What do you get when you mash up the most popular video games of the 1980’s and the 2010s?
Many of you probably have fond memories of playing Super Mario Bro’s (S.M.B. hereafter) in the 1980’s. The absurdly popular Super NES was a staple of the living room in the days before the internet took off. Some of you, who are still into gaming in the 2010’s are probably addicted to Portal, and its sequel.
Maurice Guégan and Sašo Smolej, of German and Russian nationalities, respectively, are developing a mashup of S.M.B. and Portal they are calling Mari0. The gameplay is so incredibly different from the classic S.M.B. that I am sure they could make millions selling the game. But, to avoid litigation, they are planning on giving the game and its source code away for FREE!.
Sadly, their strategy is unlikely to work, even though gameplay is specifically excluded from copyright. The artwork in a game is covered by copyright, as are names and characters. The cost of defending their project will probably sink their two-man studio, stabyourself.net. Instead, I think they should approach both Valve and Nintendo and ask for licenses, sell their game, and hopefully strike it rich!