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Mario Bros.

User Reviews

A Tale of Two Plumbers NES BigJKO (68)
Haven't we met somewhere before? NES PCGamer77 (3027)
Great game, especially when you are playing with a friend NES *Katakis* (37809)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amstrad CPC 6 3.4
Arcade 7 3.5
Atari 2600 15 3.5
Atari 5200 6 3.5
Atari 7800 9 4.0
Atari 8-bit 4 3.8
Commodore 64 12 3.8
Game Boy Advance 15 4.0
NES 59 3.6
Nintendo 3DS Awaiting 1 votes...
PC-88 2 4.5
Wii 4 4.3
Wii U Awaiting 1 votes...
ZX Spectrum 7 2.9
Combined MobyScore 146 3.6


The Press Says

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100
ZX SpectrumSinclair User
Knocking turtles over surprisingly makes for an astonishingly entertaining game. Workmanlike conversion though.
91
Atari 5200The Video Game Critic
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.
91
Atari 2600The Video Game Critic
Mario Bros. features some excellent two-player simultaneous action, and Mario and Luigi are nicely rendered in several colors. This oldie is sure to please.
90
Commodore 64Commodore User
Still, if your into a bit of head-banging and crab-stomping, join up with the Mario Bros. You know it makes no sense at all - but it's great fun.
90
NESAll Game Guide
Mario Bros. for the NES includes all the elements that made the arcade original such a super time, including the riotous two-player simultaneous mode. All ports should remain this faithful to their coin-op counterparts.
83
Atari 8-bitThe Video Game Critic
This version plays extremely well with tight controls and sharp graphics. There are even introductory screens for each stage. Still, I'd give a slight edge to the 5200 version because of its more elaborate animations and richer sound effects. Also, in that version you could send the creatures flying in different directions when you bumped them, but in this version they always just flip over in place. Still, it's hard to find much to fault with this fun, arcade-style title.
80
NESComputer and Video Games (CVG)
What makes the game really enjoyable is the one or two-player option, which allows Mario and Luigi to play simultaneously, either as a team, or as enemies (it depends on your choice of tactics). For me, the competitive edge of two players battling together really makes the game - but the game is still incredibly enjoyable when you play solo. The graphics are simple and clean, but it's the gameplay is superb; simple, yet incredibly addictive. Go for it!
80
Atari 8-bitAtari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition
It looks very similar to the original arcade version except for a few strange colour choices and plays just as well too. Mario Bros. is one of the best co-op games on the system and a great piece of platform gaming history too. Well worth the price of admission!
80
Atari 2600TeleMatch
Aufregend sind die Mario Brothers im Grunde nicht. Witzig aber ist dieses Spiel zweifelsfrei, und die Herausforderung, auf die nächste Ebene zu kommen, die weiteren Gegenspieler kennenzulernen, ist groß. Was ein Plus in Sachen Spielmotivation bedeutet. Über Sinn oder Unsinn nachzudenken, wäre in diesem Falle müßig: Mario Brothers sind eine nette Unterhaltung. Mehr nicht..
80
NESJeuxvideo.com
Épisode qui ne connut pas le même succès qu’un Super Mario Bros, ce jeu n'en reste pas moins l'ossature de la série. Proposant un gameplay arcade soigné et accrocheur, on prend un certain plaisir à sauter dans des égouts basiques mais colorés. Les fous furieux du score se retrouveront, malgré une difficulté rebutante qui découragera les moins patients. Le mode deux joueurs ajoute un petit vent de fraîcheur. La lutte pour la victoire se fait plus rude mais toujours dans la bonne humeur. Au passage, les non-possesseurs de NES peuvent toujours se rabattre sur les versions remake GBA des Super Mario Bros. qui intègrent Mario Bros, en tant que mini-jeu bonus.
80
Atari 5200All Game Guide
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.
75
NESNintendo Master
Mario Bros est un jeu simple et efficace comme on n’en trouve plus, vraiment intéressant et palpitant, et c’est un plaisir de ce taper une partie de ce classique revisité en option dans Super Mario Bros 3. Un peu de paix et de tortues dans ce monde …
72
NESNintendo Land
The game where Mario gets his real name and profession and Luigi Mario´s younger brother makes his first appearance. Mario and Luigi jumps around on one screen level and must defeat various enemies by jumping up and punching the platform under the enemies so that they bounce up in the air and land on their backs. Then Mario or Luigi can run and beat the crap out of them! Through the game you only faces around 3-5 different types of enemies and all the course looks exactly the same. This makes this game a little bit boring after a while even if you can play Mario Bros with a friend. Mario Bros is more varied game than the Donkey Kong games but can´t be compared with games like SMB1, 2 and 3. I recommend that you but SMB 3 instead where you get Mario Bros as a sub game for free!
70
Commodore 64Tilt
Quel plaisir de prendre son joystick pour autre chose que pour l'usage d'un laser dans un espace lointain. Mario Bros est un simple mais bon jeu d'arcade, plein de bonne humeur et de danger !
70
Commodore 64Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Overall, it's not a bad game and it could just be that I was expecting too much of Ocean to capture the spirit of the game I was so addicted to in the arcades. It is good, but you just might be a little disappointed.
67
NESNES Archives
This is a great translation of a mediocre old-school arcade game. If you love early video games or are a huge fan of Mario then you won’t be disappointed. Otherwise you can give this one a pass.
65
NESPower Play
Und noch ein „Golden Oldie“ für das Nintendo-System. Mario Bros. mag schon einige Jahre auf dem Buckel haben, doch an seinen Qualitäten hat sich bis heute nichts geändert. Die Nintendo-Version von Mario Bros. ist rundum gelungen. Vor allem zu zweit wird viel Spielspaß geboten. Doch auch wenn ich alleine vor der Mattscheibe sitze, wandert dieses Cartridge immer wieder in den Modulschacht. Warum allerdings manche Sprites zeitweise flackern, ist mir ein Rätsel. Wer öfters einen Mitspieler zur Hand hat, sollte sich Mario Bros. zulegen.
64
Commodore 64Happy Computer
Der Automat „Mario Bros.“ hat mir immer sehr gut gefallen. Dank des witzigen und ungewöhnlichen Spiel-Prinzips war gerade zu zweit viel Spielspaß garantiert. Diese Umsetzung kann mich allerdings nicht begeistern, denn technisch ist sie nicht gerade berauschend. Außerdem sind Mario und Luigi nur sehr schwer zu steuern – die Automatenversion ist da eindeutig besser.
60
WiiNintendo Life
It's no secret that the original Mario Bros. game is beginning to look a bit dated, but it's difficult to ignore the fun factor of the game. As a single player experience it might prove to be a bit too redundant for anyone other than diehard fans of the original, but if you can round up a second player, you're likely to get far more out of the experience. It might not be the mega hit Donkey Kong was, but it's still a great game and one worth checking out for fans of the early arcade games.
60
Commodore 64Your Commodore
Unfortunately, looks and plays like an old game that just isn't worth a full price tag.
60
NESPixel-Heroes.de
"Mario Bros." ist ein schon längst überholtes Spiel, dass heutzutage wirklich nur noch echten Mario-Fans und Spielern der ersten Stunde, sprich wahren Nostalgikern, zusagen wird. Da ich mich zur zweiten Gruppe zähle und das Spiel früher echt gerne gezockt habe, gibt es von mir noch sechs Gnadenpunkte.
60
WiiEurogamer.de
Wie eingangs erwähnt beginnt der echte Spaß allerdings erst im Spiel mit oder gegen einen Freund. Besonders im Wettstreit treibt man sich gegenseitig zur Weißglut, bis zunächst Wein, dann Weib und irgendwann Haus und Hof als Einsatz auf dem Spiel stehen. Wer zu Hause noch ein Super Nintendo herumstehen hat, sollte sich aber erst vergewissern, dass nicht irgendwo noch ein Super Mario Allstars-Modul herumliegt – auf diesem ist der Hüpfer nämlich in einer aufpolierten Fassung enthalten
55
Commodore 64Zzap!
Addictive, if a little frustrating due to the control method. Fun, but sadly not as playable as the original.
49
WiiGameSpot
With two players in the mix, things naturally get competitive as you try to bump off more pests than your friend. You can even bump the other guy straight into harm's way, either intentionally or by accident, a reality that makes both players stay on their toes. For the time, this gameplay was deep. Today, without the incentive of having the high score at your local video arcade (or, say, on an online leaderboard), there's not much reason to play for more than an hour. Probably the best thing about the NES version of Mario Bros. is that it includes that unmistakable "cha-ching" sound whenever Mario collects a coin. For 500 Wii Points ($5), this game could be a decent deal, but only if you've got a partner in plumbing standing by.
45
ZX SpectrumCrash!
Lifeless conversion of a simple coin-op, the appeal of which lay in its cute characters
45
WiiIGN
There's a boardroom somewhere in Nintendo's headquarters, filled with executives, laughing maniacally. "They're buying it! They're buying it! I can't believe they're buying it again!" The number of Mario Bros. re-releases is unfathomably insane, as you'd have to be for putting up the 500 points to grab this Wii download. When and if the Big N gets it right and provides the original arcade version, Mario Bros. may be worth yet another look. But an emulation of an incomplete port of a game that's available in 20 other ways is not worth five bucks. Mario Bros. has been done to death – so just let it die.
40
Commodore 64Commodore Force
It's in fact a dodgy (with a capital dodgy) Ocean license from several years back. You see, it really isn't very good. Perhaps it holds some value as a curiosity piece.
30
WiiMag'64
Der Zahn der Zeit nagt an den Mario Brothers: Was einst ein sehr beliebter Arcade-Titel für zwei Spieler war, ist heute kaum mehr als eine nette Spielerei für zwischendurch. Das Spiel wird euch, selbst im Zweispielermodus, nicht sonderlich lange vor den Bildschirm fesseln. In Anbetracht der zahlreichen und gelungenen NES-Titel, die die Virtual Console bisher bietet, fällt es wirklich schwer, hier eine Empfehlung auszusprechen. Wer bei dem Namen "Mario Bros." große Nostalgie-Gefühle entwickelt, kann durchaus einen Blick riskieren, alle anderen sollten ihre 500 Punkte lieber in einen anderen Titel investieren.