Mario XP

While the clever minds behind Super Mario Crossover combined a range of Nintendo characters, such as Simon Belmont, with the original Mario Bros. game to excellent effect, Mario XP rolls with the inverse idea of introducing Mario into the Castlevania world. And it’s a combination that works surprisingly well.

The Mushroom Kingdom looks different than I remember

The Mushroom Kingdom looks different than I remember

Mario retains his signature moves, being able to jump on enemies and smash blocks from underneath to collect the goodness hidden within. Instead of coins though, he can collect hearts a la Castlevania which act as ammunition to activate various sub-weapons, such as the classic fireball or iconic Hammer Bros. hammer. Just like in Castlevania, Mario now has a health bar, while typical Mario enemies make an appearance – Koopas and Goomba’s and the like. However boss fights are more Castlevania-inspired, requiring a lot more action and keen reflexes to survive.

Castlevania-style Boss fights spice things up

Castlevania-style Boss fights spice things up

The controls are a bit odd, a relic of the times: press Shift to Jump (and start the game), and Ctrl to attack when you have a subweapon. Z unleashes a powerful special attack, which costs more hearts. An important tip is to hold jump when bouncing off enemies to bounce higher, enabling you to get over certain platforms. However, a high jump can also be performed by holding up before jumping. It doesn’t natively support gamepads, so Joy2Key is highly recommended.

Download: Acid Play

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About J.C

I grew up in the dark dingy arcades of the 1980s, blasting heads with Robocop 2, but grew up in an era that spanned the introduction of the x86 home computer, through to the 16-bit revolution, into the polygon age and beyond. I write about food, travel and of course, New Retro Games. I started newretrogames.wordpress.com and contribute to www.thecitylane.com. I am also a freelance business researcher, writer, and editor having published academic and corporate articles on innovation and intellectual property.

Posted on May 11, 2015, in Platformer and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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