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Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3 (GBA)

by Nintendo
Game Boy Advance
 Ages 3 and Over
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Complete against Bowser and his kids in increasingly difficult levels
  • Jump bottomless pits and stomp familiar foes
  • Power-ups include Warp Whistle and Frog and Tanooki Suit
  • Open up new levels and game features via e-Reader cards
  • Link up with any of the other Super Mario Advance games for frantic multiplayer fun in the original Mario Bros. game
  • For 1-4 players
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Game Boy Advance
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B00009WAUO
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 13.3 x 0.6 cm ; 45 g
  • Release Date: 17 Oct 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,815 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description


"An echo from another age, perhaps, but this is nonetheless better than 90% of games being made today. 91%." -- GamesMaster Magazine

"An outstanding example of the genre. 90%." -- NGC Magazine

Product Description

The best-selling game of all time, Super Mario Bros. 3, makes its portable debut with all-new features! Bowser and his troublemaking kids have forced the land into complete chaos by transforming all the local kings into animals, and it`s up to Mario and Luigi to stop them. In what many consider to be the best Mario game ever, players have to run, jump and stomp on enemies through eight enormous worlds, as they use new and classic power-ups. Dash past danger, swim treacherous seas and even take to the air, speeding toward a collision course with Bowser.

  • Jump bottomless pits, stomp familiar foes and use awesome power-ups like the Warp Whistle and the Frog and Tanooki Suit, as you take the flight to Bowser and his kids.
  • Open up new levels and game features when you scan special cards through the e-Reader attachment.
  • Complete increasingly difficult levels, beating one of Bowser`s kids at the end of each level on your way to the final battle with Bowser.
  • Discover multiplayer Mario madness when you link up with any of the other three Super Mario Advance games for frantic fun in the original Mario Bros. game.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world title! 24 Oct 2003
Super Mario Bros. 3 was a milestone in gaming upon its original release for the NES in 1990, and still holds the world record for game sales. Now it comes to Game Boy Advance with new features galore.
Boasting vastly improved graphics and sounds over the NES original, plus never-before-seen special features, Super Mario Bros. 3: Super Mario Advance 4 will give everyone a chance to relive - or experience anew - a true Miyamoto masterpiece.
Strap yourself into the red or green dungarees of Mario or Luigi as they jump, bounce, slide, fly and swim their way across eight enormous worlds. Their mission? To battle the forces of Bowser and his troublemaking kids, who have turned all the local kings into animals.
What makes Super Mario Bros. 3 so special? Is it the pixel-perfect controls? Could it be the superb level design, packed with secrets and surprises? Or maybe it's the cool power-ups like the flying Tanooki Suit, sea-swimming Frog Suit, or the whirlwind-summoning Warp Whistle?
Super Mario Bros. 3 also includes the original Mario Bros. game for some multiplayer madness. Simply connect to any of the other three Super Mario Advance games and take part in fun frolics for up to four players.
All in All, the controls for this game are very easy they couldn't be easier. This game is a top buy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I was fortunate enough to play this on the nes as my brother had one. I remember being with my sister and brother in the parlour late at night, being glued and trying to complete the game in one go. I also remember being annoyed when i had to keep blowing in the nes and game to make it work for 20 minutes at a time. Finally, there is a god and it had been brought out on GBA. I must have played this game at least 100 times when i was younger and just discovered it on gba. I loved the colours and graphics and the music of the nes and still remember it like i was playing it now. I can not wait to get this game (i paid £20 for it but hopefully it will be worth it, going by my old memories and reviews!) and hope it will come soon. Game recently did the greatest game ever poll for all formats and this came in at no.16 (i voted for it!) when it should have been a lot higher, but mario was crowned as the best game icon ever (with some people confessing they actually fancied mario!).

So, if you are a kid (or an adult who han't grown up yet like me!) or those who were never fortunate enough to have a nes, then do yourself a favour and please buy this game (or buy the nes and the original if you have a few quid!) as the box speaks for itself- eye catching, exciting and very fun to play!!! You have to play it to feel the joy that millions have felt, and much better than most of the games out today (exceptions being other mario games and sonic). It will be worth every penny, plus you can play it in the ds, which is why i bought it! The only way you you can understand how fantastic it is if you play it. It may be a hard game to find with everything, but worth it- it will be the best game you will ever buy.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GAME OF ALL GAMES!!!! 7 Jun 2006
By Mark
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a fantastic game! The fun factor of this is an all high!! Every level, every enemy, every boss, every item, its all fun to see and to use and to fight against!! This is probably, excluding the new super mario bros game for the ds, is one of the best super mario bros games and games of all time! This is a 13 year old title but it is so much better than certain games that are released today!! Seriously saving the Princess hasn't been so much fn before!!!!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet... 25 Sep 2004
Although i expected this to be dated, jaded and far to old to cut it in the gaming industry now, how wrong was i?
This is much better than 90% of the platformers on the gba now, high praise indeed, considering that spyro, crash and sonic are all on their third games on the gba.
The difficulty, style and superb controls of this game will keep you coming back for more. So stop reading this, and just go get it okay?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 4 Aug 2012
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
A classic game, great memories, would definatley recommend to anyone who played the original on the nes. A reall good transfer to the handheld market. A typical mario game that has plenty of surprises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much Different than the DS version! 19 July 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a game providing hours of fun.The sheer amount of creativity in the levels and the game play sets this apart from any Mario game.A must have for anyone who enjoys platform games!!

Compared to the New Super Mario Bros DS, this game is hard.You will spend hours on it to get to the end!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best. 3 Jan 2004
Not only is SMB3 the definitive Mario Game but it's also the best platform game ever which is some statement considering it must be about 15 years since the original NES version was released.
This game is the only reason why I'm about to buy a GBA.
PS - If you know how you can complete the game in under 15 minutes thanks to the warp whistlesm But where's the fun in that?
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Super Mario World? 23 Oct 2003
By A Customer
If there was an award for 'best mario game' then it would be a real close call whether to award it to this or the SNES (and now also gba) follow-up, Super Mario World. This being my first time playing SMB3, I must say the first few hours of play were somewhat underwhelming, especially due to the lower level of eye candy compared to SMW, as well as the simpler level design and less responsive controls. also what bugged me was that i couldn't revisit completed worlds and would often be scraping through as small mario and never really getting enough of the various suits the game had to offer. thankfully, later on the levels become more interesting and give more opportunity to don the various suits (racoon, frog, tanooki, hammer bros as well as the one-off 'giant boot' which can be used to jump on usually deadly enemies). really later on the game becomes extremely challenging (more so than SMW) and due to no mid-level checkpoints and not being able to go back and stock up from old levels, these can become extreme tests of patience - but once bowser is defeated you can revisit any level from any world and suddenly the game really blossoms as the same level of freedom as SMW becomes apparent.
all in all, i'd say that i like this game just as much as SMW but for different reasons. SMW is a great overall package and probably the best all-round mario game to date, but without SMB3 alot of the elements in SMW would not be refined as they are. SMB3 is a more challenging game with fun(er) powerups, but on the flipside, the boss fights and the graphics are quite primitive.
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