I feel like I've gone full circle in gaming. As I've mentioned on the board many times before, I've been slowing reading through Nintendo Power in order, cover to cover, and I finally got up to the issue with the coverage of Super Mario All-Stars for Super Nintendo. I didn't have a subscription to the magazine at that point in time, but that's the very first game that I personally owned. Sure, I was exposed to plenty of games before that, but in my collection, no game has been in my possession longer. When I hold the cart, it's kind of weird to think that it all started here, as I look around at the 1200+ games and mountains of game-related merchandise I now own. Since it was the first I owned, I played the four games on this collection to DEATH, and even after at least a decade of not touching any of them, I can say that, yeah, I still am pretty well sick of them, haha. But even though I've killed them by playing them so much, making any replay mostly just a matter of going through the motions, I still thoroughly love these games and consider them among the best platformers made. Super Mario Bros. 3 is probably the best platformer ever period. Even with my extreme familiarity with it all, I still marvel at the creative brilliance of it. To think that they essentially went from the original Super Mario Bros. to this (since the Lost Levels was basically just an "expansion"). And SMB2, while it may not have been a real Mario game, what charm it has. I want to squee every time an enemy makes its debut. There's just something so likable about the ostriches, hedgehogs, Bob-ombs, fluffy white guys, etc. Oh, and the whales! I love that stage so much. I remember I had a Nintendo calendar as a kid where one of the months was the whales, and it's just burned into my memory for some reason. Anyway, I've completed both quests of the first Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, and now I'm up to the last world in Super Mario Bros. 3. Even though I've done it so many times, there's something about this last world that still intimidates me. I'm saving the Lost Levels for last, since I figure it'll take the most time and effort.