Please enjoy this paper craft version of the Amstrad CPC 464 available for download here! It's the closest I've ever been to touching the real thing. As a Canadian I never grew up with these machines but there's something magical about UK silicon.
I recently got an Arduboy and I think it's a pretty fantastic little device. Inspired by the very low resolution display (128px x 64px) I decided to do a few mock-ups. My Jumpman port looks doable if only to punish the gamer's eyes. I LOVED Jumpman on the C64, Atari 8-bit, and Colecovison.
It was a lot of had work but I have finally completed the Retro Challenger for 2016. It was a fun experience as always. Perhaps one day I will team up with a programmer and Super Mario will find another home on the Commodore.
But that'll be for another Challenge. Thanks a million for all the support!
I felt Canadian's in the 80's were quick to abandon old computer tech in favour of game consoles and eventually PCs. I was playing with my Commodore 64 for years after it had fallen out of favor. The 16-bit computer era practically passed us by. There is a lot of beauty wrapped up in limitation so I believe I will continue to appreciate what 8-bit and 16-bit system do.
I remember playing Super Mario Bros 3 for the first time. I rented it from out Canadian Tire (CT rented out games in our small town). I remember it like it was yesterday. My younger sister and I sat in front of our television and were transfixed as we played through the whole experience. I always had similar times with the Commodore so it only seems fitting to pay tribute to two of my favourite systems.
The NES uses 2x2 tiles (16x16px) to define its world whereas my Commodore version uses 3x2 tiles (12x16px). This can make certain objects, like the rotating hammer especially challenging and interesting to translate.
For this RetroChallenge I will port the World 1 graphics from Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. 3 to the Commodore 64.
This is not the first time I have done a graphics port of a Super Mario game. Over the past few years I have converted the graphics for Super Mario Bros. 1 & 2.
I am slightly overwhelmed by the number of unique maps, characters, enemies, objects and other assets. I suspect there are more unique graphics in the first world of SMB3 than in the entire game of SMB1. Each day I plan to post my progress, so please join my in this exciting retrographic adventure.