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The ultimate Mario adventure for the NES Katakis | カタキス (43217) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
I remember the original commercial for this game... STU2 (72) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Simply Flawless 10/10! Alex Mills (3) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A must-have for all fans of Mario! Dark Cloud (35) unrated
The closest to perfection ever darthlobos1182 (9) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A masterpiece among Mario's. MegaMegaMan (2285) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
My favorite platformer on the NES Asinine (1006) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Best NES Game Ever!! CaptainN (26) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.3
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Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 4.1
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Press Play On Tape (Aug 24, 2021)
Ooit stond dit spel aan tijdens een eindexamenfeest van me. Het was inmiddels 1996, de tijd van de 16bit games liep al op zijn einde. En toch hadden allemaal jongeren de avond van hun leven op een 8bit spelcomputer door om en om een leveltje SMB3 te spelen. Het is een tijdloos en universeel spel dat je zo oppikt (wat je moet doen is direct duidelijk), maar dat vervolgens steeds meer vaardigheden, durf en timing van je gaat vragen. Het laat zien hoeveel je aan een bestaande formule kan verbeteren, toevoegen en vervolmaken. Super Mario Bros 3 is daarmee niet simpelweg de beste NES platformer, maar wellicht ook gewoon de beste NES game. Verplichte aanschaf voor iedereen die besluit NES titels te willen verzamelen.
Coalescing many of the components that already made the series great with a plethora of fresh ideas befitting of a top-flight sequel, Super Mario Bros. 3 absolutely KILLS IT claiming top marks as both a single and multiplayer affair chalked full of fun factor and variety at every turn. Its excellent level design, appealing graphics, cool sounds and outstanding controls make this game one of the most fun experiences you will EVER have on the NES bar none! Furthermore, I find the challenge to be an absolutely perfect climb from beginning to end as it starts out simple enough in the early levels but crescendo's beautifully in the later stages leading to many loud "ohh's" and "ahh's" especially in the final hell world where the challenge reaches its peak. 
Retro Game Reviews (Jan 14, 2018)
Super Mario Bros. 3 is full of elaborate Worlds that really push the series (and the humble NES console) forward in new and exciting ways. Simply put, it's a masterpiece from start to finish and it's no coincidence that it set the standard for all future 2D Mario platformers.
This shining pinnacle of 8-bit platformers, and arguably the entirety of 8-bit video games, will continue to impress game players for generations to come.
Questicle.net (Aug, 2013)
Very few game series set the bar for gaming for years to come. The Mario series has done that at least three or four times now. Super Mario Bros. 3in particular honored the past (basic platforming) while pointing to the future (several unique worlds, non-linear stage progression) of platforming games. Not only is it a fitting coda for the series on the NES, it was, and remains, an epic masterwork that deserves to be played for generations to come.
RetroGame Man (Jul 03, 2016)
In summary, this is a game that all gamers should play. I have played in on NES and on GBA and both versions are similar and excellent. It doesn’t matter your age or experience – this is good old fashion NES fun! I give this game the coveted 10/10. It is a timeless masterpiece that still holds up to the best of games today!
Geeks Under Grace (Sep 23, 2014)
Could I truly say anything about this game that would do it justice? It’s simply one of the best games ever produced, period. If you haven’t played it, you’re really missing out, and you should make it a priority to play it as soon as possible.
Retroage (Mar 31, 2013)
Podsumowując, jeśli lubisz czyste platformówki w otoczeniu 2D, tytuł ten powinien widnieć na szczycie każdej listy wyznaczającej najlepsze tytuły w tej kategorii. „Super Mario Bros. 3” jest tytułem, do którego wraca się niejednokrotnie.
The Retro Spirit (Aug 17, 2012)
Musikalt er det så klassisk som bare Koji Kondo klarer å prestere. Resultatet er toner du nynner på og umiddelbart drar kjensel på. Det er litt av en bragd! Hver verden har til og med sin egen bakgrunssmusikk, en fin touch på helheten for å unngå repetisjon. Det er ingen annen måte å si det på enn at dette selve definisjonen på hva «klassisk» er! Alle som har spilt Super Mario vet hva vi snakker om. Selv etter å ha rundet spillet finnes det stor gjenspillbarhet. Alternative veier gjennom brett, hemmeligheter du ikke så forrige gang du spilte, morsomme fiender; listen går i det uendelige. Uavhengig om du er gammel nok til å huske Super Mario når det originalt kom ut eller er for ung, dette obligatorisk pensum for alle som har vært borti en TV-skjerm. En klassiker og et kult-ikon alle drar kjensel på, uansett alder! Vi stapper vår «Golden DOS Spirit» i Mario-sekken og kan ikke annet enn å ta på oss vaskebjørndrakten i ekstase.
Super Mario Brothers 3 made for us, indelible memories. You should take every opportunity to make your own memories with it as well. There is a strong chance that scenes from the game will be etched into your heart, with a potent emotional point of reference blended in. Something like an adventurous plumber collecting coins in clouds with silver linings. Something like sunny days and silver cups.
Nintendo Life (Nov 06, 2007)
SMB3 cannot come any more highly recommended. It is widely regarded as the best game on the NES by many. Some would even say it rivals the magnificent Super Mario World on the SNES though the jury is out on that one. You owe it to yourself to try both out and decide for yourself. You won’t be sorry!
Cubed3 (Jan 03, 2006)
Clever, tough, interesting, engaging, and many other positive descriptive words can be used to talk about Super Mario Bros 3.
Still to this day I keep on learning – over fifteen years' worth of secrets have been tucked away. Still to this day I keep on trying – there’s undoubted beauty in watching the refined play. Super Mario Bros. 3 is the back of my hand; the hours spent here since my childhood easily eclipse four digits. But in my most honest moment, I would admit, if I could go back and do it all over again, well, I know I wouldn’t. I’d stay forever young.
Total! (Germany) (May, 1995)
Fazit: Gäbe es so etwas wie einen Software-Oskar, hätte kein Spiel die Auszeichnung so sehr verdient wie Super Mario Bros. 3!
NES Archives (Mar 13, 2008)
Super Mario Bros. 3 is often considered to be the best game on the NES and it is hard to argue with that assessment. If you don’t own this game then your NES collection has a large hole in it. If you haven’t played it in awhile or have never beaten it without warping, set aside a day and enjoy one of the best experiences the video game world has to offer!
The Video Game Critic (Dec 13, 2003)
Super Mario Bros 3 uses the same gameplay as the first, but there's a lot more to discover here, with eight huge "worlds" to explore, each with its own collection of stages and bonus games. This was one of the first video games to employ interactive maps, allowing the player to move freely between the stages. New power-ups allow Mario to transform into characters with special abilities including Racoon Mario, Fire Mario, Frog Mario, and Tanooki Mario. Numerous mini-games add variety and supply bonus items you can activate between stages. The stages themselves are expertly designed and many feature multiple routes. You can't save your game, but there are continues available and "warp whistles" that let you skip ahead. Like the first game, the graphics and music are simple but brimming with personality. It's no surprise that most NES fans regard Super Mario Bros 3 as the greatest Mario Bros game of all time.
VideoGame (Mar, 1991)
O Reino dos Cogumelos está em perigo: o malígno Bowser e seus sete filhos tomaram conta desta fantástica terra, aprisionando toda a família real e transformando todos seus membros em animais. E só Mário e seu irmão Luigi, se for selecionada a opção para dois jogadores, poderão frustrar o diabólico plano do vilão, devolvendo aos verdadeiros donos o Reino.
1UP! (Oct 23, 2018)
Ce n'est pas le plus beau jeu de la console, ce n'est peut-être même pas son plus grand ou son meilleur (encore que... le débat est ouvert !), mais il est cependant, sans contestation possible, l'apogée de la NES. Aucune sortie après lui ne marqua autant l'imagination collective, et il demeura la référence absolue jusqu'au dernier souffle de la petite machine devenue légende.
You have to see it to believe it, but Mario 3 is the best thing on any machine outside an arcade since, well, whatever used to be the best thing on any machine outside an arcade. Graphics and sound are superb, but the gameplay manages to defy even my highest words of praise! It's near flawless in its utterly stupendous incredibility and absolutely impossible to put down for anything less than a fire alarm - and even then you find yourself weighing up the odds! Mario 3 is so addictive it ought to get a government health warning. Hide the cartridge and people start to get withdrawal symptoms - it's that good! Anyway, why am I sat here writing this when I ought to be perfecting my technique? Sell your dad's socks if you have to, but raise the cash and buy Mario 3 as soon as you possibly can - then remember to thank us for telling you about it first!
But then again, it really doesn't matter how you play it, or what sort of games you like. Super Mario Bros. 3 is utterly, utterly superb. The graphics and sound are brilliant and the size of the quest is mind-boggling (Andy remains boggled to this day). If SMB3 got jammed in my NES and I could never play another game, I really wouldn't care.
En conclusión, Super Mario bros. 3 es un clásico ya se analice como un conjunto o cada uno de sus apartados por separado. Los dos largos años de desarrollo y el esfuerzo hecho por Nintendo para desarrollar este título (mucho más de lo acostumbrado en la época) dieron como resultado el que, probablemente, sea el mejor juego concebido para la ya extinta -aunque no olvidada- Nintendo Entertainment System.
The skill needed to complete the courses in SMB3 increases much through the game. The first worlds are like a nice walk in the park but the later worlds is the most difficult ever seen in an Mario game! This makes Smb3 a good game for both new videogamers and hardened powerplayers! I can´t praise this game enough so stop reading and go out and buy it right away!!
Jeuxvideo.com (Jun 17, 2011)
Super Mario Bros. 3 n'est peut être pas le plus culte des jeux, mais il est tout de même le plus réussi de la série des Super Mario Bros. sur NES, surpassant ses deux prédécesseurs dans tous les domaines. Les amateurs d'oldies ayant loupé cet opus doivent absolument en faire l'acquisition !
SMB 3 on the NES is just a great title, filled with secrets, fun battles against Bowser's bosses, and many items make SMB 3 a must have NES game. If they would remake 5 NES games, SMB 3 should be one of them. If you still have this in your closet, then bring it out and enjoy.
Video Games (Jun, 1991)
Wenn nicht gerade die Welt vorher untergeht, wüßte ich nicht, was Nintendo daran hindern sollte, auch Deutschland zum "Marioland" zu machen. Super Mario Bros. 3 ist alleine technisch schon absolut herausragend. Brillante Grafiken kombiniert mit fantastischen Digimusiken stimmen gekonnt auf das spielerisch beste und schlichtweg einfallsreichste Videospiel aller Zeiten ein. Der Unterschied zwischem den grandiosen ersten beiden Marios und dem dritten Teil ist ein unglaublicher Quantensprung und sollte Spieldesignern auf der ganzen Welt schlaflose Nächte bereiten. Mario 3 ist so voll von neuen Ideen, daß eine Verbesserung unmöglich, ein Gleichziehen unwahrscheinlich scheint. Dank all dieser Superlative ist Super Mario Bros. 3 einfach das beste Spiel für eine Konsole und ein Meilenstein der Videospielgeschichte.
Power Play (Dec, 1991)
Wer dachte, nach Marios Ausflug auf das Super Famicom sei keine Steigerung mehr möglich, hat sich gründlich getäuscht: Super Mario Bros. 3 ist das beste Spiel aus der Endlosreihe. Euer NES wird wohlig schnurren, wenn es dieses Prachtmodul schlucken darf. Natürlich müßt Ihr bei Grafik und Musik die maschinentypischen Abstriche machen, aber wen kümmert das, wenn einem die Gags und fantastischen Einfälle nur so um die Ohren fliegen. Selbst wenn Ihr zu den begnadeten Joypad-Künstlern gehört, die dieses Modul relativ schnell durchspielen (die Wahrscheinlichkeit ist allerdings gering), werdet Ihr auch beim zweiten und dritten Durchgang noch eine Menge Neuheiten entdecken. Der neue Mario ist ein Muß für alle Plattformhüpfer und solche die es werden wollen.
Play Time (Dec, 1991)
So dümmlich sich das nun lesen mag, umso besser kommt das Spiel! “Super Mario Bros. 3“ ist nicht nur ein einfaches Jump‘n Run Game, sondern es ist DAS Game schlechthin. Es ist weder zu schwer, noch zu leicht, hat keine unfairen Stellen, ist ungemein fesselnd und abwechslungsreich, hat eine ausgezeichnete Grafik, besitzt acht verschiedene Level, bietet viele Extras um Mario aufzupowern (Superpilze, Feuerblumen u.s.w.), hat viele Überraschungen hinter Türen, und... und.. und...
GameCola.net (Dec, 2008)
But that's hardly a quibble. This game is a godsend. Like Scarface to Pacino, this game forever secured Mario's legacy, as well as the NES's, and Nintendo's, and humanity's at large.
Je weiter man in Feindesland vordringt, desto verstärkt stößt man auf neue Spielelemente. Das können ganz einfach neue Schikanen sein, in manchen Leveln sind auch kleine Glücks- oder Geschicklichkeitsspiele zu absolvieren, auch ändern sich später Marios Erscheinungsformen - für Überraschungen ist gesorgt. Alles in allem eine abwechslungsreiche Mischung, die lange begeistern kann. Dazu kommt noch die liebevoll gestaltete Grafik und der tolle Soundtrack, und das Spielerglück ist perfekt. Ein absolutes Muß – nicht nur für Mario-Fans.
Super Mario Bros. 3 is the largest, most detailed, graphically superb, audio enhanced, three-meg masterpiece loaded with perfect power-ups and extraordinary execution, most fun-to-play game I've seen on the Nintendo.
SMB3 är troligen det bästa spel som nånsin gjorts till Nintendo Videospel och det lär dröja länge innan något lika bra eller bättre spel ser dages ljus.
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (Apr 28, 2003)
There are many secrets, powerups and bonuses that can be found througout SMB3, and the game holds up pretty well, even for now. When the game was released as part of the SNES "Super Mario All-stars", it was the one game that went through the least amount of changes. It was simply that good. The only thing that stops this game from getting a 10 is that with so much to do, it's near-impossible to play through the game in one sitting without warping. A save function could've benefitted greatly. Despite this and the huge production run the game received, Super mario Bros. 3 still remains a great find for any NES collector.
Overall, as I said before, I find this to be the best of the series. It's also one of the best 2D platform games you will ever play on the NES, or any system. One of the cool features of this game is the screen in which you control Mario as he selects a level. This little feature was later "borrowed" in quite a few games, such as one of the Adventure Island games and it was also used in later Mario/Wario games (some of the Game Boy adventures that appeared after this, and also SMW itself). Even though it doesn't include the save feature, I enjoy this game more on the NES than I do in the Super Mario All Stars collection on the Super Nintendo. To sum it up, this game is a gem. It doesn't have the slightly more classic/basic feel of SMB, but there are a lot more options and the simple fun is still intact.
Megablast (1992)
Die Präsentation hat Fortschritte gemacht (z.B. multidirektionales Scrolling), bewegt sich aber immer noch im oberen Mittelfeld — vom Spielerischen her ist dieser witzige und unheimlich motivierende Teil der Mario-Saga aber ein absolutes Highlight der Plattform-Geschichte!
N-Force (Dec, 1992)
If you haven't played Super Mario Bros. 3 on your NES, you don't know what you've been missing. Go out and get yourself a copy now - it's the best thing since N-FORCE!

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