The Super Mario Franchise
'Super Mario Bros.'
'Super Mario Bros.' was released for the Family Computer Disk System (Famicom) and the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It was a sequel to the popular 'Mario Bros.' It takes much of its' inspiration from 'Mario Bros.' The Italian brothers have the chance to fight strange tortoise creatures yet again. And, this time they get even stranger! Some have wings, and some are giants who guard castles. This game set a lot of precedents for what fans would later expect from the franchise.
The original 'Super Mario Bros.' has been remade multiple times (it really is a go to for Nintendo remakes); most notably for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 'Super Mario All-Stars'. The latter version took much of its' updated graphics from the sprites that came with the remake of 'Super Mario Bros. 3'. This version of the game also came with new programming in the realm of the game's physics. In regards to how the ducking was drawn, and how the physics were altered... it's hard to say one is better than the other, but I am often drawn to the original on these issues.
Overall, with the advances in the music and the sprites, the 'All-Stars' version takes the cake in many ways. But, I'd like to see artists update the duck graphics from the 'All-Stars' form, and perhaps reinstate some of the old physics. Other official remakes of 'Super Mario Bros.' includes one manifestation that is mainly different from the first make of the game by the introduction of a world map. And, this is fairly interesting to be honest.
'Super Mario Bros. 2'
'Super Mario Bros. 2' refers to two very different games. One was made for Japanese players, and was in much of the same vein as the forerunner. The other was made from an edited Japanese game and given to us Americans. For this reason (and others), the American version is not the most beloved Mario game for all fans of the franchise. However, it still helped the world of 'Super Mario' to evolve. The Japanese manifestation was eventually remade for the SNES in 'Super Mario All-Stars' with the title 'Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels'. This Japanese game included changes to the sprites, like faces on some of the plants and the clouds. This would later inspire other Mario games.
'Super Mario Bros. 3'
This is easily my favorite Mario game of all time! It was initially released for the NES and the Famicom. The differences between these two versions is noticeable. However, it soon found a remade home on the SNES in the well-known 'Super Mario All-Stars'. It was remade yet again (with a bug finally fixed and new levels added) for the Game Boy Advance (GBA) under the title 'Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3'. 'Super Mario Bros. 3' did for 'Super Mario' what 'Disney' did for 'Star Wars'; it recognized the lesser liked parts of the franchise and mixed it with what the fans thought was the best and mixed it all together. It worked great! As in the American manifestation of 'Super Mario Bros. 2', Mario could pick things up. And, Mario usually now needed mushrooms to grow big again (instead of hearts) like in 'Super Mario Bros.' and in the Japanese form of 'Super Mario Bros. 2'. It has continued to be a fan favorite to this day, despite games like 'New Super Mario Bros. Wii'.
'Super Mario Land'
The first 'Super Mario Land' was made for the Game Boy (GB). It is one of my favorite video games in the whole series. Unlike some newer Mario games, it is actually very difficult tom the new player. Exploding tortoises? Um, yes please! It is from the heart of 'Super Mario Bros.' with some influence elsewhere. Remember those giant flies from 'Mario Bros.'? They're back! Firepower isn't back, but there are power flowers that give Mario the ability of the super balls! The music in this game is also incredibly noteworthy, as it is gorgeous and great art that stands the winds of time. And, there is a new princess! Like how Shetlandic is to Standard British English, there is something notably almost the same, but still so very different. I think that can make a 'Super Mario' game in many ways. At least, this is true for me.
'Super Mario World'
This game was my introduction to Mario, as it has been to many others. The addition of Yoshi makes this game super awesome! It is one of the best games for the SNES. The graphics could and should be updated. It seems strange that that never happened. One will note, though, that this came out shortly after the third 'Super Mario Bros.' game was released for the NES. At the time, these graphics were still an improvement of sorts for the 'Super Mario' universe. The game is simply fun, and me and my cousin still play it through from time to time. This game is, in some ways, a reflection of sorts of 'Super Mario Bros. 3'. Yoshi and the other dinosaurs do make this one unique. And, the art in this game is much more cartoony than some of the predecessors.
'Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins'
'Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins' is the best Mario game released for the original GB. That feather from 'Super Mario World' now lets the player know, in a black and white game, that Mario has fire power by sitting on Mario's hat. Actually, the sprites from this game take a lot of inspiration from 'Super Mario World'. That Yoshi tongue is now on a frog. Mario is bigger on the screen, and thus more detailed. Mario doesn't have a cape from a feather, nor a raccoon's tail from a leaf; but bunny ears from a turnip! Before 'New Super Mario Bros.' came out, this was the last of the golden age Mario games for me. It really is true to the original series, and fun. The replay value is much better than so many games! It is also the first game to feature Wario.
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'New Super Mario Bros.'
This was when Nintendo decided to take care to water some of her best roots. A true Mario game. My primary complaint with this one, is that it is too easy. However, Nintendo was trying and I salute them so much. Like the Japanese version of 'Super Mario Bros. 2', the level ending is very similar to the ones in 'Super Mario Bros.' We also hear familiar music. But, there are new things like new power ups. One of my favorites here is the turtle shell. the world bosses were a bit unexpected at times, but Nintendo was doing her best to try something familiar and yet new. They did a great job on this one. I love it, and I hope that it is remade soon for one of their newer systems.
'New Super Mario Bros. Wii'
'New Super Mario Bros. Wii' is a sequel to 'New Super Mario Bros.' This game is so good! This is by far the greatest Mario game to come into our homes for years! It feels even more true to the 'Super Mario' franchise than did 'New Super Mario Bros.', and it is way harder (which I love). It also has replay value, and hidden gems. One can play as multiple players at the same time, just like in the bonus game in 'Super Mario Bros. 3'. And, like '3' it combines the predecessors to make even the worst transmutate into something better. 'New Super Mario Bros. Wii' is a very enjoyable game, and well-worth the purchase at a local 'GameStop'.
© 2019 Alexander James Guckenberger