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The ultimate Mario adventure for the NES NES *Katakis* (38210)
I remember the original commercial for this game... NES STU2 (72)
Simply Flawless 10/10! NES Alex Mills (3)
A must-have for all fans of Mario! NES Dark Cloud (35)
The closest to perfection ever NES darthlobos1182 (9)
A masterpiece among Mario's. NES MegaMegaMan (2260)
My favorite platformer on the NES NES Pixelspeech (949)
Best NES Game Ever!! NES Captain N/S (26)

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Critic Reviews

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Wii UNintendo Life (Jan 27, 2016)
This game is essentially the definitive Mario 3 experience. On top of updated design, character models, music, and voice acting, it features 38 levels from the Mario 3 universe that you most likely have not played before, complete with added collectible challenges and character selection options. These bonus levels are chock full of extra content, from Super Mario World enemies like Wiggler to Super Mario 2's turnip chucking, and it's these little nods to other games in the series that really make this something special. The e-Reader was notoriously difficult to use, and many of the bonus levels were never made available in NA and Europe. SMA 4 provides a convenient way for you to play all of these bonus levels in one small package, effectively making one of the greatest platformers of all time even better.
100 (UK) (Nov 10, 2007)
So celebrate it. The VC price structure works in our favour for once, making this multi-layered 8 bit classic an absolutely indecent bargain. Download it. Thank me later. Or thank Miyamoto-san. He did most of the work.
NESRetroage (Mar 31, 2013)
Podsumowując, jeśli lubisz czyste platformówki w otoczeniu 2D, tytuł ten powinien widnieć na szczycie każdej listy wyznaczającej najlepsze tytuły w tej kategorii. „Super Mario Bros. 3” jest tytułem, do którego wraca się niejednokrotnie.
NESThe DOS Spirit (Aug 17, 2012)
Musikalt er det så klassisk som bare Koji Kondo klarer å prestere. Resultatet er toner du nynner på og umiddelbart drar kjensel på. Det er litt av en bragd! Hver verden har til og med sin egen bakgrunssmusikk, en fin touch på helheten for å unngå repetisjon. Det er ingen annen måte å si det på enn at dette selve definisjonen på hva «klassisk» er! Alle som har spilt Super Mario vet hva vi snakker om. Selv etter å ha rundet spillet finnes det stor gjenspillbarhet. Alternative veier gjennom brett, hemmeligheter du ikke så forrige gang du spilte, morsomme fiender; listen går i det uendelige. Uavhengig om du er gammel nok til å huske Super Mario når det originalt kom ut eller er for ung, dette obligatorisk pensum for alle som har vært borti en TV-skjerm. En klassiker og et kult-ikon alle drar kjensel på, uansett alder! Vi stapper vår «Golden DOS Spirit» i Mario-sekken og kan ikke annet enn å ta på oss vaskebjørndrakten i ekstase.
NESHonestGamers (Jan 07, 2004)
Super Mario Brothers 3 made for us, indelible memories. You should take every opportunity to make your own memories with it as well. There is a strong chance that scenes from the game will be etched into your heart, with a potent emotional point of reference blended in. Something like an adventurous plumber collecting coins in clouds with silver linings. Something like sunny days and silver cups.
WiiNintendo Life (Nov 06, 2007)
SMB3 cannot come any more highly recommended. It is widely regarded as the best game on the NES by many. Some would even say it rivals the magnificent Super Mario World on the SNES though the jury is out on that one. You owe it to yourself to try both out and decide for yourself.
NESNintendo Life (Nov 06, 2007)
SMB3 cannot come any more highly recommended. It is widely regarded as the best game on the NES by many. Some would even say it rivals the magnificent Super Mario World on the SNES though the jury is out on that one. You owe it to yourself to try both out and decide for yourself. You won’t be sorry!
NESCubed3 (Jan 03, 2006)
Clever, tough, interesting, engaging, and many other positive descriptive words can be used to talk about Super Mario Bros 3.
NESHonestGamers (Jun 02, 2008)
Still to this day I keep on learning – over fifteen years' worth of secrets have been tucked away. Still to this day I keep on trying – there’s undoubted beauty in watching the refined play. Super Mario Bros. 3 is the back of my hand; the hours spent here since my childhood easily eclipse four digits. But in my most honest moment, I would admit, if I could go back and do it all over again, well, I know I wouldn’t. I’d stay forever young.
NESTotal! (Germany) (May, 1995)
Fazit: Gäbe es so etwas wie einen Software-Oskar, hätte kein Spiel die Auszeichnung so sehr verdient wie Super Mario Bros. 3!
NESNES Archives (Mar 13, 2008)
Super Mario Bros. 3 is often considered to be the best game on the NES and it is hard to argue with that assessment. If you don’t own this game then your NES collection has a large hole in it. If you haven’t played it in awhile or have never beaten it without warping, set aside a day and enjoy one of the best experiences the video game world has to offer!
NESThe Video Game Critic (Dec 13, 2003)
Super Mario Bros 3 uses the same gameplay as the first, but there's a lot more to discover here, with eight huge "worlds" to explore, each with its own collection of stages and bonus games. This was one of the first video games to employ interactive maps, allowing the player to move freely between the stages. New power-ups allow Mario to transform into characters with special abilities including Racoon Mario, Fire Mario, Frog Mario, and Tanooki Mario. Numerous mini-games add variety and supply bonus items you can activate between stages. The stages themselves are expertly designed and many feature multiple routes. You can't save your game, but there are continues available and "warp whistles" that let you skip ahead. Like the first game, the graphics and music are simple but brimming with personality. It's no surprise that most NES fans regard Super Mario Bros 3 as the greatest Mario Bros game of all time.
NESVideoGame (Mar, 1991)
O Reino dos Cogumelos está em perigo: o malígno Bowser e seus sete filhos tomaram conta desta fantástica terra, aprisionando toda a família real e transformando todos seus membros em animais. E só Mário e seu irmão Luigi, se for selecionada a opção para dois jogadores, poderão frustrar o diabólico plano do vilão, devolvendo aos verdadeiros donos o Reino.
You have to see it to believe it, but Mario 3 is the best thing on any machine outside an arcade since, well, whatever used to be the best thing on any machine outside an arcade. Graphics and sound are superb, but the gameplay manages to defy even my highest words of praise! It's near flawless in its utterly stupendous incredibility and absolutely impossible to put down for anything less than a fire alarm - and even then you find yourself weighing up the odds! Mario 3 is so addictive it ought to get a government health warning. Hide the cartridge and people start to get withdrawal symptoms - it's that good! Anyway, why am I sat here writing this when I ought to be perfecting my technique? Sell your dad's socks if you have to, but raise the cash and buy Mario 3 as soon as you possibly can - then remember to thank us for telling you about it first!
NESTotal!! UK Magazine (Jan, 1992)
But then again, it really doesn't matter how you play it, or what sort of games you like. Super Mario Bros. 3 is utterly, utterly superb. The graphics and sound are brilliant and the size of the quest is mind-boggling (Andy remains boggled to this day). If SMB3 got jammed in my NES and I could never play another game, I really wouldn't care.
97 (Jan 14, 2006)
En conclusión, Super Mario bros. 3 es un clásico ya se analice como un conjunto o cada uno de sus apartados por separado. Los dos largos años de desarrollo y el esfuerzo hecho por Nintendo para desarrollar este título (mucho más de lo acostumbrado en la época) dieron como resultado el que, probablemente, sea el mejor juego concebido para la ya extinta -aunque no olvidada- Nintendo Entertainment System.
NESNintendo Land (2003)
The skill needed to complete the courses in SMB3 increases much through the game. The first worlds are like a nice walk in the park but the later worlds is the most difficult ever seen in an Mario game! This makes Smb3 a good game for both new videogamers and hardened powerplayers! I can´t praise this game enough so stop reading and go out and buy it right away!!
95 (Jun 17, 2011)
Super Mario Bros. 3 n'est peut être pas le plus culte des jeux, mais il est tout de même le plus réussi de la série des Super Mario Bros. sur NES, surpassant ses deux prédécesseurs dans tous les domaines. Les amateurs d'oldies ayant loupé cet opus doivent absolument en faire l'acquisition !
NESGame Freaks 365 (2006)
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.
NESVideo Games (Jun, 1991)
Wenn nicht gerade die Welt vorher untergeht, wüßte ich nicht, was Nintendo daran hindern sollte, auch Deutschland zum "Marioland" zu machen. Super Mario Bros. 3 ist alleine technisch schon absolut herausragend. Brillante Grafiken kombiniert mit fantastischen Digimusiken stimmen gekonnt auf das spielerisch beste und schlichtweg einfallsreichste Videospiel aller Zeiten ein. Der Unterschied zwischem den grandiosen ersten beiden Marios und dem dritten Teil ist ein unglaublicher Quantensprung und sollte Spieldesignern auf der ganzen Welt schlaflose Nächte bereiten. Mario 3 ist so voll von neuen Ideen, daß eine Verbesserung unmöglich, ein Gleichziehen unwahrscheinlich scheint. Dank all dieser Superlative ist Super Mario Bros. 3 einfach das beste Spiel für eine Konsole und ein Meilenstein der Videospielgeschichte.
NESPower Play (Dec, 1991)
Wer dachte, nach Marios Ausflug auf das Super Famicom sei keine Steigerung mehr möglich, hat sich gründlich getäuscht: Super Mario Bros. 3 ist das beste Spiel aus der Endlosreihe. Euer NES wird wohlig schnurren, wenn es dieses Prachtmodul schlucken darf. Natürlich müßt Ihr bei Grafik und Musik die maschinentypischen Abstriche machen, aber wen kümmert das, wenn einem die Gags und fantastischen Einfälle nur so um die Ohren fliegen. Selbst wenn Ihr zu den begnadeten Joypad-Künstlern gehört, die dieses Modul relativ schnell durchspielen (die Wahrscheinlichkeit ist allerdings gering), werdet Ihr auch beim zweiten und dritten Durchgang noch eine Menge Neuheiten entdecken. Der neue Mario ist ein Muß für alle Plattformhüpfer und solche die es werden wollen.
NESPlay Time (Dec, 1991)
So dümmlich sich das nun lesen mag, umso besser kommt das Spiel! “Super Mario Bros. 3“ ist nicht nur ein einfaches Jump‘n Run Game, sondern es ist DAS Game schlechthin. Es ist weder zu schwer, noch zu leicht, hat keine unfairen Stellen, ist ungemein fesselnd und abwechslungsreich, hat eine ausgezeichnete Grafik, besitzt acht verschiedene Level, bietet viele Extras um Mario aufzupowern (Superpilze, Feuerblumen u.s.w.), hat viele Überraschungen hinter Türen, und... und.. und...
92 (Dec, 2008)
But that's hardly a quibble. This game is a godsend. Like Scarface to Pacino, this game forever secured Mario's legacy, as well as the NES's, and Nintendo's, and humanity's at large.
Je weiter man in Feindesland vordringt, desto verstärkt stößt man auf neue Spielelemente. Das können ganz einfach neue Schikanen sein, in manchen Leveln sind auch kleine Glücks- oder Geschicklichkeitsspiele zu absolvieren, auch ändern sich später Marios Erscheinungsformen - für Überraschungen ist gesorgt. Alles in allem eine abwechslungsreiche Mischung, die lange begeistern kann. Dazu kommt noch die liebevoll gestaltete Grafik und der tolle Soundtrack, und das Spielerglück ist perfekt. Ein absolutes Muß – nicht nur für Mario-Fans.
Super Mario Bros. 3 is the largest, most detailed, graphically superb, audio enhanced, three-meg masterpiece loaded with perfect power-ups and extraordinary execution, most fun-to-play game I've seen on the Nintendo.
Wii (Feb 19, 2014)
Wissenschaftler suchen schon lange nach dem Gen der ewigen Jugend. Eins ist sicher: „Super Mario Bros. 3“ ist hier eine gute Anlaufstelle. Das grandiose Leveldesign, viel Abwechslung und jede Menge Goodies lassen es auch neben heutigen Jump’n Runs noch verdammt gut aussehen. Und wir gehen jede Wette ein: auch in weiteren 25 Jahren darf das Spiel dies immer noch von sich behaupten.
Wii UWiiDSFrance (Mar 25, 2014)
Si la plupart des jeux NES ont du mal à résister au temps, Super Mario Bros. 3 réussit cet exploit haut la main. Riche, long, beau et varié, le jeu est à faire absolument si vous n’en avez jamais eu l’occasion. Il est l’épisode fondateur de tous les « Mario » futurs, et reste à ce jour un des tous meilleurs épisodes (juste derrière Super Mario World). Attention toutefois à ceux qui ont retourné le jeu durant leur enfance : cette version 60Hz risquera de vous surprendre par son surcroit de difficulté lié à une vitesse plus grande.
SMB3 är troligen det bästa spel som nånsin gjorts till Nintendo Videospel och det lär dröja länge innan något lika bra eller bättre spel ser dages ljus.
90 (GAF) (Apr 28, 2003)
There are many secrets, powerups and bonuses that can be found througout SMB3, and the game holds up pretty well, even for now. When the game was released as part of the SNES "Super Mario All-stars", it was the one game that went through the least amount of changes. It was simply that good. The only thing that stops this game from getting a 10 is that with so much to do, it's near-impossible to play through the game in one sitting without warping. A save function could've benefitted greatly. Despite this and the huge production run the game received, Super mario Bros. 3 still remains a great find for any NES collector.
Overall, as I said before, I find this to be the best of the series. It's also one of the best 2D platform games you will ever play on the NES, or any system. One of the cool features of this game is the screen in which you control Mario as he selects a level. This little feature was later "borrowed" in quite a few games, such as one of the Adventure Island games and it was also used in later Mario/Wario games (some of the Game Boy adventures that appeared after this, and also SMW itself). Even though it doesn't include the save feature, I enjoy this game more on the NES than I do in the Super Mario All Stars collection on the Super Nintendo. To sum it up, this game is a gem. It doesn't have the slightly more classic/basic feel of SMB, but there are a lot more options and the simple fun is still intact.
WiiGameSpot (Dec 19, 2007)
Those who already love Super Mario Bros. 3 and have the desire to play the original NES version again will be pleased with this Virtual Console release. It's like reconnecting with a best friend that you haven't seen since you were little. Meanwhile, those who haven't yet immersed themselves in its jump-heavy sweetness have been given a golden opportunity to do so. This is 500 Wii points ($5) well spent.
NESMegablast (1992)
Die Präsentation hat Fortschritte gemacht (z.B. multidirektionales Scrolling), bewegt sich aber immer noch im oberen Mittelfeld — vom Spielerischen her ist dieser witzige und unheimlich motivierende Teil der Mario-Saga aber ein absolutes Highlight der Plattform-Geschichte!
WiiWiiDSFrance (Nov 13, 2009)
Malgré le poids des années, Super Mario Bros. 3 est et reste un excellent jeu. On prend toujours autant son pied à parcourir chacun des niveaux qui composent l'aventure, à grands coups de sauts et de glissades. Pour ce troisième opus de la série, Nintendo a fourni un travail tel que, même vingt ans après, la formule fonctionne toujours. Si la réalisation est forcément à la traine de nos jours, son petit prix de 500 Wii Points est là pour compenser et faire craquer les joueurs les plus indécis. Un grand classique du jeu vidéo, à (re)découvrir immédiatement !
NESN-Force (Dec, 1992)
If you haven't played Super Mario Bros. 3 on your NES, you don't know what you've been missing. Go out and get yourself a copy now - it's the best thing since N-FORCE!