Classic Gaming- Super Mario Bros. 3: (1988)

As we all know the Super Mario series is legendary among Nintendo and has provided many people with countless memories along with hours of gameplay for both the NES and the SNES.  When Super Mario Bros 3 was released in the late 80’s for the NES not only did the game dramatically improve from the past two sequels but it also included some unexpected features that were not present in the previous games. The gameplay for Super Mario Bros. 3 is similar to the original game released in 1985.  One of the main differences with Super Mario Bros. 3 deals with the inclusion of an overworld map which is present when players travel to different stages & worlds as either Mario or Luigi.  Another thing about Super Mario World 3  that was refreshing included the fact that it was once again a multiplayer game where players can control either Mario or Luigi.  The only catch for Super Mario Bros 3 was that people can play only as Mario or Luigi unlike the prequel.

In Super Mario Bros. 2 people had the option of playing as Mario, Luigi, Toad or Princess Peach.  The only thing about Super Mario Bros. 2 was that it was a single player game opposed to the original title along with the third installment.  Super Mario Bros. 3 was a very fun and difficult game to play.  The game starts of fairly simple in terms of completing each stage but by the time you reach world six and seven things become very difficult.  Sometimes the stages in world seven seem impossible to complete which is especially true in one of the castle levels before the final boss battle in the seventh world.  In some of the stages in world seven losing a life is as simple as one miscalculation.  Generally players will be better off staring each level with a power up since there appears to be more enemies in each level as you progress throughout the game.

Nintendo was also creative with this game in terms of level designs as well as some of the boss battles.  In World 4-3 Mario or Luigi had to deal with giant enemies which was something that was fun.  Also, there were occasional sub-boss battles with the Hammer Bros. which can take place after players crosses paths with them during overworld travel.    Overall, Super Mario Bros. 3 is probably one of the best 2D games in the series next to the original game of the mid 80’s and Super Mario World which was released for the SNES in 1990.  Since its release Super Mario Bros. 3 has sold at least 17 millions units worldwide which is more than twice the amount then the second installment.  Super Mario Bros. 3  not only made for an amazing sequel for the second installment but also served as the prequel for one of the best games in the series during the early 90’s known as Super Mario World.

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