The Memory Card Game - Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES) - Retro Mini Games -

The Memory Card Game – Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES) – Retro Mini Games

Gaming Jay
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I’m Gaming Jay and welcome to RETRO MINI GAMES, the gaming series where we hunt for the coolest, craziest, weirdest, and most impressive mini games hidden in old retro games. These can be bonus stages, hidden levels, side games, special areas, small segments, or anything else that we could classify as a mini-games. Often times I am using hacks, cheats, Game Genie codes, or guides off camera in order to rig a game to continually set me up with the mini games so we can play them together. If you’re curious on that process, I usually post behind-the-scenes bonus videos on Patreon. But in any event, on to the main attraction. The mini game we play today and the game it comes from is…

Super Mario Bros. 3
The Memory Card Game (and other mini games)


Super Mario Bros. 3[a] is a platform game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It was released in Japan on October 23, 1988, North America on February 12, 1990 and Europe on August 29, 1991. It was developed by Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development, led by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka.

Players control plumbers Mario or Luigi, who must save Princess Toadstool and the rulers of seven different kingdoms from the antagonist Bowser. As in previous Mario games, they defeat enemies by stomping them or using items that bestow magical powers; they also have new abilities, including flight or sliding down slopes. Super Mario Bros. 3 introduces many elements that became Mario series staples, such as Bowser’s children (the Koopalings) and a world map to transition between levels.

Super Mario Bros. 3 is acclaimed by critics as one of the greatest video games of all time.[6][7][8] It is the third-best-selling NES game, with more than 17 million copies sold worldwide. It also inspired a short-lived animated television series produced by DiC Entertainment called The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. It was remade for the Super NES as a part of Super Mario All-Stars in 1993 and the Game Boy Advance as Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 in 2003. The game has been re-released on the Virtual Console. It is also pre-installed on the NES Classic Mini. On September 19, 2018, the game was re-released on the Nintendo Switch Online service with added netplay.

Beginning development shortly after the 1986 release of the Famicom Disk System’s Super Mario Bros. 2,[19] Super Mario Bros. 3 was developed by Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development, a team that consisted of more than ten people. The game took more than two years to complete[6][20] at a budget of about $800,000.[21] Developer Shigeru Miyamoto served as director. He worked closely with the designers and programmers during the conceptual and final stages, encouraging a free interchange of ideas. Miyamoto considered intriguing and original ideas to be key to creating a successful game.[20] Originally, the team intended for the game to be played from an isometric point of view, but the developers found that this made it too difficult to position jumps, so the game was changed to the 2D side view used in previous games. Some isometric elements remain, such as the checkered floor present in the title screen.[19] All pixel art for the game was drawn using Fujitsu FM R-50 HD business computers while HP 64000 mainframe computers with a 6502 processor card was used to write and test code.[22]

The game was designed to appeal to players of varying skill levels. To assist less skilled players, bonus coins and 1-ups are more abundant in earlier worlds, while later worlds present more complex challenges for experienced players. In the two-player mode, the players alternate turns to balance play time.[20] The development team introduced new power-ups and concepts that would give Mario the appearance of different creatures as a means of providing him with new abilities. An early idea changed Mario into a centaur, but was dropped in favor of a raccoon tail with limited flying ability.[6][20] Other costumes with different abilities were added to his repertoire, and levels were designed to take advantage of these abilities.[23] New enemies were included to add diversity to the game, along with variants of previous enemies, such as Goombas, Hammer Bros., and Koopa Troopas.


  1. I never did like these types of mini-games. Feels tacked on more then anything, plus I could never find a reliable method to cheese this. I prefer playing through the main game anyway.

  2. Kinda works like Minesweeper for kids.

  3. "It's all coming back to me guys!" followed immediately by "Aww, crap."

    I remember getting the Nintendo Power and feeling like I had the keys to the universe. It's amazing. Still am impressed you got the 5UP immediately by matching that star!

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