Super Ear Man Bros.
The latest Super Mario Brothers fan remake is called Super è€³ç”· Bros. (Yes, the abbreviation "Bros." is part of the official title.) Loosely translated as "Super Ear Man Bros.," the game is a heavily modified version of the original SMB title for the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. In Ear Man, however, the game is all about suffering and frustration rather than family-friendly fun. Designed to be nearly unplayable in its complexity -- full of "gotcha" hidden blocks, fireballs, and hard-to-avoid enemies preventing movement at every turn -- the game seems more of a life lesson in failure than entertainment. But one fan, Erik Kastner, has played through the entire game and posted a recording (below). My favorite part is around 1:45 in the video, when the level-end castle turns into a robot and attacks Mario. Watch and be amazed (or just supremely frustrated).
Super Ear Man Bros. (SUPERè€³ç”·BROS) from kastner on Vimeo.
To play the game online, click here twice (oddly, you have to visit the site, hit Back, then click again). All you need to know: press Z to jump and don't panic. Also, for some reason I could only get it to work on Windows. Sorry, Mac users! See also: a complete walkthrough (in Japanese).
For SMB completists, here's some previous _floss coverage: Acceleration Due to Gravity: Super Mario Brothers, Super Mario World + Quantum Physics = Lots of Fun, Five Super Mario Brothers Videos, Knitting 'Super Mario Brothers,' Level One, Lunchtime Quiz: Mario Villain or Obscure Dinosaur?