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DVD Review: The Adventures Of Super Mario Bros. 3 – The Complete Series

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I remember I spent $89 dollars on a copy of this game. I also remember a lot of people purchased the game and had to get additional copies because some of them were bad. No matter the price or the pain, Super Mario Brothers 3 for the NES was a game worth bothering over.

Had DVDs been invented right around the time of the show's airing, I probably would have bothered my parents to go get it. But after 17 years (yes, it's been THAT long) the fun and excitement of just seeing the Marios in a cartoon has been replaced by a critical analysis of what was essentially a promotion for a video game. Not to say that it was a bad idea, but they obviously wanted to cater to those who wanted to tee-hee at references made to the third sequel in the franchise.

Airing in one of the last years before NBC bailed from Saturday morning cartoons altogether, The Adventures Of Super Mario Brothers 3 is something of a sequel to The Super Mario Brothers Super Show. Gone are Captain Lou Albano and Danny Wells who acted as live-action and animated versions of Mario and Luigi. Also gone are Shuki Levy and Haim Saban's rather identical to the game musical score (although it's alleged this DVD release had to have that music removed for rights reasons).

In the rather head-scratching opening sequence of each episode, a narrator explains that everyone wondered what happened to King Koopa, who supposedly just up and left the Mushroom Kingdom after The Super Mario Brothers Super Show ended. Turns out, he was making a family (which gladly isn't explained) and now he has the Koopa kids to help him attempt to take over the kingdom. Needless to say, the kids didn't seem to be of much help — in fact, they seemed to make the show MORE irritating.

Many of the powers of Super Mario Brothers 3 make a guest appearance here. You get Racoon Mario, Frog Mario, and Ninja Mario (?). There's also a song tagged in near the end of each episode remade from references from the show that should have been never used. I'm starting to get a headache bringing that up.

The only creepy thing that I like and find very interesting is that the actor who voiced Toad, John Stocker, got a chance to return for this series. He's perhaps the most unique sounding of the rest of the voice cast. He also gets the funnier lines in the series (though I can't recall because the bad often took over the funny when I re-watched this show).

All in all, The Adventures Of Super Mario Brothers 3 is only good for a nostalgia trip. Anything beyond that, and I will pay for you to get your head examined.

I'm dead serious.

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