SUPER MARIO BROS 3: BRICK BY BRICK - Now Available!
More than a strategy guide, bigger than a retrospective, a whole new look at one of the greatest video games of all time. Film critic and game journalist Bob Chipman (creator of Escape to The Movies, The Big Picture and The Game OverThinker) attempts the most in-depth analysis ever of his all-time favorite game, "Super Mario Bros. 3." The book chronicles his own most-recent journey through every step of the game (missteps and all) while analyzing every element of this enduring NES classic from level design to visuals to music to its unforgettable characters for their artistic, cultural, and even historical significance. He also details the history of the Super Mario franchise itself, his own experiences growing up gaming, and many of the life-changing events that surrounded and shaped this most recent quest to save The Mushroom Kingdom.
- An in-depth, step-by-step record of the author's play-through of every level, boss-battle, minigame, Toad House, and Airship of "Super Mario Bros. 3." No cheats, no shortcuts, no stone left unturned.
- Critical analysis and historical/pop-culture perspective on every character, enemy, sprite, background, item, and power-up in the game; along with its level-design, gameplay, music, and aesthetic sensibilities.
- A history of the Super Mario franchise, and of the author's own history growing up alongside the legendary series.
Not only did I beat Super Mario Brothers 3 but I beat every single level the game had with no P flyers or warp pipes, I also found all the secrets to the game. So I can defiantly relate to the book, thank you for writing something like it, I hope to read it soon.
I just bought my physical copy. I'm really looking forward to sitting down with it. I don't care what the fangamer.net reviews say, I doubt that I'll experience anything less than hours upon hours of enjoyment with this read. Bob is a rockstar in my books. ^-^
bought it digitally, am I now the first Belgian owner of this? Looking forward reading it through, let's see if SMB3 can actually beat my SMW of the throne...
Yeah Mario World's Cape Feather sort of broke the game when you can use it to skip half of the levels, but I was a child spoiled by better technology and I thought it was more rewarding to save your game and repay levels whenever you want to.
I think Tiago nailed it but I just wanted to add that from a game perspective, just in my opinion of course, SMW is a MUCH easier game than SMB3 so I personally felt more rewarded when I finally beat Mario 3.
Thats a fair observation, although I guess I can't help but be a bit biased towards Mario World considering I played it before Mario 3. All depends on the different wow factors I guess.
I'm not Bob, but my guess, fair an square, is that SMB3 runs on a weaker console and still has more imagination to it: the theatrical bits (curtain, the bolts), the numerous (inventive) power-ups, the vast ideas of mini-games, the first sight of a 'world map', so greatly looking as a board game... And it also molds a lot of what would become of Mario's games for a good while after it (the worlds, the mini-bosses, the multiple paths...) And, of course, Yoshi - SMW's biggest asset - was originally supposed to be a part of SMB3...
Just purchased mine! Would really like to get it signed though.
I got this at SGC, read nearly half of it on my flight back. GET IT.
I approve of this.
Interested to buy it.
I have read obout 1/3 of the book by now, and i love it. Bob is the man!
Although I prefer Super Mario World over Super Mario Bros. 3, I want to know why Movie Bob thought Mario World was overrated in comparison. If it has an explanation about that, I might check it out.
HA! You called a level "a board." You're officially my favorite. Book purchased!
Super Mario Bros. 3......the greatest game ever made? ......uh.......Mario 3 may have set the standard for the structure of Mario games, but Mario 4 perfected it, mainly for the overall design, controls, and re-playability.....BUT I LOVE MARIO 3!!! $8.00 is an awesome price. Great job moviebob.
Although I have little interest in reading the book right now, that does not mean to say that I won't purchase it in the future. Considering the positive comments the book is getting here I'm sure there's something in it I'll enjoy. But I'd rather wait a while before I make a final decision. Not to mention I still have a few other books I still need to get around to finishing before I stat a new one.
Ahhh!!! I am loving your book. I bought it at SGC and I have been enjoying it. Nearly finished. :)
BAM ordered the physical and digital. Thaks bob, I'ma enjoy this.
I personally think the first part of the book, which includes his retrospective and personal account with Mario through NSMB on the Wii is well worth the price alone
Bob, I was born in the 90's. One of the few things that I can appreciate about my gaming experience was that the first video game I've ever played was SMB3 in 1996. After watching and reading all your stuff on Screw Attack and The Escapist Magazine for the past year or so, I feel like I could really enjoy this book. I just bought a copy online and I gotta say, for the price your selling this at and everything that your telling me is in it, makes this seem like a worthwhile gamentary (if that is even word XD)