Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition
Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition is a Mario compilation game that was released for the Wii on December 12, 2010 as a special game for Mario's 25th anniversary. It contained a Wii emulation of the SNES game Super Mario All-Stars, along with a limited-time soundtrack CD and collectable book.
Why It Sucks
- It is a $30 emulated port of a singular SNES game with no enhancements whatsoever. They didn't even change the ABXY buttons image of a SNES controller when you select one of the four games on the menu. The fact that this was a physical release instead of a Virtual Console release adds more to the insult.
- It actually costed less to get all of the original games individually from the Wii Shop Channel than to get this compilation, as it only costed $21 to get the original games. If you were to buy these games from the 3DS or Wii U eShops, it still works out cheaper than buying this compilation at full price.
- The port does not include support for widescreen display, which is something most Wii games have been using at this point.
- Including just a soundtrack CD and book is still rather lackluster as limited items, as they don't cover up the $9 missing from just getting the original games.
- The version of Super Mario All-Stars Nintendo chose to emulate is the original release instead of the re-release that features Super Mario World which would not only made the collection feel more complete, but would slightly make the asking price almost worth it.
- False advertising: The collection was originally advertised as a limited release as a tactic to lure customers into getting the compilation, only for it to be released later in 2016 in the Nintendo Selects program.
- It was later released for the Nintendo Selects program without the bonus items, but at the same cost as the original, meaning there's absolutely no reason to get the compilation over the original games.
- The game seems more marketed toward people new to the series and them not know about the previous Mario games.
This game received mixed-to-negative reception from critics and a mixed reception from fans alike. The A.V. Club rated the game an "F" for the lackluster content and nearly-worthless bonus features. It holds a Metacritic critic score of 70/100 despite having a user score of 7.7/10.