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Super Mario Bros. Updated on eShop in North America and Europe

by Andy Goergen - February 15, 2012, 5:03 pm EST
Total comments: 18

Save states are now available on this 3DS Virtual Console classic.

Update: In North America, Nintendo will make Super Mario Bros. available for purchase to non-Ambassadors on the 3DS Virtual Console later today. The game will cost $4.99.

An update has been released for Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo 3DS eShop in North America and Europe. The update allows the use of a single save state, a feature already available on Game Boy games on the 3DS Virtual Console service. You can also now use the X button as the B button.

The game now includes a full instruction manual. Another minor feature of the update is that the icon on the 3DS home screen now shows an icon of an NES and CRT television rather than just a rectangle with the title screen. It also now includes a custom coin sound and a listing of the game's original release date.

As with other updates on the 3DS at this time, you must go to the Settings menu in the eShop and then navigate to the game in your downloads menu. Although there is an Updates list, the game does not show as an available update in that list.

Talkback

Does anyone still think Nintendo won't sell these games to non-Ambassadors at some point? Updates like this are just more evidence. And I'm perfectly fine with it; after all, my copy was free.

Of course they will. Some of them are already for sale in Japan.

The new manual is a little strange. They keep the reference to Princess Toadstool, but use the name Toad and change the power-up name to Super Mushroom. And they call him "Lord Bowser."

CyrianFebruary 15, 2012

Clicked on the updates tab, just for kicks and giggles, said no updates available for any of my titles.
Went to my download list and TONS of games and other things I've downloaded had updates (even the Ambassador Certificate, WTH does that need a 147 block update for?). I'm am amazed at Nintendo's efficiency in user interface design. 

ejamerFebruary 15, 2012

Quote from: Jonnyboy117

Does anyone still think Nintendo won't sell these games to non-Ambassadors at some point? Updates like this are just more evidence. And I'm perfectly fine with it; after all, my copy was free.

First, I'm fine with it too. In fact I want them to sell the games because then it's more likely that other VC releases will come out that might interest me.


Second, who said Nintendo wouldn't sell these Ambassador games?  I seem to recall that they explicitly said NES games would be available to the general public from the start.  (GBA games might have had a different statement issued... although I personally think Nintendo will sell them too if at all possible. Why wouldn't they?  It's easy money.)

Mop it upFebruary 15, 2012

I would think that this update means they have created the version that they will sell on the eShop.

Quote from: Mop

I would think that this update means they have created the version that they will sell on the eShop.

They're already selling this version on the eShop in Japan.

Mop it upFebruary 15, 2012

The English version? I already know it's available in Japan, and here's the one that will be available in the US.

house3136February 15, 2012

What I don’t understand is why Nintendo hasn’t changed the button schematic. Sure the screen has an NES, but I still have to contort my thumb to play the game. The A and B button layout is not the same as the NES.
Yeah, what’s up with the ambassador certificate update? It still isn’t 3D and all of the games have been released. Maybe it’s in conjunction with updates for the games.

Why? You can use X and A or B and A, so one or the other should suit your liking.

RasFebruary 15, 2012

Quote from: Cyrian

(even the Ambassador Certificate, WTH does that need a 147 block update for?)

This probably isn't what you're asking, but I think you download the entire new version and then the old one is auto deleted.  The other day, I downloaded updates for a ton of games, and it stated that it took my blocks down from about 2200 to 700.  I was pretty unhappy about that, but the block total went back to 2200 after the updating was done.  Just an FYI for others concerned about the block total decrease. 

famicomplicatedJames Charlton, Associate Editor (Japan)February 16, 2012

Interesting. I thought it was a global update back when this happened on Jpse 3DS's. I guess not!


I didn't realise about the coin sound thing before, but it does it for both Mario Bros and Zelda 1 which is weird. (A treasure GET sound would have been better, no?)
A neat thing about the Famicom ones is that the icon has the correctly coloured cartridge (Mario= Yellow, Zelda= Green)


By the way, has the update happened for Zelda 1 outside of Japan yet?

Not yet, the only updates I had were SMB, Donkey Kong and Mario's Picross.

house3136February 16, 2012

I apologize, I didn’t realize you could use the X/A combination; I tried using Y/B. Was this part of the update, because before, I didn’t think you could use the X/A buttons? This is the main reason I haven’t been playing this game; at least now I know.

It was part of the update, but the GBA games also let you do this. The original Ambassador NES games oddly have X mapped to the Virtual Console menu function.

1takauchihaFebruary 16, 2012

I'm so glad they did this, I was dying for that game!

motangFebruary 20, 2012

$5 seems a bit steep for such an old game, it's a good don't get me wrong, but it should be priced around $2 to $3.

ejamerFebruary 20, 2012

Quote from: motang

$5 seems a bit steep for such an old game, it's a good don't get me wrong, but it should be priced around $2 to $3.

I understand why many people might say this, but the number of people willing to pay $5 (again) suggests that you are wrong.


Edit: For what it's worth, I wouldn't pay $5 for it again and didn't buy when it was released on Wii either.  I am very happy to have it as part of the Ambassador Program though.

bhurakFebruary 20, 2012

Quote from: motang

it's a good don't get me wrong,

Thanks for the review.  ;)  It's only one of the most important and best games of all time.  Glad it qualifies as Good.  (just giving you a hard time)

Anyway, I'm not sure what the advantage of making it 2 or 3 dollars would be - I think the arguments about it being old, often released, etc would apply at any price.  I happily bought in at 5 - though I had passed it up on the Wii Virtual Console. I wonder if I'd feel different if I was buying it digitally again.

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