Super Mario All-Stars Review

One of the best features of the Wii is the ability to purchase and play classic games from classic systems.  For some of us, that means revisiting old favorites from our youth.  For others, it introduces them to old games that they might not have ever been able to play because of the availability of the old NES and other systems.


Mario has been the most prolific gaming icon ever since he starred in the original Donkey Kong arcade game.  He has not only starred in titles on every Nintendo console, but has expanded his repertoire to racing, basketball, and soccer.  His games are some of the highest selling console titles for any platform.  Mario is the rock star of the video game world.

The original Super Mario Bros. games on the NES are considered classics.  The original was packed in the NES system with Duck Hunt on the same cartridge.  The second Super Mario had it Now Super Mario All-Stars is available on the Wii, but not through the Virtual Console.  Instead it is available as a two DVD set.  The first DVD includes the game for the Wii.  The second disc includes a soundtrack and a booklet highlighting the history of Mario.

Playing Super Mario All-Stars can bring you back to the NES days since you can play it by turning the Wii Remote sideways.  That doesn

So you can purchase the NES versions of the Super Mario Bros. games as well as the Lost Levels for $21 total.  You can pull out your old SNES and original Super Mario All-Stars cartridge if you have them.  What makes this package so compelling to get then?


First of all, you do get the SNES Super Mario All-Stars on the Wii.  For how old it is, it holds up very well graphically.  The sound is there in its 16-bit glory, but hearing it in surround is a different experience than coming from the TV speakers.

Second, you get the Super Mario History Soundtrack CD.  It has ten tracks that include the theme from the first three Super Mario Bros. games, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, New Super Mario Bros., New Super Marion Bros. Wii, and the two Super Mario Galaxy games.  After that there are ten sound effects from the original Super Mario Bros.  If you wanted the coin, power up, pipe travel, or game over sounds to play over and over, here

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).

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