Through the Warp Zone: Hacking Super Mario Brothers

Accepted Session
Long Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:45am in B204


Discover new worlds in Super Mario Brothers even the creators never saw!


In this talk, Emily will give a live demonstration of analyzing and hacking the original Super Mario Brothers for the Nintendo Entertainment System, while Shawna plays along in the game (using an emulator) to demonstrate how the changes affect the game.

Our investigations will center around understanding how to manipulate the first warp zone located in World 1–2, allowing us to skip to anywhere in the game, find the famous “Minus World,” and see what happens when we travel to other worlds that the creators never intended to make.

This talk will be an interactive version of a post Emily wrote last year:


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Speaking experience

Emily spoke last year:

Shawna also spoke last year: