Super Mario 3D All Stars Review - A Blast To The Past or New Memories All In One
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Super Mario 3D All Stars Review - A Blast To The Past or New Memories All In One

Nick Farrell
25 September 2020

Does The Latest Collection Deserve The Hype?

Nintendo has released the 3D All-Stars collection, which highlights some of the best Mario games of all time.

Super Mario 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy are all critically acclaimed games and now they are bundled in one and for the Nintendo Switch.

So, what are our thoughts on the newly released collection? 

Is it worth a buy? 

 

Experience

As someone who has never experienced Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, I appreciated the release of these games. 

They are games that most people have played, but for many people who did not have a Nintendo 64 or were too young at the time to appreciate Mario; no time is better than now.

Playing through these games for the first time is magical. I finally get to understand why these games are touted as some of the best of all time.

The attention to detail that Nintendo pumped into these games, which released over 20 years ago is masterful.

Games today often get lazy with the amount of effort put into them, and to see Super Mario 64 have such incredible level design among a million other amazing aspects is quite the treat.

Along with Sunshine and 64, they have also included Galaxy, with Galaxy 2 rumored to be released as a DLC pack in December.

Galaxy is arguably the best game to ever release on the Nintendo Wii, and albeit the controls are rather wonky on the Switch. especially if you are playing on the go.

Nevertheless, the ports of all three of these titles are flawless and Nintendo could have not done a better job at importing these over to the Switch.

 

Value? 

Coming in at a full retail price of $59.99 USD; a lot of people have been critical of paying full price for games that have already released.

While I understand people's complaints about this, it seems trivial in light of what you are getting.

You are paying for three amazing full games after all, and the level of portability with the Nintendo Switch is unmatched.

So, we believe for the price and what you are getting it is a good deal; as there are three games worth of content inside after all.

However, with the rumored Galaxy 2 DLC coming in December; it would have been nice to get that right away, but we do not expect this DLC to be more than $15 anyways. 

 

Overall Thoughts

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a fantastic idea from Nintendo.

Allowing old and new fans of the Mario series to jump and experience these games as an all in one combo is outstanding.

If you are on the fence of picking this collection up or have never played some of these games, we cannot recommend it enough.

Score: 9.5/10

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