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Super Mario Bros. 3 (Game Boy Advance)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.6
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

MAMA MIA!!! What a game this is! Just the perfect Gameboy game. Rensch (203) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall MobyScore (87 votes) 3.6


The Press Says

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100
Super Play
Super Mario Bros 3 består av åtta världar - som var och en är uppbyggd av ett tiotal banor - och varje världs topografiska tema innebär helt nya fiender, banstrukturer, utmaningar och möjligheter. Men hur stor variation spelet än erbjuder blir det aldrig någonsing tillkrånglat. Med hjälp av två knappar, ett styrkors, fingerfärdighet och precision tar man sig hela vägen från det första gombamötet till Bowsers slott. Den resan är en av de roligaste jag någonsin gjort.
100
Snackbar-Games.com
Quite simply, this game is really what SMB3 was meant to be in the first place. It's one of the greatest platformers of all time, and having an updated remake of it on the GBA is more that awesome.
100
Pixel-Heroes.de
Man kann es drehen und wenden wie man will, aber "Super Mario Advance 4" ist genauso gut wie das Original, wenn nicht sogar einen kleinen Tick besser. Es ist ein Dauerbrenner, der irgendwie nie langweilig wird und deshalb in jeder guten GBA-Sammlung Platz finden sollte, denn objektiv betrachtet ist es wirklich eines der besten Spiele aller Zeiten!
100
UOL Jogos
"Super Mario Advance 4" faz mais do que relembrar um dos melhores momento da história dos videogames - o cartuchinho é uma nostálgica viagem que não relembra apenas essa experiência memorável, mas é quase como um concentrado da essência da infância. Se você entrou em um site de videogames e leu até aqui, não existe nenhum motivo para não comprar esse jogo.
100
GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
SMA4 packs quite a bit of great gameplay into a very small cartridge. It's the same SMB3 you know and love, but has enough new features to keep SMB3 vets entertained (including an ever-so-slightly altered ending which may make some purists cry foul). As with every installment of SMA, the original Mario Bros. game is packed in for some multiplayer mayhem, so this one is bursting at the seams with fun. Younger players will enjoy their first trip through this game, and older players will smile as they revisit the world of SMB3. This is one of, if not the best platformer ever created, so do yourself a favor and buy this one. You won't be sorry.
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Game Informer Magazine
This is much more than just a fun game, although it certainly is that, too. This is a significant part of gaming history, one that you can now experience again on the bus, in a plane, or in your doctor's waiting room.
97
Netjak
So is Super Mario Advance 4 worth your gaming dollar? If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive dose of nostalgia, or you've never played Super Mario Bros. 3, then this is an easy choice. If you're expecting remixed levels or sweeping improvements on the game, however, you'll likely be disappointed, because Super Mario Bros. 3 did not get the same treatment as Super Mario Bros. 2 got in the first Super Mario Advance game. That aside, though, for less than $30, you really can't go wrong with this title. They just don't make games like this any more, and this particular game really shows us how far we've come and that you don't need flashy graphics and surrond sound to have a mind-blowing game.
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GamesCollection
La versione per GBA aggiunge un Mario Bros. giocabile da quattro giocatori, numerose migliorie grafiche e livelli aggiuntivi di prova (giocabili solo tramite Action Replay): si tratta di un restyling di un gioco che già all'uscita era ottimo e che, nella nuova veste del 2004, diventa davvero imperdibile. Super Mario Bros. 3 è un gioco da avere, o almeno da provare.
95
Deeko
Super Mario Brothers Advance 4 is a conundrum... could a game this aged be released to a current generation system and manage to be one of this years hot holiday commodities? The obvious answer is "yes". To be frank, Super Mario Brothers 3 is considered to be the best, most creative Mario game that has ever graced a home system. The GBA incarnation, while lacking any truly new updates in graphics and sound, makes full use of the e-Reader, only adding to the overall potential that the game has to offer. It's perhaps the first game to actually use the peripheral in any truly rewarding sense (though Animal Crossing did a fine job of using it as well). All of these factors create Super Mario Advance 4 and it's an experience that will satisfy any gaming appetite. If you're simply craving a liberal dose of nostalgia or simply looking for a fantastic gaming experience, Super Mario Advance 4 is the way to go. A holiday hit? You know it.
95
Armchair Empire, The
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Brothers 3 is a complete package and worthy of a purchase.
95
Portable Review
As for replay, this game has plenty of it. First off, while this game may not have a coin collection system, it does have an e-Reader system, which allows you to play levels never seen before. The e-Reader support adds some kind of a collection-type side-quest (despite the fact that you'll have to pay for it and that it's not REALLY in the actual game...). Also, the "Mario Bros. Classic" side-game returns, which brings about two ways to play with your friends.
95
GameZone
Mario 3 is like gold to any Nintendo fan. Whether you've taken the journey before or have yet to play this unforgettable classic, you can't stop yourself from being consumed.
95
IGN
Everyone has his or her own favorite game in the original Super Mario Bros. series. I stand behind my original belief that Yoshi's Island is the finest 2D platformer ever created...so why do I think that Super Mario Bros. 3 on the GBA is a better game? Expandability. The fact that Nintendo has incorporated hooks that allow players to upload new challenges to the game isn't a new idea...PC games have been doing it for years, and anyone with an Xbox and Live support can do it in games like Splinter Cell But it's really a first for the handheld market, and what's more, Nintendo can do it inexpensively; the new challenges can and will be sold in packs of cards, at least until the end of this year, but the company can also sneak in "special edition" cards in magazines and future GBA boxes to continue the experience.
93
Christ Centered Game Reviews
Mario has long been the king of video games. Representing everything that was, and is, wholesome, fun, and carefree to the world, plus having some really hard levels, the Mario games have crossed multiple genres and platforms, from the platformer to the RPG, from the NES to the Gamecube. This game was the final one on the NES, and the first to introduce the World Map, a staple of later Mario Bros. games, including Yoshi's Story and Super Mario World.
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Nintendo Official Magazine (NOM) UK
SMB 3's transition to Nintendo's handheld has been near-perfectly achieved, but the most important thing is the game has barely aged at all. The level design is spot on and the sheer innovation of the enemies and power-ups is still the best in any game we've ever played. You're reading this review like you don't know this already. It's Super Mario Bros. 3! Stop reading and go GET IT!
91
Defunct Games
It's a perfect port of a perfect game, but is that really enough to impress gamers so many years later?
91
Lawrence
This is the most impressive SMA yet with expandability, coupled with the best Mario adventure for the regular NES. GBA owners would be foolish to pass it up.
90
Gamekult
Malgré son grand âge et une réactualisation graphique très simple, Super Mario Advance 4 : Super Mario Bros. 3 reste un des meilleurs jeux de plates-formes de tous les temps et s'impose d'emblée au panthéon des titres à posséder sur Game Boy Advance. Si certains trouveront, à juste titre, des raisons de jouer les grincheux face aux multiples remakes de la firme de Kyoto, force est de constater que ce gameplay reste ce qui se fait de mieux en la matière et c'est un plaisir de diriger son héros à travers des niveaux débordants d'ingéniosité, le tout servi par une maniabilité qui laisse rêveur. A vrai dire, même ceux qui ont pratiqué la version 8 bits se surprendront à prendre un malin plaisir à redécouvrir ce grand classique. Quant à ceux qui ne l'auraient pas encore terminé, un seul conseil : il n'est jamais trop tard pour bien faire.
90
Nintendojo
Still, it seems that this game is poised to be a major let-down. Newcomers to the game who are accustomed to the current game generation may be turned off by its astonishingly short playtime and lack of "100% clear" bonuses, while veterans will find very little reason to pick up this version unless they're willing to pony up for the e-Reader cards. It's my fond hope that the Super Mario Advance series will end here. As nice as it is to relive fond goomba-stomping memories, it's high time that Mario and Luigi moved on to something new.
90
NintendoWorldReport
Nintendo’s egoistical attitude toward multiplayer and gameplay extras in Super Mario Advance 4 is disheartening; still, it is impossible to remain bitter at a nearly perfect conversion of possibly the finest videogame ever made. Those interested solely in the remixed levels that don’t already have the required hardware should probably rethink the purchase. Anyone looking for Super Mario Bros. 3 on the go, however, should snag Super Mario Advance 4 without a second thought.
90
Eurogamer.net (UK)
SMB3 is exactly the game we wanted and expected to get, except now with mid and end-of-world save points. The levels are still as engaging and well thought out as we remember, the boss levels (the bobbing ships!) are still as tricky to navigate, and the raccoon/leaf power-up still lets you soar through the sky and make use of any cloudy portals and other bonuses. Oh, and it's still hatefully unpleasant to see a demonstrably simple level cut you down repeatedly because you went for haste over cautiousness.
90
GamePro (US)
Admittedly, Super Mario Bros. 3 seems like a weird step back from Super Mario World and Yoshi's Island, two successors to this game that are already available on the Game Boy Advance (if you haven't already, get those games before getting this one they're a little more accessible). But that doesn't make it any less of a classic it's a test of your true gaming mettle, a must for the Mario completist, and validation for your sense of nostalgia.
90
GameSpy
Given the short list of negatives above, I'd have to say that this is technically the least desirable version of Super Mario Bros. 3. However, the least accomplished version of an awesome game can still be pretty damn great, and such is the case here. Players who missed the first two editions probably won't even notice the shortcomings, and this is the only version of SMB3 that can easily be played on the go.
90
1UP
Mario Advance 4 isn't perfect, but it clearly tries its best to get there. Even with its cropped screen dimensions and the awkwardness and added cost required to access its eCard features, Nintendo has managed to cram a mind-boggling amount of fun onto a tiny cartridge. Whether you were inculcated with SMB3 fanaticism by Fred Savage a decade ago or have lived a deprived life and never touched the game, this is a title that deserves to be in your GBA collection.
89
Gaming Nexus
There’s a part of me that wants to embrace this version of Super Mario Bros. 3 with open arms, and another part of me that feels a bit betrayed that Nintendo didn’t do more with this classic. It’s still the great game that it always ways, and that’s why it’s so easy to recommend, but for once I would like to be here reviewing a 2D Mario game I haven’t played before.
89
GameSpot
SMB3 purists may be annoyed with some of the minor tweaks that have been made to the original game, but that shouldn't stop them from experiencing this incredible platformer all over again.

For most of the 1980s, there really wasn't such a thing as "prerelease hype" in the video game industry. But that all changed with Super Mario Bros. 3, which not only packed a strong print and television campaign in the US, but had the promotional help of The Wizard, a video-game-themed motion picture that promised frothing young gamers a peek at the next installment in Nintendo's masthead series, before its release. The hype may have been manufactured, but it turned out the game more than deserved it. It delivered interesting new tweaks to the fundamental platformer formula that the original Super Mario Bros. had staked out, and it created the single largest, most fully-realized Mario world that had been seen up to that point.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Au même titre que Yoshi's Island ou Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros 3 demeure encore aujourd'hui l'un des épisodes les plus marquants du plombier et profite d'un capital nostalgie encore très fort chez les fans de la première heure. Si vous en faites partie ou que vous ne connaissez pas encore ce titre mythique, ne vous faites pas prier plus longtemps et courez vous procurer cette petite merveille.
85
Gamezine
Pour finir, je dirai que Super Mario Advance 4 brille par son intérêt, comme tout les autres de la console, en fait. Fidèle à la version Super Nintendo, cet opus réjouira tout le monde. C'est un pur concentré de bonne humeur et de fun. De la plates-formes comme on l'adore. Mario, je t'aime !
83
Game Shark
Overall Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 is pretty faithful to the Mario All-Stars version in 1993 and does look quite snazzy on the GBA. If you need something to play and want a challenge, this game will give you that familiar challenge you crave. However, if you still know how to beat this game in under an hour or expect significant change since All-Stars, I would suggest looking for something else to play.
80
Gamereactor (Sweden)
När jag nu får chansen att återse det gamla Super Mario Bros 3 är det med blandade känslor. Det är fortfarande roligt och kontrollen klockren, men det är trots allt gårdagens rester, och hur gott det än var då smakar det trots allt inte fullt lika bra idag. Har du inte spelat spelet förut har du i Super Mario Advance 4 ett givet köp. Spelade du dig leds på spelet när det begav sig lär du dock inte tycka att det är bättre nu. Sammanfattningsvis ett spel som var bäst men idag bara är mycket bra.
80
Pocket Gamer UK
Playing Super Mario Bros. 3 is a dizzying experience. As one of the finest exponents of the genre, the ride it takes you on is as memorable as it is extraordinary, making it a vital acquisition for lovers of platform games.
80
NintendoWorldReport
On the other hand, if you missed SMB 3, you can add at least one point to the score, pushing the game into the must-have category. It is no coincidence that Super Mario Bros. 3 sent shockwaves through the industry when it was released. By flawlessly mixing so many gameplay elements such as a world map, item collection and management, puzzle-solving, varied level design, platforming action, mini-games, and much more, it stands as a true masterpiece. Super Mario Advance 4 offers everything that made SMB 3 brilliant and wraps it into a nice, visually enhanced package.
80
Gamestyle
Certainly highly recommended if you're a fan of platformers, though if you're new to 'this sort of thing', we recommend you first check out either of the previous Mario Advance titles. And if you've played them all before, then why are you still reading this?
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Game Freaks 365
I suggest anybody with a GBA get this game, unless you have one of the other two versions and aren't interested in having a portable version. If you do get it, I also suggest trying to find a used E-reader (or buy a new one) and getting at least the E-reader level cards.