16. Addition By Subtraction

Prior to the internet, glitches in games (that could be repeated) were insanely popular. It felt like you had a special secret that few people had: breaking a game programmed by gods. Of course, I learned about glitches from Nintendo Power. Still, breaking a game could often be more fun than trying to win it outright. And there’s nothing more fun than trying to enter Super Mario Bros’ minus world, if your idea of fun is trying to make awkward jumps forty-eight times in a row while the clock of death is winding down.

Alternate Cover for “Off The Wall”

Compared to other glitches in NES games, your reward is more than just seeing something funky. You actually get to see an underwater level not in the actual game. It’s never-ending and there’s no way to escape it, but nobody goes to minus world on accident.

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You can’t take it with you

One thought on “16. Addition By Subtraction”

  1. I went there – just once, probably. It seemed like an intentional glitch to me, given the specificity of what happens. I remember badly wanting to discover the secret to “passing” the minus world and finding something new on the way out.

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