Happy Birthday to Super Mario Bros. 3!

February 12, 2020
Super Mario

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Grab those warp whistles and put on your tanooki suit: today is the 30th anniversary of the North American release of Super Mario Bros. 3! All these years later, it's still the third best selling NES title of all time. I remember this commercial like it was yesterday:

So very 90s. Here in 2020, there are a bunch of ways you celebrate. You can actually play SMB3 on the NES Classic or Switch. You can watch some truly amazing speedruns on Twitch: the World Record 100% run clocks in at just one hour and ten minutes! Or you can watch one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time... The Wizard.

To this day, I still tell people "I love the Power Glove. It's so bad." What a film. And if you REALLY want to deep dive into the game, here's a delightful written tribute. Happy bday SMB3!