'Super Mario 3D All-Stars' Brings Back Some Nintendo Classics

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    It’s funny--when it comes to video games, I don’t often talk about Mario. I suppose I feel it just goes without saying that I’m a fan; I mean, in the pantheon of gaming icons, is there anyone more well-known and beloved than Nintendo’s plumber mascot?
    There’s something wonderful about Mario games; they always manage to tread an impossible line between simple, traditional platformer and wild, series-redefining innovation. New games in the series tend to have a crazy gimmick that sets it apart from those that came before.
    One of the first games I can remember playing was Super Mario World on my brother’s Super Nintendo. Shortly thereafter, we’d upgrade to the Nintendo 64, and with it, we’d get a game that would define a generation: Super Mario 64. While it didn’t grab me quite as hard as the other big Nintendo property of that console cycle (The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time), I still sunk innumerable hours into Mario 64.
    It completely changed the game--literally--by bringing Mario into the third dimension. It also set the bar for Mario entries on later platforms; later games would need to break new ground to capture the same kind of genre-bending, mind-expanding excitement of Mario 64.
    The launch of the GameCube would prove that Mario was up to that task. The console brought us Super Mario Sunshine, a tropical adventure that saw Mario paired with a robotic, ub, hose robot (cooler than it sounds) to save the day once more. This robot, called FLUDD, could be used as a weapon, a jetpack, and more, offering a new degree of verticality and inventiveness to Mario’s level design.
    When the Wii launched years later, Nintendo did it again: they released Super Mario Galaxy, a cosmic adventure that saw our hero travel to various planetoids in his quest to take down Bowser. This game allowed players to mess with gravity, flexing the franchise's platforming roots further than ever.
    These three games--Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy--were each groundbreaking in their own way. Now, Nintendo has compiled all three into the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection on Switch. It’s a hugely welcome addition to the platform; unlike the Wii and Wii U’s robust Virtual Console, the Switch faces a serious dearth of Nintendo classics. Packaging these beloved titles together was a brilliant move on Nintendo’s part.
    I highly recommend picking this collection up; if you’re like me, you grew up on these games and experiencing them again is a beautiful, nostalgic trip. On the other hand, if you haven’t played these before? That’s all the more reason to buy this collection! These are important pieces of gaming history, after all!
    Plus, hey, maybe if this sells well, Nintendo will put out a classic Legend of Zelda collection. Wouldn’t that be nice?
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