Many fans have recreated old Mario games in different engines or in different styles. But a fan and his young children do something different. They create a completely original game Mario based on animated segments of the popular Super Mario Bros. Super Show and it looks amazing.
The fan game is developed by Jesus Lopez, an animator who has worked on various video games, including The Simpsons Shoot Patties, Recovered and Shantai 1/2 Genie Hero. He works with his two young children to help themselves with works of art and programming. She has been working on the project for almost three years.
Recently, YouTuber SwankyBox hooked up with Lopez and uploaded a video showing new footage of the game, behind the scenes of documents and early artwork.
All the animations in the game are hand-drawn by Lopez and are based on the animation style seen in the Super Mario Bros Super show. Specifically animated segments of the show. The first level of the game is set in Pasta Land, where the first episode of the show is set.
Lopez still has a lot he wants to do, including more areas and different game characters. But creating an animation that looks so good is hard work for one person, so progress is slow. Which is good for Lopez. For him, this is just one of many personal projects he works on and is something he does in his spare time with his children. "This is one of my many personal projects so I can stay sharp as an animator in the video game industry," e explained Lopez in a video description showing the progress of the game.