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 Limited Edition, as you may have guessed by the name, contains some extra goodies for the collector in all of us. Along with giving us nostalgia the package offers more.
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. Naturally, to celebrate his 25th anniversary of creation we can expect Nintendo to break out all the bells and whistles; no expense will be spared.
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. One balmy summer, I swapped my Mega Drive for a SNES with a school chum of mine. The exchange was steeped in controversy, with other boys in our class mortally offended that we would do such a thing.
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. And it’s seemingly with the best of intentions that Nintendo wants to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the game that started it all, the original Super Mario Bros. for the original Nintendo Entertainment System.
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. These are three of the most influential and most classic games of all time that even the most jaded gamer will have fond memories of. Where the value of the pack comes into question though is with its presentation and extras.
Summary: Parents need to know that Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Edition is a collection of decades-old platformer games, most of which are considered classics within the video game community. The action is innocuous; the worst players will see is purely fantastical characters being squished by one of Mario’s jumps or kicked off the screen. Virtually nothing here can be equated to the real world.
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 experienced these versions won't care in the slightest.
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