Super Mario Bros. 3 Reader Review
The third Mario outing on the Nintendo Entertainment system is arguably the best outing of the series. The game is a 2d platformer features both single player and two player campaigns.
The game is set out with a number of levels in a world and once completed you move onto the other world until completion. This variety of world allows the game to have different themes in the levels and is very well executed. The main game is very similar to Mario but has evolved the game play to include power ups and suits but also the level design is more complex and interesting. The core mechanics are still running and jumping but the smart use of enemies and power ups make the game very fun to play. Also in between levels there are tiny mini games which are used to give either lives or power ups to Mario, this is a nice way to break up the game and also add something new to the series.
In SMB3 Mario has different suits which enable the player to use different abilities, these range from the raccoon suit which allows Mario to fly and the frog suit which allows Mario to swing better. These suits add a tremendous amount of variety in the game with the different abilities allowing the player to get into different areas. The new upgrades such as suits and power ups add variety to the game and also make the game more enjoyable to play. Whilst the game is still the 2d platforming of the first two games taken further, these new power ups make the game stand out and make the game feel fresh.
Multiplayer in this game is very well done using Mario's brother Luigi as the second player. As you both go through the campaign it can become a competition to get the most points and complete the levels the fastest. The whole multiplayer component of the game is a strong point and very well done.
One of the only criticisms of the game is the lack of a save mechanic. Because this game is so pick up and play it would have been nice if the player could stop the game and save it. However this may have been a hardware limitation so it would be too harsh to criticize it too much. Also some people would say a lack of a save game makes the game more challenging and better however I disagree.
One of the standout aspect of this game is the audio and the music. Working with the limitations of the hardware Koji Kondo (composer) has managed to create one of thee defining soundtracks to any video game before or since. The music is very goo and very catchy but what does impress with this game is the sound effects within the game such as the sound of the enemies of the sound of Mario dying. The composer has taken the classic Mario themes and sounds and created an amazing soundtrack.
In todays video game climate SMB3 holds up incredibly well, the game has been ported to the Game Boy advance and did reasonably well. This shows that not only was it great back in the early nineties but is still great today. SMB3 manages to blend of ease of use and also massive depth to create a really good game. Since this game the series has progressed into 3d and the reason being is that Nintendo have created the quintessential 2d platformer here and to try to make a better game than this would be foolish.
10 / 10