I had a NES back in the late 1980's and fell in love with Mario with the first "Super Mario Bros" game which is a one of the most important video games of all time in gaming history. The levels are so well designed and I have such fond memories of beating Bowser for the first almost brings a tear to the eye.
I never got Super Mario All-Stars for the SNES because I had all the games on the NES part from "The Lost Levels" which was a Japanese release only. The reason being is the game is as hard as nails and was considered to hard for us western gamers. One of my friends use to have Super Mario All-Stars for the SNES and I never got around to completing the "The Lost Levels" so now is my chance to show off my supreme gaming skills and beat the hardest Mario game of all time. Top hint "The Lost Levels" are easier if you play as Luigi because he can jump much higher then Mario.
"Super Mario Bros 2" is another classic Mario game where you also get to play as Luigi, Toad and Princess Peach. Each charcters jump and strength is slightly different Marios jump being average but he is the 2nd strongest alongside Luigi who can jump very high. Toad is very strong and is the wrost at jumping. Princess Peach can float in the air for a short time by holding the 2 Button while jumping and she is also the weakest. The enemies are great and must be used again in other Mario games in the future such as Wart, Pidgit, Mouser, Birdo and Clawgrip. Mario and friends can throw different objects, dig holes in sand and best of all fly on a magic carpet.
"Super Mario Bros 3" for me is the best 2D Mario game of all time yes even better then Super Mario World. It was the first Mario game to introduce a map and it really pushed the NES to it's limits with 90+ levels and excellent graphics for the time. This time Bowser's kids were let loose who are known as Larry, Lemmy, Roy, Ludwig, Iggy, Wendy and Morton. They didn't see the light of day again until the brilliant New Super Mario Brothers (Wii) game. "Super Mario Bros 3" also gave Mario some very cool suits such as the Frog Mario which made it alot easier and quicker to swim underwater. My favourite suit is the Tanooki Mario which gives you the flying actions and tail attack of Raccoon Mario but, the best bit is by holding the control pad down and pressing the 1 button which turns you into a statue and makes you invincible. Hammer Mario lets you throw hammers and if you duck then you can rebel fireball attacks whilst hiding underneath your shell. All the hidden stuff in "Super Mario Bros 3" is a real joy to find and each world map has it's own exotic theme. If you have never played Super Mario Bros 3 before then this Wii game is worth it just for that game alone it really is that good still!
The updated SNES graphics for all four of these Mario games make them look better and the sound is improved too.
The music cd is ok with only the first 10 tracks being proper Mario themes and the rest being sound effects etc. My five year old daughter will listen to it more then me but I have loaded it onto my computer. I was really looking forward to the 25 years of Super Mario History booklet only to find it is very brief and disappointing.
Overall if you love all things Mario then check these games out because this is where our hero started and has been the King of platformers for 25 years which makes me feel a little bit old because I was there at the beginning. Just maybe Super Mario World should have been included to but hay I guess Nintendo just wanted us to have these updated NES games where it all started.