Super Mario Bros. 3 is a return to old form with a lot of new changes that make the series into what it is today. Here is our Super Mario Bros. 3 Review.
The game was developed by Nintendo R&D4 and published by Nintendo, This version was originally released on October 23, 1988, for the Nintendo Entertainment System but has been ported over to the majority of Nintendo platforms. It’s currently also available on the Nintendo Switch Online NES Service, this is also the version I played to review the game.
Super Mario Bros. 3 is a return to glory compared the the lost levels and 2, we go back to the chill and original gameplay with a lot of added things that make this feel like an actual sequel. The story is similar to the 1st game, Peach is kidnapped and you need to save her. Instead of defeating Bowser in every world, you actually take down members of his family that are first introduced in this game. These boss battles gave this game a breath of fresh air compared to the others because some of the bosses also had some special mechanics to them.
Not just in the levels they introduced new things, but the game as a whole has a massive overhaul. There is an overworld map now with new things to explore. There are mini-bosses that throw hammers, extra levels, and also some minigames that help you on your journey to find Peach. You can play some card flip game, guess what has the best item out of 3 boxes, and also some kind of rotating image picker that you need to line up the right image to complete it and get extra lives. All these things make the game feel so much bigger and gives the game a massive edge.
Visually, the game is also a lot more enjoyable to look at, it still has that old feel to it, and for sure didn’t age as well at the remakes in full color, but it still does an amazing job at making everything stand out and doesn’t make the game feel boring after a while. Each world has its own look and feel and they are all pretty memorable, there is a dessert world (and they are a lot better than the one from 2), a world high in the sky with moving platforms, and a world where all the blocks are just massive, each world is just fun and makes the game feel fresh every time you reach a new one.
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