Super Mario All Stars Review (Wii)

To celebrate the Italian dinosaur-riding plumber turning 25, Nintendo is re-re-releasing Super Mario All Stars as a collectors edition on the Wii.
All Stars is a combination of four games: Super Mario Brothers 1,2,3 and the “Lost Levels.”

The games all originally released individually on the NES and were later united on the SNES under the name Super Mario All Stars. Nintendo was able to then bump up the audio and graphics levels further thanks to the upgraded hardware of the SNES.

Strangely, the Wii version will not continue the trend and feature a graphical or audio update and will sport the look of the previous SNES version.
That move might be looked down upon by many, but remember, Nintendo is re-re-releasing this compilation for Mario’s 25th anniversary, and not as the next “new” Mario game.

As one would expect of a collectors edition there are goodies included that you can only get with the collectors edition.
Unfortunately, the “goodies” are not that good.
With the CE of All Stars you will get a soundtrack CD and an art book as bonuses.
Which, not to insult anyone, is cool if you’re into that sort of thing. But if you’re going to shell out $30 for a game when you can download the contained games in their original form (NES graphics) individually from the Wii Marketplace for about $20 all together, you’d think Nintendo would toss in more than a CD and a book.

Also, Nintendo could have fit more Mario games onto the CE release. Sure, the original Super Mario All Stars only had those four games on it, but it’s Mario’s 25th birthday! Come on Nintendo, if you can’t even be bothered to upgrade the games in any way, at least give us more of them on the disc.
That isn’t to say that the original games are poo, but most of us (over 18 anyway) can remember playing these games as kids, and really have little interest in re-investing in something we beat 50 times when we were 7.

The re-re-release of Super Mario All Stars may be disappointing for the old-timers of the video game culture who grew up with Mario. But at the same time, SMAS introduces the Wii generation of kids to the games that their parents grew up playing, which is pretty cool all on it’s own.
Its just rather a bad call on Nintendo’s part to re-re-release All Stars now without any real upgrades, when the new Donkey Kong game is about to dominate the platform market this holiday.

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