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Introduction

TheXTech is a free and open-source game engine for Mario-like platforming games. There is a complete and extended source code port of the Super Mario Bros. X 1.3 game engine (later just "SMBX"), and its direct unofficial continuation after development halted in the 2011th year. This engine preserves full compatibility with levels and episodes made for the original SMBX game, including its repacks. And it's allowed to create brand-new Levels, Episodes, and content packs. Unlike the original SMBX game that depends on Windows and x86, TheXTech can work on many operating systems (including Linux distros, macOS, xBSD, Android, Haiku, etc.) and processor architectures (including x86_64, ARM, PowerPC, MIPS, etc.).

This is a sister project to the Moondust Project, developed and maintained in parallel with it.

Screenshots and videos

TheXTech gameplay
(Lowser's Conquest Demo, level "Slipsand Fortress")
"Forêt bleue" by Catskart
(Playing the LunaDLL level on Android)

Downloads

Current stable version: 1.3.6

Changelog for 1.3.6
Read the list of changes that was done for the current, and for all previous releases.

Please select the edition:

Plain engine downloads

These packages contain the runtime engine binary only, no resources included. You can use this to run any of separated assets packages, or to update your existing game without re-downloading game assets. Especially useful if you did your own remix of the assets, and you don't want to re-remix them again.
Catalogue of Assets packages
The list of available TheXTech games that you can play

Download for:

Download for Windows

Tip: To unpack 7z archives you need to use the 7-zip tool (it's free!). Also available for ARM64 machines.
Windows x86_64 (64-bit)
Modern Windows platforms
Windows ARM64 (64-bit)
Modern Windows platforms with ARM processors. The VC Redist for ARM64 is required (download link below).
Windows x86 (32-bit)
Legacy Windows platforms including old processors like Pentium III

Dependencies:

VC Redist for ARM64
Required component for ARM64 version of the game

Download for Linux

Portable Generic Linux archives

Note: There are static portable builds that should work almost everywhere. If you run a different Linux distro than Ubuntu, the Ubuntu 16.04 version should work for you. It's confirmed to work on Debian 10, on OpenSUSE, on Fedora, on CentOS. Also, the game could work on ArchLinux and Monjaro. If all builds won't work on your distro, feel free to report to me and try to compile the game from the sources to get it to work on your side. Right now there are x86_64 and 32-bit x86 builds that were made, ARM wasn't built by the CI yet (in the future I may try to set up the CI to produce such builds).
Generic Linux AMD64 (U20)
Built on Ubuntu 20.04. Works also on Fedora and, possibly, on Arch and Monjaro.
Generic Linux AMD64 (U18)
Built on Ubuntu 18.04. Works also on OpenSUSE.
Generic Linux AMD64 (U16)
Built on Ubuntu 16.04. Works also on Debian 10+, CentOS 7+.
Generic Linux i386 (U16)
Built on Ubuntu 16.04. Works also on other 32-bit Linux systems.
Building from source manual
If prebuilt packages doesn't work, or you want to run the game on non-x86 architectures, please build it from the source code.

Download for macOS

The version 10.11 (El Capitan) is minimal to get the game work.
Game App template (ZIP)
Universal for both Intel and Apple Silicon
Note: This is the "Game template", the app bundle that contains no assets. You need to put the game assets into the "TheXTech.app/Content/Resources/assets" directory inside of the bundle, and then, edit "Content/Info.plist", and specify the value for the "CFBundeName" (the application's name) field to make it not be "Not named application" in the task manager).

Download for Android

The version 4.1 is minimal to get the game work.
APK package for Android
Universal for ARM32, ARM64, x86, x86_64
Catalogue of Assets packages
The list of available TheXTech games that you can play

How to install:

Caution: If you place your game assets package on a SD card, it will become read-only, and therefore, gamesaves, settings, etc. will be saved at the application's directory (which can't be browsed on Android 11+ without of the wired USB connection)

  • Download both APK and Assets packages to your device.
  • Ensure that the installation of applications from custom sources is allowed (check your security settings).
  • Install the APK (navigate the Download directory in your file manager, and open the downloaded APK by the application installer).
  • At your phone storage or SD card, at any convenient place, create the "TheXTech Games" directory.
  • Move the downloaded Assets archive into the "TheXTech Games" directory.
  • Unpack the Assets archive into the subdirectory with any name.
  • Launch the TheXTech game from your launcher.
  • Press the icon at the Right-Top of the screen and choose the "Select directory..." menu item.
  • You will be asked for the storage permission. Grand it. If you run the Android 11 or higher, you should allow the file system access.
  • Once the directory browser will open, please navigate your "TheXTech Games" directory, and open the subdirectory inside, and then, press OK.
  • If you selected the valid Assets directory, the overlook will change into the style of the selected game.
  • Press "Start game" to start the game, or press the "Settings" button to change certain settings before to start the game.

How to add another game into existing installation of TheXTech:

  • Download the desired Assets package to your device.
  • Move the downloaded Assets archive into the "TheXTech Games" directory you created earlier.
  • Unpack the Assets archive into the subdirectory with any different name.
  • Launch the TheXTech game from your launcher.
  • Press the icon at the Right-Top of the screen and choose the "Select directory..." menu item.
  • Navigate your "TheXTech Games" directory, and open the subdirectory with a newly unpacked game, and then, press OK.
  • Press "Start game" to start the game, or press the "Settings" button to change certain settings before to start the game.
  • Use the Right-Top icon to switch between installed games. Every game will has its own game saves storage, in-game settings, accessible episodes, etc.

Download for Nintendo Switch

Note: This is an in-development version of TheXTech prepared for the next release. You may encounter some issues using this version, so, please report them to us.

NRO executable for Switch
Development version
Catalogue of Assets packages
The list of available TheXTech games that you can play

How to install on hardware:

In order to run this game, you are required to have a hacked Switch.
  • Download both NRO and Assets packages.
  • At root of your SD card, create the TheXTech directory.
  • Unpack the Assets archive into the TheXTech directory.
  • Place the NRO file into the switch directory at your SD card root.
  • Try to run the game.

How to run on emulators (such as Yuzu):

  • Download both NRO and Assets packages.
  • At the directory linked as an SD card, create the TheXTech directory.
  • Unpack the Assets archive into the TheXTech directory.
  • Place the NRO file into any convenient directory.
  • Try to open the NRO file via the emulator.

Download for PS Vita

Note: There are two variants of the game: the official version with 800x600 resolution, and the older experimental version with the native resolution.
VPK package for Vita 1.3.6-stable
Official version with the 800x600 screen resolution
VPK package for Vita 1.3.6-beta
Old experimental version with the native screen resolution. (Recommended by port maintainer)
Catalogue of Assets packages
The list of available TheXTech games that you can play

How to install on hardware:

Note: While possible to move all assets over FTP, it’s much faster and more reliable to mount your Vita over USB or move your Vita2SD to your computer and copy that way. You’ve been warned.
  • Download both VPK and Assets packages.
  • Created a folder on your Vita named TheXTech (case matters) in ux0:data:
    ux0:data/TheXTech
  • Unpack the Assets archive into the TheXTech directory.
  • Install the thextech.vpk and enjoy.

Super Mario Bros. X

Super Mario Bros. X is a Mario fan game originally made by Andrew Spinks in the year 2009 and supported by him up to 2011. This game combines various aspects of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and other Mario games. Additionally, this game has elements from games of other series like Metroid and Legend of Zelda. With the emergence of TheXTech, this game got its unofficial continuation.

Help and support:

Visit the official discussion
Here you can get an official support for this game and discuss it.

Download for:

Download for Windows

Tip: To unpack 7z archives you need to use the 7-zip tool (it's free!). Also available for ARM64 machines.
Windows x86_64 (64-bit)
Modern Windows platforms
Windows ARM64 (64-bit)
Modern Windows platforms with ARM processors. The VC Redist for ARM64 is required (download link below).
Windows x86 (32-bit)
Legacy Windows platforms including old processors like Pentium III

Dependencies:

VC Redist for ARM64
Required component for ARM64 version of the game

Download for Linux

Portable Generic Linux archives

Note: There are static portable builds that should work almost everywhere. If you run a different Linux distro than Ubuntu, the Ubuntu 16.04 version should work for you. It's confirmed to work on Debian 10, on OpenSUSE, on Fedora, on CentOS. Also, the game could work on ArchLinux and Monjaro. If all builds won't work on your distro, feel free to report to me and try to compile the game from the sources to get it to work on your side. Right now there are x86_64 and 32-bit x86 builds that were made, ARM wasn't built by the CI yet (in the future I may try to set up the CI to produce such builds).
Generic Linux AMD64 (U20)
Built on Ubuntu 20.04. Works also on Fedora and, possibly, on Arch and Monjaro.
Generic Linux AMD64 (U18)
Built on Ubuntu 18.04. Works also on OpenSUSE.
Generic Linux AMD64 (U16)
Built on Ubuntu 16.04. Works also on Debian 10+, CentOS 7+.
Generic Linux i386 (U16)
Built on Ubuntu 16.04. Works also on other 32-bit Linux systems.
Building from source manual
If prebuilt packages doesn't work, or you want to run the game on non-x86 architectures, please build it from the source code.

 

Debian and Ubuntu-compatible packages

The game will be installed at system, default assets will appear at the /usr/share/games/thextech/smbx directory, and user directory for game saves, custom worlds, logs, screenshots will appear at the ~/.thextech-smbx directory on the first launch.
Debian-based Linux AMD64 (U20)
Built on Ubuntu 20.04
Debian-based Linux AMD64 (U18)
Built on Ubuntu 18.04
Debian-based Linux AMD64 (U16)
Built on Ubuntu 16.04
Debian-based Linux i386 (U16)
Built on Ubuntu 16.04

 

AUR packages

There is an AUR package, maintained by YidaozhanYa. The game will be installed at system, default assets will appear at /usr/share/games/thextech-smbx, and user directory for game saves, custom worlds, logs, screenshots will appear at ~/.thextech-smbx directory.
yay -Sua --batchinstall thextech-supermariobrosx

Download for macOS

The version 10.11 (El Capitan) is minimal to get the game work.
DMG image
Universal for both Intel and Apple Silicon
Note: Because of macOS specifics, using the game here has a different way than other systems: after installation, first, run a game, and then, to add your custom episodes, look into your home directory and find the "TheXTech Games/Super Mario Bros. X" folder, the "worlds" and "battle" inside is for your stuff! The game saves screenshots and GIF records in the system's default screenshots directory.

To customise default media, look inside the bundle and find the "Contents/Resources/assets" folder!

Caution 1: Bundle is unsigned, make sure you know how to deal with a Gatekeeper to make able to use this! On Catalina it may not start the first time after Gatekeeper's question, try to run the game again!

Caution 2: On Apple Silicon (M1+) devices, you will need to run the next command from your terminal at the applications directory to get the game work:
xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine "Super Mario Bros. X.app"

Download for Android

The version 4.1 is minimal to get the game work.
APK package for Android
Universal for ARM32, ARM64, x86, x86_64
Assets: Super Mario Bros. X
The resource pack for TheXTech with the Super Mario Bros. X Game

How to install:

Caution: If you place your game assets package on a SD card, it will become read-only, and therefore, gamesaves, settings, etc. will be saved at the application's directory (which can't be browsed on Android 11+ without of the wired USB connection)

  • Download both APK and Assets packages to your device.
  • Ensure that the installation of applications from custom sources is allowed (check your security settings).
  • Install the APK (navigate the Download directory in your file manager, and open the downloaded APK by the application installer).
  • At your phone storage or SD card, at any convenient place, create the "TheXTech Games" directory.
  • Move the downloaded Assets archive into the "TheXTech Games" directory.
  • Unpack the Assets archive into the subdirectory with any name.
  • Launch the TheXTech game from your launcher.
  • Press the icon at the Right-Top of the screen and choose the "Select directory..." menu item.
  • You will be asked for the storage permission. Grand it. If you run the Android 11 or higher, you should allow the file system access.
  • Once the directory browser will open, please navigate your "TheXTech Games" directory, and open the subdirectory inside, and then, press OK.
  • If you selected the valid Assets directory, the overlook will change into the style of the selected game.
  • Press "Start game" to start the game, or press the "Settings" button to change certain settings before to start the game.

How to add another game into existing installation of TheXTech:

  • Download the desired Assets package to your device.
  • Move the downloaded Assets archive into the "TheXTech Games" directory you created earlier.
  • Unpack the Assets archive into the subdirectory with any different name.
  • Launch the TheXTech game from your launcher.
  • Press the icon at the Right-Top of the screen and choose the "Select directory..." menu item.
  • Navigate your "TheXTech Games" directory, and open the subdirectory with a newly unpacked game, and then, press OK.
  • Press "Start game" to start the game, or press the "Settings" button to change certain settings before to start the game.
  • Use the Right-Top icon to switch between installed games. Every game will has its own game saves storage, in-game settings, accessible episodes, etc.

Download for Nintendo Switch

Note: This is an in-development version of TheXTech prepared for the next release. You may encounter some issues using this version, so, please report them to us.

NRO executable for Switch
Development version
Assets: Super Mario Bros. X
The resource pack for TheXTech with the Super Mario Bros. X Game

How to install on hardware:

In order to run this game, you are required to have a hacked Switch.
  • Download both NRO and Assets packages.
  • At root of your SD card, create the TheXTech directory.
  • Unpack the Assets archive into the TheXTech directory.
  • Place the NRO file into the switch directory at your SD card root.
  • Try to run the game.

How to run on emulators (such as Yuzu):

  • Download both NRO and Assets packages.
  • At the directory linked as an SD card, create the TheXTech directory.
  • Unpack the Assets archive into the TheXTech directory.
  • Place the NRO file into any convenient directory.
  • Try to open the NRO file via the emulator.

Download for 3DS

Note: This is an incomplete PREVIEW version for 3DS platform, and it's an outdated compared to the current stable release. The new version is in active development.
3DSX for New 3DS
Old experimental version
3DSX for Old 3DS
Old experimental version

Download for PS Vita

Note: There are two variants of the game: the official version with 800x600 resolution, and the older experimental version with the native resolution.
VPK package for Vita 1.3.6-stable
Official version with the 800x600 screen resolution
VPK package for Vita 1.3.6-beta
Old experimental version with the native screen resolution. (Recommended by port maintainer)
Assets: Super Mario Bros. X
The resource pack for TheXTech with the Super Mario Bros. X Game

How to install on hardware:

Note: While possible to move all assets over FTP, it’s much faster and more reliable to mount your Vita over USB or move your Vita2SD to your computer and copy that way. You’ve been warned.
  • Download both VPK and Assets packages.
  • Created a folder on your Vita named TheXTech (case matters) in ux0:data:
    ux0:data/TheXTech
  • Unpack the Assets archive into the TheXTech directory.
  • Install the thextech.vpk and enjoy.

Web version

Play SMBX in the browser NOW!
Supported by Firefox, Chromium-based browsers, and Safari
Note: the game may work slow from some places like China, please ask people for any local mirrors, or get the self-hosted version below

Self-hosted package
Download this package if you want to upload the game copy on your WEB-server and make the game get better availability.
Building from source manual
If you want to run your own game on the web, you are required to build the game from the source code by yourself.

Adventures of Demo

This is a small game based on the TheXTech engine with the A2XT content pack made by the Talkhaus community (visit their forum here https://talkhaus.raocow.com). It's a remix of old SMBX episodes such as "The Invasion 1", brought to the A2XT universe!

About characters if you're not familiar with them

Demo
Demo, an armless cycloptic demon, alien minion, and command center operator.

Iris
Demo's sister Iris, with her pet llamas. She likes to call them Catnips.

Kood
Kood, a high-ranking intergalactic freedom fighter.

Raocow
Demo's Earth friend Samuel, or Raocow, as we like to call him.

Sheath
Sheath - an energetic teenager with a small brain and even smaller attention span.

Help and support:

Visit the official discussion
Here you can get an official support for this game and discuss it.

Download for:

Download for Windows

Tip: To unpack 7z archives you need to use the 7-zip tool (it's free!). Also available for ARM64 machines.
Windows x86_64 (64-bit)
Modern Windows platforms
Windows ARM64 (64-bit)
Modern Windows platforms with ARM processors. The VC Redist for ARM64 is required (download link below).
Windows x86 (32-bit)
Legacy Windows platforms including old processors like Pentium III

Dependencies:

VC Redist for ARM64
Required component for ARM64 version of the game

Download for Linux

Portable Generic Linux archives

Note: There are static portable builds that should work almost everywhere. If you run a different Linux distro than Ubuntu, the Ubuntu 16.04 version should work for you. It's confirmed to work on Debian 10, on OpenSUSE, on Fedora, on CentOS. Also, the game could work on ArchLinux and Monjaro. If all builds won't work on your distro, feel free to report to me and try to compile the game from the sources to get it to work on your side. Right now there are x86_64 and 32-bit x86 builds that were made, ARM wasn't built by the CI yet (in the future I may try to set up the CI to produce such builds).
Generic Linux AMD64 (U20)
Built on Ubuntu 20.04. Works also on Fedora and, possibly, on Arch and Monjaro.
Generic Linux AMD64 (U18)
Built on Ubuntu 18.04. Works also on OpenSUSE.
Generic Linux AMD64 (U16)
Built on Ubuntu 16.04. Works also on Debian 10+, CentOS 7+.
Generic Linux i386 (U16)
Built on Ubuntu 16.04. Works also on other 32-bit Linux systems.
Building from source manual
If prebuilt packages doesn't work, or you want to run the game on non-x86 architectures, please build it from the source code.

 

Debian and Ubuntu-compatible packages

The game will be installed at system, default assets will appear at the /usr/share/games/thextech/aod directory, and user directory for game saves, custom worlds, logs, screenshots will appear at the ~/.thextech-aod directory on the first launch.
Debian-based Linux AMD64 (U20)
Built on Ubuntu 20.04
Debian-based Linux AMD64 (U18)
Built on Ubuntu 18.04
Debian-based Linux AMD64 (U16)
Built on Ubuntu 16.04
Debian-based Linux i386 (U16)
Built on Ubuntu 16.04

 

AUR packages

There is an AUR package, maintained by YidaozhanYa. The game will be installed at system, default assets will appear at /usr/share/games/thextech-aod, and user directory for game saves, custom worlds, logs, screenshots will appear at ~/.thextech-aod directory.
yay -Sua --batchinstall thextech-adventuresofdemo

Download for macOS

The version 10.11 (El Capitan) is minimal to get the game work.
DMG image
Universal for both Intel and Apple Silicon
Note: Because of macOS specifics, using the game here has a different way than other systems: after installation, first, run a game, and then, to add your custom episodes, look into your home directory and find the "TheXTech Games/Adventures of Demo" folder, the "worlds" and "battle" inside is for your stuff! The game saves screenshots and GIF records in the system's default screenshots directory.

To customise default media, look inside the bundle and find the "Contents/Resources/assets" folder!

Caution 1: Bundle is unsigned, make sure you know how to deal with a Gatekeeper to make able to use this! On Catalina it may not start the first time after Gatekeeper's question, try to run the game again!

Caution 2: On Apple Silicon (M1+) devices, you will need to run the next command from your terminal at the applications directory to get the game work:
xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine "Super Mario Bros. X.app"

Download for Android

The version 4.1 is minimal to get the game work.
APK package for Android
Universal for ARM32, ARM64, x86, x86_64
Assets: Adventures of Demo
The resource pack for TheXTech with the Adventures of Demo Game

How to install:

Caution: If you place your game assets package on a SD card, it will become read-only, and therefore, gamesaves, settings, etc. will be saved at the application's directory (which can't be browsed on Android 11+ without of the wired USB connection)

  • Download both APK and Assets packages to your device.
  • Ensure that the installation of applications from custom sources is allowed (check your security settings).
  • Install the APK (navigate the Download directory in your file manager, and open the downloaded APK by the application installer).
  • At your phone storage or SD card, at any convenient place, create the "TheXTech Games" directory.
  • Move the downloaded Assets archive into the "TheXTech Games" directory.
  • Unpack the Assets archive into the subdirectory with any name.
  • Launch the TheXTech game from your launcher.
  • Press the icon at the Right-Top of the screen and choose the "Select directory..." menu item.
  • You will be asked for the storage permission. Grand it. If you run the Android 11 or higher, you should allow the file system access.
  • Once the directory browser will open, please navigate your "TheXTech Games" directory, and open the subdirectory inside, and then, press OK.
  • If you selected the valid Assets directory, the overlook will change into the style of the selected game.
  • Press "Start game" to start the game, or press the "Settings" button to change certain settings before to start the game.

How to add another game into existing installation of TheXTech:

  • Download the desired Assets package to your device.
  • Move the downloaded Assets archive into the "TheXTech Games" directory you created earlier.
  • Unpack the Assets archive into the subdirectory with any different name.
  • Launch the TheXTech game from your launcher.
  • Press the icon at the Right-Top of the screen and choose the "Select directory..." menu item.
  • Navigate your "TheXTech Games" directory, and open the subdirectory with a newly unpacked game, and then, press OK.
  • Press "Start game" to start the game, or press the "Settings" button to change certain settings before to start the game.
  • Use the Right-Top icon to switch between installed games. Every game will has its own game saves storage, in-game settings, accessible episodes, etc.

Download for Nintendo Switch

Note: This is an in-development version of TheXTech prepared for the next release. You may encounter some issues using this version, so, please report them to us.

NRO executable for Switch
Development version
Assets: Adventures of Demo
The resource pack for TheXTech with the Adventures of Demo Game

How to install on hardware:

In order to run this game, you are required to have a hacked Switch.
  • Download both NRO and Assets packages.
  • At root of your SD card, create the TheXTech directory.
  • Unpack the Assets archive into the TheXTech directory.
  • Place the NRO file into the switch directory at your SD card root.
  • Try to run the game.

How to run on emulators (such as Yuzu):

  • Download both NRO and Assets packages.
  • At the directory linked as an SD card, create the TheXTech directory.
  • Unpack the Assets archive into the TheXTech directory.
  • Place the NRO file into any convenient directory.
  • Try to open the NRO file via the emulator.

Download for PS Vita

Note: There are two variants of the game: the official version with 800x600 resolution, and the older experimental version with the native resolution.
VPK package for Vita 1.3.6-stable
Official version with the 800x600 screen resolution
VPK package for Vita 1.3.6-beta
Old experimental version with the native screen resolution. (Recommended by port maintainer)
Assets: Adventures of Demo
The resource pack for TheXTech with the Adventures of Demo Game

How to install on hardware:

Note: While possible to move all assets over FTP, it’s much faster and more reliable to mount your Vita over USB or move your Vita2SD to your computer and copy that way. You’ve been warned.
  • Download both VPK and Assets packages.
  • Created a folder on your Vita named TheXTech (case matters) in ux0:data:
    ux0:data/TheXTech
  • Unpack the Assets archive into the TheXTech directory.
  • Install the thextech.vpk and enjoy.

Web version

Play Adventures of Demo in the browser NOW!
Supported by Firefox, Chromium-based browsers, and Safari
Note: the game may work slow from some places like China, please ask people for any local mirrors, or get the self-hosted version below

Self-hosted package
Download this package if you want to upload the game copy on your WEB-server and make the game get better availability.
Building from source manual
If you want to run your own game on the web, you are required to build the game from the source code by yourself.

Source code

Download sources for TheXTech (tar.bz2)
Download the source code for the latest stable version of TheXTech
Our GitHub repository
The official Git repository for the TheXTech hosted at the GitHub
How to build the project
The manual on how to build the game for every supported platform

 

Help and Documentation

The official TheXTech documentation
The complete documentation guide for TheXTech game
How to create levels and episodes for TheXTech
The manual that explains the preparation of the SDK and development environment for levels and episode making

 

 

 

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