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Unlicensed developers and fans have created unofficial Mario media, especially video games, relating to the Mario franchise. These products include video games, ROM hacks, and animations. Due to the popularity of the franchise, some of these unlicensed products have received critical attention.

In September 2016, Nintendo of America issued over 500 DMCA takedown requests on diverse websites for various fan games based on Nintendo intellectual properties, resulting in the end of many games' development.[1]

Video games Edit

Console gamesEdit

Several unofficial Mario games have been released for video game consoles, including unlicensed games, ROM hacks, and game mods.

Level editorsEdit

There exist several unofficial level editors created to allow gamers without programming skills to easily make their own ROM hacks or levels in Mario games.

Computer gamesEdit

Unofficial Mario games playable on computers include mostly browser-based games, game parodies, and fangames sometimes inserting the character or world of Mario in the engine or style of other projects.

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  • Kill the Plumber is a platform game parody of Super Mario Bros. Players control the inhabitants of a kingdom invaded by a plumber and must stop him before he can reach a princess.
  • Trumptendo is a website created by artist Jeff Hong, featuring hacked versions of various Nintendo Entertainment System games (including Super Mario Bros.) that replace characters with Donald Trump and other United States political figures.
  • Super Mario 64 HD is an unofficial remake of the first level of Super Mario 64 using the Unity game engine.
  • Super Mario 63 is a 2D Flash game that is inspired by Super Mario 64. It also takes a lot of inspiration from other games such as Super Mario Sunshine.[62][63]
  • Super Mario Flash is an unofficial 2-dimensional Adobe Flash-based game based on Super Mario Bros. that was developed by Pouetpu and was originally released in 2007. In this single-player platform game, one can play as either Mario or Luigi, and in the game one must embark on a journey to save Princess Peach from Bowser. The game also has a built-in level editor.[64][65] Gameranx praised Super Mario Flash as #4 in its "Top Five Retro Arcade Games Freely Available" article, stating that "the creator of this game has put a lot of effort into making this game as close to the original as possible."[66] MegaLab, an Italian review website, however, gave a more negative response to Super Mario Flash, criticizing the game's controls and visual quality.[67] In 2011, Pouetpu released a sequel called Super Mario Flash 2, which is based on Super Mario World.[64]
  • Full Screen Mario is a browser game containing all 32 Super Mario Bros. levels, a level editor, and a level generator.

YouTube channels Edit

  • SMG4 - also known as SuperMarioGlitchy4, an independent Australian YouTube channel run by Luke and Kevin Lerdwichagul. It's best known for the series of machinimas made with Super Mario 64 and Garry's Mod. The series noted for it's wacky, unpredictable, and vulgar humor, having Nintendo characters being portrayed differently (for example, Mario here is portrayed as an incredibly dumb glutton with an infatuation for spaghetti), and more recently, the story arcs.
    • Story arcs in SMG4 channel are:
      • The first one which had Waluigi gaining superpowers based on his pain over being rejected as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
      • The second one which had Bob (a satirical depiction of Garo Robes from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask) being focusing on rapping career rather than caring all of his friends by threaten the life of Fishy Boopkins (a satirical depiction of Spike from Mario franchise) and all of his friends, including Meggy Spletzer (an inkling girl).
      • The third one was involving anime, known as "The Anime Arc". It is the only arc in SMG4 videos that has two chapters.
        • In the first chapter, Princess Peach bans anime "forever", and later she founded the Anime Secret Service (or ASS) to take over anime objects from the Mushroom Kingdom, which Mario, SMG4 himself, and his gang planned ways to unban the anime.
        • The second chapter of the arc, when the Splatfest began in Inkopolis, Meggy and other inklings were kidnapped by the Anime Cartel, which was led by a nerdy chamelon named Francis (also from Mario franchise). Mario, SMG4, and the rest of his gang discovers that Axol is the one who kidnapped by the inklings, but it reveals that Axol was innocent - he was kidnapped also by Francis to held hostage; Axol's inkweaver was taken over by Francis until Axol claims it later. SMG4 and his gang travels to Anime Island and take down false anime characters. This results to Meggy turned into a human after she was drained all of her ink by an Ink Zuccer 2000, and the death of octoling girl named Desti, her rival, which she was stabbed by Francis by summoning a Sephiroth (a character from Final Fantasy games).
          • Desti is about to save Meggy from Francis and the Anime Cartel.
          • After Desti dies and the conclusion of the Anime Arc, events on this arc are referenced in post-Anime Arc SMG4 videos.
          • Luke and Kevin planned a movie for SMG4 series and it involves a now human Meggy in Splatfest. Meggy starts for training for the final Splatfest in order for her to win for Desti.
    • In 2016, Luke and Kevin had it's own gaming channel called Hobo Bros, where they react to memes, playing fan games, and various stuff. In 2017, they founded Glitchy Boy Productions, which is now renamed as Glitch Productions as an official business in 2018. They produce Hitbox and Meta Runner.
      • In an episode of Hitbox series, Luke portrays SMG4.
      • Meta Runner involves Tari's adventure.
        • Tari was introduced as an SMG4 counterpart on August 2018. Her Meta Runner counterpart was introduced on October 2018.
        • In Meta Runner series, Tari was took place outside SMG4 continuity.

Videos Edit

Fandom Edit

In the late 2000s, YouTube Poop meme videos arouse using cutscenes from various Mario-related sources, including the Philips CD-i game, Hotel Mario[80][81] and Super Mario World episode, "Mama Luigi".[82] "Mama Luigi" was later re-animated by 227 animators in 2017 in dedication to the deaths of two of the series' voice actors: Tony Rosato (Luigi) and Harvey Atkin (King Koopa).[82]

After the release of Mario Kart 8 in 2014, a short clip featuring "Luigi's Death Stare" went viral; the original clip featured Luigi passing other drivers with an uncharacteristically angry facial pose set to the music of Chamillionaire's 2006 hit song Ridin'.[83][84][85] The meme was referenced by Nintendo itself during their E3 2014 presentation.[86]

In September 2018, a fanmade character called Bowsette became viral and had hundreds of artists producing fanart. Bowsette is a depiction of Bowser using Toadette's Super Crown power-up from the upcoming New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe to transform himself into a Princess Peach lookalike.

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