ID Software Showcases Old Demo Of A PC Port For Super Mario Bros. 3
Back in 1990, before they made Doom, id Software tried their hands at making a game that was much more family friendly compared to gun totting alien killing mayhem shooter that is known as Doom. The studio, then known as IFD, created a demo for a PC port of Super Mario Bros. 3 and sent it to Nintendo. Nintendo however was solely focused on releasing games for their own hardware and ultimately rejected the demo, which is basically the reason why there is no Super Mario Bros. on PC right now.
Doom’s co-creator, John Romera shared a video recently which shows of what the developers created in 1990 and what would have been the PC port of one of Nintendo’s most famous video game. Their love for the game seems to be so intense that Tom Hall, id’s creative director recently released a Commander Keen inspired stage for Super Mario Maker on Wii U.
While it’s missing some of the key components — there’s no music, the sound effects aren’t very Mario, and many of the sprites are changed — the SMB3 port looks remarkably close to its NES counterpart, considering it was made by an entirely different team.
Romero shared the video as part of commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Commander Keen, the platformer id Software created after Nintendo rejected the SMB3 port. While id Software may have now moved on to completely different types of games and even helped pioneer the first person shooter genre with games such as Doom and Quake, it is good to know the roots of one of the most acclaimed FPS developers known these days.