Surprise! Another Nostalgia Game Review is up and I'm covering one of the three Super Mario Bros. titles for the NES: Super Mario Bros. 3.
The NES (and Nintendo, for that matter) wouldn't be as relevant as they are today without the Super Mario Bros. series. Super Mario Bros., SMB2, and SMB3 all made the NES a memorable system. Which of the games was the best in terms of gameplay?
Super Mario Bros. is the most famous of the three, reserving its status as a pop culture icon. Super Mario Bros. 2 isn't as memorable as its port. In fact, the SMB2 you know is actually Doki Doki Panic in Japan and the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 is just an extension of the original Super Mario Bros. Still, SMB2 is a memorable game in its own right.
However, SMB3 is by far the superior installment of the series. The third installment of the series takes Mario across eight worlds as he tries to restore seven kings to their old forms and save Princess Toadstool. It introduces the SMB player to an overworld map where you have a choice on which path you can take. You can also stop at Toad Houses and get items to help get you to Bowser faster. Even Princess Toadstool sends items when you've completed a world. The stages are more complex than the first two installments, requiring you to do a bit of thinking when you play. A perfect example is the first fortress in world seven. It's an empty fortress that requires you to get a tanooki suit so you can fly up a pipe and fight Boom Boom. You can also get items from collecting a certain amount of points (a card game) and a white Toad House for collecting a certain amount of coins in a stage.
Super Mario Bros. was the trendsetter, but was basic compared to Super Mario Bros. 3. Super Mario Bros. 2 is just Doki Doki Panic in places other than Japan (it's still fun, though) because the original Super Mario Bros. 2 was too difficult. Thus, Super Mario Bros. 3 is the best of the three with its innovative stages and intangibles.
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