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Super Mario Bros. Power Up: Underwater Edition Review

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Super Mario Bros. Power Up: Underwater Edition Review $14.95
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Game title: Super Mario Bros. Power Up Card Game: Underwater Edition

Game description: The Super Mario Bros. Power Up Card Game takes you beyond the Warp Zone to the secret underwater world of one of Nintendo’s most iconic video games! Take risks and use your wits to keep or trade Level cards. “? Block” cards modify scores while Extra Life tokens keep you afloat to win with the highest Level in the game!

Overall
2
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Graphic Design/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

Walmart now sells an exclusive version of USAopoly’s Super Mario Bros. Power Up game with the iconic NES title’s underwater levels as its theme. It’s identical to the original name, but is more…wet? Seeing how I never reviewed the original I figured now would be a good time to see what Power Up is all about, especially since my 4-year-old is all about Super Mario Bros. right now.

Pros

Super Mario Bros. theme

Uses original pixel art

Cons

Not very engaging

Player elimination

Rules are poorly written

Kinda ugly

Too long

Who really wanted the underwater theme?

Walmart now sells an exclusive version of USAopoly’s Super Mario Bros. Power Up game with the iconic NES title’s underwater levels as its theme. It’s identical to the original name, but is more…wet? Seeing how I never reviewed the original I figured now would be a good time to see what Power Up is all about, especially since my 4-year-old is all about Super Mario Bros. right now.

The goal of Power up is to have not the lowest valued Level Card at the end of a round. If you’re that person, you lose an Extra Life token. Lose all your Extra Life tokens and you’re out of the game. Be the last player with Extra Life tokens left and you win! Yay! Unfortunately, that means you just played an entire game of Super Mario Bros. Power Up… Underwater Edition..boo.

I’m half joking.

Half.

Super Mario Bros. Power Up is 30-45 minutes of “not much going on for such a game length to be reasonable.” Every round each player is dealt a Level Card and they secretly look at it. If anyone gets a Castle, they reveal it now and that basically means they’re done for the round and nothing can happen to them. Each player then has the option of keeping their card or trading with the player to their left (unless that player has a Castle.) The last player can trade with the deck. Everyone then reveals their cards. Players who have matching level numbers each get a Block card and all players may now play Block cards to modify any Level Card. The player with the lowest Level Card loses an Extra Life token and the process is repeated until only one player remains.

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She’s a beaut’, isn’t she? ISN’T SHE?

It’s a bit of bluffing, a bit of hand management, a bit of luck, and a lot of patience. If you couldn’t tell, this game just wasn’t for me and my family. Oh, we had fun the first few rounds. After the game dragged on for a bit it devolved into the kids fighting, asking when the game would be over, and generally being miserable. OK. One bad experience. They even decided to try and take the game out to play on their own a few times. The same thing happened each and every time. Power Up is just too long for a family “take that” game.

The production value on the game is also pretty cheap, and while it uses original 8-bit pixel art from Super Mario Bros. it just comes off a kinda ugly. I blame the overall layout of the cards. I also kinda blame the underwater theme. I can’t think of many people who say “I love the original Super Mario Bros.! Those underwater are what really sets that game apart from others!” The rules are also terribly written and I had to read them over several times to make sure we were playing this pretty simplistic game the correct way.

In the end, I can’t really recommend Super Mario Bros. Power Up: Underwater Edition, or even the original Super Mario Bros. Power Up game unless you’re a huge Super Mario fan. Even then you may find yourself disappointed. There are plenty of better Super Mario themed tabletop games out there.

A copy of Super Mario Bros. Power Up: Underwater Edition was provided free for review by USAopoly

 

 

Media personality Rob Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of A Pawn’s Perspective, Rob focuses on board game reviews, events, and news. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.

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