Super Mario All-Stars
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Game Reviewed: Super Mario All-Stars
Reviewer: Matthew Scott
Category: 2D Platform
ESRB Rating: E
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I still remember the very first time I saw the original Super Mario Bros. My dad owned a pizza joint and in the arcade corner there was a machine with Super Mario Bros. on one side and Excitebike on the other. I remember being mesmerized by the colors and graphics. For 1985 this was sheer gaming bliss to this 10 year old. Then, when the game became available to play at home on the original Nintendo Entertainment System, I thought I died and went to gaming heaven. For the first time, the game at home looked just as good as the game did at the arcade in my dad’s pizza place.
Over the next few years, the game was followed up by Super Mario Bros. 2 and 3, and the rest is history. Even most people today who do not play video games know who Mario is. Now to celebrate Mario’s 25th anniversary, you can get the Super Mario All-Star collection for the Wii. The game disc includes the first three Super Mario Bros. games plus Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels (The Lost Levels is actually the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2. Super Mario Bros. 2 in the United States was actually a Japanese game called Doki Doki Panic in which the main characters were changed to Mario and his friends for the US version because it was felt that gamers in the US might find the real Super Mario Bros. 2 to difficult. Just play The Lost Levels to find out why.)
This new Limited Edition for the Wii comes with the above mentioned 4 Mario games, but with graphics upgraded to 16-bit (the same way they appeared for the Super Nintendo release of Super Mario All Stars in 1993). There is also a CD-soundtrack of Super Mario tunes and sound effects, and also a book commemorating 25 years of Mario. This is a great collection for any fan of the original Super Mario games.
What Parents Need to Know
Jumping on Mushroom Men, Turtles and other cartoon creatures is about as violent as Mario gets.
There is not any bad language in this game.
There is not any sexual content in this game.
Some of the castles in Super Mario Bros. 3 contain turtle skeletons and ghosts. These “scary” creatures look like something that would come out of a Casper cartoon and are actually not scary at all.
In Super Mario Bros. 3, different kings have been transformed into animals and Mario must get a magic wand back from each of the Koopa kids in order to turn the kings back.
25 years later and I still love playing Super Mario whether it is the New Super Mario Bros. that was released last year for the Wii or Super Mario Galaxy 2 that was released this past summer. Super Mario All Stars for the Wii makes a great addition to any Wii library for those who love everyone’s favorite plumber.