(written by Lotusenta) Added on: 23 Jul 2012
Super Mario Bros. 3 was one of the first video games I played as a child. It is one of my earliest memories, sitting on the floor in front of the T.V., trying as hard as I could to move through the levels without falling into the holes. I was 5 years old at the time, and not very good at it.
The basic premise of the game is the Princess was kidnapped (GASP) by Bowser, a turtle-dinosaur looking guy. Mario is tasked with saving her from his ship, and you are the one to control what Mario does. It is more than the simple platformer that Super Mario Bros was: you have 8 maps to go through, each with different levels you must pass in order to reach the castle at the end of the map. In each end castle, the king has been turned into a random animal. Each level has it's own quirks to it, and at the end of the level, you get a chance to obtain a card, with three cards giving you an item, or even extra lives. There are also "mini-games," memory card flipping, and a slots-esque puzzle to put a picture together. The final bosses of each map are Bowser's children, and definitely give an air of difficulty from the old "jumping on your head" thing that the original Super Mario Bros. game had. Each one has his/her own special ability, so it isn't the same old boss at every castle.
This game does have it's annoyances, such as the "sky levels;" if you jump wrong even once, you fall into a bottomless pit of frustration. The "quicksand" and "underwater" levels also have their annoying times as well. Learn where the Pause button is, it is your friend.
There are Easter-eggs galore in this game, including hidden whistles that allow you to move ahead to a different map. There are even more suits for Mario to wear, including the classic Fire-flower suit, and the Tanooki suit which gives Mario the ability to fly, which helps to find all kinds of random secrets in the sky. The Frog suit is a must-have for the underwater levels.
There is a 2-player mode in the game as well. The second player plays as Luigi, Mario's brother, and the two players alternate to complete the levels. If Mario completes a level, Luigi has the ability to move on to the next level. If Luigi fails to complete that level, Mario is tasked with completing it in order to move on.
The graphics are really good, considering the era that the game came out. It is certainly a step-up from Super Mario Bros. "2," and it gives me a feeling of nostalgia to see it, whether I am playing or someone else is. The music in the game is also very fun, and gives emotions where needed.
If you have not given this game a play through, you are seriously missing out on a really good, classic game. If you have played it, a replay is a must.