Mario Bros. VB (lost build of cancelled Virtual Boy remake of "Mario Bros." arcade game; 1994)
Mario Bros. VB is a cancelled remake of the 1983 arcade platformer Mario Bros. intended to launch alongside the Virtual Boy in August 1995. The game was first unveiled at Shoshikai Software Exhibition 1994 alongside the Virtual Boy itself, Space Pinball (then known as Pinball VB), and Teleroboxer. Screenshots from the game would appear in various magazines until July 1995. Its last appearance was in issue 13 of EGM², where the game was mistakenly referred to as the actually released game Mario Clash, which is likely what Mario Bros. VB evolved into.
Being a remake of the Mario Bros., its gameplay would have been practically the same. You would have platformed around a simple stage as either Mario or possibly Luigi to defeat all enemies and progress to the next level. The remakes stand out additions would have been all-new sprites as well as three-dimensional backgrounds and effects. Players may have even been able to play through the game with co-op by using the Virtual Boy's unreleased GameLink Cable.
During its first and only trade show appearance at Shoshikai 1994, a demo of the Mario Bros. VB could be played by attendees. A ROM has neither resurfaced or been leaked to the internet since and it is unknown if Nintendo still has a copy.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 66 page 89 Retrieved 16 Jan '22
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Planet Virtual Boy's article on Shoshinkai 1994. Retrieved 16 Jan '22
- ↑ Planet Virtual Boy's EGM² issue 13 listing. Retrieved 16 Jan '22
- ↑ Nintendo Magzine System issue #24 page 6. Retrieved 16 Jan '22