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Does the classic NES game still hold up? MasterMegid (902) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Pure platform gaming heaven! Rensch (216) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
This game is much improved from the original without ruining it. Dark Lord (46) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Nintendo wasted a cartridge space for unnecessary extras instead of SMB2 and SMB3. Eri Bellis (2) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

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Wenn es für 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!
Bravo Screenfun (Jun, 1999)
Obwohl „Super Mario Bros. Deluxe“ aus heutiger Sicht etwas angestaubt wirkt, ist es dennoch eines der besten Jump&Runs für den Game Boy Color und taugt dank der Speicherfunktion für drei Spielstände auch für anstehende Sommerurlaubsreisen.
Video Games (Jun, 1999)
Hut ab vor dieser technisch blitzsauberen NES-Mario-Wiederauferstehung. Eindeutig der Color-Hüpf-Tip des Monats!
Mario DX est probablement le meilleur jeu paru sur Game Boy depuis Zelda ! Étant donné qu’il n’est pas rétrocompatible, nul ne doute que ce jeu va en faire vendre, des Game Boy Color (ils sont malins chez Nintendo) ! Une seule chose reste à espérer, une venue rapide des autres volets de la NES!
Nintendo Life (Mar 29, 2010)
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.
Gaming Target (Jun 23, 2000)
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.
Gaming Age (Jun 02, 1999)
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.
IGN (Jul 21, 1999)
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.
GameSpot (Jan 28, 2000)
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...?
Total! (Germany) (May, 1999)
Wenn Spieleumsetzungen betagter Klassiker stets mit ausreichend Neuerungen bedacht werden würden, wie in diesem Fall von Nintendo, wäre das eine feine Sache. Super Mario Bros. Deluxe ist ein Volltreffer für jeden Jump&Run-Fan, eine nostalgische Reise für NES-Veteranen und ein weiterer Beweis, zu welchem Dingen der Game Boy Color fähig ist. Leider läuft das Spiel einzig und allein auf der Color-Variante, zeigt dort aber die fast schon selbstverständliche Qualität der schwarzen Module. Flüssig scrollen die Level trotz relativ detaillierter Darstellung der Hintergründe an Eurem Auge vorbei. Alle GBC-Besitzer, die Genre und Hauptcharakter zu schätzen wissen, sollten bei Super Mario Bros. Deluxe zugreifen.
Som om det inte skulle räcka kan man få ordning på sitt liv med hjälp av den inbyggda planeringskalendern eller genom att läsa ordspråken på de magiska korten. Super Mario Bros Deluxe är så mycket mer än bara ett spel.
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.
Power Unlimited (Aug, 1999)
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.
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).
90 (Jul 23, 1999)
La conversion du premier jeu de plate-forme, celui qui a jeté les bases de principes utilisés par de nombreux jeux encore de nos jours, ne pouvait pas donner un mauvais produit. La fidélité du portage, de même que les nouveaux modes de jeux font de ce jeu Gameboy un hit !
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.
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.
Nintendojo (1999)
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…
Mega Fun (Jul, 1999)
Typisch Nintendo! Während sich andere Hersteller damit begnügen, Oldies halbherzig auf den GBC rüberzuziehen, peppen die Designer den Jump&Run-Klassiker noch mächtig 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.
Portable Review (Oct 30, 2005)
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.
Video Chums (Dec 30, 2014)
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.
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.
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?
Gamekult (Oct 20, 2000)
Super Mario Bros Deluxe est un très bon jeu pour les plus vieux, peut-être un peu rebutant pour les plus jeunes malgré son univers de champignons rieurs, auquel il ne manque finalement que les fameux Lost Levels japonais pour être véritablement parfait.