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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.


Super Mario Bros. NES Title screen
Super Mario Bros. NES Sometimes you can just avoid the trouble.
Super Mario Bros. NES Jumping over the Flagpole in 3-3. Practise makes Perfect!
Super Mario Bros. NES Bullet Bills and buzzy beetle?  Mario's days are numbered.

Promo Images

Super Mario Bros. Screenshot
Super Mario Bros. Screenshot
Super Mario Bros. Screenshot
Super Mario Bros. Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "超级马里奥兄弟" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "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

The first game I played and beat. NES CaptainN (26)
Hmmmm.... Mushrooms!! NES Zovni (10627)
Behold…the game that saved an industry! NES PCGamer77 (3229)
Your princess is in another castle NES Christina Nordlander (26)
Surprisingly addictive, yet not without its flaws. NES BigJKO (71)
The first jump heard around the world. NES STU2 (72)
the great-grandfather of all platform games, and still a blast to play today NES Ryu (56)
The Best NES Matt Neuteboom (989)
Number 1 reason to visit friends NES vedder (57229)
The #1 game NES owners should play NES Katakis | カタキス (42793)

Critic Reviews

1UP! NES May 05, 2001 100 out of 100 100
All Game Guide NES 1998 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Digital Press - Classic Video Games NES Jul 03, 2005 10 out of 10 100 NES Dec 02, 2010 19 out of 20 95
neXGam NES 2002 8.4 out of 10 84
Megablast NES 1992 76 out of 100 76
Tilt NES Dec, 1987 15 out of 20 75
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Jun 08, 2004 6.8 out of 10 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) NES Sep, 1987 6.8 out of 12 57 (GAF) NES Apr 21, 2003 4 out of 10 40


Topic # Posts Last Post
It seemed like a weird idea for Star Wars also... 4 Steely Gaze (209)
Jan 31, 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.

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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