Review: Super Mario All-Stars (Wii)

Note: This is a review for a game that I have purchased for my own collection. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Title: Super Mario All Stars: Limited Edition
Platform: Wii
Release Date: December 12, 2010

For the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. released on the NES, Nintendo released a limited edition package of Super Mario All-Stars, which was originally released for the Super Nintendo. Is the game worth getting even with the extra? Let’s see.

Super Mario All-Stars is a compilation of four Mario games: Super Mario Bros. 1; Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels (The REAL Super Mario Bros. 2), American Super Mario Bros. 2 (The Doki Doki rehash), and the ever-epic Super Mario Bros. 3. If you are expecting any major upgrades to SMAS, don’t. Once the game disc loads up, it is virtually identical to its SNES counterpart. Not that it’s a bad thing, but it’s not a good thing either.

SMAS retains its 16- bit “enhancements”, which could serve as turn-off to the purists who would rather play the four games in their original 8-bit glory. Pretty much the video game equivalent to when the original Star Wars went to DVD. The game play basically plays the same as the 8-bit counterparts, down to the infinite 1-up trick in Lost Levels. But it’s just not the same.

The limited edition DOES have some saving graces to it. With the 25 Anniversary package you CD of some Mario music and a booklet. The booklet is nice to look at. You can see some of the original notes for the games and some new insights for some of the Mario games. The Mario soundtrack is worth a listen to with all those never-dying tunes. Nintendo could have added more to it such as the underground theme and Peach’s theme.

If you are the collector type, Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition could be worthy of a spot on the shelf. But if you are not into the extra stuff, you are better off buying all four games for 500 Wii Points ($5.00) each.  You’ll get a more 8-bit goodness All-Stars doesn’t offer and you save at least $10.00.

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