Retreorevisited: SMB 1-3 & Super Mario World (NES & SNES)

Retrorevisited is a stream series where I revisit a game or a game series i haven’t played in over 10 or 20 years. I’ll go through to try see what i remember until a game over or I run out of continues. In some cases muscle memory may slowly return, in others probably not. This is a chance for me to revisit games of my youth that i enjoyed have or had at one point and bring more to the retro community with mini-reviews of them too. If I decide to play one later and do a full review, parts of the mini-review would be incorporated into it. Depending on the playstyle and graphics of the games the review will either be mini-reviews or one about all games in this session.

Who doesn’t know the Super Mario games if you’ve played any Nintendo system throughout the years? SMB1 was probably the first NES game anyone played when the game was first released. First time i played i was horrible since I wasn’t used to a gamepad, having mainly used keyboards and joysticks on Atari systems and the C64. SMB1 was a great showcase to what the system had to offer in 1985, as did the later releases of SMB2 in 1988 and SMB3 in 1990. SMB2 was so different than the previous game, it wasn’t until later we learned it was a repackaged Famicom Disk System game called Doki Doki Panic. SMB3 we saw for the first time in the movie The Wizard and it was another big hit and added so much to the series.

First time I played SMB before I had a NES I was amazed at the gameplay and graphics, and i was horrible at it learning how to use a gamepad rather than a joystick. When i got my NES i still enjoyed SMB quite a bit. SMB2 first time i played was at friends homes, and I enjoyed the difference between that and the first game, never really owned it i think until getting Mario All-Stars. Like most people i got my first glimpse of SMB3 watching The Wizard and the advertisements in Nintendo Power. this game was perfect and i loved exploring all the worlds, warping to see what was up ahead, and the new outfits for Mario!

Remember your first time playing Super Mario World, seeing Mario and the gang in 16bit colors? Then trying to learn how to use a snes controller with 4 buttons and the 2 shoulder pads on the side? I didn’t play SMW till later when I got my snes, but I think first time might have been the cart when I first got my SNES, or when it was repackaged with Super Mario All-Stars.

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Super Mario All-Stars + World (SNES) Thoughts

Super Mario All-Stars & World (E) [!]-1

So Super Mario All-Stars + World came out in 1994. This was the Mario All-Stars game but with Super Mario World added as a 5th title. I got my SNES originally before 1995, I cannot remember the exact year, so I don’t remember if I had this or the original All-Stars as my pack in title. Either way i was thrilled to see and hold this as a teen. Being able to play the NES Mario trilogy again back in 16bit glory? Yes please! Game play just like the original? OMG a save and continue function! So you’re telling me i don’t have to play these in one shot anymore, or leave my game paused while I eat a meal or water the garden? YES! Being able to play these 3 games, AND Mario World on the same cart was a thrill! Oh and what’s this Lost Levels thing?

Lost levels was the original Super Mario Bros 2. It was deemed too hard (for good reason!) for US audiences, so when Super Mario Bros 2 was in development, Mario and the gang were imported into a lesser known Famicom title called Doki Doki Panic. Which explains why 2 is so different than the previous title along with different gameplay elements and a new enemy Wart, instead of the mad turtle Bowser. Lost Levels is HARD. Think of Lost Levels as the first Kaizo Mario.

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