SNES Review: Super Mario All-Stars
Review by: Hairball (hairball@sm128c.com)

Game Info

 System: Super NES
 ESRB: Everyone
 Genre: Platform
 # of Players: 1-2
 Size: 16 Megabits
 Developer: Nintendo
 Publisher: Nintendo

 Game Save: Yes

 Release Date:
 US: Nov 20, 1993

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Final Score:
9.0/10

Super Mario All-Stars is not just a Mario game, it's a collection of Mario games for the NES. Each game is not the plain old NES style but upgraded with 16 bit graphics and sound.

The games in Super Mario All-Stars are Super Mario Bros., SMB2, SMB3, and the Lost Levels, which was not released in North America. The Lost Levels is basically the same as SMB but a much tougher challenge and it has poisonous mushrooms.

Let's start off with the NES's first game, Super Mario Bros. It has been totally redesigned with much improved graphics and cool sound. One big minus is that the minus world is now gone. The game is the same basically, get Super Mushrooms to turn to Super Mario get Fire Flowers to be Fiery Mario that kind of stuff. Many of Mario's enemies in SMB found their way into future Mario games such as Goomba, Koopa etc. The new version of SMB is so cool, it's even better than Super Mario World.

Next stop is the Lost Levels. This game is basically the same as Super Mario Bros. but has different levels and enemies, and a much tougher challenge. Play control is exactly the same as SMB. The only different power up is the Poisonous Mushroom which is not really a power up. By touching it Mario will lost a life when he is small, or will turn into Small Mario if he's Super and if he's Fiery he will turn into Super Mario.

Super Mario Bros. 2 is completely different from all the Mario side-scrollers. The point of the game is to throw vegetables at enemies. Personally I think this game is really boring. But it's the easiest of all the games in Super Mario All-Stars.

The most sold NES game makes it's way for the Super NES. Super Mario Bros. 3 doesn't really look much different than the one for the NES but it's still a bit better. Mario has a lot more tricks in this game and a lot of other powerups. This is the only game that Mario can fly in Super Mario All-Stars. In 2 player mode SMB3 also a Mario Bros (the arcade one) type game, you just go to where your partner left off (the place he/she last passed a level) and you can duel it up in a Mario Bros. battle.

Super Mario All-Stars has great replay value because no one gets sick of playing too much Mario. Anyway this is not one game but has 4 in 1. SMB1 and SMB3 are both multiplayer. Maybe this game is retro it should be in every Super NES library. If you don't have it it's really cheap now that it's a Player's Choice game.

Overall, Super Mario All-Stars is a great buy, with all these NES games and tons of levels. Better play control, smoother graphics, this is the way to play Mario games.

-- Hairball (hairball@sm128c.com)

Bottom Line: All Mario games should be part of a Nintendo system. And for those who don't have a NES like me, here's your way to re-witness the Mario games for the NES.