When I was a child, I loved playing Super Mario Bros on the Nintendo Entertainment System, otherwise known as the NES, a gaming console that came out in the 1980’s. I usually had fun until I decided to quit out of rage after dying one too many times. Honestly, I think I have more memories of getting angry at the game than I do of actually having fun. Unfortunately, my NES died years ago, so I cannot rage in Super Mario Bros anymore. However, Nintendo recently released an app to the Play Store called Mario Run. With the app, I can now rage on the go as well as at home. Users can download the app and play the first few levels for free. However, for those who want to play all the levels and have all the spirit breaking Nintendo has to offer, they will have to pay $10. Is it worth it? Let’s find out!
When Nintendo made this game, they must have realized that most users would not care about the story, and would be more interested in the gameplay. As a result, they played it safe and went with a story that they knew would work. Well, either that or they were too lazy to come up with another original story for the first time since 1985. Honestly, they were probably just too lazy. The story for Super Mario Bros games has not really changed since 1985. Bowser, a turtle-like monster, has taken Princess Peach, the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom, and Mario needs to save her. It turns out that my rage is not the only thing that has stayed constant throughout the years. Nintendo could have easily made a new story for the game; however, they decided to use the same plot they have been using for over 20 years. For a $10 app, there should really be more effort put into the storyline. I am not even disappointed. I was expecting Nintendo to recycle the same story and that is exactly what they did.
Nintendo spent about as much time making the story for the game as I spend exercising…. and I am very lazy. I originally thought that this meant that they spent a lot of time working on the gameplay. Nintendo definitely proved me wrong, however. For starters, the game only has 6 worlds, which are areas with a group of levels. In most decent Super Mario Bros installments, there are 8 worlds. Even though each level has 3 different layouts, they are so similar that it is hard to tell the difference between them. Each level has a set of 5 coins for the player to collect. These coins are hidden throughout the level, and although this does add a challenge to the game, it is not enough to keep people interested. Another problem is that the game constantly needs a wifi or data connection. This takes the portability out of the game, as many people who do not have data will need to constantly be in an area with strong wifi.The only saving grace is the online multiplayer. When connected, players can battle other people from around the world and their friends. I love this because it adds a much-needed level of difficulty to the game. Overall, however, I am very disappointed with the gameplay. It is short, easy, and like the story, unoriginal.
Nintendo recently released Mario Run to the Play Store. When it first came out, I was very excited to try it out. However, after playing it, I realized it was nothing special. After looking it over, I confidently say that $10 is just too much. The app is basically $1 for the game and $9 for the Nintendo brand. It is not even like this game is unique. Games like Rayman Adventures and Smurfs Epic Run are very similar and are even free. I would honestly recommend getting one of those instead. When I was a child, games like Super Mario Bros for the NES broke my spirits on a daily basis with its high level of difficulty. I was hoping that I could have the same experience with the app. However, that time has just not come yet.
– Michael Rehani