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Super Mario All-Stars

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Reviewed by Noah Detweiler "But our Princess is in Another Castle!" If you are like many other Nintendo video game players, that line is probably very familiar to you. It gives one a feeling of accomplishment, but frustration that the princess is in another castle waiting to be discovered. It was a line from the first game actually having the name Mario in the title, Super Mario Bros. for the NES. The sequel, Super Mario Bros. 2 was a milestone in that Mario could go backwards - to pick up missed items or just to take a closer look and lands already explored. The third game in that series, Super Mario Bros. 3, was one of the most popular video games ever created. Maybe it was because there was a movie featuring it, or that Mario could fly. Or maybe just the fact that it was another game with Mario in it. Whatever the reason, everyone just wanted to get the game. It sold out immediately after stores had them for sale. Well, as one can see, the Mario trilogy for the NES sure was popular. They were very good games that inspired the player to think logically, rather than to push random buttons, shooting at spaceships. When the Super NES came out in 1991, newer games with better graphics came out. The Mario games for the Nintendo Entertainment System became less and less popular, because the graphics were not as good as those of the new games that were coming out. Well, the good news is, you can still play them, WITH the new Super NES Graphics! How? The answer is the Super Mario All-Stars Game Pak for the Super NES. All your favorite Mario games are transformed into even better games for the Super NES. They're the same except for better graphics and sound! Now you can go back to the old Mario games and beat the levels you didn't get to, while fully engrossed in the graphic and sound capabilities of the Super NES. Super Mario All-Stars features four games in one: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels. You see, Super Mario Bros. 2 was never realeased in Japan, instead, their Super Mario Bros. 2 is actually our Super Mario Bros.: The Levels. It never came out on the NES in America. The reason? Nintendo didn't think American gamers were good enough to be good at the game, which is simply a much harder version of Super Mario Bros. Okay, enough introduction, let's get right to the review!

Graphics 6 out of 10

Compared to other Super NES games, this one's pretty good when it comes to graphics. They're simply an improved version then the ones on the NES. Super Mario Bros. 3 has great graphics, while those on the other games really aren't that great. The screen rate is better than that on the Nintendo Entertainment System, and some of the things just appear to be "better."

Music and Sound 5 out of 10

The only music that I think actually is better on the NES then on the Super NES is the Music when you're underground in Super Mario Bros., you know, "da-da da-da da-da"? Okay, never mind. I like the drumming on the original NES version. But most of the new music is better and more advanced. It seems more stereo and there are some different instruments, but the music song itself sounds pretty much the same, even though the theme for Super Mario Bros. is a little different. As for the sound, it's a little better than that on the NES version.

Game Challenge 7 out of 10

It's always fun to try to get to a very high level. The best thing is that when you get a game over, it doesn't actually mean "Game Over," as it did on the original NES. Instead, you have to start at the beginning of the world. As you progress through the game, it gets more and more difficult. It also gets more exciting and fun.

Game Play-Fun 9 out of 10

This game is defiantly a very fun game! If you have this game already, you probably know that it can at times be very hard to put down. It's a good thing you can pause it. Speaking of pausing the game, instead of with the NES where Mario can pause it anytime and Luigi couldn't, with the Super NES, Mario can pause it during his turn, and Luigi can pause it during his turn. The Game Play is very intense and interesting, as well.

Frustration

Yes, it's defiantly frustrating when at the last stage of the game you die and get a Game Over. Actually, that's exactly what I said in my review of Super Mario Bros. for the NES, except in that one you would have to start at the beginning of the game, and in the Super NES version, you would only have to start at the beginning of the world.

Replayability 2 out of 10

Well, quite frankly, it's very boring playing the game after you've already beaten it. They're really nothing else to do except do the same thing you did before - walk through the levels. There's really only one ending for each level, so you can't really except anything else at the end of each level.

Game Value 5 out of 10

It's a 0 for someone who doesn't like the Mario games for the NES, and a 10 for someone who loves them. For someone who kind of likes them, I guess it's around a 5. All this game is is a copy of the NES Mario games with better graphics and sound. That's it. Don't get it if you don't like those original Mario games for the NES.

Overall 7 out of 10

Well, I know I really love this game! It's defiantly fun, exciting, and great to play the game. That's really there all it is to say, really. It's a great game for people who appreciate the original Mario games for the NES.

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