No, this isn’t another Giana Sisters, this was the real thing.. Orpheus were planning to convert the loveable plumber to our C64 screens.
Orpheus are greatly remembered for Electrosound, but after seeing their game attempt, ‘The Young Ones’, Mario on the C64 could have been a disaster, but then again even a classic! :)
Nintendo said ‘No way’ to the conversion and Orpheus’ dreams of creating the hit arcade/NES game were doomed, and so Mario stayed faithful to the Nintendo platform and became a massive success.
Just how much was actually created or even started is anyone’s guess, though its likely that Orpheus never started anything, and wouldn’t have done until Nintendo gave them the go ahead.
Possibly just an idea on the drawing board…