Excerpt: Super Mario All-Stars is one of those timeless classics that everyone knows. So of course Nintendo would re-release it for the Wii, and while they could have just given us the game, Nintendo decided to give a little love to its fans.
Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Edition (Wii) - Review
7 January 2011
Excerpt: Mario is the face of Nintendo. He is a mascot that is more recognizable worldwide than Mickey Mouse himself. By sheer power of his brand, Mario has moved more than 200 million units of software over the past quarter century.
Excerpt: I won't lie to you: I belonged to SEGA as a kid. I grew up with Streets of Rage, Ecco the Dolphin and a certain blue hedgehog. But don't reach for those pitchforks just yet; I get rather nostalgic about Nintendo's portly Italian plumber, too.
Excerpt: Despite the bold lettering indicating Mario’s 25th anniversary, this is a bit misleading. I assume Super Mario All-Stars is referencing the fact that it was 25 years ago that the original Super Mario Bros. was released on the NES. Contrary to popular belief, this was not Mario’s original debut.
Excerpt: Mario changed the world. He’s one of the most iconic videogame characters of all time. His games are the touchstone titles of every Nintendo system. He has inspired much hyperbole and little clarity about his practical skills as a plumber.
Excerpt: If you're reading this review to find out if the games found in Nintendo's 25th Anniversary Mario All-Stars pack are worth playing, let me save you some time - they are. But be honest, you already knew that.
Summary: No one can argue the quality or playability of the featured games in this collection, but it's hard not to expect more from Nintendo. Re-releasing a 17-year-old compilation on disc for its most important character's silver anniversary is a huge disappointment, though those who haven't yet...
Pros: Four 8-bit Mario games with a 16-bit presentation, Save your progress in each game, Includes Japan's original follow-up to Super Mario Bros.
Cons: It's nothing more than the vanilla Super NES version, No unlockable extras or bonus games, Soundtrack CD could be better