Mario has appeared in many pirated games for the Famicom and NES like Kart Fighter and Super Mario World (Famicom), but he also appeared in cheap graphical hacks of other licensed video games. Often released for Famiclone systems, like the Dendy, these hacks of games like Tiny Toon Adventures, Joe And Mac, and Armadillo cheaply place a Mario character over the main character's sprites.
These games were numbered to make it seem like they were an extension of the original trilogy.
1990 Super Bros. 4
Hack of the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 that changes the title screen, some of the graphics, and edits some of the power-ups to do different things - a Super Mushroom turns Mario into Fire Mario, and a Starman allows Mario to swim in the air; graphics are used from Super Mario Bros. 3, although some sprites are custom.
- 921001 is written on the PCB which likely point to October 1992.
Hack of Armadillo which changes the title screen and replaces the main character with Mario. Some of the graphics were taken from from Dian Shi Ma Li and Super Mario Bros. 3. An alternate version of the hack has a stage select that enables starting form any of the eight worlds.
- It is unknown from whom it originates. Although one of the numerous release has an almost identical PCB to Super Bros. 7. It hints JY likely released it at some point.
- One PCB reads 911223 suggesting the hack was either first released very early into 1992 or had already hit the markets in 1991.
Super Bros 5
Same as the PAL version of Super Mario Bros. 2, except the title screen has been changed and Mario's name is now misspelled as "Merio" in the story text.
Super Bros. 6
Hack of Tiny Toon Adventures which changes part of the title screen, and replaces some of Buster Bunny's sprites with a pink Mario. Graphics are used from Super Mario Bros. 3.
GRAND DAD: Super Mario 7
A very infamous hack of The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino and Hoppy which changes part of the title screen and some of the sprites replace Fred's head with Mario's. The copyrights at the end of the game were all changed to XXXXXXX. Some of the graphics were taken from Dian Shi Ma Li and Super Mario Bros. 3. The game starts on the map screen, allowing you to play any of the first 3 levels at the start of the game.
- The first release likely originate from JY Company. One PROM on the PCB has JY215 written on it.
Super Bros. 8
Hack of Don Doko Don 2 which changes the title screen and replaces the two characters with Mario and Luigi. Graphics are used from Super Mario Bros. 3. In the ending, the game is referred to as Super Mario Part 6 instead.
- The first release likely originate from JY Company. The PCB has 2 PROMs suggesting this, one reads JY-A1 and another JY211.
- The PCB manufacture code imply it would have been made during March 1992.
Super Mario World 9
Hack of Adventure Island 2 which replaces all of Master Higgins' sprites with Mario. Graphics are used from Super Mario Bros. 3. A variant of this game exists under the name Super Bros. 9.
- 920618 is printed on the PCB. It is likely the manufacture or design date. It might be made during August '92
Super Bros. 10: Kung Fu Mari
Hack of Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu which changes the title screen and swaps out Jackie Chan's head with Mario's.
- The reprint shown below has 810425C written on it (April '92). It means Mario 10 had already hit the market by then.
Mario Adventures 11
Hack of Adventure Island 3 which replaces all of Master Higgins' sprites with Mario. Graphics are used from Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Bros 2 (FDS Version) and Tiny Toon Adventures (The logo was used on the title screen)
- Mario 11 and Mario 14 have both almost identical PCBs.
Super Mario 12
A simple title hack of Yossy no Cookie (Yoshi's Cookie).
Super Mario 13
Hack of Saiyuuki World II (AKA Whomp 'Em) that replaces the main character's sprite with Mario's. Graphics are used from Super Mario Bros. 3.
- PCB reads 820212C which translates to (February '93).
Super Mario 14
Hack of Kaiketsu Yanchamaru 3: Taiketsu! Zouringen (AKA Kid Niki: Radical Ninja 3) that changes the title screen and replaces a few of the character's sprites with Mario and enemies with Goombas and Spinies. Graphics are used from Super Mario Bros. 1 and 3.
- Mario 14 PCB is almost identical to Mario 11.
Super Mario 14 (15)
Hack of Tiny Toon Adventures 2 that, like Super Bros. 6, replaces Buster Bunny (along with other characters, such as Babs Bunny) with a pink Mario and uses graphics from Super Mario Bros. 3. Some cart labels show the number 15 but in-game it is still referred to as 14.
Mario 15 (AKA Sonic Bros.)
Hack of Super Mario Bros. that changes most, if not all of the sprites to be based on Sonic the Hedgehog and removes the Mario logo. Some versions of the game are glitched and start in a "World 0", which is an underwater World 4-4, requiring the player to quickly press Start the instant the game boots up to play from World 1.
Mario 16 (AKA Super Bros Jurassic Park)
Hack of Joe and Mac that changes the title screen and some of Joe's sprites are replaced with Mario. Graphics are used from Super Mario Bros. 3.
- PCB manufacture code reads 810936C which translates to (September '92).
Super Bros 16
Hack of Kaiketsu Yanchamaru 2: Karakuri Land (AKA Kid Niki: Radical Ninja 2) that replaces the main character with a poorly drawn Mario. Graphics are used from Super Mario Bros. 3.
Super Bros. 17: Fighting of the Mali Lugi
Hack of Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers that changes the title screen and replaces Chip, Dale, and two enemies with Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Bowser, respectively. Graphics are used from Super Mario Bros. 3 and Yoshi's Cookie.
These games were pirate hacks that were released on original Famicom cartridges.
Hack of Hammerin' Harry that changes the title screen and replaces the main character's head with Mario and enemies with Toads. Graphics are used from Yoshi's Cookie and Super Mario Bros. 3.
Super Mali Splash Bomb (AKA Super Mali Soda Water)
Hack of Keroppi to Keroleen no Splash Bomb that changes the title screen and replaces Keroppi with Luigi. Graphics are used from Yoshi's Cookie.
Super Mali Hero Legends (AKA Hero Mali Brothers)
Hack of Little Ninja Brothers that changes the title screen and replaces the Ninja Bros. with the Mario Bros.
Hack of M.C. Kids that changes the title screen and replaces the two kids with Mario and Luigi. Graphics are used from Super Mario Bros. 3. The opening segment at the beginning showing two M.C. Kids reading the book is cut out and takes you right to Ronald's house instead.
- The variant shown below has a PCB with 811209C on it. It translates to (December '92). This is likely a reprint by another distributor, suggesting this game was released before that.
Pizza Pop Mario
Hack of Pizza Pop that changes the title screen replaces the pizza delivery guy with Mario. Graphics are used from Super Mario Bros. 3.
Super Bros. Pocker Mali
Hack of Crayon Shin-Chan: Ora to Poi Poi that replaces Shinnosuke with Mario. All of Shinnosuke's story graphics have been erased, leaving the other Crayon Shin-Chan characters, including the text, fully intact. All references to Shinnosuke via dialogue are retained.
Hack of Top Rider, sometimes named "Super Mario Kart Rider," which replaces the head of the biker with a Super Mario Bros. 3 sprite; some variants have multiple heads to choose from in the form of other Mario characters. This hack changes the controls to support a normal controller as the original game required a bike peripheral to play it.
Hack of F1 Race that changes the three courses to Mushroom, Flower, and Lightning Cup and allows the player to play as either Mario or Luigi; graphics are used from Mario Kart Super Circuit and Mario Kart 7 (with lower resolution and less colors). The game only appears on the Famiclone system Family Karaoto.
Hack of Bomber Man featuring a poorly colored Goomba as the main character, only found on a 45 in 1 multicart. Graphics are used from Super Mario Bros. 3 and Armadillo.
Miss Peach World
Hack of Menace Beach (AKA Sunday Funday) that replaces the skateboarding kid with a character that barely resembles Princess Peach.
Hacks of Mario
These games are essentially vice versa of the other bootlegs, in that these are hacks of Mario games with different characters in them.
Hack of Super Mario Bros. that replaces nearly all enemy and tile sprites, changes Mario into a panda, and poorly edits the music to be a short, looping tune. The game itself is based on 2, a title hack of SMB. The game has only been found built in to clone systems.
Both are hacks of Pandamar with different protagonists, enemies, music, etc. Both are made by the same hacking group and are nearly identical to each other.
Pka Chu/Pocket Maero
Hack of Mushroom with Pikachu and the same music as Pandamar.
Super Mario Sister
Hack of Super Mario Bros. 3 that replaces Mario & Luigi with female counterparts, the game start with 10 lives instead of 5 and some graphics are modified.
Hack of Super Mario Bros. that replaces Mario with Bart Simpson.
Roge Brer/Rouge Brothers
Hacks of Mario Bros. found on plug 'n play systems that replace Mario and Luigi with generic characters or they use the sprites of Milon from Milon's Secret Castle. A later revision changes the Shellcreepers into an orange Meowky from Mappy, although the other enemies remain the same.
- Almost all Mario pirate hacks use graphics from Super Mario Bros. 3 and/or Yoshi's Cookie, as these official games were made around the time when the first Mario graphic hacks were made. These games were also made around the time when Famiclone systems (NES clones) were made.
- Mario 16 for the Dendy was reviewed on the game show Dendy: The New Reality. The original Joe & Mac was also reviewed later; the host was seemingly under the impression that Mario 16 was the original and Joe & Mac was the hack, when it is the other way around.
- Grand Dad has become a small internet meme as a result of Joel from Vinesauce's reaction to the game's title screen which consists of a modified Fortran from Dian Shi Ma Li with bloody teeth and the Flintstones theme that kicks after Joel first shouts out "Grand Dad".
- A number of fan-made hacks have also been bootlegged as part of PocketNES compilations; these include Super Mario Mappy (Mappy), Mario Runner (Lode Runner), Balloon Mario (Balloon Fight), Koopa Invaders (Space Invaders), Mario & Luigi (Nuts & Milk), Maria Sisters (Mario Brothers) and Bomber Mario (Bomberman).