North American Release Date: February 1990 Genre: Platformer Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Notes: Most of the games in the top 20 I didn’t even bother to play again in order to add my comments. They’re all so iconic and so permanently etched into my brain that there’s honestly no need. On memory alone I can recall every boss battle fromMega Man 2 or 3, the impossible level 57 in Bubble Bobble, the UFO power-up in Kirby’s Adventure, the drum and bass pause music of Super Mario Bros 2, etc. So when I got to Super Mario Bros 3, which I and most everyone my age has played infinitum, I thought “Well, no need to pop that one in, this’ll write itself!” Two hours later, I’m still playing one of my favorite games of all time. Super Mario Bros 3 is filled with so many awesome levels, power-ups, and secrets that it’s replay value is unparallelled amongst other NES titles (save maybeLegend of Zelda). There’s almost too many memorable aspects to count but I’ve listed some of my favorites, one for each world: 1) Kuribo’s Shoe. You beautiful, bizarre windup piece of footwear. 2) Sliding down hills in level 1-2. There’s nothing more satisfying. 3) Whenever the coin ship shows up. Where the fuck did that come from and why is it so awesome? 4) TANOOKI SUIT!!!! Oh word, you think you got me? Blam! Statue time bitch!
5) This glorious human being beating Mario 3 in 11 minutes. Good god. 6) Killing the sun in level 2-Quicksand. Oh my god did that just happen? Did I just KILL the SUN? I AM GOD, DESTROYER OF WORLDS!! 7) The Big World aka World 4. You know what I’m talking about, it’s every Napoleon Complex ridden nerd’s dream come true. 8) Three stars equals five extra lives? Mario math rules! Super Mario Bros 3 is the Godfather / Abbey Road / 1991 World Series of NES games. It’s often listed among the greatest games ever made and it is completely deserving of that status. It’s also the only game I can think of that was leaked to the world via a full length Hollywood feature. Can you imagine something like that happening for the new Halo or Call of Duty 6: Customizing the Color Patterns of Your Camoflage for Hours on End Before Masturbating Vigorously and Falling Asleep Controller in Hand? No, of course not. In case you were wondering, the hardcore gamers refer to that game by it’s abbreviated title, Call of Duty: CCPYCHEBMVFAC. Coming to theaters near you in the Vin Diesel feature “The Magician“, summer 2016! Sydlexia – #1 Review IGN – #1 Review Gamefaqs – #1 Review Retro Sanctuary – #1 Review Complex – #2 Review Satoshi Matrix – #3 Review