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Reviewed: Super Mario 3D All-Stars


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Overall Score: 35 Gold Stars

Explore the world of paintings, splash around on a tropical island, or travel the cosmos with cute star pals. All these adventures can be yours with the new Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

Get ready to be lost for hours in massive 3D open worlds waiting to be rediscovered. With so much content to explore, new and returning fans can jump and wahoo for joy! To start off the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Mario, Nintendo brought back a 3-in-1 collection of the top-rated Mario titles: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. A collector’s item from each decade, these titles bridge the gap between generations, depicting the story of Mario’s evolution.

Ever since Nintendo announced it would be releasing remastered titles, fans have been highly anticipating when they would see the return of their most played childhood games. For such a big anniversary Nintendo did not disappoint, bringing back fan favourites along with news of more Mario titles to look forward to in the coming year!

A Pixelated Plumbers Glow Up

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Our story begins in Seattle 1981 with a warehouse, an idea, and a dream of one man; Minoru Arakawa. Working on Nintendo’s debut game and behind on rent, Arakawa jokingly changed his character’s name from ‘Jumpman’ to the legendary Mario after his landlord Mario Segali.  The rest is history! Mario’s rise to fame can be credited to his constant appearance in other Nintendo games. His stylish red outfit and ‘stache would later become iconic, making him the poster plumber for Nintendo.

Building on his popularity, Nintendo’s experimentation with different play styles for the Mario games created something for everyone to enjoy and brought something unique to the constantly growing universe. Nintendo’s creativity with each title expanded the Mushroom Kingdom with the introduction of content through lore and characters.

Over 200 Games, 3 Stars Chosen

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Side-scrollers, open worlds, RPG’s, platformers, racing, and party games oh my! With so many titles and types of genres how could Nintendo choose only 3 to feature for their anniversary?! Each game chosen was a highly rated stand-out masterpiece for some of the top consoles: the N64, Gamecube, and Wii. It is no coincidence that all 3 of the games are open world either. Super Mario 64 was the first open world of its kind that laid the foundation for all other open and exploratory 3D platformer games. Super Mario Sunshine brought new mechanics with the F.L.U.D.D backpack, along with improved graphics and a beloved soundtrack. And finally, Super Mario Galaxy stunned with the incredible graphics and well-written story-line accompanied by creative level design and a whimsical soundtrack.

Three decades, three games. It’s no wonder Nintendo chose their most ground-breaking titles to celebrate the big occasion. Even as video games progress bringing better graphics and mechanics, these 3 stars stand the test of time with their own unique features.  With each game boasting raving reviews and huge success for Nintendo, the release of these super Mario games gives everyone a reason to celebrate!

Old Games, New Glossy Screen

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A pixelated land turned 4K, it’s astounding to see how far the 8-bit plumber has come from his humble beginnings. No matter how quickly graphics have advanced, there is nothing like the nostalgia an old game can bring. Nintendo brought back all their titles with the original graphics and only minor upgrades to ensure a smoother play-through on the switch while still staying authentic to its roots. With Super Mario 64 being the oldest of the games, it was given a slightly improved resolution without taking away from the quirky cartoon style.

Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy, being newer releases, received only minor adjustments. Nintendo also included a surprise bonus. The 3 in 1 game pack comes loaded with 175 iconic Mario tunes, an easy to navigate screen to jump seamlessly between the 3 games and an intuitive UI hub.

With these games being top hits, many are probably wondering why they were not remastered with up to date graphics and controls. The cartoony graphics of Super Mario 64 and the bright island vibes of Super Mario Sunshine are memorable to players.

By not editing the graphics of the game, players are able to experience the games as they were intended when released. Playing through the stories, fans can appreciate how far Nintendo has come from the slip n slide controls of Super Mario 64 to the more refined graphics and fine-tuned mechanics of Super Mario Galaxy.

Overall Gameplay

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In honour of Mario’s 35th anniversary, I give this collection a rating of 35 gold stars. These games are classics from the past, and should be appreciated for what they are, and not by modern gaming standards. Throughout the years Nintendo has created hit after hit in the Mario franchise bringing new and exciting ideas with each game release. This 3-in-1 collection brought the best Nintendo had to offer, evoking nostalgia with games from our favourite childhood consoles.

Each game brings a different world for players to re-explore, and hundreds of creative levels to spend hours playing. Whether you like the beach, an outer space adventure, or maybe hopping in the world of paintings these games have something for everyone.

Nintendo isn’t finished with the 2020 festivities either, promising the release of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. Never one to disappoint when it comes to celebrating their gaming milestones, Nintendo is going all out to ensure that fans can truly celebrate the decades of fun that made Mario so lovable, and eagerly anticipate  the next exciting chapter in their video game journey.

This 3-in-1 collection is an exclusive promotion by Nintendo and the games will only be available until March 31st, 2021, so make sure to grab them while they last.

Overall Score: 35 Gold Stars

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Here’s the official launch trailer from Nintendo for Super Mario 3D All-Stars:

Written by Amanda Michkowski,  Faze Senior Writer
Edited by Sabrina Berry, Faze Gaming Editor

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