So you've decided to play Nintendo's 1990 classic Super Mario Bros. 3. Excellent choice! It's not as easy as it seems though. There are several versions of the game available and each one has its own quirks that can diminish the experience. There's the original Nintendo Entertainment System release, of course, but perhaps you prefer the 1993 Super NES upgrade? Even those versions have been iterated upon over the years thanks to the Virtual Console, but they have unique advantages and drawbacks of their own. How can you possible hope to decide? You'd have to be a wizard to figure it out. Jeremy Parish at Retronauts lays it all out so you can pick the SMB3 version that's right for you.
Super Mario Bros. 3 originally showed up on NES in 1990, and that version has been reproduced most frequently in the years since. Currently Nintendo makes the game available on three different platforms, with one kind of outlier. This is the "true" version of the game, so it's the one purists will want, but unfortunately has made it difficult to buy a proper, satisfying conversion of the game.
The article goes on to discuss the Super NES, Game Boy Advance, Wii, Wii U, and 3DS versions of the game. Some look better than others and a few look worse than you'd expect. You may be surprised to learn what the best overall version of the game is these days. I know I was, but it makes perfect sense. What's better than the Super Mario Bros. 3 we all know and love with extra levels added to it?