Finally, the time to play NES games online has come. Super Tilt Bro is a demake of Super Smash Bros, which supports online play and is compatible with the NES. This adapts the platform fighting action of Super Smash Bros. to a tee. Two fighters must go at it then throw themselves off the stage. Even though it’s made for older hardware, you can still pull off a variety of special attacks and it comes with a number of different stages.
?A game for the NES?
?A multiplayer game for the NES?
?A smash-like for the NES?
?An online smash-like for the NES!!!!!
Real hardware, real internet: Wi-Fi chip in the cart ? pic.twitter.com/uv8zd9iUZd
— Roger Bidon (@RogerBidon) September 24, 2020
Creating a game to play online on a real NES hardware might seem impossible, but it’s actually quite a simple process. A Wi-Fi chip installed into the game cart allows for players to connect online. Super Tilt Bro is still in an alpha state but has received updates including improved AI, bug fixes, and a new character. There is also a growing Discord community to find someone to spar against. If you are hoping to get your hands on one of these carts, you will have to wait. The game carts are still in the prototype phase, so it will take some time before a home release is available.
Super Tilt Bro Available for Windows, Linux, and NES
Even if you can’t purchase a cart, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun. The game’s Itch.io page includes downloads for Windows, Linux, and the NES file format to make your own cartridge.
Video game demakes have become a popular trend in recent years, taking a popular modern game and remaking it down in such a way as to run on older hardware. Other examples of video game demakes including a 2D Zelda-inspired take on Bloodborne or Untitled Goose Game for the PS1.
While fan projects of other mediums usually thrive, when it comes to video games major publishers are more likely than not to use DMCA takedowns to stop these projects from finding success. Hopefully, given this game is inspired by Super Smash Bros, it will avoid the scrutiny of Nintendo‘s litigious lawyers.