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Oct 12, 2010

Mario's Creator is Embarrassed by How Super Mario Bros. Looks In HD

I'm sure you'll agree that half the charm of playing Super Mario Bros, nowadays is that it's so completely different to realistic games like Fallout 3. To its creator, Shigeru Miyamoto however, it's just plain ol' embarrassing.

Even though the Wii doesn't output at full-HD, Miyamoto feels that the resolution of the original Mario game doesn't quite hold up to today's standards. He told Earthbound's designer Shigesato Itoi that "When I see this [Super Mario Bros.] so clearly, it's a little embarrassing back then, with tube televisions, it was a little blurrier and the images weren't quite so sharp. The places where we tried to fudge it a bit really stand out!"

Doesn't his concern just make you love him even more? If Super Mario Bros. was made today, he would smooth out some of the mistakes kept in the game, he said, though he does admit that "those rough places are a part of the game and even well-received." Damn right they are, Shigsy!

65 comments:

Joe Flannery said...

Just like you said if they smoothed it up a bit I would be very receptive to it.

Reilly said...

embarrased? oh well

http://thegiannamichaels.blogspot.com/ said...

haha awesome

Matt said...

Probably the most influential graphic in any game. Anything from those games is instantly recognizable.

ElChristo said...

I think games should be a bit more blurry around the edges. I dont like the crispness the 1080p games sport

Pope Smurf said...

Part of the SMB charm was playing it in a tube television.

JillDine said...

this is the reason i stopped playing mario games.

aGas said...

haha, i read that too.

Ishu said...

What the? How can someone be ashamed of something done with the technology of 25 years ago? is He crazy? It's like saying "You know...I'm embarrased because 23 years ago I crapped my diapers..." I think that's stupid...

Churapotatochips said...

no reason to be embarrassed :] awesome game is awesome.

Drackar said...

ahah. amazing. a what, twenty year old game doesn't look amazing!

The Greater Spartan said...

HAHA NICE !!!!

Rezden said...

Nothing to be embarrassed about, this game is amazing. Still difficult after all these years too.

MASS said...

It's not really fair to compare it to games made nowadays. Technology has changed.
You can't really compare Aircraft Carriers to hollowed out trees and say the people who made those older boats should be embarrassed.

amidoinitrite? said...

this is relevant to just what I was thinking about

JRam said...

That pic is the HD version?

Dynomar said...

Really? Hmm I like it but then again can't expect these games to have HD quality.

anontcotrol said...

Cant beat the classic

Unlogic said...

HAHAHAHA, fail ! :D

arnyke said...

I like your post and I would really like to see more of them

Savage Nugget said...

IDk why he's worried about a 20 year video game. LOL

Chi-chan said...

I like it as it is. It was never supposed to be realistic, so why be embarrassed?

P0wermjp said...

cool :)

Bobo said...

even my father likes playing the old super mario... nothing to be embarrassed about :)

Lexxie said...

This was an old (but awesome) game so OF COURSE it isnt going to be in HD

Erin said...

Miyamoto is so cool, all his games were so much a part of my childhood.

razortek said...

cool bro!

razortek said...

cool bro!

jinx said...

Who cares, I still find it an awesome game!

Titanious said...

Mario in hd would be great but not in 3d 3d mario games are crap

IndustrialHaze said...

why is he embarrassed? they didn't have HD back then why is it a big deal what it looks like now

Ryan said...

siq post bro

Mayhem said...

I agree, it needs to look a bit like shit! XD

paahdin said...

Wuts wrong with that dude :S He have created greatest game ever and is embarrased. :S

Naj said...

lol
toiad is flippin on us since this was made

Nyuu said...

hehe nice

troykan said...

haha, wtf is this :)

DrFresh said...

I always loved the pixelated art style of smb1. idk what he's talking about. lol.

SaviorSelf said...

don't change my mario. i love him and all his imperfections.

Matt said...

mario should always be pixels!

Terry said...

SMB is one of the greatest games ever created. It's nothing to be ashamed of.

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Indie0987 said...

Looking at these old games is like looking at old cars. Yeah, it doesn't have the tech, but it's still awesome!

Gordon said...

Awesome post!

Applelove said...

Sorry mario, the princess is in another castle

Barnacle said...

Its impossible to look at these games and feel anything but love

Swift Love said...

I still love this game... I haven't played on my LED TV yet though

Red Baron said...

one of the best games ever

Goodfella said...

no the game is still awesome even to this day.

ReviewsFromTheWretch said...

still an aweseome game

Sebastian said...

That's his own fault. He should be.

pixel said...

no way mario could be made today

EverythingGuitarz said...

Awesome!

Jackie said...

I still play this game :D

TechnoMac said...

embarassed haha

Austin said...

Best game ever, what improvements could possibly be made? None!! NONE!

Ryan said...

I think the creators made very good use of the hardware avaiable to them at the time.

KillerKun said...

No matter how it looks, those first games were AWESOME

Mr. Smith said...

jeez.. that game was made back when i was five. what do you expect? im surprised i even had video games back then.

Bryan Merritt said...

Love this game! Who cares about looks?

Kikino said...

the guy knew about antialiasing before everybody else

musicnote said...

still a bomb ass game

Willow said...

It's 8bit it's not supposed to look awesome in HD

thecatzpajamas said...

haha hes a perfectionist alright

Bob lehcror said...

Best classic game ever. I still play it now sometimes lol

Drew said...

LOL Whats he worried about? I wouldnt complain about anything with his kind of money lol.