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Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Developer / Publisher: Nintendo
18 September 2020
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I think Scott The Woz said it best. This is obviously a very low effort collection, but they put SOME effort into it, enough where I think it would have made more sense if they put NO effort into it. Nintendo made some good improvements to these classic games, but they should have gone further, you know like the pirates they are competing against. Nintendo up scaled the textures in Mario 64, that should have required SOME effort, so why not also make it in widescreen, at 60fps, and also be able to select the Rumble Pack version or the NTSC version of 64 which is favored by speed runners? Nintendo up scaled the textures in Sunshine and made it in Widescreen, that should have required SOME effort, so why not make it run at 60 fps? Galaxy has controller support and up scaled textures, that should have required SOME effort, but why not improve the menus with controller support? The inclusion of the soundtracks with its own media player is very cool, that should have required SOME effort, but why not also slap those babies on streaming services and Vinyl? That's what is so frustrating about this collection, Nintendo cared enough to do these things, but they should have gone further in making this re release the definitive versions of these classic games.

I love Mario, and I am a Nintendo fanboy so I am happy that these games are being re released at all, so I don't have to play these games on an emulator not getting an authentic experience (I know all of these games run on emulators made by Nintendo, so in a way its no different from playing these games on Dolphin or Project64, but still it feels different playing Nintendo games, on a Nintendo console, with a Nintendo controller, compared to your PC or Android Phone with an Xbox controller or a keyboard), and so I don't have to shell out $80 for a used copy of Sunshine and a used Gamecube. But I will admit, those emulators and that native PC port of Mario 64 offer more customizable versions of these games that have more effort put into them by hobbyists, compared to the lower effort put into it by official paid Nintendo developers. I still love these games, but this collection should have been much more and then some, because it's Mario, and he deserves the best treatment possible.

It also sucks that this game is a collectors item now.
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3 Great Games... Mediocre Collection
Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a weird one. It was created to celebrate Mario's 35th Anniversary and is a Compilation of 3 (Very great) Mario games which are Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. I'm happy these games are on here but I feel like there should've been more...

Most video game collections will have more than just games. They will have music, art, trailers, etc.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars only has the 3 games with brief summaries on them and the 3 soundtracks of these games. No artwork (Unless you count the loading screens), no trailers, etc. There's not much here.

These games are also simply ports. They aren't changed all that much (apart from some minor changes in Mario 64 such as the removal of the Backwards Long Jump and "So long gay Bowser".)

The games have all gotten new controls for the Switch (Which you can't change by the way), Are all bumped up to HD which makes games like Mario Galaxy look incredible and made Mario Sunshine widescreen. Mario 64 weirdly doesn't have widescreen.

The controls I've heard bothers people. But I didn't really mind apart from a few times.

Nintendo has also seemed to just pretend that Super Mario Galaxy 2 doesn't exist as it isn't on here.

It's also full price at 60 dollars and is a limited release. The game should be 40 dollars and if they wanted to make it limited, they could've just made the physical release limited rather than both.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a fun experience that takes you through the history of Nintendo's Red Italian Plumber... But the price, limited run, and lack of features hurts it...

If you have a Switch, please buy... But don't expect a whole lot

Happy 35 Years Mario
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Amazing Games, Awful Collection
Do not buy this collection:

- The superior way to play SM64 is with 'Super Mario 64 Plus' on PC, you can play it at 4K@60FPS (wide-screen) and you have a myriad of options to spice up the gameplay and improve the camera (you also have options to leave the gameplay and camera unchanged from the original for a purist experience).

- The superior way to enjoy Sunshine is on Dolphin with an HD texture pack and a gamecube controller. (you can also make it wide-screen if you want or use any controller you want/keyboard)

- The superior way to experience Super Mario Galaxy is on Dolphin as well with an HD texture pack (this one looks very beautiful with the HD texture pack) and either a Wiimote or a Pro Controller (using the gyroscope or just the right stick for aiming; again, you can use any controller or input method you want).

I get that some people are not okay with emulating and yadayada but if Nintendo is expecting us to pay 60 bucks for a collection like this, they should at least put some effort into it.

I suggest experiencing these games with the methods I previously mentioned for the superior experience.
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saltedfish21 Super Mario 3D All-Stars 2022-06-29T03:21:19Z
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ResetRPG Super Mario 3D All-Stars 2022-06-28T20:43:34Z
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yukie Super Mario 3D All-Stars 2022-06-14T08:23:11Z
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TheDissonantOpinion Super Mario 3D All-Stars 2022-06-09T01:39:43Z
2022-06-09T01:39:43Z
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Malx Super Mario 3D All-Stars 2022-06-08T01:53:55Z
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Buddybudman Super Mario 3D All-Stars 2022-06-06T17:51:29Z
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Arschooo Super Mario 3D All-Stars 2022-06-05T20:03:41Z
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Boobert_G Super Mario 3D All-Stars 2022-06-05T19:28:23Z
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ursamarmalada Super Mario 3D All-Stars 2022-06-05T13:16:41Z
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pavlig Super Mario 3D All-Stars 2022-05-30T09:24:19Z
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Mozz_ Super Mario 3D All-Stars 2022-05-29T10:26:36Z
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Sylfaen Super Mario 3D All-Stars 2022-05-27T14:26:44Z
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  • Someone2 2021-07-13 05:22:15.256499+00
    Also, nobody complains that the latest reissue of the Beatles, for example, costs the same as new albums by modern artists. Nobody complaints that the latest reissue of Citizen Kane on Blu-ray costs the same as new movies etc.

    Imagine someone complaining about, for example, a Blu-ray set of 3 Chaplin movies that costs the same as 1 new movie: "they haven't added enough bonus features", while at the same time paying the same price for a single new movie of a lesser quality without any bonus features at all.

    Did people complain when Metal Gear Solid HD collection come out too? Or have entitlement levels gone up since then?
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    • earthandspace 2021-08-06 22:00:27.3628+00
      halo mcc: $40 dollars, comes with 6 games, 1 entirely new remaster and multiplayer, another slightly older remaster, can switch between OG graphics and remasters, updated framerates, upscaled textures for games that weren't fully remastered, new content not found in the originals and the general quality of the games are also really solid (granted the state of the game at launch was not good but it's one of the best collections money can buy rn).

      rare replay: 30 games for what is right now $20 dollars, includes some classics like the banjo series, conker's bad fur day, the perfect dark series, blast corps etc.. what it lacks in updates to the base content it makes up for in sheer quantity, bonus content and presentation

      i didn't even mention remasters like the spyro trilogy, crash trilogy etc. which were classics and the rereleases were well received by critics and fans. the actual games in this collection are some of the best ever made but they were basically left untouched for the most part and nintendo just seemed rushed here. the games are good, but the collection feels inferior to what you can get through emulation (exacerbated by things like the sm64 pc port) and lacks much else to entice skeptical people. imo it just doesn't meet the standards other devs have set for making a collection of beloved games and that's disappointing.
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  • Fowlawneeshafow 2021-08-09 07:45:42.397331+00
    It is a lazy collection of ports of 3 great games with the missed opportunity of including Galaxy 2, but this is just what Nintendo does these days now. I love Nintendo's games but they're such a shit company and they (and other japanese devs tbh) really get a pass for so much shit other companies would get trashed for in the gaming community.
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    • watercolour 2021-10-09 04:32:37.781829+00
      no SMG2 is such a big fuck you
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  • Travis_Bickle_Abides 2021-09-25 03:15:58.49581+00
    It's great for what it is, the biggest issue is simply the fact that it's a full price game.
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  • Dr_Manhattan95 2021-10-04 04:10:08.916119+00
    Great games, lazy collection. I will rate the games in their respective pages as they deserve. Here I'm only rating the collection, where Nintendo only did the bare minimum job. So I'll give it the bare minimum score. 0.5/5
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  • DavidthePearce 2021-10-31 13:36:10.023652+00
    MGS: The Legacy Collection should have set a precedent for what people expect from retro collections. Nintendo could have just thrown in codes for Super Mario Bros 1-3, Super Mario World, Yoshi's Island. GameBoy and GBA games were emulated on Wii U so those Mario games too. They have the capability to emulate all of these games on the Switch, most are already there, a "Super Mario: Legacy Collection" with all main entries isn't an unrealistic expectation.
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  • jams7 2021-11-10 07:03:14.748746+00
    honestly, im not a big video games guy i mainly just play the same games over and over and i dont own any really old consoles (im pretty sure the wii is my oldest tbh) so this is great for me, its 20 bucks per game and they're all really fun and control well. i understand the hate but if you don't own the old consoles it's fine really. super mario galaxy 2 would've been appreciated though..
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  • Yattaze 2022-06-02 01:36:55.851879+00
    This absolutely cannot be compared to the Crash/Spyro remakes. Those were PS1 games on the same engine sharing mostly the same assets, if you remade one game it's significantly easier to remake the others. Not comparable to three different generations of games. That said this should not be $60
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