: The Quest for Money - Title Screen/Game Over (cover done by Shiru, used for continue screen)
  • Kulor - See You Next Year (Used for ending)

Gallery[]

Box arts and Cartridges[]

Mario 3 Around The World

Boxart scan of Mario 3: Around The World

Mario 4 A Space Odyssey

Mario 4: A Space Odyssey Boxart Scan

Screenshots[]


Video[]

References[]

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