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Review by  Sean Hilty
Reviewed on 2004-11-22
Attention span: 10/10 This game is still on my TI-86, and probably will remain there for some time. Also, if I get bored of the levels, I can just go download a new level set.
Controls: 9/10 The only problem with the controls is that if the jump button is held down, you pogo up and down rapidly. This is a little annoying.
Implementation: 10/10 Mario is pretty much exactly like the video games of the same name.
Overall: 10/10 There isn't much more that can be added for version 1.0 (Except maybe Mario being able to throw fireballs when he gets a fire flower.)

Super Mario is a smooth side scrolling action game where you try to get through the levels. It features external levels which can be created with the included level editor, leaving nearly unlimited play options. Levels can also be downloaded from the web. The title screen is greyscale, but the actual game is not. However, the graphics are very good for a black and white game. Mario also features power up mushrooms, animated question boxes, and sound.

There is not much not to like about Mario. The only real problems are that if you hold the jump button down, Mario rapidly bounces up and down, and that sometimes enemies move to where a bush is and become very hard to see. The levels that come with the game are fairly challenging, but not enough to make one stop playing it. The program is somewhat large, but it does not take up an excessive amount of memory. The level set that is included takes up 1607 bytes.

Review by  Morgan Davies
Reviewed on 2004-01-24
This is one of those games that you are going to have a hard time getting bored of. It comes well supported with an on-calc level editor with some 72 tiles leading to an endless variety of worlds to be played. Some 200 external levels have already been created! Super Mario 86 v0.91 includes fast side scrolling action gameplay, sound (also true to the original NES version), grayscale, ability to turn calc off during play (teacher key), and all worlds come compressed via bloat to optimize for space.

The game includes excellent graphics which are true to the original NES game. There are 12 enemies (including Bowser), stars, coins, power-ups, moving bars, grayscale pictures. The features this game lacks are fireballs and going down pipes. Mario does not grow beyond his large compositing, and he does not shoot fireballs.

Personally I have found this to be the best if not the greatest game for the 86. Its attention span is limitless. If you get tired of some levels, just get some more form ticalc.org or make your own. The interface is very user friendly. The editor can be a little confusing at times but is very easy to use once you learn how. Congratulations to Bill Nagel for producing the most popular TI game of all time, based exclusively on the number of external worlds created!

If you have an 86, this is a must download!! Trust me. You will not be disappointed.

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