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 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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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.
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
released a spoof version of Super Mario Bros.
in later 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.
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
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