Imagine it is 1992, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) has only been out a year, but the great Super Mario Bros. 3 seems bleak graphically in comparison to the system’s launch title Super Mario World. With developer’s focusing its attention to the 16-bit console, thoughts of seeing the Super Mario Bros. games featuring an upgrade were distant. In 1993, however, Nintendo released Super Mario All-Stars, a compilation of the original series with the addition of the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2, known as the Lost Levels. These Mario games have seen re-releases with the Super Mario Advance series from 2001-2003, but the compilation made a reappearance with the Wii in 2010.
This collection was the first remakes of Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games for the SNES. The new collection fixed glitches from the original games and included new features such as a saving system for every game, the correct path sequence for castles includes sounds, the jumping physics once hitting a block in Super Mario Bros. and The Lost Levels and the ability to select a different character upon defeat and the 7-up in the bonus game in Super Mario Bros. 2. All of the graphics were upgraded from 8-bit to 16-bit along with the enhanced music capabilities of the new system.
The bros. had a very distinctive look in 1985′s Super Mario Bros. The mustached man who first appeared wearing a cap in Donkey Kong, then was enhanced with the Mushroom doubling the size of Mario. This look for regular Mario was reused in Super Mario Bros. 3 as well before collecting a power-up. Super Mario Bros. helped propel the NES into the boom that put the arcade-style action on the home screens.
Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA) released in 1988 was based on Yumi Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, which happened to be released in 1987. Even though it is a port of unrelated game, many of the concepts carried over into the rest of the franchise. Bob-ombs, Birdo, Princess’s float, Shy Guys and Pokeys have made appearances in several games in the series. When the game was “Mario-fied,” a dash and animations were included in addition to having many mushrooms.
Super Mario Bros. 3 was released later in 1988 leaning toward the style familiarized in the original Super Mario Bros. This game was revealed to the U.S. in the 1989 movie The Wizard. The running and jumping from beginning to end was brought in once again, but this time the ability of flight was brought to the table. Mario had more powered up forms than ever before with the addition of the Tanooki, Frog and Hammer Suits. Many of the stages used a method utilized to only one or two areas. Such examples include the Angry Sun, Fire Bros., Kuribo’s Shoe and Para-Beetles. It was a very innovative game with so many techniques to master.
The “lost” game on the other hand didn’t make an appearance until Super Mario All-Stars in the U.S. Super Mario Bros. (2) The Lost Levels released in 1986 for the Famicom Disk System. It was later released on Super Mario Bros. Deluxe for the Game Boy Color in 1999 and the Game Boy Advance in 2003. This marks the first difference between Mario and Luigi besides the color of clothes, the height and slipperiness of the directional change. The Poison Mushroom, the sky-bound Bloopers and the Red Piranha Plants made its first appearance in this release.
Super Mario All-Stars for the Wii released in 2010 as tribute to the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. This version is based on the original release of All-Stars and thus excludes Super Mario World. The game is basically the same as the original release with the only true extras being the accompanying book and soundtrack CD.
Overall, Super Mario All-Stars collectively sums up the earlier days of Mario with the updated sounds and graphics of the SNES. At the time, it was the ideal way to play the Mario franchise. With the Game Boy Advance’s Super Mario Advance series, many of the games, though released individually, now included voices and other play modes. This set did exclude the original Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. (2) The Lost Levels.
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