Mario is a video game icon. From bothering an ape almost 40 years ago as the imaginatively named “Jumpman” to travelling around to stop what would have likely been a beautiful wedding, the portly plumber has been an integral part of our lives for a long time. It’s undoubtable that he has range also, appearing across almost every game genre from adventure to sports.
Being a child of the 80s, I grew up with Mario, beginning with the phenomenal Super Mario Bros. on dad’s NES. I didn’t appreciate truly how well it was designed when I was young, but I played the first three main games practically to death. But that’s not what I wanted to focus on here, I wanted to talk about when the series transcended beyond mere games for me –
As reported by various outlets recently, there has been a datamine made into the retro library attached Nintendo’s online service, which revealed a potential list of SNES Nintendo Switch Online titles.
However, despite that list hitting several high points, with F-Zero, Super Mario All Stars, and Super Metroid, I couldn’t help but think that some games were missing. On that note, how about out some of my favourite SNES games that I want to come to the service.
This review was originally posted on Nintendo Scene on 1st October 2017.
Retro, in all of it’s senses, is having a bit of a revival in recent times. What with the rise of indie developers taking retro styles or gameplay as centre stage in their games and the success of the Nintendo Classic NES Mini, it’s a good time to be old school. Now, the highly anticipated Nintendo Classic SNES Mini is out in the wild (review here) and with it comes a collection of some of the great games that have ever been made. Also, pre-loaded onto the little wonder is an unreleased sequel to the popular 3D shooter; StarFox. Yes, that’s right, the SNES Mini has a brand new, unreleased SNES game that is finally being made available to players. However, how is it to play?