Sam and Zach reconvene to discuss the only Super Mario game for the GameCube, 2002's Super Mario Sunshine. The second 3D platformer in the series, the boys revisit the game that pushed the Nintendo console's hardware capabilities as far as it could go with the last major visual redesign of the classic character. But how does the often-overlooked title hold up sixteen years later?

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After a hiatus, the Video Game Archives resumes with Sam and Zach revisiting the 1996 title Super Mario 64. The first official Mario game to bring Nintendo's flagship character into 3D, the game not only revolutionized the franchise but also all of Nintendo as it launched the Nintendo 64! Listen as the boys recount their memories of the classic!

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This week, Sam and Zach revisit the only official Super Mario game in the entire Super Nintendo catalog, 1990's Super Mario World! A lush 16-bit adventure that ushered in a new era of gaming for the venerable video game company and its flagship character, the boys explore the game's legacy!

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Sam and Zach wrap the original Game Boy era of Super Mario games with 1992's Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins! The final original Super Mario game for Nintendo's flagship handheld console marks the debut of Wario, Mario's twisted arch rival that would become a breakout character in his own right! Here, the heroic plumber discovers his home has been taken over by Wario leading to this epic adventure! Listen as Sam and Zach revisit this classic!

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Sam and Zach revisit the debut the original Super Mario handheld game, 1989's Super Mario Land! A launch title for the original Game Boy, Mario's handheld debut was the first game in the franchise without any direct involvement from Shigeru Miyamoto which led to it being a radical departure from the previous games (Mario piloting submarines?!) and introducing Princess Daisy who would appear more regularly in the franchise over a decade later! Listen to what the boys think of it!

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Sam and Zach revisit one of the greatest games of all time, certainly the proper send-off for Mario on the console that made him a household name, Super Mario Bros. 3! The duo talk about how the game originally faced a lengthy delay for its North American release, a Hollywood film made explicitly to help promote it, and their memories of the game growing up including its many secrets!

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Sam and Zach reconvene to talk 1988's Super Mario Bros. 2! An enhanced remake of the Japanese-exclusive Doki Doki Panic replacing the protagonists with Mario characters to replace the overly difficult Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2, the second Super Mario game released in the US has took an unusual legacy in the near-30 years since its original release. Listen as the duo look back on it!

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Sam and Zach talk about 1986's follow-up to the original Super Mario Bros., what was eventually released nearly a decade later in the United States as The Lost Levels! Deemed to difficult for American audiences upon the project's completion, the original Super Mario Bros. 2 has frustrated gamers all over the world for decades and is one of the more obscure classic Mario games. Listen to what the boys think of it all these years later!

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This is the big one: Sam and Zach discuss the 1985 Super Mario Bros. which effectively launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, made the Japanese video game company a household name, and ended the home video game crash that had sent shockwaves through the industry since 1983. Listen as the boys talk their earliest memories of the game and if Mario is best 2D or 3D!

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After discussing video gaming's most iconic character's debut last episode, Sam and Zack delve into his first unequivocal starring role as the eponymous character in 1983's Mario Bros.! Often confused for the original Super Mario Bros. game and associated with its recreation as the bonus stages of Super Mario Bros. 3, Mario Bros. was the character's last major hurrah in the arcades! Listen to the boys as they reminisce over it!

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