Not since the movie The Wizard has Super Mario Bros. 3 been played on this many screens. It appears the game often touted as the greatest Super Mario of them all will be headed to the Wii U Virtual Console, as Nintendo’s main website has listed Super Mario Bros. 3 for its flagship system.
An identical listing also exists for a 3DS version of the game, indicating that Mario fans will be able to pick their portable poison with their choice of Mario 3 on the Wii U GamePad, 3DS, or even the newly released 2DS.
Famously introducing such series staples as the Koopalings and the Tanooki Suit into the Mario universe, Super Mario Bros. 3 caused a sensation upon its release way back in 1990. The game established the same tried-and-tested 2D formula later employed not only by Mario titles like Super Mario World and the New Super Mario Bros. series, but also by countless 2D platformers, most of which could never quite duplicate Mario 3’s near-perfect design and ingenious gameplay.
No definitive release date has been set for Super Mario Bros. 3, but with these two comprehensive listings appearing on Nintendo.com, expect an eShop release announcement in the very near future.
I'll get this on my 3DS without a doubt. Bring on SMB2 as well please.
Edit: Thanks for pointing out that SMB2 is already on the eShop, I'll have to get on that.
@TruenoGT I thought it might come with this game too. Fingers crossed.
The UK VC pricing is awful. I'd buy so many more games if they got it right. £5.49 for a SNES game, you're kidding right? I'd suggest £1.99 for NES, £2.99 for SNES and a max of £4.99 for N64 games.
Bowser with black eye brows.
Yes! Haven't play it since the GBA version.
SMB2 has been out for a while and its so much fun to have on the go. but SMB3 will be even better. i cant wait. its worth the 5 bucks i think.
@Le_Gazman I mean, you're not obligated to purchase. I certainly don't mind the price set for these old games.
@Le_Gazman I like the sound of those prices, BUT, I would rather the prices could fluctuate depending on the quality of the game.
Mario games may be worth £3.49, but Donkey Kong Jr... not so much.
I love this game, but I'm so used to the GBA version, I don't know if can willingly downgrade.
After playing the version on GBA, I'd find it really hard to play the original again. SMB3 still impresses to this day though.
Of course it is. The new Mario game comes out this month.
Oh god yes! Hopefully a UK release is due aswell. Will be getting that day 1!
About dang on time!
@Le_Gazman I hear ya'! [Would have clicked a comment like button if there'd been one]. £5.49 always seems so redundant. Just call it £5 why not? Any higher and it's no longer an impulse purchase, =S.
Most VC releases have just been the ROM basically, with no tweaks for the system, =/. But there were special 3D versions made of a few games for the 3DS. Do you think it's likely SMB3 will get any 3D Classics treatment?
@ajmetz It won't Nintendo won't put any effort in for 3D Classics any more. I would preter the All Stars version but full size as a 3DS Classic. (Sega made HD versions of Jet Set Radio / Nights into Dreams / Sonic Adventure 2). I will get it anyway unfortunately which is probably what they are banking on.
@C-Olimar I agree. This and maybe the original Zelda are about the only NES games worth the price they're charging. All the others should be 3$ or less. But this game still feels as fun to play as it did 23 years ago and has a decent amount of content. My personal favorite is still Super Mario World though.
This has been on nintendo.com as TBD for, literally, months now.
YES!! Let's just hope it releases before Super Mario 3D World to keep the hype going. One of the greatest videogames of all time without a doubt.
@CosmoXY SMB2 had been on 3DS VC for months now.
could it come out the same day as the wii u and 3DS? That's the question.
Very nice please have a physical version releases as well. Nothing wrong with downloading but i much rather have the item i bought in hands.
Those entries on Nintendo's website have been there for months.
What...still no release date?
Definitely be getting this on 3DS..NES on Wii U looks awful...
I would've gotten this if it was the SNES or GBA versions of the game. Oh well.
I'm guessing this will release on November 22nd to coincide with the release of Super Mario 3D World.
@Nico07 Most likely on November 21st. It would have to be on a Thursday unless Nintendo decides to go outside of their normal release schedule.
That's been on their website forever.
About time. Now if they'd just do something about the account situation and make this available on crossbuy, we'd be all set.
@Swiket The screens look new, though. Nintendo may have updated the listings, meaning it's coming soon perhaps?
blah, i'm going to end up buying this on wii U and 3ds even though i have it on wii, wii mario all stars, nes, snes mario all stars, gba, computer, and online... but who cares its worth it
I'm really afraid to know just how much money this game has cost me over the past 23 years.
Did you know that if you type in "Super Mario Bros." on the 3DS eshop search, all the way at the end of the list you'll see Super Mario Bros. 3 with info. but no vids or release date.
@ShadowFox254 I haven't played it since GBA neither, imma get it again on the go with my 3ds
I've already got this on Wii and GBA, but I'll but this game as many times as I need to because it's so good!!!!!!
@Conellossus I just got on the eShop to see it was there. Thanks Conellossus. You rock!
@ClassicSonicFan Added it to my wishlist! There really is no other game like it...Until recently, SMW was my favorite Mario game, but now I know this one is better! It's my favorite Mario game and my second favorite game of all time! (Super Metroid being my favorite) Thanks for the tip @Conellossus !
LOL, I actually do that a lot when I'm bored. It's usually successful, too. I added Pokemon to my wish list about 4 months before it was even released.
@Giygas_95 I added it to my wish list too! SMB3 is my favorite game of all-time, Ocarina of Time is in second, and Sonic 3 & Knuckles is in third. Anyways, I am so excited! This game just can't come soon enough!
Playing this right now...on my Wii U through Wii Virtual Console!
@ClassicSonic Fan Mine too. I already got $5.00+ and I can't wait to spend it on the game I would go through a 10 month wait to get.
Used to love this game, but I dunno. It got uberly boring to me later on, so I'm not going to get it. SMW is the best Mario platformer to me.
@ClassicSonicFan Come to think of it, I bet you're excited about 3D classics Sonic the Hedgehog! I'm gonna get it...It'll be my first Sonic game in a way. (Had Sonic Battles 2 on Gamecube, but never liked it)
Right now, I've got Super Mario Bros. on 3DS VC, Super Mario Bros. 2 on Wii U VC, and Super Mario Bros. 3 on Wii VC. Nintendo NEEDS a cross-platform account system!
@Giygas_95 Of couse I'm excited for it! I'll get that, SMB3, and other games using my eShop credit!
@Swiket Yeah. Seriously. This isn't anything resembling news.
@JustinH Apparently you don't understand the AWESOME POWER this game beholds. If this game was added to both Eshops since being on the website for how many months? Three? Four?
@Conellossus I love the game, I just don't understand why Nintendo Life is aping MyNintendoNews, or why either picked this specific date to announce that SMB3 was on Nintendo.com/games, when it's been there for at least a month or so.
On that note, the original Toki Tori went up on Nintendo.com/games as a Nov. 7 release some time this weekend. That's arguably newsworthy.
It would be great if this was the game that Nintendo starts the unified accounts with. I have it for Wii VC and it would be amazing to pay the upgrade cost and have it playable on my 3DS and Wii U.
@SaintDynamite: Day 1 buy on my 3DS XL. Mine are crossed as well.
@KnightRider666 I got the money so time to try with all might will to not spend the rest on some stupid/hard NES game that I will regret getting.
Let's hope it's emulated better than the Wii VC version. Those washed out colors were awful!
@Conellossus: This game is not stupid hard.
@KnightRider666 No I meant some other game. This is the best of it's time!
Yes!! It TRULY is the best Mario of them all.. I played this one for hours and hours and years as a kid and would still play it, just like SMB2 and SMB, from the very beginning! So excited to see this being rereleased, it really is where modern day Mario games took off and were so inspired by.
@Conellossus: Ahh, I was wondering if I misunderstood you or not before... I still remember the first time I played this at somebody's camper at the campground we used to frequent. Only second to Super Mario World.
This game will be great to play with my brother, too. Now, what we need is for my brother to get Eshop money so he can get this game, too. Luckily, I still five dollars.
Not only have these listings been on the site for WEEKS, they already announced the game for VC by the end of the year in a Nintendo Direct a while ago. So what part of this is newsworthy?
@brooks83: In my experience, the Wii had weird color issues with NES across the board that the Wii U does nor share. So I don't think it should be an issue.
@Stuffgamer1 This is newsworthy because Nintendo doesn't always follow up on their Nintendo Direct announcements in a very timely manner, they say "Q4 release" or something and that could be January or March, etc. So to have this game mentioned as being 'on the way' just makes it a little more believable! lol
Its a great game and Ill seriously consider buying it, but....its the end of 2013, why has it taken Nintendo soooo long to add the old Wii VC games to Wii U???. If Nintendo dont have the time they should pay someone else to do it. The old Wii VC NES, SNES, N64, Neo Geo, Master System, Mega Drive , PCEngine library should have been availabe straight away complete with gamepad suppoort. Then the logical step would be to add Gamecube to the VC. Nobody wants to wait 5 years for the Wii U VC to get to the same level as the Wii VC.
It's about time! Nintendo and the 3rd party developers/publishers are waiting to long too rerelease the VC games. It annoys me!!
Someone like-minded eh! We should start a petition or something. It surprises me how little people speak up about this.
Its frustrating, I'd love to upgrade most of my Wii VC library for gamepad support but its taking too long. I'll be happy once Nintendo start announcing a lot more for the Wii U VC. And if Reggie is listening, 'My wallet is ready'.
It has nothing to do with them lacking the time or manpower or anything. It's all business. If they'd release hundreds of games at once, only a fraction of those games would be bought. Everybody'd go just for Mario, Zelda and the likes.
By releasing games as slowly as they are, they are increasing potential sales for each individual game. When something like Final Fight is the highlight of the week, people are going to buy it, simply because there isn't anything else to get and because it's getting attention on the shop itself, on news and review sites and among gamers in forums and whatnot.
You are probably right, but for me it till does not excuse the agonizing slow release rate of previously released Wii VC games. Is a steady release of 2 to 4 games every week so much to ask?
True. I'd love to see more games being released, too.
At least, we haven't had weeks as abysmal as the worst on Wii VC. I remember a week where we in Europe would only get Double Dribble.
So far on WiiU VC we usually get at least either a bunch of (weak) games or a single wortwhile game or even a bunch of great games each week.
I'll wait a year or so until its for free on club nintendo
Thats a fair point and I agree Nintendo needs to get the marketing right but the Wii U needs games and the VC is an easy way to get them onto the eshop. I also dont think NES is the priority when you have a colsole as powerful as the Wii U. Super Mario Bros 3 is great but we got Pinball last week and now Donkey kong 3, I just think thats not as important as getting the N64 games up or releasing more SNES titles, for example Zelda a link to the past.
I wish they'd made a 3D Mario game that looked like that artwork
They're slowly getting there with the likes of Super Mario 3D Land/World but it's still not quite captured the true magic and look of the 2D art imo.
Also, although I say 3D I still think I like the 2D gameplay better, so I'd probably create everything in 3D then lock the camera, controls and gameplay in classic 2D for the most part with the full 3D camera and stuff only being used for cut-scenes and maybe a few other special sections where it makes sense to go full 3D, like a Mario Kart inspired boss where you race against them in carts or something and going full 3D would be great.
Man would I love to see an ideal Mario 3D platformer like that...
This is My fav of the series! Finaly!
Since there was no WiiU VC title announced today I'm calling it last minute Direct followed by the release of SMB3 in Europe on Thursday.
I have played this game so many times, and still to do this day, I play my original NES copy... but I am excited to see it come to WiiU and 3DS VC!
Not that soon.
Great for people who don't already own it!
AND BY THAT I MEAN NOBODY
Yeah its been on the Wii Virtual Console, its been on the GBA, its been on Super Mario All Stars...
Everybody should have access to it today if they wanted to play it.
@Bass_X0 The PAL region has not yet had a 60hz version at all. (There is the GBA port but that is not the full resolution).
The PAL version of All Stars has some speed optimization but it is not right. So you cannot even use it with a 60hz modded SNES.
This means I will every Super Mario Bros on my 3DS even lost levels
I think I would rather newer games on the VC, It is not a bad game... it is just we seem to see the same games over and over. (newer good games...not the crap that has been coming lately)
I haven't played it since Super-Mario All-Stars first came out...
Wow! A 23 year old game ive bought twice in the last 3 years is coming to wiiu! This is so much better than any NEW vc release like that rubbish dreamcast or ghastly gamecube could provide! SLAMS HEAD ON DESK
Mehhh... The "New" Super Mario Bros games have milked SMB3 so much I couldn't care less about it. Not that it was ever all-that special anyway.
i have all of them on the anniversary disc already... but nice to see SMB3... one of the best games ever made.
@Marshi haha right there with ya
Alongside WWF No Mercy on the N64, this is undoubtedly my favourite game of all time full stop!!! Instant purchase for me!!!
@Le_Gazman I couldnt agree more
Overhype for a title that was released about 10 times in the last 20 years, with two versions (NES and SNES) already available on Wii/U. Now where is Terranigma, Ys III, ActRaiser 2, EVO: Search for Eden, Shadowrun, Pro Wrestling, Kung Fu, Earthbound Zero, Bangai-O, Tetrisphere, Maniac Mansion, Doom, etc. ?
@Plainswalking Yeah, literally everyone owns this game. But it's always nice to re-experience it on a new console!
But this game was released 6 years ago on Wii Shop, why mention it a... oh yeah, Nintendo wants us to buy it again.
Earhtbound Zero would be great because it's already translated and it's the only game in the series I haven't played.
I all ready own this on the wii mario allstars disc but its greatit's coming to wii-u for new gamers.
I hope they make a true WiiU mario allstars in volumes with all the games this time.
Like a mariokart vol 1 with mariokart snes, n64, gamecube,wii.
vol:2 all the mario platform games on 2disc.
Vol 3 mario golf's, sport events.
@grumblegrumble: But as I said, it had been listed on Nintendo's website for WEEKS prior to this "news" post, so the information is still completely useless.
Its true, I own the GBA port (Too bad I can't play it because I don't have a GBA anymore.)
I would of rather they release Super Mario All Stars since I like the Graphic Improvements
I loved watching that Movie
I am more excited about Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past being the Club Nintendo game this month. Although I probably will upgrade SMB3 when it finally gets released (I saw it on the Nintendo site quite some time ago).
Will Nintendo ever grace us with HD versions of these classics?
You know, Nintendo should do an Ambassador type bundle where if you have Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros The Lost Levels, then you can get Super Mario Bros. 3 at no charge.
It would be sweet if they added the ability to play this in 3D. Maybe get the pop-up book look.
Unified account system, please!
@Yoshis95 I would love that!
It would be such a perfect fit to have Super Mario All-Stars on my 3DS.
I wonder though... with the Mario Bros. mini-game, they'd have to make the 3DS version Download-Play compatible, wouldn't they?
If you check the eshop and see the description of the game, you'll see it says it supports download play
@Conellossus: Thanks for the info.
this game is my very first video game ive ever play when i was 3 years old in 1990 and its still my favorite game to this day
Make it a 3D classics release.
I can't wait two more days.
@Mommar nah, it'll ruin the chain of VC games.
I remember I cry for days and drove my mom crazy until she bought this game for me. I played this for thousands of hours
@TruenoGT Yes please unified account, the way things are now it´ll be difficult to choose between the big screen or portability
I like VC and buy for convenience so I dont have to keep connecting and disconecting my old consoles to play but I for sure won´t be paying for this twice so I can play on Wii U and 3DS
I have the GBA cart of this game. I can't play anymore because I don't own a GBA anymore. Hurry and bring this to the VC Nintendo!
This makes a very happy Monkeh!
This can't come any sooner!
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