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Retro Vault: Super Mario Bros 3, Cadillacs & Dinosaurs, TMHT

Plus: Global Gladiators and the Nintendo 64 Shoshinkai video

Retro Vault is our regular weekly feature in which we dive into gaming's past and share five classic nuggets of retro nostalgia. If you missed last week's Retro Vault you can read it here.

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October 1988 - Super Mario Bros 3 Japanese flyer

After taking the gaming world by storm with Super Mario Bros. and causing many Japanese gamers to tear their hair out with Super Mario Bros. 2 (western gamers got a completely different, easier game), all eyes were on Nintendo to see how it could improve on its already impressive achievements.

The result, Super Mario Bros. 3, was such a momentous accomplishment for its time that to this day it's still widely regarded as one of the finest games ever made, regularly featuring in many long-time gamers' top 10 lists.

This was partly thanks to the introduction of special suits that Mario could find dotted around the game. While the Raccoon Suit - which enabled Mario to fly - was by far the most common outfit and that served as the game's main selling point, gamers could also discover the Frog Suit, Hammer Brother Suit and the now-legendary Tanooki Suit as they fought their way through to Bowser.

The airship stages, the card-matching mini-game, the Koopalings, Kuribo's Shoe, the P-Wing, the two-player battles, the warp whistles, the Toad Houses... Super Mario Bros. 3 was responsible for numerous memories, most of which have stayed with gamers for more than two decades.

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