Super Mario Bros 3
One of the most iconic video games of all time was released in North America 30 years ago today.
I was living with my maternal grandparents when the game came out on February 12th. Normally, I wouldn't get a new Nintendo game unless it was my birthday or Christmas, but Mom Mom was a Nintendo fan so we went out to buy it as soon as it was released. Unfortunately, it wasn't that easy. This was a decade before video games could be ordered online, and the demand for the game combined with Nintendo's infamous "chip shortage" made it impossible to find for months after it was released. I got to play it on the PlayChoice 10 machine at the Aladdin's Castle arcade in the Laurel Mall, but it took a few months before we found it for sale. We brought it home and played it almost every day through that spring and summer.
|Nintendo Power: Issue 10 (January 1990)