SMB3 Roulette & Card Matching Games Explained - RGME [Not OC] (cohost.org)
from Crul@lemm.ee to retrogaming@lemmy.world on 10 Oct 2023 11:26 +0000
https://lemm.ee/post/11006991

Let’s look at how Super Mario Bros. 3 uses random numbers to influence how the roulette bonus game works, and how poorly it shuffles cards in the card matching bonus game.

Direct YouTube link: SMB3 Roulette & Card Matching Games Explained - YouTube

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drcouzelis@lemmy.zip on 10 Oct 2023 11:32 +0000 next

It’s so strange… I’ve heard that Japan culture in general likes games of random chance (like gashapon vending machines…) but this just seems cruel. 😅

At least I can finally stop stressing about the timing of my button presses.

WhiskyTangoFoxtrot@lemmy.world on 11 Oct 2023 03:53 +0000

I just skip the roulette games. If you know how to get stars on the end-of-level cards every time (be running with a full P-meter when the card comes on-screen and hit it on the left-hand side) you’ll be drowning in extra lives anyway.

CarlsIII@kbin.social on 10 Oct 2023 15:30 +0000 next

I didn’t read the article but I know that in the card game, the cards aren’t shuffled at all, there are just about four preset layouts of the cards.

Crul@lemm.ee on 10 Oct 2023 16:05 +0000

there are just bout four preset layouts of the cards.

It’s 8 different layouts, but yes, they are only a few of them. The funny thing is that they are not hardcoded, but the result of a buggy implementation of an algorithm that could have generated millions of different layouts. The specific assembly code is explained line by line on the video.

amio@kbin.social on 10 Oct 2023 18:45 +0000

I knew that fucking roulette was a scam.