“Tatanga’s Return” is a Fantastic SNES Hack!

It’s been a little while since I’ve featured a ROM hack on my YouTube channel, but Super Mario Land 3: Tatanga’s Return is most definitely worth taking the time to feature. It’s a brand-new hack of Super Mario World from Gamma V that came out on April 12 and its goal was to create a “true” sequel to Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins. Yeah, there was an actual SML3 on the Game Boy, but that game could more accurately have been considered the first Wario Land title as it was a game centered on Wario, not Mario, and Mario himself only made a small appearance at the very end of the game.

All things considered, Tatanga’s Return is a pretty impressive hack. The graphics have received a major overhaul and bring in tons of outside assets, the music is all redone and sounds wonderful for an SNES title, the levels are all cleverly designed and cleverly named, and the game features some very interesting enemies and bosses. Challenge-wise, Gamma defined the game as “normal,” and I think this is pretty accurate. The game’s difficulty does increase the further you get, and while there are a few frustrating moments, in the three worlds cleared in this video I’ve yet to see anything unfairly hard.

The game features a total of 70 “exits” spread over 60 areas, so there’s a lot of content to go through and a lot of fun to be had.

I’m actually considering playing through the rest of the game and recording it as well, but meanwhile, if you like what you see here, you should definitely check the game out on Super Mario World Central – it’s completely free, and all you need to do is patch the files to a valid copy of the game’s ROM image (Google it – I won’t openly link to it here).

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this new SNES hack! :)

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Jessica "Allahweh" Brown has been a gamer since the '80s and loves modern, indie, and retro games alike. Feel free to follow her adventures at