Nintendo Switch owners can rejoice in the news NES classics have made their way to the games console – Nintendo’s online service launched this week, that’s why. A few years back, it also launched the NES Mini to help retro gamers get their fix. But you can’t really beat playing one of the greatest games of all time – Super Mario Bros 3. – on a handheld games console, right? *Sobbing uncontrollably* You really can’t! So, let’s have a gander.
Super Mario Bros 3.
First released in 1988 on the Nintendo Entertainment System, it marked Nintendo’s remarkable steps forward since the 1985 original. Super Mario Bros. 2 has its own bizarre history, but for the NES trilogy closer the Shigeru Miyamoto-headed project hit perfection. The game, even now, is a total joy to play – the level design is fabulous, it’s charming, vibrant, and challenging. What more could you want?
Well, Nintendo considered that and decided to bundle in a wide range of NES games. This library will expand in time and, hopefully, come to include SNES and N64 classics. But for the meantime we have the likes of all Super Mario games, plus other “classics” such as the notorious nightmare Ghosts ‘N Goblins (one of the most difficult games of all time).
Gamers, often being the belligerent sorts they are, have voiced a lot of complaints about the service already. It doesn’t include voice chat (an odious feature of modern gaming we can’t stand, so we’re fine with that) for instance, at least not on most games. But also lacking is a messaging service, which did exist on the Wii U in the form of the fun Miiverse. The latter would be nice, yes, but it’s not the end of the world.
We always find it amazing that, despite being so lucky to have access to this technology and these wonderful games, so many have the immediate reaction of being furious. Well, screw that. This is epic! Playing one of the greatest games of all time with your headphones in and handy features like standby (where you can save at a difficult spot to replay it and beat that bit easily) make it all the better.
Speedrun World Record
As we’re championing the whole video game speedrun thing right now, we thought it was time to flag up the community for Super Mario Bros. 3.
As you can see, again thanks to the excellent Summoning Salt YouTube channel, speedrunners have broken the title beyond reason. It’s now possible to blast through it ASAP and bag an almighty world record – feel up to the task? Watch the above clip. Get some prep on the Nintendo Switch… and glory awaits!