35 years later, Mario 3 still does some things better than every Mario since

If all the world is a stage, then Mario is adept at playing all the roles – something Miyamoto was very keen to tell us.

Number1TailzFan267d ago

3 had a good balance of difficulty before crybabies stepped in and cried about the difficulty of SMW, which is why the game was made easier before release. Would also explain why most other games have been easier except for special worlds etc.. or ones you unlock after you beat the main game.

Isn't the reason we got a Doki Doki Panic sprite swap because Lost Levels was originally deemed too difficult?

ChasterMies266d ago

This is a lot of revisionist history. All games back then had to be difficult or else they would be over in less than an hour. Super Mario 3 was actually super approachable because you could use the map and warp whistles to go right to the boss. And as with Super Mario World, you could farm stages for more lives. The beautify of Super Mario 3 was the abundance of secret areas and tools like Hammer Bros. suits. You didn’t really want to rush it. The lost levels were a different beast. They were never marketed as a mainline Mario game.

qalpha266d ago

I watched an interview with a developer (I think it was for Disney's Aladdin) from years ago and he said they were required to raise the difficulty because so many games were rented back then. They didn't want the game finished quickly so you had to rent it longer. it was the home-rental equivalent of pumping more quarters into an arcade machine.

Rebel_Scum266d ago

The cry babies? It was Nintendo’s perception that yanks didnt like difficult games hence the easing of the difficulty.

ChasterMies266d ago

This is an odd statement considering the history of Japanese games that had you press X on your way to victory. Seriously, games like Ninja Gaiden in the 00s was born of the developer’s belief that Japanese gamers had grown too soft.

CrimsonWing69266d ago

Yep, it's the best 2D Mario game, in my humblest of humble opinions.

goldwyncq266d ago

Still my favorite Mario game.

Terry_B266d ago

SMB3 and Mario World are still the best Mario Games.


That Time Princess Peach Enslaved Toads in the Mushroom Kingdom

Princess Peach. Beloved royalty of the Mushroom Kingdom, and the constant damsel in distress that sets the tone for most Super Mario games. However, there is a darkness in this one, and she is not all smiles, pink hearts, and expensive parasols. No, no. She is not quite what she seems.

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NES Games that Still Hold Up Today

Nearly 40 years after its release, the NES is still one of the most popular gaming consoles in the world! Here are our top NES games that have stood the test of time.

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franwex1015d ago

Sounded pretty defensive there with Zelda 2…

Jiub1015d ago

Ahhh Contra. My first Shoot 'em up. Good times


Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online update out now (version 5.4.0)

As part of the new Nintendo Switch Online update, no new NES games were added. However, Nintendo did update the app with a new SP version.

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Metabeard1081d ago

Nintendo does not get it. If I wanted a special version of this game that is basically just cheating I would still want to start at the first world. I would want a bunch of lives and powers ups but I would also want to be able to summon a star once a level or perform a double jump. Something that gives you an edge as you play through the worlds. World 8 is pretty much the worst and leave fun world in M3. The Journey is the fun not the end.

jerethdagryphon1081d ago

I feel they ran out of ideas on dark world

CrimsonWing691081d ago

Um, maybe I'm reading this wrong but all they did was make it to where you start in World 8 with 1 of each power up item? Like. how is this some mind-blowing thing? If I play the game normal I'll have triple these items and other various items by the time I get here, like an infinite P-Wing.

What the hell is this? Ranting aside, this is the best Mario game, hands-down and I'll take the Pepsi challenge on that one.

Snookies121080d ago (Edited 1080d ago )

I still think World is the best Mario game, but SMB3 comes extremely close. SMB3 is an amazing game, especially when you consider it was running on the NES.

The new mode is really dumb though. Why even play the game if they're just going to give you a free pass to the end...

fitofficial1081d ago

Oh look, another joke of an update. Nintendo really shat the bed with S/NES online. It's almost comical how weak the offering is.