GB Review: Super Mario Bros. DX
Review by: TW (tw@sm128c.com)

Game Info

 System: Game Boy Color
 ESRB: Everyone
 Genre: Platform
 # of Players: 1-2
 Size: 8 Megabits
 Developer: Nintendo
 Publisher: Nintendo

 Game Save: Yes

 Release Date:
 US: May 10, 1999

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Final Score:
9.3/10

I'd always liked the original Super Mario Bros, and the prospect of a Game Boy update was exciting. So what we get is Super Mario Bros Deluxe. It doesn't have the totally different graphics of the Super Mario All-Stars version for the SNES, but the same graphics with better colour and sound quality. There are also a load of other stuff to do, including playing some Lost Levels!

The main title screen brings you to several options:

Original 1985 Mode: Play through Super Mario Bros from level 1-1 to 8-4, stomping Goombas and squashing Koopa Troopas, and beating all the Bowser levels. Basically, this is the classic Super Mario Bros from 1985 (duh).

Challenge Mode: Play through any Original 1985 level (as long as you have cleared it in the 1985 mode) collecting the 5 Red coins & Yoshi Egg.

VS Mode: Plug in your link cable and race (Mario vs. Luigi) through one of the eight multiplayer levels, the first one to the flag is the winner.

Records: Highest Score in Original 1985 Mode. You can share your records using the Game Boy Color's Infrared communication port.

Photo Album: When you satisfy certain conditions, you get a pictures to print on your Game Boy Printer!

Toy Box: In the Toy Box, you can have a personal calendar, a fortune telling game and when you save a toad from a Bowser castle in Original 1985 Mode, you get more pictures to print!

The Levels layout is still the same as the original NES version, so if you've played Super Mario Bros on the NES, you'll be right at home. Also, if you get a certain number of points on the Original 1985 Mode, you can Unlock the original Japanese Super Mario Bros 2 (Lost Levels on the SNES), which was not released in the US or Europe.

-- TW (tw@sm128c.com)

Bottom Line: Stepping from his time capsule, the original Mario proclaims himself king of the Game Boy Color. If you don't have a NES, or the SNES version, Buy it.