Super Mario Bros. DX
System(s): Game Boy Color
U.S. Release Date: 1999
Current street price: $30.00
Save: Battery Back-up
Size: 84 levels (SMB and SMB2(j))
Players: 2 simultaneous
ESRB Rating: E
In a nutshell
The original Super Mario Bros. is back, except now it portable and has a buncha weird extras.
Note: This story come straight from the SMB instruction book.
One day the kingdom of the peaceful mushroom people was invaded by the Koopa, a tribe of turtles famous for their black magic. The quiet, peace-loving Mushroom People were turned into mere stones, bricks and even field horse-hair plants, and the Mushroom Kingdom fell into ruin.
The only one who can undo the magic spell on the Mushroom People and return them to their normal selves is the Princess Toadstool, the daughter of the Mushroom King. Unfortunately, she is presently in the hands of the great Koopa turtle king.
Mario, the hero of this story (maybe) hears about the Mushroom People's plight and sets out on a quest to free the Mushroom Princess from the evil Koopa and restore the fallen kingdom of the Mushroom People.
You are Mario! It's up to you to save the Mushroom People from the black power of the Koopa.
Uh, well... it's Super Mario Bros.! Jump, break blocks, shoot fireballs, swim, you know the drill. The only real gameplay difference from SMB is a play field that scrolls up and down (due to the GBC's low contrast). There are quite a few extras in the cart, including;
Vs. Mode: Use a link cable to race your friend through any of your favorite levels. Fun!
Challenge mode: This mode is available for play on any level you've beatn in the original game. Go through the level trying to find 5 hidden red coins and trying to beat your high score/fastest time.
Calendar/fortune teller: Available from the beginning. Calendar is just that... a calendar. No date-keepnig function or anything, just lieka desk calendar! Fortune teller lets you pick one of five cards, each of which reveals a cute fortune with a picture of a Mario character.
Toy box: Fun little things appear in the toy box whenever you beat worlds in the game. Items include a photo album and print shop (through game boy printer)
Top score list: Holds the high scores for the challenge mode. Yawn.
Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2: That's right, a whole 'nother game is hidden on this cart. You can unlock it by getting the highest score on the top scores list.
What's the big deal?
: Obviously, a 15 year old game on a smaller screen and with worse resolution isn't going to sell very well by itself. That's why Nintendo's been sure to put in tons of stuff to keep you buys after you breeze through the original game. The challenge mode adds an element that makes the game seem new (to an extent), and the vs. mode is great fun with a friend. Add in a hidden SMB2(j) and a toybox fully a random stuff, and you have a complete package that someone might consider buying. And hey, reliving your NES memories is fun too.
Notes of interest
Second time Mario and Luigi share one game boy screen (Tetris is 1st)
Closest you'll get to a
SMB2(j) in the states (not the all-stars overhaul crud)
SMB now on 3 systems (NES, SNES, GBC), more than any other primary Mario game.
Calendar goes all the way to the year 3000!
Super Mario Bros. - Since 1985
The ending features a rather boring picture of the Princess handing Mario or Luigi a flower, or a medal if you did well. Ho-hum.
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