The game was originally a platformer/shooter hybrid. Due to shooters being popular in arcades at the time, the game originally had you swap between the platformer stages and shooter stages, where Mario would ride a cloud and shoot down flying enemies. The jump button was mapped to Up, while A was reserved for shooting stages. Miyamoto, however, wanted to focus on the jumping and cut the shooter stages.
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