SNES Review: Super Mario All-Stars
Review by: Tiger (tiger@sm128c.com)

Game Info

 System: Super NES
 ESRB: Everyone
 Genre: Platform
 # of Players: 1-2
 Size: 16 Megabits
 Developer: Nintendo
 Publisher: Nintendo

 Game Save: Yes

 Release Date:
 US: May 25, 1993

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Final Score:
9.3/10

Super Mario All-Stars! Ahh, the pure fun days of the Super Nintendo. What a sweet life it was. And then Super Mario All-Stars came out, what a good game it was. What is Super Mario All-Stars you say? Why, it was released for the SNES some time ago. It was a collection of all the Super Mario Brothers games so far, but without Super Mario World.

It had: SMB original, SMB2, SMB2 Lost Levels (this was the original SMB2 in Japan, in the US, SMB2 was a copy of the Japanese game "Doki Doki Panic"), and SMB3. What the exciting thing was, was that all the games were graphicaly "enhanced," meaning they spruced up the game's graphics. Very much eye candy for those who are accustomed to the Nintendo's original SMB graphics.

Or, if you bought the SNES very late and it came with Super Mario All-Stars, it was also packed in with Super Mario World.

I still love this game. The part I loved the most, was that the graphics were up to the SNES par. What do I mean? That if you took each of the games out of Super Mario All-Stars out and made them into a single game, it would look like a regular SNES game. Another great feature: SAVE.

I cannot stress this enough. When you are stuck on a level, you don't have to start all over again when you turn the game off! SAVE! Wheee! For SMB original, this is a saver. I dunno about you, but that game is hard.

And the addition of the "Lost Levels" was neat. This game was originally SMB2 in Japan, but for some strange reason it was never released in the US, and instead, the Japanese game "Doki Doki Panic" was ported to the US and replaced characters with Mario people. Even some of the original "Doki Doki Panic" characters are now Mario characters.

The gameplay is the same as the original games, but it was just fun to play it in all one cart. What else do I need to say? Buy a SNES for cheap, and buy SMAS! Fun for hours!

Advantages:
- SAVE feature
- enhanced graphics
- re-release of classic games!

Disadvantages:
- New special add-ons?
- Something more then then just a re-release?

-- Tiger (tiger@sm128c.com)

Bottom Line: Good Quality Mario Fun.