The MSX2 is a gaming computer that we never received here in the United States. Many of the titles that we later cherished though had great outings on this gaming computer, Metal Gear 1 and 2 being just a couple of the big releases, at least later in gaming history. We covered the fan translation ports of the MSX2 Metal Gear 1 and 2 games in our second issue, available here. As most gamers know, Nintendo has never been keen on letting their intellectual properties out to other companies for use. This could be because of the horrendous mess that Phillips made of their versions of Zelda and Mario for the CD-i. It also could be due to Hudson butchering a computer version of the original Super Mario Bros for Japanese IBM compatible computers. Either way, it is unusual to see a Nintendo bred title on a gaming computer, it is probably not an official port. That brings me to the port of Super Mario World that is in the works for the MSX2 gaming computer, right now. Unofficial, sure. Dedicated homage? You bet.
The fact that someone is faithfully porting a huge title (huge in levels and impact on gaming) to the MSX2 is quite the task. The fact that they are having quite a bit of success in capturing not only the aura of the original game but are staying pretty faithful to the overall image too is impressive. The question is, will this be completed before Nintendo drops one of their notorious cease and desist letters? As covered a while back, as long as this is a free release, Nintendo will probably not take action against it. Of course, the disclaimer is not exactly set in stone in the legal department. This is Nintendo we are talking about, which means anything could happen.
Over the years we have seen Super Mario World re-released on the Game Boy Advance (Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World), on the Virtual Console for both the Wii and the Wii U. Unfortunately, the storied release history of Super Mario World did not include any computer platforms. Thanks to enterprising fans, the MSX2 at least will be home to an unofficial port of Super Mario World shortly.
There is even a demo of Super Mario World on the MSX2 gaming computer available here. For fans of the first 16-Bit Mario adventure this is great news- the game still holds up quite well.