Nintendo Enthusiast's Giancarlo Bellotto: "A lot of Nintendo’s long-running series have a game where they realize their full potential, a turning point where the quality of the series dramatically increases. This is especially common with series that started in the NES era, a formula filled with potential would be fully realized in a later game. A lot of the time, that wouldn’t happen until it got a sequel on the Super NES, but not with Mario. Super Mario Bros. 3 was released on the same system as the original Super Mario Bros., but the improvement was just as dramatic as the SNES sequels Zelda and Metroid received. Super Mario Bros. 3 is a timeless masterpiece and a turning point for Mario and Nintendo as a whole in game quality."