Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
Super Mario Bros. 3 is widely regarded as one of the best video games ever. It is THE 2D platformer. SMB 3 introduced a number of elements that have been used in a variety of Super Mario Bros. games since including the overworld map, the ability to fly and the super leaf item, Bowser’s red hair, the Koopalings, the Chain Chomps, and more.
SMB 3 took a rather large team and a long time to develop compared to most other games at the time. The team consisted of more than ten people and the game took two years to develop. However, Nintendo was well rewarded for their efforts. They game sold over 17 million copies worldwide and generated half a billion dollars in revenue in the U.S. alone. Adjusted for inflation, it has grossed 1.7 billion dollars. SMB 3 has also had a number of re-releases and remakes including in Super Mario All-Stars for the Super NES 1993 and Wii in 2010, the confusingly named Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 for the Game Boy Advance, a Wii Virtual Console version in 2007 and virtual console versions for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in 2014.
This game was actually released in Japan in 1988, a few weeks after SMB 2 was released in the U.S. However, Super Mario Bros. 3 would not be released in the U.S. for nearly another two years. The big reason for this was because of the ROM chip shortage at the time. One of the results of this was that the movie The Wizard was released a couple of months before the game. The Wizard served as a huge advertising vehicle for SMB 3 because of its role in the movie.