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Release year: 1993 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Nintendo (Nintendo EAD)

Super Mario All-Stars (SNES)

Super Mario All-Stars (AKA スーパーマリオコレクション Sūpā Mario Korekushon) is a collection of the first four Super Mario Bros. games. First released in 1993 for the Super Nintendo console, the game features revamped versions of all four NES Mario games – namely Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels (Japanese Version), Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA version), and Super Mario Bros. 3. This game came after Super Mario World (play it here), the first Mario adventure on the SNES.

There’s not much to expect in this aspect, given that Super Mario All-Stars is a compilation of amazing games. While the games are mostly the same though, there are some minor changes such as better graphics and sound, as well as certain fixes for the glitches in the earlier versions of the games.

Aside from these, other general differences in gameplay include the following:

  • All four games have pause menu where you can Continue, Continue and Save, or Quit and Save
  • Players start with 5 lives in all of the games
  • Use of title music in all four games
  • Use of save feature that lets you continue at the last level you saved at
Super Mario All-Stars Cover Box

Super Mario All-Stars Cover (SNES)

The All-Star magic of Mario saga continues!

With regard to Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2, there were some other differences from the original gameplay. For example, in both games, before starting each level, right when it shows you how much lives you have, there is also a picture of the level and all the enemies you will encounter on said level. The ending where you rescue Princess Peach is also different – of course, it’s best to leave out the details so you’ll see for yourself.

Mario Games included in Super Mario All-Stars

Super Mario Bros.

This game is a historic and technological milestone in gaming. In 1984, the video game industry had a historic crash and Super Mario Bros. for the NES is mostly responsible for saving it. The game has vivid colorful graphics, eight expansive worlds, and way more complex than the typical popular games in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.

Released only in Japan, this game is the original sequel to SMB. However, it is extremely difficult. After going through 8 levels without warping, you can get to level 9, which is a secret world, before moving on to worlds A-D. You should not miss this game if you want to test your strength against extremely difficult Mario levels.

Super Mario Bros. 2

To see the ending of this game’s story, you need to finish it four times, once using every major character. All four characters have their own strengths and weaknesses. Mario is certainly well-rounded and the most skillful character, but Luigi has great jumping skills. The levels are quite odd, and they add to the overall strange, dream-like quality of Super Mario Bros. 2.

Super Mario Bros. 3

With this game, the Mario universe significantly got bigger. It introduced new enemies and new outfits for Mario. The gameplay also became more expansive as there are 8 extremely large worlds and new secrets to explore. SMB3 established the foundation for other games, particularly Super Mario World. SMB2 seemed like an odd detour, but SMB3 brought Mario back to the feel of the original game.

All in all, Super Mario All-Stars is amazing and lets you play all the classics in one cart. The changes can be considered minor but they all manage to contribute to a better gameplay, so two thumbs up for that. For its price, it is one heck of a good deal.

Super Mario All-Stars game has been ported to SNES (this version), and Virtual Console (Wii).

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