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He Turned Super Mario World Into Flappy Bird On Actual Super Nintendo Hardware, By Hand

Updated: May 19, 2023

Flappy Bird in Super Mario World (SMW)... Yes, you read that correctly.

Since its conception in 2005, YouTube has become an enormous platform for creators, providing limitless entertainment and knowledge to the fingertips of its billions of users. Within the gaming community, one video stands out, not just for its entertainment value, but for its impressive demonstration of coding and manipulation of a classic game. After all these years, SethBling's "SNES Code Injection -- Flappy Bird in SMW" remains my all-time favorite YouTube video.

The extraordinary balance of education, information, and behind-the-scenes details, combined with a fun video showcasing how the code injection and memory manipulation works on a classic game we've all played but had no idea about the inner workings, makes SethBling's video a timeless masterpiece that transcends the fleeting trends of the platform.

Flappy Bird in Super Mario World
For anyone who grew up playing Super Mario World, this is magical.

First and foremost, the video presents an extraordinary feat of coding and software manipulation. SethBling, with code written by p4plus2, achieved a marvel by injecting the code for Flappy Bird, an independently popular game, into the legendary Super Mario World on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). This was a stunning example of code injection, an exploit where rogue code is introduced into a software system, usually to alter its intended performance.

In the context of video games, code injection often carries negative connotations, like cheating or disrupting online games. But in SethBling's capable hands, it became a vehicle for education, exploration, and just pure fun. In this instance, it was the first time a human had ever completed this kind of exploit, making it a significant moment in the world of gaming. Previous to this, the code injection was all done by an automated bot.

But what truly sets this video apart, and what keeps me coming back, is the skillful balance of educational content and intriguing behind-the-scenes details. SethBling took the time to painstakingly explain how the exploit was possible. This involved discussing aspects of the SNES architecture, the inner workings of Super Mario World's code, and how Flappy Bird was distilled down to its simplest form to be injected into a completely different game. This was far from a simple feat.

This unprecedented look into the back-end of classic games like Super Mario World was a genuine treat for many viewers, myself included. SethBling managed to break down complex programming concepts into digestible segments that even a non-programmer could grasp. The ability to make technical knowledge accessible and entertaining to a broad audience is no small accomplishment, making this video a true gem in the YouTube pantheon.

Then there was the actual full video of the exploit itself on Twitch. Seeing Mario suddenly transform his world into a Flappy Bird clone was both hilarious and awe-inspiring. It was a potent reminder of the malleability of the digital world and the incredible creativity that drives the gaming community.

In essence, SethBling's "SNES Code Injection -- Flappy Bird in SMW" was more than just a YouTube video. It was an enlightening journey into the depth and breadth of what can be achieved when creativity meets technical expertise. It was a testament to the human spirit of curiosity and our ceaseless pursuit of pushing boundaries. But above all, it was an endearing, unforgettable piece of entertainment that has cemented its place in my heart, and perhaps, in the hearts of many other viewers around the globe.

For those seeking a unique fusion of education, entertainment, and gaming innovation, I highly recommend revisiting this masterpiece, a testament to SethBling's incredible talent and ingenuity, whose timeless appeal continues to resonate even after all these years. I notice he hasn't posted a new video in nearly a year and has over 2 million subscribers. He is active on Twitter still, though. ~Smash

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