A team of four Melbourne-based developers have combined Hello Games' massively ambitious, procedurally generated space exploration game No Man's Sky with classic Super Mario gameplay to create a unique, indie mashup called No Mario's Sky. Described as "your run of the mill mario-explores-the-universe game", the 2D, side-scroller was developed by ASMB games in just 72 hours for the ancient technology-themed game jam Ludum Dare 36.
Featuring "1000s of Goombas, an infinite universe, Muscle Toad, 'original' music, 'faithful' physics, social commentary about interplanetary colonialism, and a radical space ship", the game puts players in charge of the beloved Italian plumber as he explores colourful planets and discovers different species of Goomba while trying to find Princess Peach who is apparently "on another planet".
Developed by Ben Porter, Alex Mc, Sam Izzo and Cahill, No Mario's Sky is the "hackneyed remake-gone-mashup you've been craving."
However, it is likely that Nintendo will intervene and have the game removed, given how protective it is over its properties.
Earlier this month, a free, fan-made RPG called Pokémon Uranium was removed after reportedly receiving "multiple takedown notices from lawyers representing Nintendo of America". The Kyoto-based company also filed copyright claims against an unofficial, fan-made remake of Metroid 2: Return of Samus called AM2R this month.
In April, a fan-made, 3D browser-based remake of the original The Legend of Zelda, created to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the series, was issued a copyright notice and subsequently taken down.
No Mario's Sky is currently available to download for free on PC, Mac and Linux.