gamers (83%) found this review helpful
Super Mario Bros. 3 was the pinnacle of the NES and certainly a highpoint in the pudgy plumber's career. The improvements to graphics and gameplay (being able to save) make the game a great pick up and play title. The only bad thing about renting this game is that Gamefly doesn't have enough copies to sell.
Introducing a world map, powerups that could be held in reserve, airships, and a whole brood of Koopalings, this game was revolutionary as a Mario game and a platformer. As a result, a lot of cool features have been carried into other Mario games. Additionally, this is the game that really solidified the Mario characters we know today.
The only lows in this game are a few levels that still feel cheap because of the quick speed at which you're forced to move through them as well as some of the mazelike fortress levels.
At first I had raised my eyebrows when I watched people play this game on emulators, Wiis, etc. but when I finally got to sitting down at my own Wii a few months ago and start playing it, I was just about sucked in. It was like I was enjoying a Super Mario World with better gameplay yet lesser graphics and, to my greatest dismay, lacking in a save feature.
However, I put this in my GameQ and got it and I just couldn't put it down. The game here has received both a complete graphic overhaul (while still sticking to the original style) making the game look absolutely gorgeous. Doors don't just look like big dark brown rectangles that look more like walls than doors, they're fully detailed. Backgrounds, ground textures, everything. It looks, feels, and plays a great deal better. And to top it off: it has a save feature now.
As said before, if you're familiar to the gameplay of Super Mario World, you'll enjoy this game's feel. You'll also enjoy, however, the mini-games scattered throughout and the numerous kinds of power-ups (there's your standard mushroom, fire flower, starman, but there's also a tanuki [raccoon] ears/tail and suit [the suit allows you to temporarily become a statue to avoid being seen by pressing, I believe, B + down], both of which allow you to fly much like the cape, and there's even more beyond that!)
If you have ever played ANY mario game, then know this is the cream of the crop and, with the possible exceptions being Mario 64 and the original, is the absolute best in the series. If you haven't picked it up yet, then you should really consider it.
gamers (40%) found this review helpful
i rented this game because i had never played the nes version and i love mario games, the graphics on this game were pretty good, at least for GBA, the one thing i didn't like about it was that i got to world 7 of 8 and got stuck, oh well, im happy i got that far, anyway, i would probably buy this game(for under 20 bucks) just so i can beat world 7-6