‘Borderlands’ & ‘Super Mario’ Get Demade Into (Playable) ’80s Classics

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One of our most anticipated games of 2012 hits retail in just a few weeks, even though its development was completed over a month ago. We’re of course talking about Borderlands 2, the co-op, loot-heavy shooter from Gearbox Software and 2K Games. What does the sequel to the cel shaded hit have in common with the recently released New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo 3DS?

Not much, but they now both have playable demakes from the Atari era.

As 2K Games jokingly reminds us, many gamers don’t realize that Borderlands 2 (and fan-favorite character Claptrap) was based on the 1989 classic The Border Lands and if you haven’t seen or played this game before, now you can (for free!). Watch the video above to see how big of a deal it was for “Angry guy” when The Border Lands released in the late ’80s, then try it yourself at the link below:


Sorry, no Mechromancer or Gunzerker classes three decades ago.

A genius video and a fun little game combine for some smart marketing on the part of 2K. Props must be given to BAFTA-winning creative agency, Ralph for their work on this. The video itself is so well done that it looks like a legitimate and worth competitor to the infamous Nintendo 64 Christmas freakout.

The Border Lands 1989

Next up is something equally as creative, but not backed by any sort of corporate marketing effort. User Sprybug of the Atari Age forums as crafted a Super Mario Bros. demake for a non-Nintendo console. Now, long-time fans of the series can experience Mario on the Atari 2600 – a console that first released when the original Star Wars opened in theaters (1977). The demo was released almost two weeks ago, featuring the first level of the game with the custom controls. You can find out the details and download the demo here:

Atari Age


Borderlands 2 releases September 18th, 2012 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Source: Indie Games