Super Mario World prototype discovered

A win for Nintendo historians

25 December 2022
by rawmeatcowboy 0

Yet another piece of extremely interesting Nintendo history has been discovered. The video above covers a newfound prototype for Super Mario World, which is dated October 25th, 1990. This places the prototype ten months before the game would hit store shelves within North America.

As you might suspect, that are a number of differences between this prototype and the final retail copy of the game. There’s nothing exactly mind-blowing to be discovered, but there are certainly tidbits worth discussing. Here’s a rundown of some of the elements that differ in this prototype versus the final build.

  • The sign at Yoshi’s House has different shading and lettering.
  • Text box font is much slimmer than the retail version.
  • Numerous script differences.
  • Donut Plains 2, Donut Secret House, and “Funky” match the Japanese version.
  • Star Road stages lead to the various test stages.
  • Mario will not die upon the timer running out.
  • Various debugging features are enabled.
  • In the staff roll, Boo Buddies and Big Boo are referred to as Boo Diddly and Boo Jackson.
  • Font graphics from an early version of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past can be found.

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