Super Mario Bros Lost Land is a wonderfully weird fan made Mario game that combines power-ups, enemies, sound FX and gameplay features from all across the Mario series while retaining the iconic 8-bit art style of the original NES Super Mario Bros game.
The majority of Mario fan games use the 16 bit Super Mario World visual style but there’s something to be said about the chunky blocky style of the original NES Super Mario Bros game. Super Mario Bros Lost Land retains that 8-bit art style but adds gameplay features, enemies and power-ups from the entire Mario franchise to create a glorious Mario mash-up full of retro charm.
The current build of Super Mario Bros Lost Land features five playable Super Mario Bros 3-esque overworld maps to play through, complete with SMB3 style bonus games and mushroom houses. It’s extremely tough, but at any point you can travel back to Toad Town to stock up on lives, power-ups and Yoshis.
The power-ups on offer in Super Mario Bros Lost Land cover the entirety of the Mario series, from the traditional Fire Flower to the Bee costume, the Boomerang Suit or an adorable little Penguin Suit. Super Mario World’s Yoshis make an appearance too, with you able to ride green, red or yellow versions (complete with their unique skills).
The enemies you encounter are from across the entire Mario series too – from the good old Goombas to SMW’s Chargin’ Chuck, Harry Hedgehogs from Yoshi’s Island, Chomps, Thwomps, Dry Bones and even Super Mario Bros 2’s Shy Guys (who you can stand on top of, pick up and throw). The overworld map also includes Super Mario World style secret routes and Switch Palaces. Meanwhile the majority of the audio comes from Super Mario 64.
The difficulty level of Super Mario Bros Lost Land is crushingly hard, but it’s worth persevering with as it’s a fantastic little mash-up of what makes Mario games so great. Highly recommended.