The original Super Mario Bros. game put home video consoles on the map, and made Mario an instant video game mascot and star. As players craved more Mario action, developers were hard at work on multiple Mario sequels. While Super Mario Bros. 2 put an interesting twist on the Mario games, it was Super Mario Bros. 3 that really brought the series into legendary status.
Super Mario Bros. 3 abandoned the multiple character choice found in the second game and focused on the true hero of series, Mario himself. The graphics are some of the best found on the NES system and the levels and options are in-depth and optional, adding a lot to the game’s replay value.
One of the best parts from Super Mario Bros. 3 is the vast level variety. Instead of taking Mario from level to level automatically, an overhead “Level Selection Map” appears for each world. This map feature expands the game and gives players multiple options if they find themselves stuck on a troublesome level. Also scattered among the maps are bonus games and “mini-battles” against guards around the maps.
There are two options for the bonus games. The first is the treasure selection. This game allows players to choose 1 of 3 treasure chests and earn bonuses like a mushroom, leaf, or other Mario power-up. The second game is a matching game that you can earn multiple lives in. You have to use your eye-sight to try and match a picture of a mushroom, star, or flower to earn the bonus.
Every world features a different theme. Among these themes are water world, desert world, ice world, and the “enlarged world” featuring fun levels with enlarged villains, question mark boxes, and bricks. Every level features different strategies and methods that make them unique and keep the game fresh.
Mario himself has advanced his skill set from simple fireballs. Along with the fireballs, Mario can don a raccoon suit and fly, a frog suit for swimming control, and even jump in a boot to walk over any surface. All of these skills should be strategically used within levels and saved in the queue until they are needed.
Bowser takes a break from Mario battles until the final castle, but before then players must take on other villains from the Bowser family. Smaller castle feature a turtle character that must be hit on the head three times in order to be defeated. Final world battles take place on a flying ship where Mario must also hit the villains three times on the head and retrieve a magic wand.
The villains within the game get progressively harder and the final world features nearly impossible moving levels that are amazingly challenging and surprising. Once the game has been fully completed, players earn a queue full of all “P-Wings”, a power-up that enables Mario to fly through a level. This power up is excellent for challenging levels that can be easily by-passed.
If you’re a fan of classic video games then you should definitely check out Super Mario 3, one of the best Mario games ever created and best NES game available. The original version is available for downloading the Nintendo Wii and classic versions are found on auction websites like EBay.