Cat Mario is very similar to the Super Mario Brothers, but it’s not just an emulator with a new lead put in. The game is separate, but it uses the same type of two dimensional platforming, expecting players to use good timing to make jumps over gulfs and to come down on enemies boots first. Of course if the Mario cat touches enemies with anything other than its feet, or if it drops down into a hole, that’s game over and players either lose a life, or have to go back to the beginning of the level. Standard stuff for those used to playing old platformers from the age of the very first Nintendo entertainment system.
When it comes to winning Cat Mario players need to remember all of the things that let them get ahead in the original Super Mario Brothers game. For players who have never had the privilege, there were a number of things in this original platformer that had to be kept in mind first and foremost.
The first thing players need to remember is that Cat Mario requires a sense of timing. So once players have gotten used to the controls (arrow keys for left, right and up for jumping), they need to practice hitting the mark, so to speak. The ability to tell exactly when objects are going to move is key to getting ahead in this game.
The game was originally released in the year 2007, and for years it’s been notorious for its difficulty; even when compared to the original Super Mario Brothers which it’s parodying. However, while Syobon Action (the originaly Japanese title for Cat Mario) is an extremely challenging game that requires players to be at the top of their form, that doesn’t mean players should spend money on it.