Super Mario All-Stars review

Four great games, one great package

GamesRadar+ Verdict


  • +

    Nice collection of goodies

  • +

    Very reasonable price

  • +

    Four pieces of game history


  • -

    Completely unchanged from 1993 version

  • -

    Why not all 2D Mario games?

  • -

    Physical goodies could've been grander

Why you can trust GamesRadar+ Our experts review games, movies and tech over countless hours, so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about our reviews policy.

Nintendo typically doesn't indulge in "special editions" or reverent collections of its aging franchises, so the very fact we're getting a 25th Anniversary edition of Super Mario All-Stars is something to note. Granted, it's the exact same game that shipped on the Super NES way back in 1993, but now it comes bundled with a nifty red box, art book and a 20-track CD full of classic songs and iconic sound effects.

Above: Well worth the meager price of $30

As previously mentioned, Nintendorarely acknowledges its various milestones with limited editionbundles (in the US, at least), sothis particular collection is pretty special. The art book, for example, contains original sketches from Miyamoto that outline how thefirst SMB would work, and there are even shots of World 1-2 drawn on graph paper. Maybe that means nothing to you, but for Nintendo nerds andthe Mario faithful, that alone is worth $30.

The CD is another Nintendo anomaly, asoutside of Japan, physical game albums don't regularly see the light of day. Nintendo of America is also not keen on making its back catalog of timeless VGM available to us, so obtaining legit, sanctioned releases of classic Mario tunes is another boon for big time collectors. According to the documentation, this CD is actually the first official release of the 25-year-old Super Mario Bros"Ground Theme,"which is a pretty good indicator of how little Nintendo mines its history. Sure it re-releases games all the time, but does Nintendocelebrate them with referential materials and behind the scenes goodies? Not usually, and that's why these small tokens are such a big deal. Even the letter that came with the review copy of the game was crafted with misty-eyed reverence and old-school charm:

Above: The soundtrack CD, which contains songs from Bros 1, 2 and 3, plus 64, Sunshine and Galaxy

As a die-hard Nintendo fan, I am deeply appreciative of the set. But considering how far other companies are willing to go (Call of Duty, Halo, Assassin's Creed, GTA IV and so on), I'm a little let down that Nintendo didn't follow suit with a statue, diorama or other equivalent piece of bad assery. Certainly not complaining, and it's a nice gesture, but this is a case where Nintendo has more to work with than any other game company and with that in mind, as well as the series in question, it's unfortunate there wasn't more.

Oh right, the games! Next page for that.

More info

GenreOther Games/Compilations
DescriptionFour Mario games in one to celebrate the plumber's 25th anniversary.
Franchise nameMario
UK franchise nameMario
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)
Brett Elston

A fomer Executive Editor at GamesRadar, Brett also contributed content to many other Future gaming publications including Nintendo Power, PC Gamer and Official Xbox Magazine. Brett has worked at Capcom in several senior roles, is an experienced podcaster, and now works as a Senior Manager of Content Communications at PlayStation SIE.