Compilation Corner: Super Mario All-Stars (SNES and Wii)

The NES was the ultimate 8-bit games console in from the mid 80’s to the early 90’s, and no game on the console has ever come close to the popularity of Mario, with three of his games being the ultimate killer apps for the console. In the early 90’s, the SNES was born. So with this came Super Mario World and for absolutely no reason, Nintendo just decided to not only re- release and re-master three of the main Mario games from the NES, but release the original Super Mario Bros 2 to the west.

There are 4 games, Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros 2 & Super Mario Bros 3 (well 5 if you got the version with Super Mario World included, then you’re a lucky biscuit), all have good length if you’re good at them, depending on the difficulty (it will take forever if you’re playing The Lost Levels). I could say I wished they included more games like Donkey Kong, Wrecking Crew, Super Mario Land and so on, but that’s wishing for what you don’t need, but I wished there was a bit more features, I don’t expect behind the scenes footage or concept art unlockables due to it being the Super Nintendo.

However, as for the Wii version, it’s a bit of a joke, Nintendo just re-released the Super Nintendo compilation, put it on the disc and called it a day, oh and if you got a boxed edition it came with music from some of the games and a booklet of the history of the franchise, this was released as part of the franchises’ 25th anniversary. In my opinion, that was really lazy. They really should have added more than that, instead of re-releasing the Super Nintendo compilation on disc, they should have released the original trilogy, and the original Super Mario Bros 2, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64 and even Super Mario Sunshine, that’s a big bundle worth buying, but no, re-release, some music, a booklet, pay Nintendo £40.

Now let’s critique this compilation in detail, as this is my first Compilation Corner, here’s how I’m going to review this, there are going to be different categories, Graphics, Music, Amount of Games, Playability on that console, Process of Emulation and Worth it?

The compilation have three NES Mario games and one Famicom game, because this is for Super Nintendo, the graphics have changed to suit the graphics made available to play on the system at the time. I got to say I like what I’m seeing, they look vastly better than the NES original, I’m not saying that the graphics on the NES original look inferior by comparison, they have their own identity. The graphics are very colourful and highly detailed, especially when you see the backgrounds, they put a lot of effort in making the game graphically appealing. The level designs are the same so don’t worry. So for Graphics, it gets a 5/5, there was nothing else they could have improved for the graphics.

The music have been kept the same, except that they have been re- mastered for the sound chip of the system (the Sony SPC700 to the highly technical people) with its 8 channel stereo. Surprisingly, the music is just as memorable as the originals, from the Theme Music to the jingles. You’ll be humming to those tunes, I know I did, I still prefer some of the originals but there are some that I like better like some of the music from Super Mario Bros 3. Music gets a 4.5/5, memorable music but I’m not a fan of some like the Super Mario Bros 2 music…the one the west got first.

Amount of Games
There are four games, the Super Mario NES Trilogy and the Famicom game, Super Mario Bros 2, titled here as The Lost Levels, it’s the right amount since the games can be challenging to some people who are just casual gamers, but for hard-core Mario fans, you’ve probably played and/or got the original games so you don’t really need this unless you’re a Mario game collector. But then again, you probably want to play the original Famicom sequel, play at your own risk and emotions. If you can’t get the originals, then here they are, it depends on what gamer you are, either play Mario all the time or casually. The Amount of Games get a 4/5, great amount but I wished there was a little bit more.

Playability on that Console
The controls on all the games work very well, B or A to jump, X and Y to run, the setting of the buttons of the controllers are easy to use. It gets a 5/5, perfect controls for the perfect simple games.

Process of Emulation
I know that Nintendo didn’t re-release the original games on the Super Nintendo, rather re-masters; however, since Nintendo copied and pasted the compilation to the Wii, I’ll review that. The emulation is actually great; there are no glitches or bugs. The emulation process gets a 4/5, but it feels like an effortless copy and pasting process but it’s still Super Mario All-Stars.

Worth it?
Let’s start off with the Super Nintendo, it’s highly worth it for your Mario collection, but I think the marketing ploy was to release the hard-core sequel we never got for the NES, which actually worked. I got it at a car boot sale for 50p, I feel a little bad paying that amount, but who cares, good deal, thanks Murphy’s Law. If you can’t get a Super Nintendo or the originals, you can get the Wii version but prepared to pay £25-£30 for the games. But for everyone else, it’s not worth it for the Wii if you have a Super Nintendo. If you have the compilation with Super Mario World included, that’s amazing and I’m kind of jealous but then again, I have the original cartridge anyway so I’m not really bothered. It gets a 5/5 for absolute worthiness.


You can get it for the Super Nintendo and the Nintendo Wii.



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