I decided to record a play through while I was testing The Lost Levels in Super Mario Bros. Crossover 3.1.
People have been asking for The Lost Levels to be added to Super Mario Bros. Crossover for a long time, so we decided to do it. Instead of the usual 32, The Lost Levels has 52 levels. We’ve also included easy and hard versions of each, so that’s an additional 156 levels. That means there is now a total of 348 levels in the game. That’s a lot!
We did not change the physics for Mario and Luigi, so this is not the “true” version of The Lost Levels. Instead, it’s based on the version that was in Super Mario Bros. Deluxe. We didn’t have time to write new code for any of the characters, so this was the only realistic way for us to do it.
We decided to make this the final update to Super Mario Bros. Crossover, so you can now consider the game “done.” It is possible I may release a level editor in the future, but there are no plans as of right now, so consider it a bonus if it happens. For now, the game will continue to only be playable while connected to the Internet, but after Super Action Squad is released, I’ll remove that requirement and will consider releasing the source code.
So… if you are a fan of this game, should you be sad? NO! You should actually be happy. Super Action Squad is the spiritual successor to Super Mario Bros. Crossover, so it’s basically an expanded version of the game without all of the frustrating limits. It’s been in development since August 2013, and it’s coming along fairly well.
Since we want to make Super Action Squad the best game possible, I created an SMBC feedback forum. Please tell us everything you like and don’t like about SMBC, and we’ll keep it in mind while working on SAS. I am especially interested in feedback on the weapon, power-up, and health systems. I feel like they could be better, but it’s hard to figure out the best way to do them, so any ideas are welcome.
And remember, if you like SMBC, the best way for you to see more of it is to support Super Action Squad. My goal with the game is to take the best elements of all platformers, especially retro ones, and combine them into a single game. It’s a difficult task, but we already have a solid foundation to build upon, so I think we can do it.
We’re changing the name of Super Retro Squad to Super Action Squad. If you’d like to learn why, read this. Most people don’t seem to like it, and that’s fine. I personally think it’s an awesome name, but I don’t expect other people to understand it until they play the game.
We’re also going to release the game in parts. To learn more, read this!
I wrote a gigantic FAQ answering a lot of questions about the game, so please read it if you want to know anything about what our experience has been so far. All of the links above go to the FAQ, but to different parts of it. Feel free to link to it if someone is talking about the game and is misunderstanding something. Feel free to also share it anywhere where people might be interested in seeing what it’s like to be on the other side of a Kickstarter.
It took me a million years to write the FAQ, so now I need to get back to working on the game. Bye!
Jay Pavlina plays through The Lost Levels in Super Mario Bros. Crossover 3.1.