Regarded by many as the best game to ever grace the original NES, Super Mario Bros. 3 gets shrunk down for the GBA, and it is all the more glorious all these years later, even on the small screen. Featuring re-vamped graphics and sound effects with the tried but true side-scrolling Mario fun, Super Mario 3 is every bit as fun as it was years ago.
Fans who remember the classic game will remember the innovative power ups introduced here: the raccoon leaf, the frog suit, and plenty more as you take on Bowser’s children and the Hammer Bros. as well as the usual cast of Mario villains. The level design has yet to be beat, and despite a few frustrations that are common place in the Mario series, the game is still a blast to play. All in all, Super Mario Bros. 3 is a must own for GBA owners and DS owners alike, and it’s still one of the best platformers ever made.
Though Nintendo had been the preeminent leader in video game systems since its debut in 1985, it was 1989′s release of “Super Mario Brothers 3″, the last of the original Super Mario Trilogy for the NES that sent Nintendo’s popularity soaring into the stratosphere. A truly complex and challenging game, “…3″ re-invented the side-scroller genre. Like so many longtime Nintendo loyalists, I have fond memories playing “Super Mario 3″ for hours on end as I tried to defeat the bosses in the new and varied worlds like the Ice World, the Desert World, and the Sky World, to name a few. It took 14 years, but Nintendo has giving this seminal game a spectacular rebirth on the handheld Gameboy Advance System. While it is actually the fourth in the “Super Mario Advance” series for the GBA (preceded by Super Mario 2 [SMA1], Super Mario World [SMA2], Yoshi’s Island [SMA3]), it is a complete port of “Super Mario Brothers 3″. It is exactly as I remembered the original game, save for the ability to play as Luigi (in addition to Mario) and some spruced up graphics. The gameplay is a seamless re-creation of the original and it’s simply amazing to be playing this marvelous game in a handheld format.
The only port more astounding for GBA was “Super Mario World [SMA2]“, and that was simply because it was from a more advance system. In addition to the wonderful nostalgia of playing “Super Mario 3″, “SMA 4″ also gives the gamer the original “Mario Bros” game to play individually or in multiplayer mode (all the “Super Mario Advance” games do this). While Nintendo has made some missteps in understanding its core fan base with its handling of its last two platform systems, the “Super Mario Advance” series, especially “Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3″ shows that Nintendo still has an intimate understanding of what its fans want in a portable gaming system.
Main Features of the Game are,
- Bowser and his troublemaking kids have brought trouble to the land, and turned the local kings into animals. Only Mario & Luigi can stop them!
- Jump over bottomless pits, stomp your foes and collect awesome new power-ups like the Warp Whistle and the Tanooki Suit
- Open up new levels by scanning special cards through your e-Reader
- Dash, swim, and take to the air — complete difficult platform levels while you fight your way to Bowser
- Multiplayer Mario madness with 4-person link-ups (Separate games required)
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