MobyGoal achieved! Thanks to all contributors who helped us reach 250 documented ZX81 Games.

Super Mario Bros. (NES)

90
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.2
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.
Not an American user?

Description

The Princess has been kidnapped by the evil Bowser, and it is up to Mario and brother Luigi to save the day.

The first ever platform adventure for the Mario Brothers has the player exploring level after level, with Bowser to contend with as the end of level boss. Power-ups include the Super Mushroom, which increases Mario's size and power, the fire flower, allowing him to shoot fireballs at enemies, and the ever important starman for a short burst of invincibility.

Each level includes a bonus section filled with coins plus a shortcut through the level, plenty of bad buys and obstacles to get past, and an end of level flag, in which the higher the player grabs it, the more points are awarded to them. Certain levels also include warp points, which takes the player to higher levels.

Screenshots

Super Mario Bros. NES Kicking a shell is a good way to clear the path.
Super Mario Bros. NES Hidden areas contain goodies.
Super Mario Bros. NES Hello! I'm here!
Super Mario Bros. NES Cheep-cheeps can be found jumping through the air, too.

Alternate Titles

  • "Super Mario Brothers" -- Informal title
  • "Super Irmãos" -- Brazilian Gradiente title
  • "SMB" -- Abbreviated title
  • "Mario 1" -- Informal title
  • "スーパーマリオブラザーズ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "슈퍼 마리오브라더스" -- Korean spelling

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Hmmmm.... Mushrooms!! Zovni (9367) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Behold…the game that saved an industry! PCGamer77 (3028) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Your princess is in another castle Christina Nordlander (26) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Surprisingly addictive, yet not without its flaws. BigJKO (68) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
The first jump heard around the world. STU2 (72) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
the great-grandfather of all platform games, and still a blast to play today Ryu (50) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
The Best Matt Neuteboom (941) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Number 1 reason to visit friends vedder (20147) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Friday 18 October 1985: the Messiah of the console industry is born! Stsung (53) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Sorry, Sonic. Mario got here first *Katakis* (37741) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

The Press Says

VideoGame Mar, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Video Game Critic Dec 13, 2003 A 100
Retrogaming.it May 21, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Génération 4 1987 98 out of 100 98
VicioJuegos.com Aug 28, 2005 97 out of 100 97
Game Freaks 365 Nov 01, 2007 9.3 out of 10 93
The Games Machine (UK) Dec, 1987 89 out of 100 89
Random Access 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Power Unlimited Oct, 1993 8 out of 10 80
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) Apr 21, 2003 4 out of 10 40

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
It seemed like a weird idea for Star Wars also... 4 Steely Gaze (188)
Jan 31, 2008

Trivia

1001 Video Games

The NES version of Super Mario Bros. appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cereal

Super Mario Bros. was popular enough to have a breakfast cereal based on the game called the "Nintendo Cereal System", and was co-packaged with Legend of Zelda cereal. The sweetened corn bits were in the shape of Mario, Koopa Troopa, Goomba, Bowser, and a Super Mushroom.

NES supplement

For a time, Super Mario Brothers was the game packaged with a new NES system, along with the Zapper Light Gun and the game Duck Hunt.

Parody

Joe Dixon released a spoof version of Super Mario Bros. in late 2002. It replaces Mario, Toadstool, and the enemies with characters from South Park.

Sales

According to the Guiness Book Of Records, as of 2003 Super Mario Bros. is the best-selling video game of all time, with a total of 40.23 million units sold worldwide, as of 1999. The whole Mario Bros. series has 26 games and sold over 152 million copies since 1983, according to Guiness.

It is widely believed that the billionth game unit sold by Nintendo was Super Mario Bros..

TV series

Super Mario Bros. was popular enough to have a TV cartoon based on it in the late 1980's-early 1990's. It starred "Captain" Lou Albano as Mario, and Danny Wells as Luigi in the live-action segments, and animated Mario cartoons Monday-Thursday (Friday was for cartoons based on Legend of Zelda).

Awards

  • EGM
    • February 2006 - #1 out of 200 Games of their Time
  • FLUX
    • Issue #4 - #66 in the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue 100) - #2 in the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time list"
    • October 2005 (Issue 138) - one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Games of All Time"
  • IGN
    • #1 Game of All Time (or revolutionary graphics and gameplay at the time of its release)
  • Official Nintendo Magazine
    • Greatest Nintendo Game
  • Power Play
    • 1987 - Best NES Game '87
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #24 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 37 - #23 in the "Top 25 Platformers of All Time" poll
Information also contributed by Big John WV, Guy Chapman, Mat Neuteboom, Maw, Mumm-Ra, PCGamer77 and sgtcook

Related Web Sites

Kartanym (10780) added Super Mario Bros. (NES) on Sep 27, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69503), ResidentHazard (3236), Michael Cassidy (5799) and Guy Chapman (1745)