Super Mario Bros.
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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 take the player to higher levels.
- スーパーマリオブラザーズ - Japanese spelling
- 超级马里奥兄弟 - Chinese spelling (simplified)
- 슈퍼 마리오브라더스 - Korean spelling
- Classic NES / Famicom Mini / NES Classics releases
- Game Center CX challenge games
- Games made into books
- Games made into comics
- Games made into movies
- Games made into stage productions
- Games made into TV series
- Genre: Hop and Bop Platformer
- Mario games
- Nintendo's Action series
- Super Mario series
- Video games turned into board / card games
Credits (NES version)
Average score: 88% (based on 57 ratings)
Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 436 ratings with 18 reviews)
The only game console our household ever had was a SEGA Master System. So I never got to play this gem at home. Luckily however some friends and acquaintances owned a NES and of course Super Mario Bros.!
I started playing Super Mario Bros. in the early nineties and it hadn't yet aged a single bit. And in fact if I play it now it still stands the test of time quite perfectly. Everything about the game is charming, the characters, the world, the sounds. And it all plays rather fluently. You can control Mario while in the air and he has to break when he has a lot of momentum. This makes Mario much more like a real character than some older games, where it felt much more as if you were just moving a sprite left and right. Mario has a great variety of moves which all have their uses in various puzzles and enemy encounters.
The graphics are quite amazing and very clear. Enemies have distinctive looks which allow you to quickly see what harm they might do and how to get rid of them. The sound is just as great with a tune worth remembering and the pleasant ping when you collect coins.
The game can get rather frustrating. Especially when it comes to tricky jumps with low ceilings. It can be quite frustrating to die near the end of a level and have to do it all over again. Luckily there are quite some lives to be gathered so that you won't easily go game over.
Most of these bonus lives, however, are in secret areas or boxes however and finding those is kind of random. After a couple playthroughs you know how to find a lot of the secrets, but then you actually don't need it so much anymore. It was a great conversation topic in the 10 years after its release, though!
The Bottom Line
I doubt there are many gamers who've never player Super Mario Bros. or one of its sequels, so there is not much left to say.
By the time I first touched a console Super Mario Bros. 3 had already been released and that game always had my preference over the first. But that doesn't mean that it isn't one of the best games ever created. There is very little about this game that isn't absolutely amazing. This is one of those games that everybody, both young and old should have played at least once in his life, because it'll never get old.
NES · by vedder (68267) · 2008
Where do I begin?
The game immediately hit with audiences, something impressive in 1985, with the video game crash of 1983-1984 still a raw wound for the business. The aforementioned crash was caused by an incredibly high rate of crappy games-- 90+% of games released in '83-'84 are EXTREMELY bad. This game's graphics, sounds and music are almost as good as contemporary Commodore 64 and other PC games. The game play is just awesome, the controls are very specific and friendly. B is jump, A fires weapons when tapped, if held, you can run, and the gameplay is simple but fun: You go from point A to point B on every stage, jump over koopas and goombas, hit coin boxes, and bash other obstacles that get in your way, and jump up the flag for points at the end. Quite often one of the coin boxes reveals a mushroom that allows you to grow to a big Mario, or a flower that makes you shoot fireballs. There are 8 worlds, each with four stages (the last stage has a boss on each world).
The music is just awesome and makes want to hum-along and keep you playing. Even the game-over music is amusing to hear. You won't feel any frustration or disappointments with this game.
The level designs get a bit repetitive at times and gets incredibly hard towards the end, but other than that, I have no complaints.
The Bottom Line
Behold, this is the game that pulled the console video game industry out of life support in 1985 and eventually make an impressive recovery. No other game since the early Atari ones has made an enormous impact as this one!
One for your library, and is every cent's worth of your money!
NES · by Stsung (30) · 2008
Looking at this legendary game decades away is somewhat of a futile exercise, as everything good and bad about it has already been penned by anyone from respected critics, to dummies with only a passing knowledge of the game that arguably made Nintendo what it is today... of course, since I have nothing better to do, why shouldn't I indulge in adding my two cents to the fray?
Don't worry, I promise I'll be brief :)
With it's blend of trippy, fantasy levels, cutesy enemies, smooth scrolling and perfectly refined game mechanics (that remain the template for the genre to this day), Super Mario Bros. managed to bring a level of arcade gaming perfection previously unheard of in home-based videogame systems, and provided an original experience unrivaled anywhere. The story has been chronicled everywhere so there's no point in reiterating it, but the results are baffling: with a simple design evolved from the basic run'n jump games that preceeded it, the designers managed to hit that nail of game design that such games as Tetris or even Doom also got: simple, but detailed game mechanics, challenging arcade gameplay supported by a perfect control scheme, smooth graphics and sounds to complement the gameplay, and lots of imagination poured into unique creatures and levels, devious jumping puzzles, etc.
Interesting to note that a storyline is never a big consideration in any case, uh? I'll leave that for someone else to discuss. In any rate SMB manages to be one of the holy classics of gaming due to the sheer FUN it is to play, an enjoyable ride from start to finish as you embark on the rather silly but engaging quest to save the sterotypical maiden in distress as an excuse to sort out the many challenges laid for you on each level and longing for the challenges that awaited you on the next carefully designed level (not a trivial matter, as any game of that era can prove, when advancing levels the games merely recycled what had been done before, adjusting the difficulty or simply speeding up gameplay (see: PAC-MAN) Mario on the other hand offered unique challenges in different settings and with different moods (thanks to the excellent graphics and sounds of it's day, which allowed a full soundtrack whose main theme is nothing short of an anthem for a generation of gamers [myself included in a somewhat uncanny and frightening way, as I'm able to almost mystically recall the tune years away as if it were some type of racial memory!]).
All that plus a lot of strange underlying themes that have always to it's charm when viewed from the warped eyes of an adult mind (Eating a mushroom makes you "higher"? Yeah, like Peyote right? A "flower" that makes you shoot fireballs? Mushroom-People turned into blocks? (which you get to break!) Jumping plumbers?? To this day I wonder just what kind of fumes the developers of these types of games inhaled, either that or the designers where trying to tell us something all along... probably a pro-drugs message of some sort.
Probably the only problem with Mario is that as the Mega-blockbuster title of it's day, it was copied and cloned to death, making it so that pretty much every console to this day has to have a cutesy mascot platformer with trippy locales and gameplay based on the same grounds as Mario's (run'n jump through many levels, facing a boss near the end, doing whatever makes him angry three times, and then repeating until you get to the princess or whatever it is you need to find).
The 2P mode was pretty crappy the way I see it, and I also disliked the fact that you had to beat the game in one sitting (reason numero uno for me to hate early console-based platformers) which coupled with the large number of levels made it more of a challenge than I was willing to handle at the time (I mean, C'mon!! You keep rescuing the princess and it's just a stupid retainer over and over again!! What the fuck?? Am I not good enough for her???).
...Oh yeah! And the movie!! BWAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!
The Bottom Line
Just a little game that spawned an entire genre, cemented the most well-known videogame mascot ever, and sold billions of copies worldwide. A pretty good achievement for a company that used to make cards and a game based on the acid trips of a couple of plumbers stoned out of their minds.
NES · by Zovni (10504) · 2005
|It seemed like a weird idea for Star Wars also...||Pseudo_Intellectual (65289)||Jan 31st, 2008|
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.
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..
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).
- November 1997 (Issue 100) - ranked #2 (Titles That Revolutionized Console Gaming) (NES version)
- February 2006 - #1 out of 200 Games of their Time
- 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"
- #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
- The Strong National Museum of Play
- 2015 – Introduced into the World Video Game Hall of Fame
Related Sites +
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YouTube video on completing the whole game in 5 minutes on the NES.
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Covers the line-up of the new Game Boy Advance series of NES Classics.
Nintendoland's shrine to Mario including his history and many interesting facts and files
Has info on most of Mario's games.
OC ReMix Game Profile
Fan remixes of music from <em>Super Mario Bros</em>.
Super Mario Bros.
A great article about the history of this classic. Includes information on how to get through World 1.
The Mushroom Kingdom
Everything you'd ever want to know about all of the Super Mario Brothers Games
Video review of NES accessories (WARNING: Laguage)
The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews some NES accessories and some associated games, including the U-Force and <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> on NES.
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Game added September 28th, 2002. Last modified September 19th, 2023.