SuperMash is a game that was first revealed — and then immediately surprise-released on Epic Games Store — at a Nintendo Indie World showcase last December. Coming from developer Digital Continue, the game allows you to select two classic video game genres and mash them together to create a new hybrid game. These games can then be shared with other players. And today, it has been announced that SuperMash will launch on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 8 for $19.99.
Randomization and procedural generation are at the heart of this title. Once you pick two genres — like platformer and stealth — the game automatically handles the rest. The resulting creation can last anywhere from 45 seconds to 10 minutes, so they’re more like mini-game experiences than labyrinthine RPG Maker experiences. Your genre selections are “Metrovania, Shoot ‘em Up, Stealth, Platformer, JRPG, and Action Adventure.”
“Glitches” that can help or hinder the player will also randomly apply to each level to spice things up; sometimes glitches are a saving grace, and sometimes they make a level pretty literally impossible to complete. (Just quit if the latter happens.) Player agency isn’t totally removed from the creation process in SuperMash though, as you can use collectible “DevCards” to ensure specific elements appear in a given mash-up.
For more about what to expect from SuperMash both now and in the future on Nintendo Switch, check out our interview with Digital Continue cofounder Joseph M. Tringali, who was also a former executive producer of Drawn to Life and Scribblenauts.