Do you think HK originals are really that much more technologically advanced than what Nintendo was putting out at the peak of the NES?
Mario 3 didn't come out at the peak of the NES' life. It's obvious that when Miyamoto said "due to the Famicom's limitations", he meant due to the Famicom's limitations at that time or more accurately, due to their lack of experience with the hardware (or lack of more advanced mappers) at the time.
Post by Ryu the Grappler on Oct 24, 2010 21:13:52 GMT -5
Super Mario Bros. 3 is a great game, but it's hardly the peek of NES game design. If you want to see a game that pushes the Famicom's specs to its limit, I would recommend Metal Slader Glory. It came out only in Japan (no fan-translation exist as far as I know), but the game was so over-budgeted that it practically drove HAL out of business (which is why they ended up being boughtby Nintendo).
The gameplay is nothing special (is a graphic adventure like the Famicom Detective Club games or Snatcher), but the graphics are very vibrant, full of colors and animation. In fact, there's very little graphical differences between the original and the later Super Famicom remake that came out years later.