[Review] Super Mario Bros. 3


SMB3 Cover

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Oh, it’s terrible! The King has been transformed! Please find the magic wand so we can change him back.

No game has ever been so clese to the perfection as Super Mario Bros. 3.

Or better, maybe Super Mario Bros. 3 IS the perfection, at least for me. This is definetely the best NES game I ever had and the one that nowadays is still the most difficult to beat. I remember that after a few months spent playing it in 1992, one day I cried because I read on the handbook that was the last Super Mario game: obviously I didn’t think that Mario’s legacy woudl have been so long and knowing that such a perfect game was the last of its saga for me was depressing. I still keep (not only in my heart) the original SMB3 cartridge as a relic, as it was the greates gift of all my life: in a certain way, considering my relatioship with the video games, is really the greatest gift of all my life.

SMB3 Cartridge

I completed this game 5 years ago on yhe NES I still have, perfectly working after almost 25 years and I almosta cried again when I finally defeated the very last boss. It was the end of an era started 19 years before.

SMB3 is perfect for a lot of reasons: it’ simple to handle but it’s very long, though it gives you the possibility to keep playing for a long time since it’s quite easy to collect ups, every world is never too short or too long, you have a lot of new power-ups, you can collect them and use them when you are in need, you have a bunch of sub-mini-games you can play to collect coins, points or lives, you have a lot on brand new enemies, an amazing graphics, a beautiful plot, great longevity, musics and sounds to lose your mind onto.

Super Mario Bros. 3 is THE game. No more words can describe it in a better way.

My heart says…

100%

This was one of the NES game I owned during the early 90’s and the same day I got it I started to play only with it (or at least 99% of the time spent on NES). It’s by far not only one of the best games ever conceived, but also one of the games I cried when I completed it.

I don’t know what to say, really, it’s a PERFECT game…

Splash screen

100%

Oh boy, seeing Mario coming to the screen along with his old enemies with that chessboard floor and starting to discover the new SMB3 features such as the Leaf it’s definitely an orgasm for the sight. Nothing can beat it.

SMB3 Splash

Graphics

100%

8-bit graphics at its best: we already know that Nintendo was a northern star for the graphic accuracy and for the magnificent use of the colors and in SMB3 I thiks the couple NES-Nintendo reached the highest point of its history. No other console could have beaten them and as far as I know, no console or computer have ever beaten this immense perfection, obviously in relation on the “limit” of an 8-bit one. Perfect.

SMB3

Narrative

100%

Following the plot already sketched out on the first episode, we have Mario busy trying to rescue Princess Toadstool. But this time he has to wander around 8 different worlds each one with at least 5-6 levels, each one with its particular environment, enemies, locations and power-ups. Mario have to defeat the 8 sons of Bowser with each one ruling on a different kingdom, in order to face the Koopa King and finally rescue Peach. I mean, the subject is more or less always the same but the screenplay is awesome!

SMB3 1

Gameplay

100%

Here’s the perfection, again. The gameplay follows thefootsteps of the first episode, but while in super Mario Bros. we had only three power-ups (Magic Mushroom, Fire Flower and Starman), the possibility to find the 1-Up Mushroom and several enemies (Goombas, two king of Koopa Troopa, Hammer Bros, all the enemies from the sea world and so on) here we have way more power ups and more than double enemies.

Since this section could grow too loong and I don’t want to you to fall asleep, I think I will dedicate a specific post to it. Mario deserves it.

In SMB3 is quite easy to collect extra lives, but even if at some point you’ll reach like 40-50 lives don’t count your checkens before they’ve hatched: in the last two world, especially in the very last one you will lose almost all of them.

Nintendo developers probably foresaw they made a game it was a bit long and difficult so they counterbalance the lenght with the possibility not to save but at least to restart from the beginning of the World Mario is in when he loses his last life. This avoid the players to die thinking to restart all over again since, trust me, it’s not too easy to reach level 8. Or even level 7 if you don’t use some tricks (only when I was adult I knew the location of the whistles)…

SMB3 2

SMB3 introduces a lot of features such as the possibility to gain extra life during the level, when he hits the box in the end to collect Mushroom, Flower or Star; if he collects three of a kind he receives respectively 2, 3 or 5 extra lives, otherwise only one. In the overworld map Mario can also play against Toad in a slot machine-like game or in card game where he has to match two cards to earn lives, money or power-ups. Nevertheless Mario can enter in Toad’s hut and open one of the three boxes he finds where is hidden a power-up.

Sound

100%

The 8-bit era was notable also for the wonderful sounds and musics of the games. The first chapter of the saga had the full potential to become a a masterpiese  Here is only a small sample of what your ears can be delighted of

Longevity

100%

Despite of the Nintendo developers idea to give the player the possibility to restart from the beginning of the world you lose your last life into, SMB3 is not an easy game. Or better, it’s easy managing the control, as in other titles, but it’s hard to complete the game in a reasonable time, unless you don’t keep on your NES for days (a thing I couldn’t do in the past). For these reasons the game has a great longevity and is always wonderful to play it again, even if you know all the enemies and all the tricke. This is the most important thing for the everlasting success of a game.

Final score 100/100 cum laude

100%

What more I have to say? Quick go get a NES and play with it!!!


Year: 1988

Developer: Nintendo

Publisher: Nintendo

Genre: Platform, Horizontal Scroll

Games Mode: Single Player, Double Player

Original Platform: NES 

From same developers/editors:

  • Donkey Kong (1981)
  • The Legend of Zelda (1986) and sequels

Inspired to:

  • Donkey Kong (1981)
  • Duck Hunt (1984)
  • Mario Bros. (1983)

If you liked you can also try:

  • All Mario games!

Other chapters of the saga:

  • Super Mario Bros. (1984)
  • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (1986)
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
  • Super Mario World (1990)
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (1995)
  • Super Mario 64 (1996)
  • Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
  • New Super Mario Bros. (2006)
  • Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
  • Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012)
  • New Super Mario Bros. U (2012)
  • Super Mario 3D World (2013)

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47 Comments Add yours

  1. I like to replay this from time to time. It’s nice that it’s also available on 3DS.

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    1. benez256 says:

      Whoa, what a quick reply! I still use my trustworthy NES to play it. And everytime it’s a dive in the past…

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  2. Questo è stato uno dei miei giochi preferiti su Nes! Un capolavoro intramontabile

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    1. benez256 says:

      Assolutamente sì!!! Io ci gioco ancora adesso e ancora adesso faccio fatica ad arrivare in fondo senza trucchi!

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  3. Mai giocato ad un Mario in vita mia, ma ti leggo con piacere ^_^

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    1. benez256 says:

      Dovresti proprio iniziare allora, magari da Super Mario Bros. 1 che è abbastanza semplice…

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      1. Non ho pazienza, mi viene subito il nervoso: preferisco gli sparatutto, che almeno mi sfogo 😀

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      2. benez256 says:

        beh dai anche Super Mario spara palle di fuoco ogni tanto…:) su quali sparatutto sei orientato?

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      3. Negli ultimi anni mi hanno intrippato i Rainbow Six di Clancy, ma nasco “wolf-doomaro” 😛

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      4. benez256 says:

        sfortunatamente la mia esperienza di gaming si è interrotta parecchi anni fa e gli ultimi FPS ai quali ho giocato sono stati Half-Life e Deus Ex che mi erano piaciuti un casino!

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      5. Non ho mai avuto il coraggio di provarli, mi sanno di “complicato”, ma ho adocchiato il fumetto di Deus Ex 😉

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      6. benez256 says:

        Guarda anch’io ho sempre avuto paura di giochi un po’ ostici, ma dopo i primi minuti un po’ più complicati fila via tutto alla perfezione! Te li consiglio…

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      7. Ti ringrazio, me li segno: le ferie estive sono il momento giusto per intripparsi con un gioco nuovo 😛

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      8. benez256 says:

        Si beh ormai sono un po datati ma sono davvero ottimi!

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  4. Mr. Wapojif says:

    Still one of the best games ever, although Super Mario 3D World is now my all time favourite.

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    1. benez256 says:

      Never tried SM3d World so I have to play it. But I’m so attached to SMB3 I think it will be hard for me to admint there’s a better Mario game…

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  5. hungrygoriya says:

    I beat this for the second time without help from anyone or the Game Genie recently, and it was one of the most gratifying experiences! I also like to dabble with Super Mario Maker, and it’s one of my favourite “skins” to build levels in. I’m looking forward to your Power-Ups post!

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    1. benez256 says:

      It will be a loooooong post I suppose! 🙂 however I beat it only once on NES and never tried it again because is very long (without tricks and whistles) and I always lose a lot of lives. But this is a game everyone should play at least once…

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  6. Mr. Panda says:

    Your love for this classic really shines through! Well done! I can see on your game rankings that this is THE GAME!

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    1. benez256 says:

      Yes, definitely! There are a couple of games I think are worth of a 100/100, not only because they are important for me but even because they are masterpieces in video game and costume history. And one of them is without any doubt SMB3!

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      1. Mr. Panda says:

        SMB3 is one of those games that people have nostalgia for AND has stood the test of time!

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      2. benez256 says:

        Sure! It’s still great and difficult nowadays…

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  7. skellythesci says:

    I WANT TO PLAY THIS SO BAD
    but i don’t have a NES…
    :((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

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    1. benez256 says:

      It’s a good reason to buy one! 😉

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      1. skellythesci says:

        i cant find one ANY where

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      2. benez256 says:

        I found a lot of deals on eBay. If you’re not looking to a boxed version you can find a good NES with controllers and maybe even a couple of games for 60-80$. I know it could be a bit too much but being NES an historical piece of video gaming it’s really a good price!

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  8. Yes, I also think Super Mario Brothers is not only a classic, but probably the best Mario game ever made. I played this as part of the Mario All Stars game that was released for the SNES console, as the original NES was slightly before my time. As a kid, the Super Mario Brothers games are among some of my earliest and fondest memories.
    Also, I think it’s hilarious to see an Italian rave about a game that stars an Italian plumber.

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    1. benez256 says:

      I played a couple of times Super Mario All Stars but the games graphics were slightly different (I have NES version).
      It’s funny that, being italian, I’ve never seen a plumber similar to Mario or Luigi.

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      1. Haha! Thats a shame, I was hoping all plumbers in Italy looked exactly like the Mario Brothers!

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      2. benez256 says:

        No, unfortunately not even one!

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  9. Sven Wohl says:

    Still one of my favorite 8-bit jump’n runs! Thanks for sharing the memories!

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    1. benez256 says:

      Thank you for commenting! This in one of the games I loved the most…

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  10. This is such a great game! I remember like 8 or 9 years ago, my husband and I decided to play through it together. We were I believe only one level away from Bowser… and the NES froze!! We reset it, and all of our game progress was gone! It’s such a fun game, though, we didn’t mind having to restart!

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    1. benez256 says:

      I completed only once. And it was enough!!!

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