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Mario Bros. Special

MobyRank MobyScore
Sharp X1
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PC-88
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PC-6001
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Description

Mario Bros. Special is based on, but very different from, the original arcade game. Much like the original title, the action takes place on single screens, but the objective on each stage is no longer simply to kill all the enemies. There are four different screens, which cycle in order with increasing difficulty.

The first screen sees Mario attempting to reach the top of the screen through moving gaps; at the top of the screen are five switches, and if all five are active simultaneously, the exit gate will open. The second screen features trampolines, which Mario can use to stun enemies; kill all the enemies and an exit platform will appear. The third screen includes conveyor belts which can be used much like the trampolines to stun enemies; the goal here however is to collect money, and eventually a ring will appear at the top of the stage which must be collected. The fourth and final screen is a bonus screen filled with money; collect all the money before the time limit, and another ring will appear, giving bonus points.

Unlike the original game, Mario cannot stun enemies from beneath. Certain platforms, however, are unstable, and if Mario jumps on them they will stun any enemies also on the same platform. He can also stomp enemies if his aim is correct. There is both a single-player and a two-player simultaneous mode.

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Mario Bros. Special PC-88 Third screen, with conveyors
Mario Bros. Special Sharp X1 Game Over, got bitten by a turtle
Mario Bros. Special PC-88 Third cycle, and another new enemy appears
Mario Bros. Special Sharp X1 Level 3, conveyor belts and a central elevator platform, grab the dollar signs

Alternate Titles

  • "マリオブラザーズSPECIAL" -- Japanese spelling

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