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Super Mario Bros. Deluxe

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Nintendo Life ( )

It’s easy to see why Super Mario Bros. shifted so many NES consoles back in the day. Tight controls, varied, well designed levels, great music and a variety of enemies make for a classic game that is a joy to play through. With a heap of extras including a (regrettably cut-down) version of the sequel, Super Mario Bros. Deluxe is an essential GBC title.

Mar 29th, 2010 · Game Boy Color · read review

Gaming Target (10 out of 10)

You will be playing this masterpiece for a very long time and it will take you a long time to complete all the options to get full affect of this great classic.

Jun 23rd, 2000 · Game Boy Color · read review

Gaming Age (A)

More than simply a perfect port of 1985's Super Mario Brothers, SMB Deluxe offers the Lost Levels and a plethora of original play modes and secrets that will keep both fans and newcomers involved for weeks to come.

Jun 2nd, 1999 · Game Boy Color · read review

IGN (10 out of 10)

Super Mario Bros. remains one of my top 10 favorite games of all-time, even though it's almost a decade and a half old. Super Mario Bros. Deluxe is such a perfect translation, it makes me wonder if it's easy to port NES games to the Game Boy Color. Super Mario Bros. Deluxe is the Game Boy Color-specific game to own, hands down, and will be the title that, hopefully, will key a revolution of porting NES games to the handheld system. Buy this game. Now.

Jul 21st, 1999 · Game Boy Color · read review

64 Power / big.N / N Games ( )

Wenn es fĂŒr den Game Boy Color ein Jump‘n‘Run gibt, das man unbedingt besitzen muss, dann ist das Paper Mari Bros. Deluxe - dieses Spiel gehört einfach in jede Sammlung!

Nov 1999 · Game Boy Color

Bravo Screenfun (1 out of 6)

Obwohl „Super Mario Bros. Deluxe“ aus heutiger Sicht etwas angestaubt wirkt, ist es dennoch eines der besten Jump&Runs fĂŒr den Game Boy Color und taugt dank der Speicherfunktion fĂŒr drei SpielstĂ€nde auch fĂŒr anstehende Sommerurlaubsreisen.

Jun 1999 · Game Boy Color

Video Games ( )

Hut ab vor dieser technisch blitzsauberen NES-Mario-Wiederauferstehung. Eindeutig der Color-HĂŒpf-Tip des Monats!

Jun 1999 · Game Boy Color

Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames ( )

Mario DX est probablement le meilleur jeu paru sur Game Boy depuis Zelda ! Étant donnĂ© qu’il n’est pas rĂ©trocompatible, nul ne doute que ce jeu va en faire vendre, des Game Boy Color (ils sont malins chez Nintendo) ! Une seule chose reste Ă  espĂ©rer, une venue rapide des autres volets de la NES!

Aug 1st, 1999 · Game Boy Color · read review

GameSpot (9.9 out of 10)

It looks like we finally have the "killer app" for the Game Boy Color, then. Worth buying a GBC just to play. Well done, Nintendo - now, where's Zelda and Metroid...?

Jan 28th, 2000 · Game Boy Color · read review

Total! (Germany) (1.25 out of 6)

Wenn Spieleumsetzungen betagter Klassiker stets mit ausreichend Neuerungen bedacht werden wĂŒrden, wie in diesem Fall von Nintendo, wĂ€re das eine feine Sache. Super Mario Bros. Deluxe ist ein Volltreffer fĂŒr jeden Jump&Run-Fan, eine nostalgische Reise fĂŒr NES-Veteranen und ein weiterer Beweis, zu welchem Dingen der Game Boy Color fĂ€hig ist. Leider lĂ€uft das Spiel einzig und allein auf der Color-Variante, zeigt dort aber die fast schon selbstverstĂ€ndliche QualitĂ€t der schwarzen Module. FlĂŒssig scrollen die Level trotz relativ detaillierter Darstellung der HintergrĂŒnde an Eurem Auge vorbei. Alle GBC-Besitzer, die Genre und Hauptcharakter zu schĂ€tzen wissen, sollten bei Super Mario Bros. Deluxe zugreifen.

May 1999 · Game Boy Color

Super Play (Sweden) (94 out of 100)

Som om det inte skulle rÀcka kan man fÄ ordning pÄ sitt liv med hjÀlp av den inbyggda planeringskalendern eller genom att lÀsa ordsprÄken pÄ de magiska korten. Super Mario Bros Deluxe Àr sÄ mycket mer Àn bara ett spel.

Jul 1999 · Game Boy Color

Nintendo Land (91 out of 100)

This challenge mode and the Lost Levels do add a lot to the game (and the VS mode's really quite nice, too) and greatly extend it's lasting appeal. So there's something in there even for SMB die-hards. You'll fall in love with the game all over again. And of course, anything that pays homage to the brilliance of the original SMB is without doubt a very good thing.

2003 · Game Boy Color · read review

All Game Guide ( )

Despite the smaller amount of screen real estate, Super Mario Bros. Deluxe is a fantastic port of the game that put Nintendo on the map, complete with plenty of extra goodies to keep you involved. If you own a Game Boy Color, there's no excuse not to buy this title.

1999 · Game Boy Color · read review

Power Unlimited (9 out of 10)

Of je nu bent opgegroeid met Mario of er nog nooit mee hebt gespeeld; Super Mario Bros Deluxe is een absolute must. De graphics, het geluid; alles straalt nostalgie uit. Dit is puur en 100% Nintendo op z'n best.

Aug 1999 · Game Boy Color

Jeuxvideo.com (18 out of 20)

La conversion du premier jeu de plate-forme, celui qui a jetĂ© les bases de principes utilisĂ©s par de nombreux jeux encore de nos jours, ne pouvait pas donner un mauvais produit. La fidĂ©litĂ© du portage, de mĂȘme que les nouveaux modes de jeux font de ce jeu Gameboy un hit !

Jul 23rd, 1999 · Game Boy Color · read review

Electric Playground (9 out of 10)

Is the cartridge worth your $30 investment? Absolutely. The gameplay, while aged and familiar, is still extremely engaging. Younger gamers, who maybe weren’t around the first time Mario took over the world, will find that this adventure, despite its rudimentary appearance, is just as much fun as the Mario games they may be more familiar with. Miyamoto knew what he was doing.

1999 · Game Boy Color · read review

Nintendojo (9 out of 10)

This game is quite a fun one. For those of you who aren’t good at platformers, you better rent it first. This is a long game. It doesn’t end just after you kill Bowser. No, my friend, there’s a lot more after that

1999 · Game Boy Color · read review

Digital Press - Classic Video Games (9 out of 10)

This is not a great game simply repackaged, it's an entirely new experience for an entirely new generation. Everything you could ask for in a portable game has been included and then some. The included multi-player mode is enough reason alone to purchase this title, but there's still a great game attached to the it too. Make sure this is your next purchase for the Game Boy Color (if you haven't already picked it up).

Jun 18th, 2005 · Game Boy Color · read review

Mega Fun (86 out of 100)

Typisch Nintendo! WĂ€hrend sich andere Hersteller damit begnĂŒgen, Oldies halbherzig auf den GBC rĂŒberzuziehen, peppen die Designer den Jump&Run-Klassiker noch mĂ€chtig auf. Alleine der innovative Zweispieler-Modus ist purer Gaudi und allein bereits sein Geld wert Hinzu kommen 64 Levels voller Spielfreude, mit dem Challenge-Modus ein motivierender Spielmodus und zahlreiche Goodies. Kurzum: Die hohe Wertung hat sich dieses Wonnemodul redlich verdient.

Jul 1999 · Game Boy Color

Portable Review (33 out of 40)

As for replay value, this game has plenty of it. Besides, the addictive gameplay of the original game, there's also the various other game modes which I explained earlier. The Race Mode adds a whole new dimension to the game, and the Gallery Mode definitely adds a form of collection system to the game. I'd recommend this game over the Classic NES Series, due to the fact that all of the additions add something to the gameplay.

Oct 30th, 2005 · Game Boy Color · read review

Video Chums (8.2 out of 10)

Super Mario Bros. Deluxe is the best way to enjoy the original Super Mario game on the go. Although it does have one major flaw, the various ways to play and tons of extra content will be more than enough to satisfy your portable retro Mario needs.

Dec 30th, 2014 · Game Boy Color · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ( )

There are a whole host of better Mario games, but don't over look this. It plays wonderfully, and is a unmissable slice of gaming history. For once an instance where old classic doesn't mean old crap.

Aug 1999 · Game Boy Color · read review

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (8 out of 10)

There are a few other touches for this re-release, including an updated title screen, a world map you get to view (but not affect) between stages, and even save files so you can continue your adventure when it’s convenient to do so. None of these changes really seem necessary. I remember when men were men and mushrooms were the villainous scum standing between us and a kiss from the princess. Nintendo’s efforts to reinvigorate the classic with new modes is definitely appreciated, but that shouldn’t make you buy the cartridge. Instead, pick it up if you like the idea of stomping mushrooms on the road. In the end, that’s what it comes down to. After my near-death experience with that spaghetti sauce, you can bet I’ll dedicate my life to the eradication of all fungus. Will you?

1999 · Game Boy Color · read review

Gamekult (8 out of 10)

Super Mario Bros Deluxe est un trĂšs bon jeu pour les plus vieux, peut-ĂȘtre un peu rebutant pour les plus jeunes malgrĂ© son univers de champignons rieurs, auquel il ne manque finalement que les fameux Lost Levels japonais pour ĂȘtre vĂ©ritablement parfait.

Oct 20th, 2000 · Game Boy Color · read review

Player Reviews

Does the classic NES game still hold up?
by MasterMegid (870)

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.

May 20th, 2006 · Game Boy Color

Pure platform gaming heaven!
by Rensch (215)

The Good
This is an exact conversion of the greatest game in history and much more! Some things have been modified a little bit but so that it doesn't ruin it. You can also change view so that it saves the level design which is still brilliant after 20 years. Not noted in the manual but possible now is playing Luigi in single player by pressing select in the map (new!). Besides the original there is the new challenge mode in which you need to get all red coins, the Yoshi egg and the high score to break. This will take weeks even for the most die-hard gamers. Then there's the VS mode which makes two players race trough new VS-levels as either Mario or Luigi. Unlockable is the Boo-mode which is a 1-player version of the VS mode against the ghost Boo. For masters there's the Lost Levels to unlock. This Japanese sequel to SMB is insanely hard to make it even longer. Then there's lots of extras such as banners and pictures printable with the GB printer. All these extras make an otherwise also brilliant game even better. There is no reason not to buy this only if you dislike platform games. Otherwise this is worth your money like no other GBC game. Probably the best GBC game available.

The Bad
Not much not to like about this game except there doesn't seem to be multiplayer in the original.

The Bottom Line
A brilliant game for SMB experts as well as newbies. Buy it!!!

Mar 6th, 2005 · Game Boy Color

This game is much improved from the original without ruining it.
by Dark Lord (45)

The Good
I liked the new added features like Yoshi's eggs and the challenge mode. I like the art you could unlock too. It made you want to do better to unlock more secrets in the game. When you play challenge mode, you can record your scores. This game basically takes the original and makes it better without spoiling the fun. It also has new hidden coins.

The Bad
It didn't like the same things in this that I didn't like from the original. Once again, it gives you 500 seconds and 3.5 seconds takes up the space of 1. Also, in a way, having Yoshi's eggs spoils it but I don't really mind. Once again, Super Mario BROS. Deluxe, fails to have Luigi in the game.

The Bottom Line
Super Mario Bros. Deluxe is much improved from the original Mario game. Nothing has been manipulated so that it ruins the game. With an all new challenge mode that allows you to save scores and Yoshi's eggs, this game only gets better. It makes you try harder to play the game to unlock the levels in challenge mode so you can test yourself against the set scores. Try to find the new hidden coins and earn special Mario art. Overall, Super Mario Bros. Deluxe has improved the original game and given it a new name.

Feb 22nd, 2005 · Game Boy Color

Nintendo wasted a cartridge space for unnecessary extras instead of SMB2 and SMB3.
by Eri Bellis (1)

The Good

The Bad

The Bottom Line
In the beginning I must that I'm very disappointed because I expected much more then I get. First of all there are only two games "Super Mario Bros" And "Super Mario Bros: Lost Levels". The plus is that games in fact are unchanged.... but there is a one thing. The resolution in the NES its much bigger then GBC. So they have to cut the gameplay area. But wait U can move the view up and down - and thats the most irritating thing in this game. I really don't understand why they didn't make this automatic.

Next thing.


  1. Record list - Helpful

  2. Game characters Album - Wastage of cartridge space.

  3. Toybox - Again,no games.

  4. You vs. Boo - Finally some extra game. Player vs. Cpu (cloud). Nice challenge game.

I'm disappointed because I've payed for this game a lot of money and I didn't get recompense of it in game. The question is why didn't Nintendo put there a SMB2 or 3 instead of some unnecessary extras? There was enough space to put even these two games.

Final Rating (1-5) :

Gameplay - 5

Graphics - 3

Music - 3

Story - 3

Replay Value - 4

Extras - 2

Overall - 3,4

May 26th, 2008 · Game Boy Color

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Critic reviews added by Sonikku225, Flu, Patrick Bregger, Scaryfun, Parf, Big John WV, vedder, Jeanne, Wizo, A.J. Maciejewski, Tim Janssen.