A reissue (also known as a re-release, a retool, a port, or a remake depending on how much was changed) is a term that refers to any newer version of a previously released video game. This can be done with varying level of change, the result ranging from an identical game (e.g.: Mario's FUNdamentals) to a completely remade game with improved graphics and additional content (e.g.: Super Mario 64 DS).
Series of reissues
Nintendo Vs. System
- Main article: Nintendo Vs. System
- Main article: Player's Choice
(1996) Player's Choice is a marking label on select Nintendo games that have sold a high number of copies. It is thus a series of re-releases of popular Nintendo games, among which is a certain number of Mario games.
Nintendo Power service
- Main article: Nintendo Power (cartridge)
The Nintendo Power service was a service released only in Japan that ran from 1997 to 2007, which allowed players to download specific Super Famicom games to a special cartridge. At a later date, Game Boy games became available. A total of twenty-nine games from the Mario franchise were released for the service.
Super Mario Advance
- Main article: Super Mario Advance (series)
The Super Mario Advance series is a series of remakes released of classic Mario sidescrollers on the Game Boy Advance from 2001 to 2003. A port of Mario Bros. is also included in each game. The four games ported are Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario World, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, and Super Mario Bros. 3.
Classic NES Series
- Main article: Classic NES Series
The Classic NES Series (known as NES Classics in Europe and Famicom Mini in Japan) is a series of ports of Nintendo Entertainment System games released on the Game Boy Advance in 2004 and 2005. Classic NES Series Mario games are comprised of Super Mario Bros., Dr. Mario, Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario Bros., and Wrecking Crew.
- Main article: Virtual Console
Every Mario game released on the Virtual Console, excluding the WiiWare games, is a port. The complete list of titles can be found here. While Nintendo tries to keep the ports close to the original games, some games have been edited. The complete list of changes can be found here.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl masterpieces
The Super Smash Bros. Brawl Masterpieces mode is a mode where the player can play restricted demo versions of fourteen Nintendo games, of which four games are from the Mario franchise: Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros. 2.
New Play Control!
- Main article: New Play Control!
The New Play Control! series is a series of Nintendo GameCube games ported to the Wii. As the name indicates, the main addition is the revamping of the controls system in order to take advantage of the Wii's motion controls. In the Mario series, only Mario Power Tennis and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat have been re-released under the New Play Control! series, in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
- Main article: Nintendo Selects
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U masterpieces
The Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Masterpieces mode is a mode where the player can play restricted demo versions of twenty four Nintendo games, of which four games are from the Mario franchise: Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Dr. Mario, Yoshi.
List of reissues by date of the original release
Donkey Kong is a 1981 arcade game. It was later ported to the NES in 1983, the Famicom Disk System in 1988, and the Game Boy Advance in 2004. These ports downgrade the game to fit the capabilities of each of the consoles, such as graphical quality and removal of stages.
It was ported, with more or less change, to the following systems:
- the Atari 2600, the Atari 5200 and the NES in 1983;
- the Apple II, the Commodore 64, the FM-7 and the NEC PC88 in 1984;
- the Amstrad CPC and the Atari 7200 in 1987;
- the Atari 8-bit in 1988;
- the e-Reader in 2002, as Mario Bros.-e;
- the Game Boy Advance in 2004, as Classic NES Series: Mario Bros.
Additionally, a port of the game is included in Super Mario Bros. 3 (Famicom, 1988) as a 2-player minigame, as well as in the four Super Mario Advance games (GBA, from 2001 to 2003), and in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA, 2003).
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. (Game & Watch)
(see the reissue section of the SMB article)
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros. 3 was originally released on the Famicom in 1988. In 2003, it received a port on the Game Boy Advance titled Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. The main differences are eReader compatibility, ...
Super Mario World
Donkey Kong Country
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island was originally released on the Super Famicom in 1995. In 2002, it received a port on the Game Boy Advance titled Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. The main differences are
Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic
Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES, 1988) is a retool of the game that replaces the Fuji TV mascots featured in the game with Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad, as well as replacing other sprites and retooling the mechanices to cater to a Western audience.
Dr. Mario (1990) is a NES game later ported to the Game Boy in the same year and the Game Boy Advance in 2004. The Game Boy version downgrades the graphical quality of the game, but is otherwise identical to the original. The Game Boy Advance version, however, is closer to the original NES game.
Mario is Missing!
Mario is Missing! (1992) is a MS-DOS game later ported to the NES and the SNES in 1993. These ports downgrade the game to fit the capabilities of each of the consoles, such as graphical quality and removal and addition of locations and features.
Mario's Time Machine
Mario's Time Machine (1993) is a MS-DOS game later ported to the NES in that same year and the SNES in 1996. These ports downgrade the game to fit the capabilities of each of the consoles, such as graphical quality and removal and addition of locations and features.
Panel de Pon
Panel de Pon was originally released on the Super Famicom in 1995. Tetris Attack (SNES, 1996) is a retool of the game that replaces the characters, including the main character Lip, with Yoshi characters and enemies for the Western release. Aside from the graphical retool, the game plays almost exactly like its Japanese counterpart.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Mario's Game Gallery
Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 was released on the Nintendo 64 in 1996. In 2004, Super Mario 64 DS was released on the Nintendo DS. The main changes include improved graphics, the ability to play as Yoshi, Luigi and Wario, as well as 150 obtainable Power Stars (from 120 in the original game).
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Donkey Kong Land III
Donkey Kong Land III was originally released on the GB in 1997. It was never released in Japan, however it received a Japan-exclusive port. Donkey Kong Land III|Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong (GBC, 2000).
Diddy Kong Racing
Wario Land II
Mario Power Tennis
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Bird & Beans
Donkey Kong Classics
Donkey Kong Jr. (game)
Donkey Kong Jr. + Jr. Math Lesson
Donkey Kong 3 (see 1983 and 1984)
Yoshi no Cookie: Kuruppon Oven de Cookie
Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium
Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium (Satellaview, 1997) is a retool of Excitebike, released in 1985 for the Nintendo Entertainment System with updated graphics and Mario characters instead of the generic racers found in the original.
Mario Artist: Paint Studio
Dr. Mario Online Rx
Wi-Fi Taiou Yakuman DS
Super Mario Bros.
Mario Party 5
Mario Party 8
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Rhythm Tengoku: The Best+
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition outside of Japan?
Check the Games by date page for older games (DKJR)
Super Mario 3D World includes Luigi Bros. (a port of Mario Bros.)
NES Remix 2 (and NES Remix Pack), includes Super Luigi Bros. a port of the original Super Mario Bros.
straight ports, no difference
- Donkey Kong/Donkey Kong Jr./Mario Bros. [add this info in the three games sections as well]
- 2-in-1 Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt
- Super Mario Bros./Tetris/Nintendo World Cup
- 3-in-1 Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt/World Class Track Meet
- New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U: New Super Mario Bros. U and its extension New Super Luigi U (only difference is 222 bonus videos which existed before)
Nintendo PlayChoice-10 is a 1986 arcade machine consisting of ten NES of which seven games were from the Mario franchise: Dr. Mario, Golf, Mario Bros., Mario Open Golf, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3.
Nintendo World Championships 1990
Nintendo Puzzle Collection
NES Remix Pack
NES Remix and NES Remix 2
Super Mario All-Stars
Super Mario All-Stars (Super Famicom, 1993) is a compilation of remakes of Super Mario Bros. (Famicom, 1985), Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (FDS, 1986), Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES, 1988), and Super Mario Bros. 3 (Famicom, 1988).
Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World
Super Mario Bros. Deluxe
Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition
Tetris & Dr. Mario
Dr. Mario & Puzzle League
Mario is missing, mario's time machine (?)