Super Mario Bros. 3 25th Anniversary

Ahh Brings back memories

For those of you who’ve been playing video games your whole life, (and I assume if you’re looking at this site that’s the case), what’s the first video game you remember playing? Well mine is Super Mario Bros 3. It turned 25 today and it’s a game worth celebrating.

First a few facts, take it away Wikipedia!!!

– It was released in Japan on October 23, 1988; in North America on February 9, 1990; and in Europe and Australia on August 29, 1991 for the Nintendo Entertainment System

-The game was first shown in North America in the 1989 movie The Wizard as a way to advertise it; this also marked the first time that a Mario game was advertised in a movie.

-Unlike Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2, this game is the first Mario game that has a world map, a feature that has been carried over into every subsequent title in the series. Like Super Mario Bros., the game features eight total worlds spread out across eight different maps, each one featuring a different name, theme, and boss; the inclusion of thematic worlds would also be carried over into future titles in the series.

-Shortly after the release of the game, a cartoon named The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 was made. The cartoon was based on the game, but with a different plot. In the cartoons, King Koopa and the Koopalings tried to take over the real world as well as the Mushroom Kingdom.

Have you ever seen this show? It’s terrible!

If you haven’t played Super Mario Bros 3, you should! It’s where all Nintendo’s good ideas about mario came from. Themed worlds? Check. Cool transformations that can make you fly and swim faster? Check Koopa Kids? Check. Airships? Check. Little fun mini-games where you win cool items? Check. Fat Mario?? BIG CHECK

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Fatty

This game looks amazing for being 25 years old! I recorded myself playing it on an emulator if you want a refresher! Warning: I ramble a ton and I do a pretty shitty job of showing off the game.

Do you have any fond memories of Super Mario Bros 3? Leave them in the comments!

New Nintendo Direct Reveals NEW 3DS and Much More!!!!

In This morning’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo came out swinging! Tons of new announcements include:

  • February 13th release date for the NEW Nintendo 3DS XL in North America. This includes a Majora’s Mask themed NEW 3DS and a Monster Hunter 4 themed one as well. Both themed NEW 3DS’s are bundled with said game. The NEW 3DS XL has a lot of new functionality including a new c-stick, better processing power, built-in Amiibo scanner, face recognition software that allows the image to be 3D no matter where you look and more.
  • Tons of Amiibo News: Wave 4 of the samsh amiibos was announced. A new wave of Super Mario Bros. Amiibos that work with Mario Party 10. Tons of functionality for new 3DS games.
  • Announced reproduced versions of Wii games Super Mario Galaxy 2(Available today), Punch Out!!, and Metroid Prime Trilogy. Each game will be shown on the Wii U home screen as apposed to you having to enter Wii mode on the Wii U. Also these games will be half-off the week following their release.
  • New Games: A new Fire Emblem title for 3DS, A new free to play title called Pokemon Shuffle, Puzzles and Dragons, and a free to play title codenamed Project Treasure.
  • Much, much more.

The direct is just under a hour and delivers so much news it was hard to keep up! You can watch it for yourself here.

What do you think of these announcements? We’ll look at some of these announcements more closely in the coming days so stay with us here at the GTU.

-Mike