Super Mario Brothers 3 - Let's Play

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a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 5 November 2015 03:07 (one year ago) Permalink

And who needs help with emulation, roms, joystick recommendations, etc?

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 5 November 2015 03:08 (one year ago) Permalink

how would i go about playing? i have an old NES that kinda works sometimes. looked up the game and its selling for like $15! Are there other ways?

I know when that Ott line zings (Spottie), Thursday, 5 November 2015 03:40 (one year ago) Permalink

If you are on a mac, i HIGHLY recommend http://openemu.org/
and it's free!
What's the best emulator for PC out there?
you should be able to find an SMB3 rom somewhere out there on the wild wild web, but if not maybe post here and see if anyone loves you.
and there's always the wii or DS for paid emulation

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 5 November 2015 05:28 (one year ago) Permalink

OpenEmu is great, just tried it

Nhex, Thursday, 5 November 2015 05:40 (one year ago) Permalink

what controller should i buy?

I know when that Ott line zings (Spottie), Thursday, 5 November 2015 07:34 (one year ago) Permalink

an xbox one, tbh

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Thursday, 5 November 2015 07:45 (one year ago) Permalink

I installed a SNES emulator the other day. I'm kind of touched by the amount of work that's gone into filters aping the look of a CRT TV, it's kinda cheering on a moral level, even, apart from how much better it looks.

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Thursday, 5 November 2015 07:46 (one year ago) Permalink

whoa nice forx, I don't have a lot of spare time for games but I'm definitely rocking with this thread

I've had this controller for about a week and have really enjoyed: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002YVD3KM?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Thursday, 5 November 2015 14:16 (one year ago) Permalink

Tried the Dualshock 3 last night, didn't feel right (buttons too far apart horizontally, separated d-pad no good). Hard time doing the old dash-into-crouch manuever. Will try a 360 pad or others later.

Noticing a lot of little graphical details that I forgot that made the game so appealing, things like Mario grabbing his hat when ducking, and his stubby little arms jutting out when preparing for takeoff.

Nhex, Thursday, 5 November 2015 15:16 (one year ago) Permalink

What's everyone's opinion on me playing this on Super Mario All-Stars on SNES? Because I have a SNES, I have a CRT television that it's plugged into, and I have the cartridge, and I think it's plugged in (actually no, someone came over and begged to play the imo slightly inferior Super Mario World).

I should buy a Nintendo.

nerd shit (Will M.), Thursday, 5 November 2015 15:36 (one year ago) Permalink

i think someone on the other thread something about SMB3 feeling a little off on Super Mario All-stars, but if there are differences, they're not that significant imo. maybe like the difference between listening to an album on LP rather than CD, but it's pretty much the same thing.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 5 November 2015 15:46 (one year ago) Permalink

it's been so long since i played it on a NES i can't even remember. totally on kijiji right now looking for consoles tho.

nerd shit (Will M.), Thursday, 5 November 2015 16:02 (one year ago) Permalink

keep getting distracted by people selling a lot of snes games for 475 and thinking that's too much and realizing earthbound is in it and going "hmm maybe" :S :S

nerd shit (Will M.), Thursday, 5 November 2015 16:02 (one year ago) Permalink

Just got done deep-cleaning my SNES, thrilled to see Yoshi's Island onscreen again. Figured what the heck though and checked on Mario All-Stars. I stand by my assessment - there's something off about the control or the way Mario moves. I'm certain it's not as responsive as the NES game. I have no idea why they would mess with that but I'm convinced of it. Didn't A/B though since I no longer have an NES ;_;

I also think the cosmetic changes are generally for the worse. The game needs all its brown and beigey yellows, it somehow adds to it feeling so handmade and full of character though I realize this is totally subjective and arbitrary.

Frump 'n' Dump (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 5 November 2015 17:19 (one year ago) Permalink

I beat world 1. God the music is SO GOOD. my dumb hands don't remember how to play this or my dumb SNES clone controller doesn't quite have the stick and snap I'm used to or more likely both.
I was always a "beat every zone before moving forward" guy. you too?

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 5 November 2015 17:45 (one year ago) Permalink

is this your first time playing SMB3 forks? jeaaaaalous

Karl Malone, Thursday, 5 November 2015 17:47 (one year ago) Permalink

I used to always Whistle my way through as much as possible (though I can't even remember the shortcuts anymore) but I'm dedicated for this run to go through every world, every stage.

Nhex, Thursday, 5 November 2015 17:47 (one year ago) Permalink

no way, i beat this when i was a kid! it's just been at least 20 years since i've touched it
(counts years in head, confirms this, sobs a little)

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 5 November 2015 17:51 (one year ago) Permalink

warp whistle was in world 1-3, if you held down at the last white block and then ran to the right, i think. really jealous i'm not playing this right now

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Thursday, 5 November 2015 17:53 (one year ago) Permalink

iirc there's a good variety of levels in World 1, nice taste of what's possible in the game

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Thursday, 5 November 2015 17:54 (one year ago) Permalink

i crouched on all those goddam blocks, couldn't quite find it
the attention to detail is just so high. on the airship when the screen moves you forward and the bullet bills' trajectory tacks up or down with the motion
died a lot there last night

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 5 November 2015 17:55 (one year ago) Permalink

one thing i still remember is how easy all the early world bosses are. even smb2 was more complicated.
world 1-1's boards are fairly simple and perfectly designed; each level is a short, thoughtful puzzle designed more or less as a tutorial. i didn't notice that as a kid but it's so effortlessly presented.
fuck that stupid "match the reels" minigame though, that sucks

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 5 November 2015 17:57 (one year ago) Permalink

if you get full sprint and then hit the reel perfectly on the corner it will give you a star everytime

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Thursday, 5 November 2015 17:58 (one year ago) Permalink

You can grind up lots of lives off the infinitely spawning goombas in 1-2.

jmm, Thursday, 5 November 2015 18:02 (one year ago) Permalink

oh, no i mean the board where the reels match

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 5 November 2015 18:02 (one year ago) Permalink

oh yeah, that's garbage. the key there is to make the dumbest face you can

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Thursday, 5 November 2015 18:05 (one year ago) Permalink

don't have an ideal setup for this at the moment but i think to get the world 1 warp whistle you use the feather to fly up past the top of the screen at the point in the miniboss castle where you're attacked by a skeletal koopa just before passing through a door. off the screen you will be able to get on the unseen top of the roof. run along the roof to the right until you stop--iirc, aligned perfectly with the door on the floor below you?--then press up to go through the door you can't see. whistle.

playlists of pensive swift (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 5 November 2015 18:08 (one year ago) Permalink

p much every time i play the game now i get all of the whistles and use none of them

1-3. duck on the white box, run behind the stage end
1-fortress, raccoon tail (don't pick up the flowers, they are traps!), get right near the last door, go as far left as possible w/o falling in the lava, jump no the drybones, go right, and then run left (the drybones will be gone so you have a good tarmac) and fly above the level
world 2 - get the hammer to break a stone, don't break the stone to let you into the one crappy mushroom house, instead break the one on the right edge of the screen and enjoy the many spoils you get over there incl. last whistle

weird how much this shit sticks in your mind, like i can close my eyes and "get" the whistles in my mind. how big is SMB3? like a megabyte? the rom is probably installed on my brain at this point

xpost haha

nerd shit (Will M.), Thursday, 5 November 2015 18:14 (one year ago) Permalink

run along the roof to the right until you stop--iirc, aligned perfectly with the door on the floor below you?--then press up to go through the door you can't see.

btw this is so beautiful. you're overjoyed at discovering the hidden floor and you can't wait for what you're about to find, and then mario just stops moving. like he's run into a wall. but you can't see him. and on the screen there's nothing but a revived drybones dopily circling an empty room, with a door. and you think, maybe--

playlists of pensive swift (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 5 November 2015 18:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Noticing a lot of little graphical details that I forgot that made the game so appealing, things like Mario grabbing his hat when ducking

i like imagining he is mocking the koopa

playlists of pensive swift (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 5 November 2015 18:22 (one year ago) Permalink

ducking on any white block drops you down behind the scenery

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Thursday, 5 November 2015 18:24 (one year ago) Permalink

re: the grabbing the hat, i jsut thought he was trying to use his arm strength to make himself even shorter

nerd shit (Will M.), Thursday, 5 November 2015 18:37 (one year ago) Permalink

ducking on white platforms to disappear behind the stage works irl too btw

i love the way the "secrets" in SMB3 are executed. so many of them strike that perfect balance between being discoverable while still giving the player a feeling of accomplishment. like that whistle in the first fortress one - it's off the screen, so many players will miss it, but getting there isn't completely implausible, especially once you've played the game a few times and you're fucking around in each level, exploring. and then adding in the requirement to look for a door is just the cherry on top. all that stands in such contrast to most NES "secrets" which just involve stuff like using up your bombs on walls to see if there's something behind them.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 5 November 2015 18:42 (one year ago) Permalink

what i actually lvoe about the secrets is that a lot of them weren't easily found, but were instead passed around virally by your friends, so you would go to one friend's house and learn a cool trick, and then you'd learn another cool trick at another friends house.

since i didn't have an NES i made a lot of my friends play smb3 with me so i was a definite secrets vector, passing that shit around all my console-having friends who didn't play smb3 with each other

nerd shit (Will M.), Thursday, 5 November 2015 18:48 (one year ago) Permalink

It also has a ton of secrets! Much more generous ones than most games did. Particularly brilliant: the treasure ship, which if you don't know how to trigger it, really is effectively random, the kind of thing you'll encounter once and SWEAR to your friends was real and nobody believes you. I think even the strategy guide only hinted coyly at it, and maybe it wasn't until I was on Usenet that I found a guide that broke down exactly how to do it? But I might be misremembering here.

Frump 'n' Dump (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 5 November 2015 18:51 (one year ago) Permalink

What's the best emulator for PC out there?

FYI I'm not saying this is the best emulator, but if you want to suddenly have a decent NES library this has about 600 games in it:

It looks sketchy at a glance but I haven't experienced any virus/etc. issues.

polyphonic, Thursday, 5 November 2015 18:55 (one year ago) Permalink

btw - i forgot that unlike Super Mario World and later Mario games, you can't replay any levels once you've beat them. so if you miss that secret it's gone

Does anyone remember that secret, I think in World 2 where you had to have a number of coins ending in 3 and also have the timer ending in some number when you the beat the stage? It was something completely insane.

Nhex, Thursday, 5 November 2015 19:00 (one year ago) Permalink

How does everyone feel about playing this for about a week or so and then moving on to the next game on the console poll list? Is that enough time?

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 5 November 2015 19:00 (one year ago) Permalink

I say this as someone who loves sports games, but can we skip the sports games (except Mike Tyson I mean).

polyphonic, Thursday, 5 November 2015 19:05 (one year ago) Permalink

And dodgeball obv

polyphonic, Thursday, 5 November 2015 19:06 (one year ago) Permalink

we're not gonna CLOSE thread or anything but spending a month playing smb3 feels a little overkill

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 5 November 2015 19:11 (one year ago) Permalink

Poor useless boomerang bro in 1-4. So easily avoidable.

jmm, Thursday, 5 November 2015 19:13 (one year ago) Permalink

as long as we're discussing product, New Yorkers should check out this store in person. thousands of nes games for about ten bucks a pop.
https://www.videogamesnewyork.com/

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 5 November 2015 19:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Keep this in mind when you're smashing all them bricks

polyphonic, Thursday, 5 November 2015 19:43 (one year ago) Permalink

(maybe)

playlists of pensive swift (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 5 November 2015 19:44 (one year ago) Permalink

Mario was just getting in Lakitu's way.

jmm, Thursday, 5 November 2015 19:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Does anyone remember that secret, I think in World 2 where you had to have a number of coins ending in 3 and also have the timer ending in some number when you the beat the stage? It was something completely insane

I think in any of the worlds with wandering hammer bros you can morph them into the ghost treasure ship by perfectly aligning the number of coins, the timer and your score. i cant remember the exact formula but once you know it its pretty easy to do. i do remember that in order to get the ghost mushroom house to appear you have to just get lots of coins in certain levels - usually the ones where the screen autoscrolls.

dead (Lamp), Thursday, 5 November 2015 21:13 (one year ago) Permalink

re: the grabbing the hat, i jsut thought he was trying to use his arm strength to make himself even shorter

this is correct, of course.

playlists of pensive swift (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 5 November 2015 23:00 (one year ago) Permalink

oh yeah! i forgot about the white mushroom house challenge from maxing out coins in certain boards. that was a great way of baking in an extra challenge -- once you knew about it anyway --- where what was ordinarily a reasonably easy board now has something really tough for you to shoot for.

Frump 'n' Dump (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 5 November 2015 23:05 (one year ago) Permalink

Cool thread, I've got this on original cartridge for the NES, and also for the DS.

The only Mario game I could get on board with, but still shit at it tbh.

only just see this thread but I'll start playing tomorrow

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Thursday, 5 November 2015 23:58 (one year ago) Permalink

Nothing like stomping one of King Koopa's kids and then catching that wand on the fly. My only beef with that World 1 I just beat was that I ended up with a couple of mushrooms from Toad's Castle

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Friday, 6 November 2015 00:35 (one year ago) Permalink

hey stet, can you change the thread title to "ILX plays Super Mario Brothers 3"
I forgot there's a whole "Let's Play" culture and it's not what this is about.

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Friday, 6 November 2015 01:17 (one year ago) Permalink

i thought i was a legit genius as a kid when i discovered that you can use a second warp whistle while in the warp zone (where you select the next world) and get all the way from world 1 to world 8. one of the few NES-era secrets i found on my own and i had that sense of "does anyone else know about this??"

expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Friday, 6 November 2015 01:25 (one year ago) Permalink

World 3's fortress is 1988

Karl Malone, Friday, 6 November 2015 02:57 (one year ago) Permalink

thwomp one of the very best new enemies in this game. could just be, yknow, a falling spike, but put a face and a name on it, and I'm sold.

Frump 'n' Dump (Doctor Casino), Friday, 6 November 2015 03:02 (one year ago) Permalink

memory after just beating world 1 of this game: me and my... friend? or one of my siblings? used to do our own voiceover for the toad dude at the end of each level when you save the king. he jumps up twice and then does a couple of bows. and every time we would sit there and say, for the entirety of the cutscene, "yay! yay! oh thank you oh thank you yay! yay! oh thank you oh thank you yay! yay!"... etc. it's now stuck in my head and i can hear it in my own little kid voice which is pretty insane.

nerd shit (Will M.), Friday, 6 November 2015 05:39 (one year ago) Permalink

try it at home! each jump = 1 yay. each bow animation = one oh thank you.

nerd shit (Will M.), Friday, 6 November 2015 05:39 (one year ago) Permalink

thwomp at their best in zelda: links awakening imo

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Friday, 6 November 2015 11:39 (one year ago) Permalink

i'm not sure why i thought that opinion was worth swearing

thwomp (thomp), Friday, 6 November 2015 14:15 (one year ago) Permalink

There is something incredibly satisfying about the physics of knocking out thwomp with an invincibility star.

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Friday, 6 November 2015 14:47 (one year ago) Permalink

you do those little somersaults when youre using an invincibility star hey?

you too could be called a 'Star' by the Compliance Unit (jim in glasgow), Friday, 6 November 2015 17:15 (one year ago) Permalink

if you're having a WILD friday night like me, you can watch me play SMB3 at http://www.twitch.tv/weinventyou at 7pm eastern

Karl Malone, Friday, 6 November 2015 23:31 (one year ago) Permalink

kinda tempted but i think i'm gonna try to beat world 2 instead

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Friday, 6 November 2015 23:34 (one year ago) Permalink

*high five*

Karl Malone, Friday, 6 November 2015 23:36 (one year ago) Permalink

there's a warp whistle in world two hey

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Friday, 6 November 2015 23:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Can some YSI me a rom? In the age of streaming music my torrenting skills have atrophied.

Jeff, Friday, 6 November 2015 23:44 (one year ago) Permalink

Oink invite?????!

Jeff, Friday, 6 November 2015 23:45 (one year ago) Permalink

can you torrent? it's pretty easy to find them if you can - just search for NES ROMS or something really simple like that. there are plenty of good collections

Karl Malone, Friday, 6 November 2015 23:50 (one year ago) Permalink

I think I need to futz with my firewall settings again. But I'm good, a rom angel has messaged me a gift.

Jeff, Friday, 6 November 2015 23:52 (one year ago) Permalink

getting ready to start
if any sad soul is going to live vicariously through my twitching of SMB3 and wants to say something, i'll be checking here inbetween levels, or you can login to twitch and chat there and i should see it if all goes well

Karl Malone, Friday, 6 November 2015 23:52 (one year ago) Permalink

just beat 2! will watch you now.

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 7 November 2015 00:03 (one year ago) Permalink

up to world 2, stage 4! what a blast!

Karl Malone, Saturday, 7 November 2015 00:26 (one year ago) Permalink

World 4 fortress

Karl Malone, Saturday, 7 November 2015 01:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Try this in 6-5.

jmm, Saturday, 7 November 2015 02:27 (one year ago) Permalink

i recommend that twitch feed, it's fun

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 7 November 2015 02:44 (one year ago) Permalink

connection is dropping a lot, is there some settings that the streamer can change to fix? I know nothing about twitch

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Saturday, 7 November 2015 03:06 (one year ago) Permalink

me neither. i just gave up. it looked like it was 15-20 minutes behind where i was.

Karl Malone, Saturday, 7 November 2015 03:11 (one year ago) Permalink

a shame, it was really entertaining. You a natural at streaming dude

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Saturday, 7 November 2015 10:55 (one year ago) Permalink

Thanks! I might do it again sometime soon if I can get a free evening, but I'll look up a few guides on reducing the lag first.

Karl Malone, Saturday, 7 November 2015 18:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Thank goodness for save states. I know I could probably sit down and beat this game in a sitting, but so far I've been able to split it over three sessions and I'm about to get to world 7. I'm not using the save states in a cheat-y way though, only save when I turn off the emulator/restore when I turn it back on. Some stray observations...

- I never knew the green plants were shorter than the red plants. I thought the colors were just for some... err, color.
- I also never knew your powerup "wallet" was limited. I accidentally overwrote some of my items... thankfully I don't think I overwrote anything good.
After I beat the game straight I'm going to screw with some game genie stuff again, mostly to give myself a bunch of hammer bros suits because they're super cool and there aren't enough of them.
- I got killed so many times in world 5 or 6 by Buster Beetles (pic below). I just couldn't get my head to remember the speed they move and the angle that they throw blocks at.
- Also killing me several times: Spike (I always jump on him like one frame too late), Lakitu (there's a particular world 5 level where he is JUST out of reach to jump on him, but close enough that we can really fuck up your day), flame chomp (don't ever see them enough to get an idea of their "pattern").
- Looking up all of their names is fun.
- I somehow still remember where virtually every single Pile Driver Micro Goomba is. Not sure if this is because I'm some sort of SMB3 genius or if the game just does a clever job of maknig you think you "remember" when in reality they're placed in the most obvious spots.
- I have a tanooki suit that i'm scared to use because it's my favourite thing and I don't want to waste it.
- I beat one of the ships with the frog suit because I never use frog suits and it seemed hilarious.

nerd shit (Will M.), Monday, 9 November 2015 20:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Buster Beetle

Spike

Lakitu

Fire Chomp

Pile Driver Micro Goomba (wtf this name)

Tanooki Suit <3 <3 <3

Frog Suit

Hammer Suit <3 <3

nerd shit (Will M.), Monday, 9 November 2015 20:54 (one year ago) Permalink

I should specify that I did not BEAT the boss with the frog suit, I took a hit somewhere on the way. I am now reading that if you beat the bosses with a frog, tanooki, or hammer suit, you get an alternate message from the king!! whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nerd shit (Will M.), Monday, 9 November 2015 20:59 (one year ago) Permalink

ooh, that rings a bell:

expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Monday, 9 November 2015 21:17 (one year ago) Permalink

No dice?!
What a drag.

nerd shit (Will M.), Monday, 9 November 2015 21:21 (one year ago) Permalink

those messages are all ridiculously charming. got a huge grin on my face from watching that.

Frump 'n' Dump (Doctor Casino), Monday, 9 November 2015 23:21 (one year ago) Permalink

This appears to have run its course, so:

ILX Plays: Castlevania (for the NES)

i made a scope for my laser musket out of some (forksclovetofu), Monday, 16 November 2015 18:30 (one year ago) Permalink

I got through worlds 1 and 2 over the weekend. I don't remember where any of the whistles/secrets are, but ignorance is bliss -- I don't really want to skip anything anyway.

Incredible game. A little easy by NES standards but still challenging. I love the puzzle aspect of how bricks are set up. Getting that 1up/powerup that seems right out in the open can be subtly tricky.

polyphonic, Monday, 16 November 2015 21:11 (one year ago) Permalink


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