We doubt that Nintendo will ever give us a proper Super Mario Bros. battle royale title (even if Tetris 99 suggests you can’t take anything for granted), but one fan has gone out of their way to offer us a glimpse of what such a game may look like.
Mario Royale is not only a battle royale take on Super Mario Bros. but a free game that you can play via your browser right now. Of course, even the browser game’s creator (InfernoPlus) suggests that it’s probably only a matter of time until this game is removed by Nintendo.
How does the game actually play, though? Well, it’s not exactly the most refined take on this concept that we imagine is possible. The mod’s creator even states that what he has created “is a sin.” Basically, it drops 100 players into either world 1, 2, or 3 from Super Mario Bros. for the NES. In order to win, you have to be one of the first three players to reach the castle at the end of the world.
While you can’t directly impede the progress of other players (who are represented by a “ghost” effect) just by running into them or around them, it is possible to utilize power-ups like stars to knock out the competition.
This creates an admittedly fascinating dynamic. Is it better to go for one of the level’s rare power-ups in order to try to knock out the competition, or should you just run through the level as fast as possible in order to be one of the first participants to reach the end of the level?
Again, this concept probably shouldn’t exist and certainly isn’t perfect, but it’s not too hard to imagine how a similar concept could work in a game like Super Mario Maker 2.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.