Check out this well-thought-out article from 1up in which they discuss the recently released Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Edition for the Wii.

The game is a collection of all four original Super Mario games: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3, as well as a CD of music and sound effects and an elaborate expanded booklet with pictures and production details/notes from over the years at Nintendo.

It’s a nice package, and retailed for $30 before quickly selling out its one run of production, but it’s pretty bare-bones, as far as the games are concerned.

The 1up article discusses how the games are little more than copy/paste jobs of the original games, and that they’re not any really more special than a Virtual Console download. Also, more to the central point made in the article, is that the package really omits a lot of Mario games that could and should have been included in such an elaborately-detailed 25th Anniversary game like this.

There are only four games, and the booklet discusses all sorts of other games, and the author of the article thinks that’s unfortunate.

I have this game but haven’t opened it yet. I will, thanks to the booklet and CD, but I do agree that the concept of only four of the games is a bit lacking. Nintendo probably could have included more games very easily, but for whatever reason they didn’t.

Overall, this is a pretty well-written article by 1up, and begs the question of whether or not this was just a quick half- hearted attempt by Nintendo to capitalize on an anniversary release like this.

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