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Mario looks odd in this game - his head looks too small - but in general the graphics are crisp and arcade-like. But what truly impressed me about this game are the little details. If a turtle lies on his back for too long, he'll crawl out of his shell and flip it over himself! The crabs look totally pissed off, and when they grab you with their pinchers, the crunching sound effect even sounds painful! The game's two-player simultaneous mode should be the highlight, but I found it somewhat frustrating because the other guy is always trying to screw you over. As a game, Mario Bros. may not be as fun as Centipede, Joust, or Defender, but it's still an well-executed, quality arcade title.
Mario Bros. may seem like nothing more than a simplistic, non-scrolling platform game
on the surface, but play it awhile and you'll find that it has a surprising degree of depth.
Mario Bros. is an exclusive game found only on the Atari 5200, which makes it worth a play, but pales in diversity with other games. Joust has the same static screen and simultaneous 2-player action, but seems to deliver a lot more excitement than Mario Bros. It's a fun game to play, but it didn't wow me the way other platformer co-ops have.