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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Every since the original Nintendo came out, Super Mario Brothers has been a favorite game for many people. The sequels were just a popular, just as much time wasters, and just as much fun.
When Nintendo released their new, better system (which is what, two or three generations old now), they knew they'd have to release these modern classics to convince people to upgrade. But they were smart about it. Instead of releasing them for the Super Nintendo as separate games, making people balk, they took advantage of the better format and released them all on one cartridge, with better graphics to boot. To sweeten the deal, they included "The Lost Levels," a new, harder version of the original Super Mario Bros. not previously available in the states. And they included the ability to save your game or continue on that level when you die, something I greatly missed in the originals.
Ok, I confess, I've never actually beaten any of these games in spite of the combined years I've had them for the original and Super Nintendo's. But I have had loads of fun over the years playing these games. And with four great games on one cartridge, how can you possibly go wrong?
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2001
This game is the best game in my Nes series next to Donkey Kong(1994).You can play Super Mario Bros.(#1),Super Mario Bros.2,Super Mario Bros.3,and The Lost Levels(#4).This game is better than the Nintendo editions since they have better graphics and you can save games!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2002
If you don't already own this game then you should hurry up andfind it somewhere because it's too good a game to miss.I should know.Let me tell you a bit about this game.
The game consists of four levels on a blue background which you shouldn't really pay attention to.You should pay attention to the names of them so you can go to school and brag about how far you've gotten in the cool Mario game when you havn't done anything at all.Anyway the names are:Mario Bros.1,Mario Bros.2,Mario Bros. 3 and the lost levels.It's really highly advanced isn't it?Now onto Mario Bros.1!
No.1 lets you control Mario.You ran along a nice laid path hopping on enemies and leaping over gaps.You can get your Mushrooms to make Mario bigger and flowers to let him shoot fire.With one baby tiny detail.If you get a game over you restart at level 1-1.And if you were at level oh say 3-1 or 4-1 then start howling.But being such good players you shouldn't really get a game over.Is it like the old game?I don't know.
Mario 2 is somewhat differant than 1.See you can controle Mario.Then theres Luigi Marios green dressed brother.Princess the blonde girl in a pink dress.And toad a little guy in a BIG hat.Chose one of these brave characters and make them collect cherries.Throw turtle shells,Vegies and enemies at your enemys.Also there are door creating potions and 'shrooms' that make you bigger.Oh and a POW that knocks every enemy of the screen.It's all high-tech stuff.

Mario 3 is very high-tech.Control Mario through a place where you can move from one level to another.Or one castle to another.Or one Mushroom house with a hidden object inside to another.Plus theres some COOL new stuff to collect.Feathers and P-feathers make him fly,mushrooms make him bigger,stars make him invisible for a while,flowers make him shoot,boxes play a lullubye,frogs make him hop,clouds let him skip levels and whistels let hi...oops thats Highly Classifyed Information.
All I can say is that if you use them you can travel.Frequent Flier Miles if you find lots.
Now the Lost Levels are a bit tricky.Also they've never been on any other game before and they won't be in the future.One game only!Any way it's sortof like 1 only when you get a game over you don't start at level 1 again.A good thing too because it took me ages to complete the last stage which is level 4-D!The castels from number 4-8 are a bit differant but I like the lightning!
This was one of the first games I got and I loved it alot.I highly recomend it.MARIO POWER!
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2003
I used to love this game when I was a little kid! It's cool because it is actually 4 games on one cartridge! Super Mario Bros., Mario Bros. 2, Mario Bros. 3, and Lost Levels. The best mario is still Super Marioworld though(sold on a separate cartridge.) There isn't much else to say, except these were the good mario games before they came out with the less-than-exceptional N64 ones.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2001
Super Mario All-Stars can be summed up simply as this: A great revamping effort done by Nintendo that combines the first three Super Mario games as well as a new game, titled The Lost Levels, that had previously only been released in Japan. Super Mario All-Stars is a great addition to an SNES collection, considering you were a fan of the Super Mario series the first time around. The save feature comes in handy at times, giving you four slots per game in which to save your progress. A great play for a real Super Mario fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2005
SUPER MARIO ALLSTARS, an anthology of the first four NES Mario games for the SNES, was one of the most popular titles Nintendo released during the early 1990s. Since these titles were such staples of the NES, it was only logical to port them to SNES with a graphical overhaul, options to save, and (for America anyway) the release of a long lost game called LOST LEVELS. Also, depending on what version of this you get, in later releases they also packaged SUPER MARIO WORLD as well, making this a one stop shop for those looking for a Mario fix. These are the games.

SUPER MARIO BROTHERS: The single most popular game ever released, and also the most widely circulated. Largerly responsible for saving the video game industry after the historic crash of 1984, it is now easy to forget (especially for younger gamers) how revolutionary this title was when it first came out. 8 expansive worlds, bright colourful graphics, and much more complex than the usual one-screen games that dominated in the late 1970s and early 1980s. A real technological breakthrough and a historic landmark in gaming, even all these years later it holds up with pixel-perfect graphics and rock-solid game play. Don't miss this one.

THE LOST LEVELS: The original followup to SMB; released only in Japan. Deemed to hard for the American markets, another game was given Mario sprites and released in America as SMB2. This title, however, is notoriously difficult. I always think of it as the second quest, like in the original Zelda. If you go through all 8 levels without warping, you get to a secret world, 9, before going on to worlds A-D. When ALLSTARS first came out, Nintendo Power had a promotion that if you got to world 9 they would send you a Mario badge. Ah, the memories! Still, if you really want to test your metal against incredibly difficult old-school Mario levels, this game isn't to be missed. Lots of fun all around. Some levels, however, make you think Shigeru Miyamoto has a sadistic streak in him. Closet America ever got to the original 8-bit release was Super Mario Deluxe for the Game Boy Colour, though that was lacking the last five bonus levels and did not have all the same graphics as the original SMB2 did.

SUPER MARIO BROTHERS 2: Also known as SUPER MARIO BROTHERS USA in Japan (released in 1992 there and 1988 stateside), this is the odd man out in the series. The game play couldn't be more different than the original SMB if they tried. The story is Nintendo didn't think they'd be able to sell SMB2 to the American markets, so they took a pre-existing game, DOKI DOKI PANIC, changed a few sprites around, and put the Nintendo seal of approval on it. (For those of you who have access to the original game booklet that was released with SMB2, the picture of Phanto, the guardian of the keys, is the original sprite from DOKI DOKI, and looks different than what appeared in the Mario version. When I was little I always wondered why the sprite looked different from the game). DOKI DOKI's story is a family's pet monkey disppeared into a book and had to be rescued. To see the ending, you had to complete the game four times, once with each major character. The Internet has a wealth of info on the differences between the Mario version and the original version. What I always remember about this game is how fast it sold when it came out in 1988. As far as game play goes, there are four selectable characters, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Mario, naturally, is the most well-rounded, though my brother and I always used Luigi for his jumping skills. The levels are very odd, contributing to the overall dream-like, bizarre quality that is so inhertant in this game. A huge smash when it was released, but easily the strangest Mario game in the canon. Little surprise when you find out it's rather dubious origins (I was in shock when I found out about in the late 1990s). Ironically enough, Miyamoto purportedly had much more to deal with the development of this game than the Japanese SMB2.

SUPER MARIO BROTHERS 3: The best selling game ever released independently*, SMB3 greatly expanded the Mario universe with the introduction of several new enemies, Bowser's children (who was the mother, I wonder? Godzilla's ex?), and introduced cool new suites for Mario to wear. The game play was more expansive than ever, with cool new secrets to discover and eight tremendously large worlds. This game laid the foundation for so many other plat-formers, especially SUPER MARIO WORLD. While SMB2 felt like a weird detour, SMB3 took Mario back to the atmosphere or the original game, taking it a thousand different directions, and coming up with one of the best games ever developed. Although there were a few tweaks for the ALL STARS release (some levels got a few more coins to make it easy to access game secrets), like the other games this is tremdously faithful to the original NES release. That alone makes this essential playing.

SUPER MARIO WORLD: The later versions of this compilation included SUPER MARIO WORLD as well. Taking the foundation laid down in SMB3, Nintendo created this flagship title for their pristine new 16 bit console. Very much of a piece wtih SMB3, although eliminating all the cool suits of its predecessor, Nintendo turned in a stellar, expertly designed platformer that once again set the standards for video games everywhere. Just like SMB3, and the other titles less so, the game eases you into its mechanics with such ease and percision that, just like the Amazon editorial says, you'll be flying and tossing fireballs and riding around in no time. Essential gaming. Plus you get to ride the dinosaur Yoshi and make him eat enemies! How cool is that?

Overall, one of the best carts you can have for the SNES. The only real drawback is the original versions of the NES games weren't included. What would have been great is after you finished each game you unlocked the original 8-bit version. But that (minor) complaint aside, if you want to know what made early gaming so great, or want to relive a bit of nostalgia from your childhood, you can't go wrong with this title.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2003
Super Mario All-Stars(1994). A revamped collection of the first three Super Mario NES games, plus a Mario game that was never released in the U.S. until now.
Just this past summer, I finally bought a SNES and started collecting all sorts of games for it. I guess you could say that I was more of a Sega Genesis gamer back in the 16-bit era, but since then I've seen that both systems bear their own strengths and redeeming qualities. One of the games that should be bought first for the SNES is Super Mario All-Stars, a greatest hits collection of the NES Mario games with revamped graphics and sound. How does it fare? Let's see:
POSITIVES:
-Like I said before, there are 4 games with around 100+ levels combined which makes this game a bargain of a deal. That's a lot of play time for anyone who wants it.
-Now you have the ability to save each game at each world. To those who normally have a hard time with Mario games, this feature helps gamers get accomodated with each of the different games.
-The graphics have been revamped to look spectacular. Now there are scrolling backgrounds and all the characters and enemies look better than ever.
-Even with the revamped look, every aspect of each game remains intact, from the levels to the placement of coins and enemies. The difficulty is also the same.
-Lost Levels (originally the Japanese SMB2) is a welcome addition, and proves to be a great harder extention of the original SMB game.
NEGATIVES:
-Although the graphics upgrade is nice, the new sound and music here are plain bad. The SNES has much better examples of great music quality, and the music here just sounds bland. Not downright horrible, but compared to the NES original music, it's quite a letdown. As A. Paul Melin stated, the sound effects are also quite dumbed down.
-By including the save system, some of the challenge factor is lost in the games.
-I agree, I would have rather had the NES originals compiled here as opposed to the newer versions. There were some unneccesary additions to some of the games, such as the background "Bonus" icon in the underground parts of the first game.
-As it was stated elsewhere, if you already own and beaten each of the first three Mario NES games, there is very little else new that you will find other than the Lost Levels game.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
If you've never played the first three Mario games and you only have a SNES, make every effort to hunt down this great collection. It's got a few flaws, but otherwise it works well. They offer plenty of playtime to the average gamer, and it makes for an excellent addition to any SNES library. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2001
It's four great games from the NES Super Mario Bros. series given a 16-bit facelift. The best of the bunch? I'd have to say Super Mario 3 since it was the biggest SMB game (until Super Mario World came out). And the REAL Super Mario Bros. 2 FINALLY comes to the SNES! The only drawback is the omission of the "Minus World" bug from the original Super Mario Bros. game.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2000
This is a good collection of NES remakes for the super nintendo. The graphics are much better than the nes version. You also have the ability to save your games also which is great.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2005
I have the version of this that includes Super Mario World, but I won't review it here. Anyway, onto the review.......

Super Mario Bros: This game didn't start Mario's career, but it sure did jump start it. This game has 32 levels, with 8 chapters, 4 stages each. It's the NES SMB you remember, but with updated graphics and audio that are still the reminiscent to the NES version, but are a lot better. This game needed the 16-bit update more than any other title on this cartridge.

Overall Score: 10

Super Mario Bros.-The Lost Levels: The 1986 Japanese sequel to Super Mario Bros, this game has 32 new levels, Luigi as a playable character, and a difficulty level that only the most the hardcore old-school Mario fans can beat (I have beaten every game on this cartridge except this one!). The graphical and audio improvements are the same as what the original got. Difficult, but if you claim to be a Mario dominator, give this one a shot.

Overall Score: 9.5

Super Mario Bros. 2: This is an odd one. This game is actually a port of a Japanese game called "Doki Doki Panic", but with a Mario flair. You get to play as either Mario, Luigi, Toad, or Princess Toadstool (or Peach, or whatever), and you are trapped in a dream land, trying to stop this Wart guy and his minions, or something like that. This game doesn't really feel like the Mario that you're used to, and the ending is rather disappointing, but this is still a fine entry in the Mario series. And, of course, this game needed an upgrade as well, with, once again, the graphical and audio improvements keeping the game's spirit alive while being superior to the NES game.

Overall Score: 9.5

Super Mario Bros. 3: My favorite NES game, Super Mario Bros. 3 is made even better in this Super NES remake. I simply don't know why I like this entry more than the other NES Mario games. More gameplay options, maybe? More levels? It's the best game in the All-Stars half of this cartridge, that's for sure. And, of course, the improvements are true to the original, while keeping the game fresh and unique.

Overall Score: 10

ottom Line: Grab this now, and if you don't have Super Mario World, there's a version of this that includes it. There's a lot of classic memories and years of replay value contained on this cartridge. Highly recommended.
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