Recently a video has emerged of someone glitching Super Mario World to the end credits in about 5 minutes. You’ve probably seen it already as it has garnished almost a million videos on Youtube, was being mentioned on many gamer’s Twitter feeds, and had a write up on Kotaku. The video can be viewed: here.
Some people have argued if whether or not its a “world record” performance, others have questioned the authenticity of the video, and still others have praised the performance. I personally believe its authentic – but whether or not it was done with real hardware I can’t say for sure. If you have an opinion or not about it I think its significant to point out that retro games have really transitioned into something that I can only describe as being “beyond entertainment.”
There is absolutely a nostalgic factor with retro games. It’s an amazing feeling to fire up a console and relive memories from our youths. Youtube has allowed us to see amazing performances in games, and now we’re seeing new generations of fans, who did not necessarily grow up with the games -taking new approaches to unlock their secrets -secrets that many of us have never imagined. Secrets that perhaps the original programmers never imagined would be discovered.
In 2009 an Easter Egg in the Atari 400 version of Donkey Kong was revealed 26 years after it’s release (click here for the article.) And over the summer of 2014 a weird vine glitch was demonstrated in Super Mario Bros (click here for that article.) These two examples aren’t even the tip of the iceberg of the amazing new glitches and discoveries that are being made every day. It was only ten days ago that I encountered a glitch in the NES version of Spy Hunter that I had never seen before (click here to check that out) and I got to tell you, it was an AMAZING FEELING to experience something that weird.
So kudos to those who are trying to unlock the secrets, and kudos to the legions of fans who allow themselves to be amazed by these accomplishments. Retro games have just gotten more interesting!