I’ve still got it, part 2

This is a follow-up to a post from July 8th of last year. In that post, I documented how I had downloaded Super Mario Bros. (SMB) for the Wii Virtual Console and then proceeded to beat it in a little over an hour. Well, sometime within the last 2 weeks I downloaded SMB 2 (not the real/Japanese version of SMB 2) and on Tuesday I beat the game in almost exactly 2 hours without using any of the warp zones. I mentioned in my post about the original SMB that I was suprised by how many little tricks and things I remembered given that I probably hadn’t played the game in 10 years or more. The same was true for SMB 2 – I remembered the locations of a lot of the power-up mushrooms (many of which are not near the potion) and some other tricks.

In any case, this leaves SMB 3 as the only remaining SMB game from the original Nintendo that I haven’t beaten on the Virtual Console. I had a crazy idea this morning – I should try to beat all the NES-era SMB games back-to-back-to-back in one sitting and see how long it takes me. I think that SMB 3 would take a lot longer than the other two. It took me about an hour to beat SMB 1, 2 hours to beat SMB 2, but I’m guessing that it would take me more than 3 hours to beat SMB 3. I guess it would depend on whether I tried to beat every level or if I skipped ones that weren’t necessary to get to the castle in each world. We’ll see. This idea may have to wait for a while, since this type of project would definitely not help me to get my thesis written.

4 Responses to “I’ve still got it, part 2”

  1. March 7, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    I think that if you get all the whistles (or flutes, whatever they are) in SMB3 you can beat it in under an hour.

  2. 2 Colin
    March 9, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Yeah, I’m sure you’re right. However, I’ve been trying to beat these games without skipping any levels. I’ve done that with SMB 1 and SMB 2.

    I also beat SMB 3 a few days ago. It took me about 6 hours spread over 4 or 5 days. The only level I didn’t beat was the little castle in world 8. I still have no idea how to beat it. I used the cloud to get past it.

    Strangely, I had no remembrance of the 2nd half of world 8 when I played through it. Even taking on Bowser at the end was new to me. I can only conclude that I never beat SMB 3 when I was little. I had assumed that I had. In any case, now that I’ve played through it once, I’m sure I could do it much faster if I tried it again. I’m guessing I could do it in 4 hours, but I don’t think I could do it in 3. We’ll see.

    I still need to finish Super Mario Galaxy, too. I only have 11 stars or so left to get, but I may need to break down and read a strategy guide, since there are a couple of stars that I’ve worked on repeatedly with no success.

  3. 3 andy (not andyl)
    March 11, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Oh man, I’m like 40 stars down in Super Mario Galaxy, and it’s pretty darn fun. I’m not sure how/when I’m ever going to finish it, though, since my copy of Super Smash Bros. Brawl is arriving today or tomorrow. Are you getting that one, by any chance? If so, we should trade WiiFi #s.

    And as for the stars you’re missing, did you find all three green stars? I’ve only found one, but I’m sure they lead to a bunch more.

  4. 4 Colin
    March 12, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Yeah, Super Mario Galaxy is a great game. I’ve found all the green stars. The only stars that remain for me to get are a bunch of comet stars and one question mark star. I got another star tonight, so only 10 remain.

    Yeah, I’ll probably pick up Brawl at some point, though I’m in the midst of writing my thesis, so the last thing I need is another big time sink. When I get it, we should definitely brawl it up.

    I’m also looking forward to the new Mario Kart, which is supposed to come out at the end of April, though I’m not sure that I’ll get that particularly soon either.

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