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Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros Game Boy Review

Who could forget the 80s? I remember in those years getting my first videogame system ever, the Nintendo Entertainment System, and with it came my first game ever: Super Mario Bros. Those were the days of 2D gaming when graphics alone weren’t enough to sell a game. Most of today’s most popular franchises were also born during those years, but Super Mario is the one that has revolutionized video games forever because it really redefined the platforming genre, but also because it went on to become the most popular video game character ever and the Mario games are the ones that have sold the most worldwide to this day. It was reason enough for people to buy a NES!

It’s kind of funny to make a review of an old game, simply because it has probably been done many times already and also because everyone also knows about this game. Because of all that, I won’t really take the time to tell you about the gameplay aspects of this game.

First of all, why re-release this game? It has already been done many times, right? Well, it seems people like owning classic titles more than once and for all their systems since it has already sold a lot in Japan. It also doesn’t cost as much as other titles since it’s only 20$ so it’s really worth it. It’s a nice addition to anyone’s collection. i got the Famicom Mini version of the game from Japan just because I thought the packaging was a lot cooler, but if you don’t have the means to do that, I’d still consider buying the NES Classic one from the US as it,s the same thing, except for the packaging which might be less appealing to collectors.

The graphics are exactly the same, except that since the GBA’s resolution isn’t the same, they had to remove a few scanlines and things look a little different, especially when not in movement. For example, you’ll see Mario’s mustache disappear when not moving. It’s only a small disadvantage and doesn’t distract from gameplay at all. In fact, at first, I didn’t notice it at all! It took a few times until I kind of thought that something didn’t look right, and then noticed it. But most people won’t see a difference, and on the small screen, it’s more difficult to see anyway.

As for the sound and music, since the game is running on an emulator, it’s the exact same thing as it was on the NES. That music was great back then, and if you’re a nostalgic gamer, it might bring a tear to your eye! Well, maybe not that much, but it’s still fun to listen to it again and I still haven’t gotten tired of it. Same for the sound effects! Mario still makes the same sound when jumping or when throwing fireballs.

There is also support for multiplayer where people can play the game on 2 GBAs one after the other while the other is watching. I didn’t have the chance to try it, but it’s still a nice addition and I’m happy Nintendo included it. There’s also support for the Wireless adapter if you can get your hands on one.

So there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t get this version, unless you already have the Game Boy Color version of the game which has a lot more, but even then I’d still get this one, just because it is the exact same game and not a port, and just because it looks so cool!