Published on September 1st, 2015 | by Fifties
Vintage Video Games #15 – Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
This week’s Vintage Video Games sees one of the greatest 2d platformers of all time get a grilling! Boys and girls, I give you Super Mario Brothers 3 (NES). Why is it so great? world maps, Koopalings, growing a racoon tail, tanooki and hammer suits, flying, bonus games, enemies too numerous to count … this 1988 hit has it all. Super Mario Bros. 3 is the third-best selling NES game, having sold 18 million copies worldwide.
Storyline: We all know how it goes by now! 2 brothers, Mario and Luigi, both plumbers (one slightly taller that the other) embark on a quest to help Princess Toadstool. The Mushroom World, the setting of the game, is invaded by the Koopalings, Bowser’s seven children. The Koopalings conquer each of the seven kingdoms by stealing its king’s magical wand and using it to transform him into an animal. Princess Toadstool sends Mario and Luigi to travel to each kingdom, retrieve the stolen wand, and restore its king to normal.
During the course of the game, the Princess sends notes and special items to Mario and Luigi as they restore the kings of each kingdom. When the brothers rescue the seventh king, the letter they receive reveals that Bowser has kidnapped Toadstool and is holding her captive in the castle of his own kingdom, Dark Land. The brothers travel through Dark Land, enter his castle, and defeat Bowser in a battle. The game ends with Toadstool being freed from the castle.
Highlights: The many different, magic suits you could get in the bonus games that give you special powers. Frog, racoon, hammer and tanooki all help you conquer the Koopalings. Also the secret Warp Whistle to help you on your way!
How to play:
Play online at ‘Let’s Play NES’