Goomba Stomp’s Hall of Fame is reserved for only those Nintendo titles that can be called absolute classics. Chosen by the crew of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, these bite-sized capsule reviews reflect what we’ve discussed on the podcast over the past six months. Look for more entries every 25 episodes we record.
Super Mario Bros. 3 was critically acclaimed and with reason; there is not a fault to be found anywhere in the game. For it’s time, the game was beyond anything you could ever dream. Super Mario Bros. 3 is a masterpiece – a perfect video game with eight worlds and 70-plus ingenious levels of side-scrolling awesomeness. One world is packed with giant renditions of every character, others feature underwater adventures and some take you through spooky castles and dungeons. As you move ahead, you’ll discover that each level contains optional paths that lead to shortcuts and extra lives hidden away. The best thing about the game is the power-ups and various suits you can use inside the levels. These include the super leaf which turns Mario into Raccoon Mario, letting him fly, glide, and tail whip – and the fan-favourite, the Tanooki suit, which gives Mario the same abilities as the super leaf, but also lets him briefly turn into a statue protecting him from danger. Meanwhile, the frog suit allows you to swim very quickly under water and jump higher while on land, and the hammer suit turns Mario into Hammer Mario, letting him throw powerful hammers and block fireballs by crouching. In Super Mario Bros. 3 Mario could now slide down hills knocking down enemies who get in his way and the powerups from the original game also make an appearance. Also new to the series was mini-games and an overhead map screen to track progress and collectible warp whistles that teleport you to later worlds in the game. In addition is the music box which puts enemies on the map to sleep and the anchor used to stop the Koopaling’s airship from flying off around the map so that you don’t have to chase it. Jugern’s Cloud allows you to skip a level and Kuribo’s shoe, easily one of the most beloved power-ups in Mario history can be found in only one level! The familiar Mario sound effects are present and accounted for, along with a batch of new musical compositions concocted by Koji Kondo and dozens of new enemies like Boom Booms, Boos and Chain Chomps make their very first appearance in the Nintendo universe.
Super Mario Bros 3 is often considered to be the best video game of the 8-bit generation. In my opinion it is, and it is also the best game in the Super Mario series. It’s a timeless masterpiece, full of innovation, surprises and will forever stand the test of time. It also became the NES swan song.
– Ricky D