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Super Mario Bros. was, is, and always will be a gaming masterpiece. Its oft imitated, yet rarely equaled combination of gameplay responsiveness, superb level design and visual flourish, combined with that special loving touch that only Miyamoto seems able to wield, makes it one of those rare games that seems to transcend time. When watching my seven-year-old nephew sit glued in front of a TV, completely enraptured with the exact same game that delighted me 20 years ago, I can only smile and shake my head in wonder. Amazing. Truly amazing.
From popular remakes of 20-year-old songs to the best-selling "Indiana Jones" DVD box set to the return of clothes with – dare we say it – color, the 1980s are cool once again. OK, save maybe for a "Flock of Seagulls" haircut and acid wash jeans. Japanese gaming giants Nintendo has also gone "retro" with a classic version of its 15-year-old Game Boy machine and a collection of original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) titles from the mid-‘80s.
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Admit it. You played it. You loved it. It might have been that first game that made you realize what was coming in this little hobby of ours. This is a perfect port of the original Super Mario Bros. Every last mushroom and goomba is accounted for, and you’ll feel yourself slipping into a blissful recollection of your early days as a gamer. Just don’t expect anything revolutionary here. The closest thing to newness is the ability to link up with another GBA to play with a friend, but don’t worry. Two-player is still available on just one unit. If you’re looking for innovation, check out the excellent Deluxe version on Game Boy Color. But for purists, this is the cream of the crop in retro goodness. So, if you’re willing to drop the 20 gold coins for this one, enjoy your trip down memory lane.
Wielding an unbridled imagination fueled by a childhood spent traipsing countryside hilltops and exploring hidden caves while nurturing a steady diet of puppet shows and Noh theater, Nintendo?s resident wonder-elf, Shigeru Miyamoto, crafted this benchmark game that sold bales upon bales of NES systems, and against which all subsequent platformers would be measured.
For those of you who remember these ending lyrics, I bet memories are rushing back from your childhood. For those of you who are wondering what this is from let me explain. Back when I got my NES, which came with Super Mario Brothers/Duck Hunt, I remember this TV show that came on called the Super Mario Brothers show. It was about Mario and Luigi and their adventures in the Mushroom Kingdom. It was one of my favorite shows, especially Fridays which they had a special Zelda cartoon.
At first glance, the release of a stand-alone version of Super Mario Bros. at twenty bucks -- nearly as much as the NES game went for at the time of its original release -- seems like an act of sheer greed. After all, Nintendo gave us the superlative Super Mario Bros. DX for GameBoy Color less than five years ago. That particular edition contained not only a great port of the original game but the Japanese sequel as well, along with some bonus features like hunting for Yoshi Eggs and red coins. The Famicom Mini version of SMB, on the other hand, is nothing but the original game. No bonus modes, no special unlockables, nothing.
Super Mario Bros. is, and will always be a Nintendo staple. Even though the company's got dozens of successful franchises, the original Super Mario Bros. is the company's one true classic it can afford to recycle because the game holds up incredibly well more than eighteen years later. Even as standards evolve with system capabilities, the original Miyamoto platformer holds its own and still retains a lot of challenge and replay value.
The year is 1985. Worries about the U.S. console market plagued the industry after Atari’s system failed miserably. Fear not, however, because one heroic plumber named Mario and a company called Nintendo was about to change the way we gamed forever. With the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System North America, gamers across the country could play arcade quality games at home on their Televisions. Its launch title, Super Mario Bros. became an instant classic, a system seller, and the series has since become the largest game franchise in history spawning countless sequels and branches in the series.
The classic platformer holds up pretty well after all this time, though some minor technical issues prevent this reissue from being as super as the original game.
Ne décelez pas dans cette note un soupçon d'injustice. Si le premier opus de Zelda offre encore aujourd'hui une quête immense et passionnante, le plaisir de jouer à Super Mario Bros est certes peut-être aussi grand mais beaucoup plus éphémère. En même temps, Nintendo pouvait difficilement choisir un autre jeu pour inaugurer la gamme Nes Classics.