Review by Blk_Mage_Ctype

"Lots of wasted potential here, but a good game nonetheless."

Super Mario Bros. is a series that needs no introduction. Mario has been around since the 80s and is easily gaming's most recognizable icon, so if you haven't played any of his games or know how they play, then quite frankly, I'm shocked. This review is really more about the collection itself rather than the game within, so if you're looking for an in-depth review of the game itself, then I suggest you read a review for the SNES Version, seeing as it is the exact same game anyway.

Story

Super Mario 1, Lost Levels, & 3: King Koopa has kidnapped Princess Toadstool, and it's up to one chubby Italian Plumber and his brother to save her! Super Mario 2: Wart has taken over Mario's Dreamland, now it's up to Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad to save the day, er...Night!

Graphics

16 bit 2D Sprites with scrolling backgrounds. Old, but still very colorful and charming to look at. Disappointingly, the game has not been optimized to support 16:9 Widescreen or 480p Progressive Scan, so if you're playing this on a 16:9 HDTV it's going to display in 4:3 Format with black bars on either side of the screen.

Sound

16 bit Chip Tunes. Personally, I prefer the original 8 bit MIDI tunes, but it still sounds good and the tunes are as catchy as ever.

Gameplay

Your standard classic 2D Side-scrolling platformer. You use the Directional Pad to move Mario Left or Right, Press Up to make Mario climb, Down to make Mario duck or go down a pipe, A Button to Jump, and B Button to attack with an Item, holding down the B Button while running will make Mario run faster, and can even make him fly if he has the proper power up. The rest is pretty simplistic and self-explanatory, you basically just use Mario's skills to progress through each level while collecting coins and power ups until you beat the game.

Package

Obviously, one would assume that if you were going to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of an icon of Mario's stature, you'd want want to go all out and give Mario's fans something really special to commemorate the occasion, right? Well, instead of doing that, Nintendo chose to put a ROM on a disc, throw in an underwhelming Art Book & Soundtrack CD, slap a $30 price tag on the box, and call it a day. That's not to say that this is a bad game, no, far from it. It's simply that Nintendo could have done a whole lot better than this, and given the fact that this package was supposed to commemorate Super Mario's 25th Anniversary, it's all rather disappointing. Super Mario All Stars: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition consists of a disc containing an emulated Super Mario All Stars for the SNES, an Art Book featuring artwork and developers notes regarding the entire Super Mario Bros. Series thus far, and a Soundtrack CD featuring classic tunes spanning the series. Sounds pretty good, right? Well, prepare to be disappointed... First of all, the version of Super Mario All Stars that's on the disc does not include Super Mario World. Let's forget that Nintendo could have included many other games like Yoshi's Island, Super Mario 64, or Super Mario Sunshine, this one doesn't even include Super Mario World! I can understand Nintendo fearing that the inclusion of Super Mario World could cut into the sales of Super Mario World on the Wii Virtual Console, but this is a Limited Edition, and it's supposed to commemorate Super Mario's 25th Anniversary, so skimping to that degree is completely unacceptable! Next up comes the Art Book which while nice, could have been a lot better. The Art Book has only 32 pages, and most of which are old ad photos and box shots from the games, plus the developers notes are just one short sentence per game. The Soundtrack CD only contains 10 tracks, and the rest are all sound effects from the game. No, seriously...sound effects, like the noise it makes when you grab a coin or go down a pipe, who wants that? The game itself is still good, which is why I can't find it in my heart to give this game a rating below 6/10. The disc contains the remastered 16 bit versions of Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros 2, and Super Mario Bros 3, 4 classic Mario games which are still as much fun to play today as they were 25 years ago. However, it's the shortcuts Nintendo took that bring it down. The version of Super Mario All Stars on the disc is just an emulated version, meaning that there's no new features whatsoever. Nintendo should have at least upgraded the game to support 16:9 & 480p, but they didn't, it's just an emulated ROM, nothing more.

Overall

I'm giving this package a 6/10, and only because the games that are included are still excellent games. Super Mario All Stars: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition is a disappointment due to the fact that Nintendo put very little effort into it. Nintendo could have included more games like Super Mario World, Yoshi's Island, Super Mario 64, and Super Mario Sunshine, which would have made this a grand slam package that would have not only commemorated Super Mario's 25th Anniversary in a worthy fashion, but more importantly, pleased Mario's long time fans such as myself.


Reviewer's Score: 6/10 | Originally Posted: 03/29/11

Game Release: Super Mario All-Stars (Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary Limited Edition) (US, 12/12/10)


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