Super Mario Bros. being one of the funnest and most played game ever; has
to have a few ports. If you are new to gaming and do not know what a
port is, it is just a game that has been ported to different systems.
When a game is ported it can get new traits. Such as new graphics and
sound, some cool extras, and the gameplay may even be tweaked. But at
heart, it's usually the same great game.
SNES - Super Mario All-Stars:
Soon after the SNES's release, it was given the game Super Mario
All-Stars. Which contained SMB 1, SMB2, SMB 3, and the Lost levels,
which is what Super Mario Bros. 2 is in Japan. There was later Super
Mario All-Stars and Super Mario World on one cart.
This version of Super Mario Bros. kept the same great gameplay but
with improved graphics and sound. Not only did the characters/enemies/items
look great, but there was some cool new backgrounds.
Gameboy Color - Super Mario Bros. Deluxe
Super Mario Bros. Deluxe for the Gameboy Color was another port of the
legendary game. It also featured the Lost Levels. The graphics and
sound were at par with the NES's, but it sported some neat extras.
There was a red coin challenge. Where there would be some red coins
scattered throughout the famous levels. Some were hidden in coin blocks and
brick, some just higher up in the level.
The game also contains a save feature. There was also Toy Box, which
has a calendar that you could enter information into and then print
out through the use of a Gameboy Printer. There was also a fortune
teller game, where you would pick one of 5 cards and have a random
fortune appear. You could then have the option to print the fortune
Neither these toy box games have anything to do with the original SMB
game, they were just extras. There was also an album that saved
pictures. There was a records feature that would save high scores from
different levels. The high score feature was a very nice extra. You
could also play 2 players if you had 2 Gameboy Color's and 2 game
packs, as well as the link cable.
One thing that you will instantly notice when playing this game is the
weird portion of the screen shown. You will only see part of the screen
that you would see in the original SMB, this can make the game
harder and more frustrating.
(A Couple screenshots from Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, note the strange
portion of the screen that is shown.)
Gameboy Advance - Classic NES Series: Super
This is Nintendo's latest stab at a port of Super Mario Bros.
It is the most true port of the game. The graphics and sound are
identical to the original, and unlike Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, you
see the full screen. It plays just like the original. The only added
function was the ability to save your high score. Which is a very
nice function. You can also link up to other Gameboy Advances and play
2 players. The great thing is you only need one
cart, and you get everything! You of course need 2 GBA's and a link
Gamecube - Animal Crossing:
(My room on Animal Crossing)
As you can see from the screenshot above, you can get a NES with a
game in Animal Crossing. Now there is no known way to get Super Mario
Bros. in Animal Crossing yet, except through the use of a hacking
product that is unlicensed by Nintendo and I do not recommend using.
But this product did prove that Super Mario Bros. is somewhere in the
game. There is no way Nintendo would have added Super Mario Bros. to
Animal Crossing and made the only way to get it is using a
product they do not sell and do not endorse or license. (This product
also is known to screw up your town and game.)
So since Super Mario Bros. is on Animal Crossing, somewhere; there has
to be some way to unlock it. A way that is yet to be known. Who knows,
maybe Nintendo will reveal this in a Nintendo Power issue, and shock
everyone like they did with the Minus World. The Minus world is also a SMB code/trick.
Future of Super Mario Bros. Ports:
Super Mario Bros. is a legendary game that is going nowhere. I don't
think it will ever stop being put into games. Maybe it won't have a
direct port, but it will probably be put in as a fun unlockable extra
in a bigger game. Such as Excitebike is in Excitebike 64.
to the Super Mario Bros. Shrine