Mario Clash Reviews (Virtual Boy)

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Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic (Jul 17, 2003)
Once you get a feel for it, Mario Clash is a satisfying mix of strategy and arcade action. The early levels are fairly straightforward, but the advanced levels require some thought. The controls are responsive, and the crisp graphics make it easy to tell on what plane objects are located. With 99 levels in all, this is a must-have for Virtual Boy owners.
Retro Game Reviews (Dec 30, 2015)
Mario Clash is a entertaining game that packs in tons of action and strategy making it a great reimagining of the original Arcade title. It's a lengthy experience too and the brilliant 3D effects are vital to the core gameplay rather than feeling tacked-on.
Electric Playground (Oct 01, 1995)
It looks gimmicky and simplistic at first but as you peel away the levels, the game play works its seductive magic on you. And then all of sudden, you'll find yourself trapped in the red, red world of another addictive adventure featuring your favourite plumber. I could think of worse places to be.
Game Players (Sep, 1995)
Graphics aren't impressive by a long shot, but they do a perfectly good job of presenting the simple images of the game. Gameplay is addictive and changes as the game progresses, offering bonus stages and new obstacles in every new level. Every Virtual Boy owner definitely needs to check out this title.
Defunct Games (Feb 20, 2005)
In short it's a great game created from an old concept and put into a new 3D jacket. No gimmicks, all very nicely put together and inventive new levels that scream for quick thinking and creativity. If you like it you'll be glued to your Virtual Boy screen for days on end and will want to replay it long after that. Lovely little game this one.
GameFan Magazine (Nov, 1995)
Mario Smash was the first Virtual Boy game I ever experienced and to this day can hold my attention for yours. The three dimensional effect is carried out extremely well, allowing you to perfectly time throws back and forth across the two planes. MC is big on both platform action and strategy and it's stationary playfield provides a good stomping ground for first time users. MS's only drawback is diversity as there are only minor changes throughout the game.
Think of Mario Clash as a sequel to the original Mario Brothers game. The gameplay is relatively simple and the use of 3-D replaces the multiple platforms levels. The two levels are more of a gimmick than anything else. The gameplay is a little too loose for my taste. I kept having Mario jump over his target instead of on it. If you want a basic platform game, Mario Clash is decent, but most players will probably become bored with it. MC is okay, but nothing really outstanding.
GamePro (US) (Mar, 1996)
Mario Clash needs help. The graphics have a true 3-D feel - Mario throws into the distance and when he's on an opposite ledge, he throws right into your face. Cute carnival songs permeate the stages and the controls are sluggishly in fast levels. Let's hope this amusing little game hits the SNES soon.
Nintendo Life (May 11, 2009)
At times Mario Clash can be pretty boring and with its flat sprites, lack of a save function and other minor niggles, it's hard to recommend as an essential purchase. However, if you stick with it you'll find it does provide something of a challenge and once you’ve got the got the hang of it start you should try starting from a later level for maximum enjoyment. It's no Super Mario World, but it hardly deserves the title of 'Worse Mario Game Ever' that it has been awarded.
Mario Clash is a fun game that ultimately suffers from its relatively simple, repetitive style of play, hurting its long term value. It's simply hard to come back to a game knowing that your best efforts will be erased as soon as you flick the switch.
Game Zero (1996)
Were you one of the many who enjoyed the classic arcade game Mario Bros.? Well, now you can relive the game via 3-D, although to be honest, while the game was fun, I didn't find it to have much staying power. Certainly not enough to encourage me to kill my eyes over it. Graphics are pretty good, sound is average, and playcontrol is predictable. Like I said, it's fun, but even with the 3-D it boiled down to a "been there, done that" feeling at times. If you can rent it first, I recommend a rental. If it's cheap enough, a purchase isn't a total waste. But, if your only option is full price then let this one pass.