Experience The Perfect Combination Of Mario & Portal With Mari0

Joshua Lockhart 13-03-2012

mario gamesDo you ever see Nintendo Emulating & Playing Classic SNES Games On The PC With ZSNES In my opinion, the Super Nintendo was the greatest gaming console that ever existed. Boasting titles like Chrono Trigger, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, EarthBound, Final Fantasy III, Super... Read More and Valve getting together to create something beautiful? No? Me neither. Thankfully, the kind folks at Stabyourself manufactured this hypothetical gaming lovechild all on their own, and it has come in the form of Mari0, the perfect combination of Mario and Portal. It’s a crazy little game, but it actually works. Not only that, but it works quite well.


Get ready to see the old meet the new with Mari0 3 Games That Make A Nintendo 3DS Worth Owning The Nintendo 3DS handheld gaming system got off to a rocky start, but it seems to be finding its stride as time goes on. In my opinion, the reason for this is that there are... Read More , because we’re about to take a wild ride into the Aperture Kingdom, where gladOs and Bowser unite. Maybe gladOwser would be more appropriate, or BadOs. Wait, wait. gladOopa. I’ll stop now.

Put Portal In The World Of Mario

So let’s get this straight – you get to play the entire original Super Mario Bros. game… with a Portal My Three Favorite Video Game Antagonists Of All Time Last week on MUO Gaming, I talked about my favorite video game protagonists. After all, everyone loves the guy. Still, there is something to be said for a great villain in a game. They give... Read More gun. How cool is that? (pretty darn cool, I’d say).  Basically, in addition to your original frustrations of getting hit by Lakuta or bit by one of those pesky piranha plants, you now have the challenge of utilizing the Portal gun to get around.

Granted, and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this newfound frustration is totally voluntary.  You can play the entire game without the gun seeing that this is just the original SMB game with an extra tool, but where’s the fun in that?

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The Portal gun adds this whole new element to Mario that simply wasn’t available when it was originally released. Considering that these two games Is Minecraft Really That Great? [Opinion] Minecraft is quite possibly the most viral and addictive indie game that we've ever come to see. Who knew that a concept as elementary as playing with toy blocks could become such a sensation? I... Read More were both genre-defining creations, putting them together was a match made in heaven. Now you can send your enemies into pits of death with careful planning, jump from one end of the screen to the other with only a couple of shots, and best of all, soar higher than ever before with the gravity-defying effects of the glorious portals.


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Put Mario In The World Of Portal

So you may eventually get tired of playing just the original Mario game with a side of Portal. Fortunately, the creators have thought of a way to help you out there. In addition to the Mario map pack, there is actually a Portal map pack The 7 Best Online FPS Browser Games Here are the best FPS browser games you can play on the web right now, all of which are fantastically playable. Read More set in the halls of Aperture itself (cake will be served.)

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It’s a pretty nifty little thing getting to look at this game with an 8-bit flair. You’ll get to play with all sorts of toys like light bridges, lasers, and companion cubes, so the reimagining is pretty accurate. Granted, you won’t be playing as the female lead character at all, but hey… it’s a-Mario. Nothing wrong with that, but a Peach character would have been pretty cool…


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Put Yourself In The World Of Mari0

This game is built for customization, and fortunately, it does just that. You’ll actually find a pretty cool level editor 4 Free Mods That Will Bring You Back To Old Games [MUO Gaming] Gaming classics are often remembered fondly, but rarely played. The advance of computer technology can make a game that’s just five or ten years old feel almost unplayable. Most gamers give up and move on,... Read More for the game, and furthermore, you can play with up to four friends (it’s a Mario party, y’all). Granted, the level editor is a little time consuming since there are no shortcuts whatsoever. However, I really can’t complain too much – all of this is just a great idea.

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Just throwing this out there, but the controls for the game were a little clunky for me seeing that it is essentially combining two games. You would likely be using WASD keys along with maybe Space to jump and right-shift to run or throw fireballs if this was purely Mario. However, with this, your right hand (or left-hand) has to use the mouse Use Mouse Gestures For Better Productivity With StrokePlus [Windows] Mouse gestures are specific movements that are recognized by software and translated into quick actions on the screen. Mouse gestures can be used to perform quick actions, like forward and backward browsing or opening a... Read More for the Portal gun.

With that being said, the default run/fireball button is the left-shift, and to be honest, that’s a little tough at times. I tried toying with other configurations, but I simply couldn’t figure anything out. It’s not too big of a deal, though – the game survives just fine.


Mari0 is a must-download, and with that in mind, the entire thing is free. Totally free. You don’t even have to sign a EULA in blood. Go ahead and download it whether you’re running PC, Mac, or Linux. Heck, the creators even will throw in the source code. What do you have to lose?

At the time of this article, Mari0 is a recent release, and there are still a few bugs being worked out. As stated in this blog post, the creators have addressed them and are presently working on them to the best of their abilities.


Based on personal observations, the game is still playable, and I have encountered only one minor bug with only the editor in which Mari0 actually disappears, rendering the tool useless. However, exiting the editor and then returning to it seemed to fix it. Keep in mind that the game is hot off the press, and bugs are still being fixed (but it is SO cool).

What other game mash-ups do you know of? What do you think of this version of Mari0?

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  1. Chris Hoffman
    March 13, 2012 at 3:53 am

    I was really happy to see this last week. It's amazingly awesome. Of course, a lawyer somewhere is probably writing up a legal threat right now, because they hate fun.

    It would be nice if the multiplayer worked over the Internet, but apparently they're working on that.

    • J. Lockhart
      March 13, 2012 at 5:47 am

      Well. Despite the law issue... I'm at least happy to have played it. I really doubt anything will happen though. There are a ton of Nintendo-themed online games out there, and although I do not know Valve very well, I have a feeling it will be fine. I'm willing to bet they all think it's as cool as we do.

      Also, I'd love to see multiplayer over the Internet. However, I'd also like to see what it would be like with friends and multiple USB controllers. 

      This is pretty much my dream game.