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Super Mario Bros. Crossover gets massive 'Special' update

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Developer Exploding Rabbit's 8-bit mash up game Super Mario Bros. Crossover received a substantial update this week with the release of version 3.0. The latest version of the Super Mario Bros. homage welcomes Super Mario Bros. Special to the mix.

Super Mario Bros. Special is the Hudson Soft-developed sequel to Super Mario Bros. released in 1986 for Japanese PCs. The latest revision to Crossover add Special's levels, enemies and power-ups (some of which are borrowed from Donkey Kong and Mario Bros.), as well as its more heavily saturated color palette.

Crossover version 3.0 also introduces dozens of new skins for the game's many characters (Mario, Luigi, Samus, Mega Man, Ryu Hayabusa, Simon Belmont, etc.), including versions based on the Sharp X1 platform, and new difficulty options. A full list of changes can be reviewed at the game's version history page.

Exploding Rabbit CEO Jay Pavlina says the latest version of Super Mario Bros. Crossover is probably "the last major release" for the game, as the developer focuses its efforts on its original title, Super Retro Squad.

Super Mario Bros. Crossover version 3.0 can be played at Exploding Rabbit's website.