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  • Pruman - October 24, 2013 7:04 a.m.

    Don't get me wrong, I like this game, and obsessed about it unhealthily when I was 6. For its time, it is incredible. What kills it for me is the inability to save your progress. To this day, I haven't seen every level in the game because of this. One day I'll get around to actually playing my Wii VC copy. Super Mario World expanded on and perfected the concepts introduced in this game, so I rank it higher on my personal list. Yoshi's Island is still my favorite 2D Mario, though.
  • JaiGuru - October 26, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    That's part of what made it one of the last GOOD Mario games. It didn't hold your hand. You had to actually be good to see all of it. Modern Mario games aren't games. They're "gets". You just get to see everything. You just get to be the best. You just get all the lives you need by the end of the first world. You just get to "beat" it. Sad.
  • azarath-alghereties - October 24, 2013 5:27 a.m.

    Remember the release of this game when I was in middle school. This was a matter of discussion for a long period of time at the lunch table talking about little tips and tricks we had found to get through the levels. No one would believe someone when they mentioned the white mushroom houses and treasure ships in till they were confirmed in Nintendo Power.
  • JarkayColt - October 24, 2013 4:33 a.m.

    I'm not old enough to have played this when it originally released, which is a shame because I can't have the same level of appreciation for it as somebody who played it "at the time". I downloaded it on the Wii Virtual Console and it was kind of hard for me to get into; in fact I never got past the second world. Not to say it was hard, but it just didn't feel the same way that you expect Mario games to look or control nowadays. Everything felt a bit more "loose" and I would often slip off or overshoot things, and some of the way the levels were constructed didn't seem to compliment the mechanics (would give an example in my head but don't know what level number it is, haha.) But don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I hate Mario 3 or that it's a bad game or anything, it's really not. It's probably just my fault for playing it the wrong way, pfft. I mean I couldn't ever max out the speed gauge for a start. XD And I dropped a wand as well so there's that. Thinking about giving it another go to see if I can change my mind.
  • C.King - October 24, 2013 6:15 a.m.

    i recommend inviting a friend over and doing the 2player, i think alot of people have fond memories of playing it with friends. though i have to admit i'm a bit shocked, i figured it was one of those classics you can't avoid and atleast someone you know had it is some form.
  • JarkayColt - October 24, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    Really? Well, when I was a kid I hadn't even heard of an NES or even SNES. Me and my friends would usually play either PS1 or N64 (or Game Boy I suppose). One of them had a Mega Drive (Genesis) which we all thought was a relic, but we still played Sonic 2 and stuff on it. My first Mario game was Super Mario Land, although I didn't play another until Mario 64 DS. Not sure what that says, but yeah, I couldn't really see the same appeal in SMB3 that other people had done, which I suppose is what happens when you experience something after the fact.
  • C.King - October 24, 2013 10:49 a.m.

    i played it with my cousin on my aunt's computer when my age was still in single digits and eventually owned it on GBA, you can find it on some websites too nescafeplay.com. it not the hardest game to find and of course you have it on virtual console. seems like it'll be available for a long time for people of all ages to enjoy. i havn't played a mario game since galaxy though they all look great but the older games are easily replayable. though i'm having some trouble with the original, the controls sure feel different now. no problem with your lack of mario, the experience is best in some conditions. but i am shocked a friend of mine owns a wii and not smash bros! some games are a must have for some consoles
  • JaiGuru - October 26, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    This comment is EVERYTHING that's wrong with modern gamers.
  • JarkayColt - October 26, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    How do you mean? At least I acknowledge that it's still a great game and that I want to give it another shot. Some people even seem incapable of doing that. For the record, I think Mega Man 2, a Link to the Past, Chrono Trigger etc, for example, are absolutely amazing games which I played retrospectively around the same time as SMB3. Something about SMB3 just didn't grab me the same way, that's all. I honestly can't put my finger on why I didn't enjoy it as much but it definitely has nothing to do with me writing it off for simply being old or outdated. Plus I'm still old enough to remember playing games on a Game Boy and I played the hell out of Super Mario Land. I think I just assumed your statement was lumping me under modern gamers as well, which I kind of object to, haha.
  • Redeater - October 24, 2013 12:36 a.m.

    #1 It's still the best game ever made. This is why I have always been lukewarm to every Mario game released after 3 (World was pretty great though). Look at this list and then compare how batshit crazy they went after the first Mario game. No other Mario game comes close to reinventing the entire fucking genre the way M3 did.
  • g1rldraco7 - October 23, 2013 10:58 p.m.

    Good times despite the fact that it reminds you of how old you are :( Still Mario has that charm.
  • Jennero_Rossi - October 23, 2013 8:48 p.m.

    I remember playing an import copy of this when I was 4 years old. I'll never forgot that brightly yellow colored cartridge.
  • garnsr - October 23, 2013 8:19 p.m.

    Castlevania was the game that taught me to jump and catch the end of level dingus as high as possible. I remember waiting for 2 to come out for quite a while, and it was good, and also waiting for 3 to come out, which was good, too. It's hard to believe that we spent so much time playing the first one over and over and over.
  • Zeos - October 23, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    Oh and I still have the McDonald's Koopa toy to this day.
  • Zeos - October 23, 2013 6:21 p.m.

    First game I ever played when I was three...good times.
  • rainn'sgaydar - October 23, 2013 6:02 p.m.

    I always liked World more than 3, but I'm a little younger so it strikes my nostalgia bone more intensely. And 3 is certainly one of the best ever, as you've reminded us all.
  • shawksta - October 23, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    SMB3 was indeed a fantastic game of its time and it introduced a lot. Also they apparently made it clear that Bowser Jr. is Bowser's Son while the koopalings were apparently "Adopted"
  • TanookiMan - October 23, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    Mmmm... the warm embrace of nostalgia. Honestly, I don't know where I learned about most of the secrets in Super Mario 3. I can't remember a time before I knew them!

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