|Full Screen Mario|
As a remake of Super Mario Bros. (1985), Full Screen Mario's gameplay is similar: it is a side-scrolling platform game in which the player controls Mario through levels. The game features all 32 levels that appeared in the original Super Mario Bros., and adds cheats and the option to select any one from the start. It also features an editor that enables players to create their own levels and a level generator that creates a random map. The game can also be played using an Xbox 360 controller.
Full Screen Mario was created by Josh Goldberg, who at the time was a junior at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Goldberg, who studies computer science and is a longtime Super Mario Bros. fan, wanted to create an "impressive" project when he conceived remaking a classic game in HTML5. One day, he and a friend discussed "how cool it would be if you could play Mario in [your] browser" and determined Super Mario Bros. was simple enough to remake. Goldberg began working on Full Screen Mario in October 2012 and finished a working demo the following month. From the beginning, Goldberg knew he wanted to add a map generator and a level editor; he wanted his remake to feel more modern when compared to playing the game in an emulator. Full Screen Mario uses the canvas element to render the levels. Unlike the original game, Full Screen Mario can be played in widescreen.
Goldberg revealed Full Screen Mario on GitHub in January 2013. The game did not garner much attention until in October, when a writer on the website Boing Boing blogged about the game. This led to a significant increase in popularity. Shortly afterward, the website hosting the game, fullscreenmario.com, was getting around 300,000 visits a day. After about a month, on November 1, the project was taken down after receiving a DMCA complaint from Nintendo, the publisher of Super Mario Bros. Nintendo had it taken down because it infringed the copyright of the original game, and it was too similar to one of their games already in development, Super Mario Maker. By the time of the takedown, it had been played nearly 2.7 million users. Prior to the project's demise, Goldberg desired to add the option to share levels via email and multiplayer support. The source code for Full Screen Mario remained on GitHub for download, but was removed in 2016 after Nintendo issued another DMCA complaint. It can still be played today on certain websites.
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