Super Mario Bros. 3 is considered the perfect Mario game by some of the old school Nintendo Entertainment System purists. They’re wrong though, as I’m that asshole that prefer Mario 2 but yes, this is still a damn fine game that is one of the best of its era.
What makes this entry into the series special is that it evolves the mechanics greatly.
Now you don’t just have a flaming power flower to make you a badass, you can now turn into a flying raccoon thing, a frog, a friggin’ boot and a bunch of other shit!
Additionally, this has some of the best level design out of all the Mario games in history.
Playing through it this time, I didn’t warp, instead, I went through every single level in order to relish in the game’s design and to properly review it.
As much as I love Super Mario 2, I have to say, that this game has better level design, overall. Granted, a few of them were kind of infuriating and took me some time to figure out. But I still had a blast replaying this.
But yes, even though it’s been a long time since I fired this up, I still prefer the second game. But I can appreciate both, as well as the original too.
Pairs well with: pretty much all Super Mario Bros. games.