Remember the good ol’ Nintendo days? It felt like it was just yesterday, opening that big new Nintendo Entertainment System box after looking at the game screen stills on the back preparing your game list. Then that new plastic smell from a freshly open game cartridge. Why do these days have to come to an end?
Why not dust off that old system and give those games another shot? Like one of the most beloved NES games ever, Super Mario Bros 3. This was the 3rd installment of the series on NES continuing the adventures of two plumbers stuck in a magical land being tyrannized (lol) by the evil King Koopa (Bowser).
There were lots of hidden secrets, items and extra men through out the game. Throughout this column segment we plan to touch on various Super Mario Bros 3 tips and tricks. This time it’s lots of lives for your adventure within the first two worlds, details as follows for all you unaware of this neat little trick.
As soon as you press start game you will enter a map view and you must continue to the first stage of the game. Complete this stage, but make sure to at least still keep your big power up or even if possible keep your leaf power Mario on completion. Then proceed to stage two as normal, but here is you first chance to get tons of extra men (refer to picture diagram in slide show). Right after the first item box is a T-Pipe where Goombas continuously fall out from the right side. Jump over the T-Pipe once your in the clear and hide right under the right side where the Goombas are falling out (remember to have your leaf power).
Once the first set of 3 Goombas fall out start walking behind them. Then 2 more Goombas fall behind you, so make sure to keep a pace between them. Then to the right you will notice a flying Goomba heading your way. When the flying Goomba is not in the air, stomp on him first removing his ability to fly. Quickly start hitting the jump button continuously so your gliding in air with more control and aim for one of the Goombas on the ground to stomp. Stomp one of them to get the momentum again to boost up and glide again, repeat this process on each Goomba so that you never touch the ground. Make sure to try and keep the T-Pipe on screen at all times so that Goombas keep falling giving the enemies needed for you to stomp-boost off of. Every time you stomp off of a Goomba you points go up, after the points hit 8000 each Goomba will give you a 1up. As long as you have your leaf power you can do this process over and over getting as many extra men as you want.
Then complete world 1 as normal, but don’t use any whistles to warp. You want to continue to stage two for you next chance to gain lots of extra men. In world two you want to play as normal til you reach the first castle fortress. As soon as you start off you will be faced with 3 bone Koopa Troopas, one then a set of two falling that one (see picture diagram in slide show). You want to stomp the first one enabling him for few seconds. Then like with the Goombas, use the boost from the stomp then start pressing the jump button rapidly to control your flight towards the other bone Koopa Troopas. Stomp the right bone Koopa Troopa of the set letting the other one continue towards the first bone Koopa Troopa you stomped, then fly towards after you pick up boost from the right one and stomp the one you let go.
After you stomp him continuing your flight without touching the ground, the first bone Koopa Troopa comes back to life and now you can stomp him continuing the chain, then back to the second one and so on. Again the points will add up and after the points reach 8000 its 1ups again. You can also do this one again and again as long as you start off with leaf power.
As this column continues there will be more tips and tricks for this game and other great classics. Super Mario Bros 3 is always a great game to have that is fun and enjoyable for the whole family. If you do not have a Nintendo Entertainment System and/or a copy of Super Mario Bros 3, you can always find it online to play for free.
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Don’t let the roots of gaming die off. Remember to share the greats with our new generations to help preserve gamers history. Play on!