The 30 Year Anniversary of Super Mario Bros 3

As many people know today is the 30th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros which was released by Nintendo for the NES console back in October 1988. Super Mario Bros 3 is considered to be one of the most legendary platform titles ever along with the first games that preceded it on the NES back in the 80’s. Super Mario Bros 3 is arguably the best 2D game within the series in terms of gameplay along the likes of Super Mario World for the SNES.

Super Mario Bros 3 was the first game within the entire series to include the overworld map traveling feature which was something commonly utilized in various Mario games from the late-80’s onwards. There were games such as Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros Wii, Super Mario Galaxy along with Super Mario 3D World that included the overworld map feature which made each game more enjoyable as it evolved over the past couple of decades.

Since its release on the NES back in ’88 Super Mario Bros 3 was re-released for the SNES with 16 bit graphics apart of the Super Mario Bros All-Stars Collection In 1993. Also, Super Mario Bros 3 was ported to the Game Boy Advance and released as Super Mario Advance 4 back 2003. Within the past 30 years Super Mario Bros 3 has her around the game has sold at least 18 million units for the NES. Also, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3 has managed to reach at over 5.4 million copies in sales for the Game Boy Advance which is a testament to how popular the game was and still is to this day. It’s hard to believe that Super Mario Bros 3 has been around for 30 years now and on this day the gaming world like to wish this legendary platform title Happy Birthday.

Could Chrono Trigger have been a major success on the Game Boy Advance?

When it comes down to big SNES RPG titles to never appear on the Game Boy Advance Chrono Trigger is definitely on top of many people’s list. Despite, the fact that Square Enix released RPG titles such such as Sword of Mana along Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls for what ever we never got to see a re-release or a sequel to Chrono Trigger back in the early 00’s. While its true that the Chrono series slowly started to decline following the release of Chrono Trigger back in 1995 there are still people who wanted to see a re-release of the game sometime between 2001-2005. If Square Enix has went with the decision to re-release Chrono Trigger for the GBA the game could of still been a huge attraction on the 32-bit handheld console.

While some might argue that the Pokémon series could of overshadowed Chrono Trigger in the early 00’s the game still would have been appealing to hardcore fans of the series while giving those who were unfamiliar with the game a chance to see what they missed on the SNES during the early 90’s. Chrono Trigger was one of the best 2D RPG titles that Square Enix has ever produced and was a game that definitely deserved to be on the Game Boy Advance during the early 2000’s.

Was the Game Boy Advance more popular than GameCube during the 2000’s?

As many people know both the Nintendo GameCube along with the Game Boy Advance were popular game consoles that emerged back in the early 00’s. In fact, both game consoles were released back in 2001 since their respective releases they have managed to become two of the most memorable game systems of that decade along wIth lines of the PS2, Nintendo Wii, PS3 and the Nintendo DS. However, as far as popularity is concerned it’s quite debatable on which game console between the Game Boy Advance and GameCube was more popular during the first half of the 2000’s.

On GameCube we got to see cool games such as Metroid Prime, Mario Kart: Double Dash along with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Which were very between 2002-2006. But then, again we got to see countless titles in the Game Boy Advance such as Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Metroid Fusion, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance along with the Super Mario Advance series which seemed to have more appeal due to 2D visuals and gameplay that highly resembled that of the SNES. Besides, the Game Boy Advance managed to sell over 81 million units worldwide while while GameCube reached over 21 million in sales during the 00’s decade. There was no question that the Game Boy Advance was more popular than GameCube back 2000’s despite having inferior graphics.

Could Final Fantasy Tactics Advance worked for GameCube during the 00’s?

When we think about popular JRPG titles of the early 00’s one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. Not only was Final Fantasy Tactics Advance one of the most popular tactical role playing games for the Game Boy Advance but it also managed to sell at less one million units worldwide on the handheld console as well. Seeing how big Final Fantasy Tactics Advance was on the Game Boy Advance there are some who wonder if this game could have had the same level of success if it was ported for the Nintendo GameCube back in 2003.

On one hand the original Final Fantasy Tactics game was very successful in the PS1 following its release back in the late 90’s. But seeing that the PS1 ended up being the most successful game console of the 90’s it does not come as a surprise to many people that the original Final Fantasy Tactics game surpassed the likes of Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together in terms of popularity. The Nintendo GameCube despite its success was not as popular as the PS1. In fact, the Game Boy Advance ended up selling more than the Nintendo GameCube did during the 00’s. While GameCube had only managed to sell over 21 million units worldwide the Game Boy Advance has reached over 81 million within ten years. In the long run it was better off to have a Final Fantasy Tactics game for the Game Boy Advance opposed to the Nintendo GameCube.

Would Mario Kart Super Circuit have worked on the SNES during the 90’s?

As a racing title for the Game Boy Advance Mario Kart Super Circuit was one of the most popular games of the early 00’s. Since its release back in back in July 2001 the game reportedly managed to sell over 5 million units worldwide. If Mario Kart Super Circuit was released as a direct sequel to the original Mario Kart title for the SNES that would have been very interesting.

Mario Kart Super Circuit had similar gameplay to the original Mario Kart game for the SNES and had a great soundtrack which sounded similar to ones you would hear in the Sonic Advance series. However, despite how popular 2.5 dimension racing games were on the SNES Mario Kart Super Circuit May not have sold as much in the SNES as it did on the Game Boy Advance.

Should Killer Instinct have been released for the Wii-U in 2013?

It was quite surprising to see another Killer Instinct game in the early 10’s considering the fact that the popularity of the series  had declined following the 90’s.  After the Killer Instinct series became very popular in arcade centers the very first game was ported for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in the summer of 1995. We also got the chance to see Killer Instinct Gold for the Nintendo 64 in the fall of 1996 and despite not selling as much as the first game on the SNES it still came close to selling over one million units worldwide.  

The Killer Instinct game that was released exclusively for the Xbox One in 2013 did not do so well in sales quite possibly because the console itself was too expensive since the price averaged around $499 during that time period.  Even though, Wii-U was considered to be a commercial failure by many people in the gaming world Killer Instinct could have definitely stood out more on that console than it would have the Xbox One.  

Should Mega Man 7 have been released for the Game Boy Advance?

There many people who were surprised that Capcom had continued making 2D MegaMan games for the SNES.  When Mega Man 7 was first released for the Super Nintendo back in 1995 there weren’t too many people who paid attention to it since consoles like the PS1 were starting to increase in popularity.

During the mid 90’s it seemed like people were more into the Mega Man X series than the regular one.  While many people thought Mega Man 7 wasn’t a big deal during the mid 90’s we look back at it now as a game that is underrated in more ways than one.  


The fact that Mega Man 7 was never re-released for the Game Boy Advance was kinda shocking since it was a pretty cool game for the SNES.  But even if Mega Man 7 was re-released in the early 00’s for the Game Boy Advance the series itself had pretty much went downhill after the late 90’s.