On this day in 1988 Super Mario Bros. 3 was released in Japan and, if Mario wasn’t already the poster boy of Nintendo, this third installment in the Mario universe made certain that our beloved red-capped Italian plumber would remain a household name for years to come. For many of us 20-something-year-olds, Mario Bros. 3 is one of the first games we ever played and it is because of this that I feel such a need to pay homage to my roots. Thank you Shigeru Miyamoto for giving us one of the best video game franchises of all time!
It goes without saying that my childhood revolved heavily around playing Super Mario Bros. 3 on my NES, which is also why it is one of my top 20 video games of all time. It is a game with a very simple concept, but its simplicity is what makes it so delectable. Jumping on goombas, smashing koopas into their shells, and dodging those pesky fish are all fond memories I have of playing this game. The levels are all very unique while also satisfying the theme of the world they’re part of and the castles are just difficult enough to make you try over and over again until you finally succeed. It’s hard to say anything bad about this game other than the fact that it could use a save function. Luckily, magic flutes are obtainable in the early levels and can be used to get to world 8 if you ever decide that 20 hours of straight gameplay is just a bit too extensive for you or your NES. Ah, those were the good ol’ days. No save function, just good, clean, make your hands bleed gaming.
Anyway, I just wanted to share my love for this legendary game in the Mario timeline. We are forever grateful for such an incredible piece of video game history. Happy birthday Super Mario Bros. 3! We love you!
-Ocarina of Time Nerd
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