The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 – The
C Sound: C Extras: C+ Episodes: B
the SHOUT! Factory tradition of putting great, yet odd, animated classics on
DVD The Adventures of Super Mario Bros.
3 - The Complete Series is now
available on a nice 3 disc set. Being
the third Nintendo series and fourth Nintendo box set to be released on DVD by
SHOUT! Factory (the others being The
Super Mario Bros Super Show! Volume One and Two and The Legend of Zelda:
The Complete Animated Series), The
Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 is an excellent addition to the SHOUT!
library of classics. Though the series
was a blatant attempt to promote a new Nintendo game, the series remains fun
and memorable of a time when 2-D side scrolling games ruled. The series centers on the Mario Bros (Mario
and Luigi) attempting to thwart King Koopa (Bowser) and his Koops Kids’
attempts at mischief, evil, and shear stupidity. The
Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 used a plethora of elements from the Super Mario Bros 3 videogame for
inspiration; in fact it seems that mostly everything about the series came from
the video game. All of the enemies,
music, sound effects, main characters, and landscapes were torn right from the
all the continuity that exists throughout The
Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 series, a few other simplistic elements
are lacking. The voice work on many of
the characters is quite bad and is distracting; mainly Mario and Princess
Toadstool being the worst. As many fans
of the series may notice all of the voice actors were replaced between The Super Mario Bros Super Show! and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3,
making the two series a little different and a noticeable variation. Also at times the color scheme has continuity
issues with Luigi being red like Mario at times and the Koopa Kids often not
being consistent in what exactly their colors are, to name a few color fopas.
Also in a drastic change some characters are represented in a very weird
manner, in a stark contrast as to how they were represented throughout the
videogame series. Finally, the names of
Koopa Kids have all been altered from the original names, making the dialogue
between characters a bit perplexing if you know the videogame series well. For example:
Cheatsy Koopa vs. Larry
Bigmouth Koopa vs. Morton
Kootie Pie Koopa vs. Wendy
Hop Koopa vs. Iggy
Bully Koopa vs. Roy
Hip Koopa vs. Lemmy
Kooky Von Koopa vs. Ludwig von
reason behind these continuity issues is easily uncovered, however. The classic 1990 Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 series was commissioned by
Nintendo and produced by DIC prior to the game’s release in America and much
was still unknown about the now classic game to base the series on. The writers and animators based the series
purely on what Nintendo allowed them to know and what little they understood
about the Japanese version of Super
Mario Bros 3. Even the Koopa Kids
did not have names until the American Version of Super Mario Bros 3 was created (in Japan they were just the Koopa
Kids). Nintendo did however grant them a
character list, scenery sketches, music and sound clip catalog, and much more.
the technical features of this 3 disc set are not spectacular but nice nonetheless. The picture is presented in its original, yet
simple, 1.33 x 1 Full Screen format.
Surprisingly the animation and picture quality of this series has been
extremely improved over The Super Mario
Bros Super Show! The animation is
crisp and has more depth then seen in previous Nintendo series. There are problems, however, with the
animation becoming blurry at times especially in the more distant shots. Debris is also found throughout the episodes,
but is by no means a huge issue. The
sound is presented in a simple Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo that is unimpressive
and often times seem distant and not fully expressed; demonstrating the
compressed nature that many SHOUT! Factory releases possess.
extras as on previous Nintendo releases are just lukewarm at best; though
definitely better than previous releases.
Extras include an Interactive Series Writers Bible – Featuring the Back
Story, Characters, Concept Art & Original Music. The main problem with SHOUT! Factory releases
is the picture quality, though improved it seems there has been little too no
remastering of the series and it is quite possible that the original, master
tapes may even be damaged; as has been suggested about this release and
previous Nintendo/DIC releases by this reviewer and many others. This reviewer says to screw the
dolphins….Save the 1980s Cartoon series; there are plenty of dolphins, but only
very few masters still in existence.
not the best animated series and it may not be in the best condition, but it is
now available as one nice, cumulative set.
For all ‘old school’ Nintendo fans and people who just love 1980s
nostalgia this is the set for you. This
set will surely sit in this reviewer’s collection for years to come, right next
to The Super Mario Bros Super Show!
and The Legend of Zelda. These releases do need some remastering, but
I am just happy they are here to have. I
love those Plumbers!
- Michael P Dougherty II