2 games in 1!?
- Brothers: Mario and Luigi, 2 good plumbers, seek to rescue Princess Toadstool of the Mushroom Kingdom from Bowser, king of the Koopas. It is a pretty good "knight rescues the princess from the evil dragon" type of story.
- Now for the game Duck Hunt, it has no story because this is just a game of shooting ducks and clay.
- The player takes on the role of the main protagonist of the series, Mario. The objective is to race through the Mushroom Kingdom, survive the main antagonist Bowser's forces and save Princess Toadstool. Players may gain one point of health for Mario if they pick up a mushroom, which allows them to take extra damage from most enemies and obstacles. Players are given a certain number of lives, which are lost from Mario incurring too much damage, falling in a pit, or running out of time; the game ends if all lives are lost. Mario's primary attack is jumping on top of enemies, though many enemies have differing responses to this. For example, a Goomba will flatten and be defeated, while a Koopa Troopa will temporarily retract into its shell, allowing Mario to use it as a projectile. These shells may be deflected off a wall to destroy other enemies, though they can also hurt Mario. An alternate way to damage enemies is with the Fire Flower, an item which allows players to shoot fireballs. A less common item is the Starman, which often appears from concealed or otherwise invisible blocks. This makes Mario temporarily invincible to most hazards. The game consists of eight worlds with four sub-levels in each world. What I hate is: that trying to jump to platform to platform is very tricky and can have you fall in pits. They should have fixed this flaw!
- In Duck Hunt, players utilize the Nintendo Zapper Light Gun that must be plugged into their Nintendo consoles, and attempt to shoot down either ducks or clay pigeons in mid-flight. The game has three modes: one and two-duck variations on the above formula, and a third mode called "clay pigeon shooting". The clay pigeons are much smaller sprites than the ducks, and, in later rounds, require faster reaction time to shoot down than in comparably numbered duck modes. Throughout the game, the player is accompanied by a nameless dog. Before every level, the dog sniffs around a grassy area, and then jumps into it barking excitedly when he smells ducks. After that, he either does one of two things for a player: retrieves the ducks a player shoots and congratulates them, or laughs at them for missing (as well as for failing to advance to a higher level). Since then, the nameless dog has passed into video gaming folklore. The dog has become so infamous for his laugh. Even though the game gets "old" after a while, it is still fun regardless.
- The graphics are pretty good. The reason why it looks so simple is because this was like the first game on the Nintendo system.
- The graphics for Duck Hunt are also good for the duck hunting genre.
- All the sound effects of the game are memorable from: the jumping of Mario & Luigi to the sound effects of Mario & Luigi getting bigger from the mushrooms. The music is also very memorable! No other music from a video game is as memorable as the one from Super Mario Bros.
- The sound effects of Duck Hunt are memorable to me, because of the ducks falling down and of course the famous laughter of the dog. The music is also nice.
Overall, I give this 2-in-1 game a 9 1/2 out of 10 because this was definitely "solid" for me! What could be better than the legendary Super Mario Bros. game and the famous Duck Hunt game all in one? By the way, I have 3 copies of this game; meaning that I have 3 Super Mario Bros. & Duck Hunt games in my collection! I think that is crazy!