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Super Mario Bros. (NES)

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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.


Super Mario Bros. NES Lakitu tossing spinies
Super Mario Bros. NES Hidden areas contain goodies.
Super Mario Bros. NES Way off the ground
Super Mario Bros. NES A hidden warp zone

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

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User Reviews

Hmmmm.... Mushrooms!! Zovni (9321) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Behold…the game that saved an industry! PCGamer77 (3008) 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 (20534) 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* (37914) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

NES Archives Feb 24, 2008 A+ 100
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
RetroGames.cz Jul 03, 2001 95 out of 100 95
GamesCollection Feb 05, 2009 9.5 out of 10 95
Video Games Mar, 1991 90 out of 100 90
GameCola.net Dec, 2008 8.6 out of 10 86
Power Unlimited Oct, 1993 8 out of 10 80
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) Apr 21, 2003 4 out of 10 40


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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.


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.


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.


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).


  • 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

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