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Deranged NES Rom Hacks

Posted by Darren Calvert

Ever wondered what it would be like if Luigi had to overcome racism instead of Birdo and Mouser?

The ROM hacking community can sometimes bring the world some real gems such a translation for a classic RPG which never made it outside of Japan, or adding extra levels to Super Mario Bros for those who like a more extreme challenge. Not that we condone this sort of naughty behaviour here at Nintendo Life you understand, but if you are gonna do it then at least do something worthwhile.

Some bedroom hackers who definitely don’t subscribe to that ethos are those in The Minus World’s top 20 list of deranged and offensive ROM hacks. These range from the outright offensive, to the confusingly amusing.

Ever wondered what it would be like to play Super Mario Bros 2 as a black Luigi taking on the KKK? Wonder no more! Aside from the predictable nude patches there are a few funny ones too, including my favourite which is Super Amish Bros where a bearded Mario (instead called Abe) has to take on a crazed world of evils such as cars and electrical plugs. Oh well, at least the power-ups have become friendly gardening tools, it’s just a shame that no one in Amish community will ever get to play this for themselves.

Does this list offend your fragile sensibilities? If not what are some of your favourite ‘concepts’?


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User Comments (6)



NintendoHacks said:

Yeah these look great. I love Nintendo Hacks like these. You can do some amazing stuff with the consoles if you are willing to void the warranty and think outside the box.



Wiiloveit said:

I'd love to try some of these, and this is the first article I have ever read that has got me excited about ye olde rom hacks.



WyvernKnight64 said:

Look up Super Mario World Hacks on youtube. It is a very popular choice among hackers and LPer's. Some are bloody hard and some have improved backgrounds and music changes.



StarDust4Ever said:

I remember the KKK Mario Bros 2 - that one was just plain wrong...

I once did my own hack of Super Mario Bros where Princess "Plum" was naked and Toad wore a bra. It was called "PlumBerries" and you could play as Wario. Also, the mushrooms looked like dead Marios and Luigis. There were some added traps and redesigns in some of the levels and you rescued the Princess at the end of World 4 instead of 8. On the flip side, though, each world had 5 stages instead of 4. I never released it on the Internet though due to copyright issues...

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