Super Mario Bros. 3

Reviewed by Shawn Kennedy, Posted on 2007-11-01


Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: February 01, 1990 Also On: GBA

In my opinion, SMB 3 looks more like a SNES game than a NES, because of the size of the game and the graphics. SMB 3 is a graphical marvel compared to SMB which was released a few years earlier. Well, what happens in SMB 3?

Like always, Peach is kidnapped (or abducted) by Bowser (King Koopa in Japan). Mario will have to endure a painful, yet amazingly fun adventure (at least fun for us). Mario will encounter a wide variety of villains including those duck dudes, mushroom dudes, and Bowser's children (oh my). In the first world you had to transform the king back into his normal form, he was a dog or something. How do you do this? Take the magic wand from the koopa boss in the level by smashing him in his thick head.

The controls are very simple and easy to get used to and are a big plus in SMB 3. The controls are simple, but that doesn't make the game simple. A will make Mario jump, B will make him run, and the control pad makes him move. The controls make it easy for all gamers to play, but in almost every NES/SNES game the controls are mostly simple.

The graphics in SMB 3 are just like icing on a cake. The game's graphics are much more sophisticated than SMB. Mario is very well detailed, with about 5 colors on Mario's body unlike the 3 colors that SMB had. Of course, like all NES games SMB 3 is 2D. Even though it is 2D the backgrounds are just amazing, especially for the time.

Not much to say other than I love Mario music! I guess they added a few new tunes, but any SMB tune on SMB 3 is more than welcome. Turn off your radios and listen to the NES jukebox.

SMB 3 on the NES is just a great title, filled with secrets, fun battles against Bowser's bosses, and many items make SMB 3 a must have NES game. If they would remake 5 NES games, SMB 3 should be one of them. If you still have this in your closet, then bring it out and enjoy.

Graphics: 10
Sound: 9.5
Gameplay: 10
Creativity: 6
Replay Value/Game Length: 9.5
Final: 9.5
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Reviewed by Shawn Kennedy