If you’d have told me 10 years ago that there would be a game that combined Super Mario Brothers and Portal, I wouldn’t have believed you.  Mostly because Portal wasn’t released yet, but also because who would have thought that these two franchises could ever go so well together?  Furthermore, what maniacs would actually spend the time to create such a hybrid, only to release it for free to everyone with a level editor and 4 player co-op?!

The maniacs over at StabYourself.net, that’s who.  (Yes, that is the best domain name ever)

Here’s the rundown from SY:

Two genre defining games from completely different eras: Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. and Valve’s Portal. These two games managed to give Platformers and First-Person Puzzle Games a solid place in the video game world. But what if Nintendo teamed up with Valve and recreated the famous Mario game with Portal gun mechanics?

A complete from scratch recreation of Super Mario Bros. with a focus on perfectly imitating the feel the 1985 classic gave us. Then give Mario a portal gun, add puzzle game mechanics from Portal and there you go. And if that wasn’t crazy enough, play 4-player coop, with everyone having their own Portal gun!

What does this magnificent game feature?  I’m glad you asked:

  • A Complete recreation of SMB (Woo)
  • Elements from Portal (Cool)
  • Portal guns that shoot portals (Duh)
  • 4-player simultaneaous coop (No way!)
  • Level Editor that was used to create the levels in the game (Unnecessarily Awesome)
  • 33 different hats (Gaben approved!)
  • Downloadable Mappacks (Wowza)
  • Game modifiers for extra fun (Oh yeah)

I played MariO for a few hours last night and I must say… it’s downright awesome.  The first time you use a portal to make a Koopa walk off a ledge or propel yourself to the top of a flagpole with ease, you’ll wonder how everyone’s favorite Italian plumbers ever survived without Portal guns in the first place.

To download MariO, head on over to StabYourself and grab it on your platform of choice (Even Linux!).

If the website is down, don’t worry, that’s just because everyone else on the internet (and reddit) wants to be as awesome as you.