Super Mario Bros. 3 Review

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Super Mario Bros. 3 Review

Super Mario Bros. 3 is the final Mario game in the NES trilogy, and definitely the best. This game takes what made the gameplay from Super Mario Bros. fun, and not only improves it, but also adds elements that can still be found in the series today.

Bowser is back and trying to rule the Mushroom Kingdom once again. Instead of just kidnapping Princess Peach, Bowser also instructs his Koopa Kids to steal magic wands from every king in the Mushroom Kingdom. Not only do they steal their magic wands, but they transform the kings into a variety of animals. Now it’s up to Mario and Luigi to save the land, again.

Super Mario Bros. 3 plays a lot like Super Mario Bros; however, this time around, Mario can don a variety of different suits, each with their own power. Mushrooms and Fire Flowers are still present, but it’s the new suits that take center stage. Some of the suits include a Frog Suit that increases swimming ability, and a Super Leaf that transforms Mario into a raccoon, giving him the ability to fly for a limited time. Mario can also find the Hammer Brother Suit, and of course, the magical Tanooki suit.

Other than for visual appeal, these suits – particularly Racoon and Tanooki Mario – changed the way levels were designed. Flying allowed the developers to include secret areas in the sky that can only be accessed by using one of the flight suits. Flying into the sky for the first time is an incredible feeling, and was a game changing experience for the Mario series.

There are 8 worlds in this game including: Grass Land, Desert Land, Water Land, Giant Land, Sky Land, Ice Land, Pipe Land, and finally, Dark Land, home of Bowser himself. Each world is represented by an overworld map, a first, but consistent feature for the series. Players move Mario around the map and choose which level (or Mini Fortress!) they want to enter. Gamers will definitely be familiar with the sidescrolling view once inside a level. Also, on the map, players can access an item menu that lets them store and use items found in Mushroom Houses. The overworld map is a fantastic addition to the series and sometimes hold secret areas of their own.

At the end of each world, players will have to conquer the dreaded airship. Airships are intense levels accompanied by heart pounding music, and dangerous level design. Getting to the end is a feat in itself, but a battle with one of seven Koopa Kids still waits. These levels are awesome in design, and its theme song is one of the best in the series. Airship levels aren’t the only new level additions in Super Mario Bros. 3 either, also, for the first time, players can venture through many fortress levels.

Fortress levels are castle-like levels that feature many ghostly enemies, some of which make their first appearance in the Mario series. Enemies such as Boos, Thwomps and Dry Bones instantly come to mind. Also, at the end of each fortress, players will fight Boom Boom. Boom Boom doesn’t offer much of a challenge, but serve their role as a mid-world boss quite well.

Super Mario Bros. 3 is one of the best looking NES games, and definitely the best looking game in the NES trilogy. Sprites in general are not only highly detailed and colorful, but they are also varied. Having such variety creates the feeling that there is much more to discover, in fact, there is quite a bit discover in the game.

Secrets are around every corner in SMB3: including one of the most famous secrets of all time, warp whistles. Warp whistles are located at various hidden spots throughout the game, and give players the ability to warp to a world of their choosing. Scouring the game for secrets is quite fun, plus there are others to find, such as secret coin boats, and white mushroom houses.

 

5/5 D-Pads: Overall, Super Mario Bros. 3 is an example of game design at its finest. Level design is among the greatest in the series (rivaled only by Super Mario World), as well as having some of the catchiest theme songs. Suits are a lot of fun to use and add some variety to the gameplay. Super Mario Bros. 3 is a classic game and definitely one of my favourite games. Anyone who hasn’t played this game should download it on the virtual console, it’s only 500 points – that’s just five bucks!

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