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The first game I played and beat. CaptainN (26) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Hmmmm.... Mushrooms!! Zovni (10627) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Behold…the game that saved an industry! PCGamer77 (3229) 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 (71) 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 (56) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.9
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Critic Reviews

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Super Mario Bros. is a marvelous creation with an inspired, living, breathing “world,” deep gameplay, great sounds, memorable music, and fantastic control.
100 (Aug, 2013)
Almost thirty years later, Super Mario Bros. remains a landmark. The graphics continue to inspire legions of artists, the music is as timeless as any Beethoven sonata, and I challenge you to find more pitch-perfect controls in any other two-dimensional side-scrolling game. There are arguably better games than Super Mario Bros; subjectivity and all that. But there are few games that have had such long-lasting impact for millions of people worldwide, fewer games still that are universally admired for the scope of their accomplishments. Super Mario Bros. wasn’t just a game: it was a revolution, the effects of which we’re still experiencing today.
1UP! (May 05, 2001)
On a beau connaître ce premier Super Mario par coeur, il est bon d'y revenir, on y trouve toujours son plaisir et des années après il arrive encore de faire des découvertes. Même s'il est loin d'exploiter le potentiel de la NES et que les graphismes sont dépouillés et répétitifs (ils n'ont pas le charme de ceux de Mario 2 qui passent admirablement bien sur GBAdvance), la science avec laquelle tout a été pensé pour que le joueur s'amuse est si parfaite, que les jeux ont beau se succéder, Super Mario Bros reste un modèle du genre.
Good Game (Oct 06, 2008)
It took this little pixilated plumber to show the world that games and consoles still had a place in our homes. That they can have a plot, a great villain, definable graphics, replay value and a user interface that gave players more control of the game. Mario deserves a 10/10, and we wish we could give him more.
Good Game (Oct 06, 2008)
Super Mario Bros set many platforming and game design standards, that would be emulated and built upon for years to come. The reason Mario is so important is not only because it was a great game, but it was a becon of light after a long wait in the dark, and a window into what games COULD be.
NES Archives (Feb 24, 2008)
If you are only going to own a few games for the NES, this is one you should own. Super Mario Bros. is the game that caused the initial success for Nintendo and still packs an amazing amount of fun – even by today’s standards.
100 (May 21, 2008)
Uscire dal tunnel di Super Mario bros., potrebbe risultare impossibile. Una volta che avrete iniziato a giocare sappiate che non riuscirete più a smettere. Sarete costretti ad esplorare questo goliardico sogno virtuale in ogni suo anfratto, come fosse il più segreto angolo del vostro io più intimo. Mamma mia!

The Video Game Critic (Dec 13, 2003)
Not only did this game define platform gaming as we know it, but few games have ever surpassed Super Mario Bros in terms of fun and addictiveness. The game's imaginative levels, tight control and sheer variety are simply amazing for a 1985 release.
All in all Super Mario Bros. is still just as great as it has always been. I would recommend this to any gamer that enjoys 2D games. Unless you're strictly only a 3D gamer than play this game. Though, I'm pretty sure that nearly everyone on earth has already played it!
In terms of length, Super Mario Bros. is quite the challenge for novice gamers and still presents a sizable adventure for run-and-jump veterans. Fully exploring the worlds for every trick and secret will necessitate clearing your calendar for a couple weeks at the least. Anyone who considers them self a gamer needs to play this game at least once, if not simply for a history lesson.
Just Games Retro (Jan 28, 2007)
No one has actually asked this, but someone may be wondering. Why, in the five years of this site, have I not reviewed Super Mario Brothers? It's the seminal title in the minds of many, it defined the NES, it almost single-handedly created the platforming genre, it pulled Nintendo out of the crash of '83, and rose "Jumpman" from a simple character to a mascot that has endured for decades. So why not talk about this recognized classic? I could say that I didn't see the point in writing yet another review about Super Mario, and that would be partially true. Ultimately, the real reason was that I was too intimidated. I mean, this is a game loved by people who don't even love games. This is a game that damn near anyone can play and enjoy. On top of that, this is a game that started so many people's gaming careers. How can you write anything more than a tribute?
VideoGame (Mar, 1991)
Mesmo sendo a primeira missão dos super irmãos Mário e Luigi, este é um jogo que continua empolgando todo mundo. Nesta aventura, os dois simpáticos baixinhos devem salvar a princesa Toadstool, que é mantida presa pelo terrível Koopa. Ele usurpou o trono do Reino dos Cogumelos, infestando-o com as mais terríveis criaturas. Koopa-paratroopa, uma tartaruga alada, e os irmãos Martelo, sempre prontos a "martelar" os heróis, são algumas delas.
Ce jeu alerte et plein de finesse m'a réellement enthousiasmé ! Les tableaux sont variés, les graphismes et l'animation sont bons, et le joystick répond à merveille aux moindres sollicitations. Un MUST.
Retroage (Jul 07, 2009)
Nie boję się na koniec napisać, że Super Mario Bros. to na dzień dzisiejszy najbardziej przełomowy tytuł w dziejach historii elektronicznej rozrywki. Wprowadził do kanonu gier mnóstwo jak na ówczesne czasy innowacji, które na wiele kolejnych lat stały się standardem i zarazem swoistym wyznacznikiem jakości w branży. Super Mario Bros. to prawdziwy system seller i pozycja absolutnie obowiązkowa bez względu na wiek, płeć, rasę czy wyznanie. Każdy musi w to zagrać żeby zrozumieć, dzięki czemu tak naprawdę na dobre zaczęła się kręcić ta wielka maszyna elektronicznej rozrywki, którą możemy obserwować po dzień dzisiejszy. Podsumowując, jeśli już grałeś(aś) w Super Mario Bros. to zagraj ponownie, jeśli nie to koniecznie kup NESa już dziś i nadrób zaległości. Ta gra to wiecznie żywa legenda i zdaje się, że mimo ćwierć wieku na karku nadal jest u szczytu formy... i niech tak zostanie na zawsze.
El fondo no era absolutamente negro, sino azul cielo. Árboles y arbustos adornaban algunos tramos del camino, y el colorido nos presentaba diferentes lugares y situaciones. Un apartado gráfico bastante interesante. Pero lo que realmente llamaba la atención era la música del juego. Apenas tenía 4 melodías principales (niveles de superficie, niveles subterráneos, niveles subacuáticos y castillo), pero el tema que corresponde a los niveles de superficie (la que más se oía durante el juego) sin duda ha pasado a la historia como una de las melodías de videojuegos más conocidas de todos los tiempos. Incluso gente ajena a este mundo de las consolas es capaz de reconocerla. No es para menos, pues Super Mario Bros. marcó el inicio de una nueva era, se convirtió en un referente histórico y se mantiene en el recuerdo colectivo de los jugadores como una de las grandes obras maestras de la industria.
Geeks Under Grace (Sep 10, 2014)
Super Mario Bros. is a positively terrific game. It as all the retro graphical & musical charm and intuitive playability you expect from memorable games from the 80’s and 90’s, and it honestly never gets old. If you haven’t played it, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Find a friend that has it, scour the secondhand shops, browse online merchants, or find a digital re-release. You absolutely must play this game.
95 (Jul 03, 2001)
Když v pátek 13. září roku 1985 zahájila firma Nintendo prodej nové hry s názvem Super Mario Bros., nikdo tehdy netušil jaký fenomén právě vypouští do světa. Po více než 2 desetiletí až do roku 2009 byl Super Mario nejprodávanější videohrou všech dob a po celém světě se prodalo více jak 40 miliónů kopií. Dnes zná tuto hru téměř každý, dokonce i ten, kdo ji nikdy nehrál.
GamesCollection (Feb 05, 2009)
Super Mario Bros. è un gioco che non ha età, come le prime versioni di Pac-Man, Tetris o Space Invaders. Si tratta di giochi perfetti, eterni, divertenti, in cui ogni miglioramento "per adattarlo ai gusti e agli standard tecnologici odierni" sembra solo un lifting in grado di peggiorare le cose. La cartuccia originale per NES contiene tutto quello di cui c'è bisogno per divertirsi. E poi le musiche di Koji Kondo, i primi personaggi di Miyamoto, il level design.
95 (Dec 02, 2010)
Super Mario Bros est un grand classique du jeu vidéo, un incontournable auquel il faut avoir joué au moins une fois dans sa vie, une pierre angulaire de l’Histoire de ce loisir devenu, en partie grâce à ce titre, si populaire de nos jours. Maintes fois copié mais jamais égalé, le soft est vite devenu culte, grâce à un personnage attachant et à une réalisation de haut vol incluant des graphismes agréables, des musiques inoubliables et un gameplay révolutionnaire.
Game Freaks 365 (Nov 01, 2007)
If you are reading this, and you have never played this game, shame on you. If you have an NES and don't have it, go to your local video game store or pawn shop and get it. You should be able to get it very cheap, since umpteen million of these were made and distributed with NESs back in the day. If you don't have an NES, you're not beyond hope. Versions of this game exist for the SNES (All-Stars), GBC (SMB Deluxe), GBA (NES Classics: Super Mario Bros.) or GCN (unlockable in Animal Crossing). Let me abridge the entire review here. GET THIS GAME!
Power Play (Sep, 1988)
Ein absolutes Muß für alle NES-Freaks.
The Retro Spirit (Feb 05, 2011)
Selv om grafikken idag ikke nødvendigvis har aldret seg bra, var det det aller, aller ypperste 1985 hadde å tilby. Vi husker godt tilbake til når vi første gang hoppet rundt med Mario og Luigi i soppland og kunne ikke annet enn å måpe. Alt...var så forseggjort! Vi hadde aldri sett maken. Trollbundet og forhekset, dette måtte vi ha mer av. Alle ungene i gata digget det vilt, og gleden ville ingen ende ta.
Retro Game Reviews (Sep 25, 2014)
Super Mario Bros. is a groundbreaking title that can still be enjoyed by gamers young and old. It’s influence on gaming history cannot be overstated and it certainly deserves all the praise it’s received over the years.
Video Games (Mar, 1991)
Auch heute gehört der Ur-Super Mario noch zu den Nintendo-Modulen, die in keiner Sammlung fehlen sollten.
Bowser kidnaps Peach for the first time and Mario must fight his way through 8 worlds each consisting of with 3 outdoor courses and a visit one of Bowser´s many castles where he must battle with old Bowser himself. SMB has sold in 40 million copies making it the most sold Mario game of all time! Now nearly 15 years after it´s release it´s still a game worth buying! The control in SMB isn´t as precise as in Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World or any of the newer Mario games but it´s still great. Beating the game is a pretty hard challenge and after that there is a second game mode where some of the enemies has been changed into harder one´s. A classic that should be in every NES gamers collection!
To play this game is to get hooked. Simple to understand, it is therefore easy to play; no ploughing through bedsheet-sized instruction leaflets with this one. Nintendo's small-sized controller takes some getting used to, but perseverance reaps its own reward, because the graphics and sound are splendid, combining to make a game that is colourful, jolly and in places pleasantly frustrating as you try to work out the best route round a problem.
86 (Dec, 2008)
Super Mario Bros. is THE VIDEOGAME, and it does not require silly numbers or a silly reviewer. It is above that. It is THE VIDEOGAME. Period.
Total! (Germany) (Jun, 1994)
Lange Zeit konnten nur NES-Besitzer die alten Mario-Games zocken (sehr zum Verdruß der SNES-Gemeinde). Erst 1993 erbarmte sich Nintendo und lies mit dem grandiosen „Super-Mario-All-Stars“ die alten Klassiker auch auf den 16-Bitter los. Doch ganz ehrlich: Das richtig urige „Super Mario Bros.“-Feeling kommt nur auf dem NES auf.
I praise this game, for it was indeed the very FIRST video game that I ever played. Thus, it holds a special place within my fragile gamer's psyche. Of course, its splendor has been ellipsed by other games that came later, but as a gaming community, we cannot easily forget the contribution that Super Mario Bros. delivered to the world of home video gaming. Yep.
Nintendojo (1996)
A game that belongs in every gamer's collection. To gain a true sense of "gamer legitimacy," you must own this game and you must play it. If there were a class in college on video games, this would be a major part of the curriculum. While it does have a few flaws, this is one of those games that you just have to play and appreciate for what it is. Bottomline, this game is fun and fun is the most important thing in a video game.
neXGam (2002)
Super Mario Bros. ist ein echter Klassiker und wahrscheinlich auch ein Grund, warum sich das NES damals so gut verkauft hat. Ich zumindest hatte unglaublich viel Spaß mit diesem Titel, und habe es immer noch. Denn auch noch heute verführt mich der Titel manchmal zur einer langen Spielsession mit meinem Lieblingsklempter und jeder der ein Nes hat, sollte Super Mario Bros. besitzen.
Power Unlimited (Oct, 1993)
Toen de NES al bijna niet meer werd verkocht bracht men nog even een grote hoeveelheid goedkopere spellen uit. Een conversie oudje als Mario Bros was daar een van. Hoewel het natuurlijk nogal gedateerd is, zou iedereen een museumstuk als dit moeten bezitten.
Megablast (1992)
Drollige Gegner, schikanöse Fallen, versteckte Schätze, Bonusrunden, Warp-Zonen und nützliche Extras gibt‘s zwar bei vielen Jump & Runs, doch bei den Super-Brüdern wurde daraus ein wahres Festmahl für Geschicklichkeits-Fans: Die Steuerung ist vielseitig, der Schwierigkeitsgrad optimal abgestimmt, und das ausgetüftelte Spieldesign sorgt für schier endlose Motivation. Grafisch und soundmäßig kommen Mario und Luigi hier zwar nicht umwerfend, aber doch recht abwechslungsreich daher — mal geht es durch eine verlassene Burg, dann müssen sie wieder mit Fischen bzw. Quallen um die Wette schwimmen.
Tilt (Dec, 1987)
Jeu d'action fort simple, Super Mario Bros se distingue du lot grâce à trois éléments : la simplicité, la richesse de l'univers dans lequel on évolue et la qualité de réalisation.
SUPER MARIO BROS. ist ein richtig simples Hüpf- und Kletterspiel, das durch seine viele Arten von Figuren doch irgendwie interessant ist. So einfach der Spielablauf auch ist, das Spiel kann riesig Spaß machen. Vielleicht auch gerade, weil es so unkompliziert ist. Wer solche Spiele mag, kann es bedenkenlos kaufen. Viel Spaß ist garantiert!
40 (GAF) (Apr 21, 2003)
When it finally comes down to it, though, Super Mario Brothers is nothing more than a below average platformer. There’s nothing there that hasn’t been done again by now, and better. Play it for nostalgia. Play it to satisfy sadistic urgings to kill Mushroom People turned goomba. Play it for the blatant drug references. Play it because you’re on drugs. Play it because the community’s peer pressure to enjoy it is overwhelming. Play it because it’s a classic. For God’s sake, don’t play it because it’s a good game.

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