Written by  :  MasterMegid (902)
Written on  :  May 20, 2006
Platform  :  Game Boy Color
Rating  :  4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

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Does the classic NES game still hold up?

The Good

Ten years after it’s initial release, Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, returns players to the Mushroom Kingdom. Does the game still hold up a decade later?

As Mario or Luigi, you must traverse 8 worlds of the Mushroom Kingdom, to save the Princess from the clutches of the evil Bowser. The plot of course is identical to that of the original NES game, sparse as it is, of course since this is just a platformer that really does not matter.

The Graphics look better, the colors are sharper and brighter, a back lit screen would have really helped here. Who would have thought that the Game Boy Color would have been more capable than the NES. That really just shows how weak the NES was if a hand-held system has better graphics.

The familiar sound and music is all here in tact. Unlike the graphics they do not sound better, but at least they are all here and accounted for.

The Gamplay is classic Mario Bros. With some new things, now you can switch to Luigi on the fly. A map like Super Mario Bros. 3 guides you from level to level and there are many mini-games and stuff you can play.

The Bad

On the Bad side, what is up with having to press the D-pad up or over to see more of the screen, couldn’t Nintendo fit the whole screen?

The Bottom Line

This is the definitive version of Super Mario Bros. It surpasses it’s NES counterpart, in just about every way possible.