Play three old but still amazing Mario games on your Nintendo Switch



Nintendo makes great games. One way to know just how great they are is to play them years after they were first released. Nearly every game, no matter how old, holds up.

The three games included in Super Mario 3D All-Stars are proof of this point. Included in the bundled release are three 3D platforming games featuring the mustachioed plumber

  • Super Mario 64 (originally released for the Nintendo 64 in 1996);
  • Super Mario Sunshine (originally released for the GameCube in 2002);
  • and Super Mario Galaxy (originally released for the Wii in 2007)

Your mileage with the three games, however, will vary depending on your relationship with them. People who were old enough to appreciate what Super Mario 64 introduced to the platforming genre mostly dislike Sunshine, which replaces the jumping mechanic with a jetpack of sorts. 

Nintendo sparked a new genre

The presentation of the three games differs based on the age of the original assets, too. Super Mario 64’s single colour objects look just fine scaled up for modern screens, but the multi-coloured textures are muddy. Sunshine, meanwhile, had better starting graphics so looks better here. Galaxy, meanwhile, is stunning in high definition.

Where Galaxy might be frustrating, though, is in how the controls have—or haven’t —been tweaked from the original game’s Wii motion controls. The spin attack on the Wii, for example, required you to shake the controller and here is linked to a button. But some actions still require you to tap and swipe the Switch screen, which is difficult if you’re using that hand to hold the device.  

Playing the three games is a great opportunity to see how Nintendo sparked a new genre—3D platforming—and play through the continuing experimentation.  

If you’re looking for some laid-back platforming fun, don’t wait. The All-Stars bundle is available only until the end of March 2021.

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