Ever since I got my first taste of the world of Super Mario Bros as a child, I knew I would be hooked for life. I have played nearly all of the games from the Super Mario franchise, with the exception of one or two along the way. Me and Mario have grown old together and are nearly the same age. When Super Mario All Stars 25th Anniversary Edition was available, I knew that I had to have it. It was a rare title, and in limited edition, and I was glad when I was able to find a copy so easily and so close to Christmas. Once I got it I was excited to see what effort Nintendo had put forth to make Mario's 25th Birthday an unforgettable event. The addition of the music CD and history booklet were a nice addition to ring in this historic event, but that's as far as it goes. The game itself is nothing more than a rehashed release of the Super Mario All Stars adaption for the SNES. Long time players who have grown up with the series and also owned the original All Stars title will recognize this immediately because it's nothing more than that particular cartridge copied onto a CD.
This is one of the things that disappoint me about this release. Being that it is an "Anniversary" release in limited edition form, Nintendo made no efforts to go the extra mile to make this one title worthy of Anniversary status.
The games that are included are just the same graphically redesigned remakes of the original releases. Each game is graphically enhanced from the original versions to make it look better and more colorful. I would have much rather have appreciated the original games in their released format as they were first made with no graphical enhancements. Another thing this title is missing, which it could really have used was the addition of Super Mario World from the SNES. It would have also been nice to have a few more collectibles included as well. A DVD with the original commercials and other fun stuff would have really made it pop. I would have rated 10 if this was done.
I don't think it would have killed Nintendo to put on Super Mario World, or even other less-played Mario titles. As it stands, this game has the classics, which are good of course, but I can't help but want more.