Super Mario Bros. (NES) Review

By Karn Spydar Lee Bianco 07.09.2003 2

Review for Super Mario Bros. on NES

Released in Japan on the unfortunate date of Friday the thirteenth, this game has been anything but unlucky since it was released all those years ago. It has not only been copied by other companies but re-released by Nintendo themselves to show off the first REAL Mario game. So here we are the ultimate classic videogame of ALL time...Enjoy

What's the first word that comes into your head when you see this game? Classic? Masterpiece? Revolutionary? There are so many words to choose from its better just to say 'Nintendo'. That basically covers every complimentary word there is anyway, so now that's settled lets move on. What with the new iterations of this game, specifically on the Game Boy, few people have the resources to play this in its original state. Emulation is now the closest you will get, which is a shame, a real shame. There is nothing better than whipping out a NES controller and having a bash on this. It is very hard to put into words the feeling you get, especially if you played this all those years ago. Of course even if you do still have a NES a copy of the game and a decent controller, the chances are they won't work very well anymore. Mario Bros wash dished out to millions free with the NES and in a compilation with the game Duck Hunt. Which meant it was very rare to find someone with a NES who didn't own this game. This was a very clever move by Nintendo, which has secured the success of the Italian plumber up to the present day.

Screenshot for Super Mario Bros. on NES

It truly started the most recognisable genre of any video game, the platformer. Taking control of Mario the Italian plumber, (and his lanky brother Luigi if you're playing with a friend) You rush around trying to rescue the princess of the mushroom kingdom, who has been kidnapped by the dinosaur-reminiscent king Koopa, Bowser, that's right a kingdom of mushrooms, a novel concept that seemed even bizarre back then than it does now. With eight worlds and 32 levels, as well as the intricate difficulty yet to be matched, finishing this game is no task to be undertaken lightly. Then again it is, let us explained. This game can entertain in probably all levels of gaming enjoyment, hardcore gamers will find a game with plenty of secrets and intuitive gameplay to last a lifetime, and for the casual gamer there is still that pick up and play feel that you get form all Nintendo games. It is for this reason as well as others, that this game has truly stood the test of time, and is no less enjoyable now than it was nearly twenty years ago!

Screenshot for Super Mario Bros. on NES

The gameplay may seem basic now, but remember when this was released the whole idea of platformer's was totally revolutionary, and as Nintendo still try to point out in the days of the GC, simple games are often the most enjoyable. With no need to use any unnecessary brain power on remembering complicated button combinations, the player can focus on what's important; having fun, playing the game. For those of you that have been living under a rock, on Mars, with your fingers in your ears for the past thirty years, and don't actually know what a platformer is, we shall elaborate for you. You control a character, in this case an Italian plumber (the game may have been copied but that idea never was), they can move left and right, jump and usually duck. That's it, that may not sound very interesting on paper (or being read off of a PC monitor), but it truly is a wonderful experience. Of course it isn't quite that simple, there are enemies littered everywhere, trying to get in your way and prevent you from advancing. There aren't a great many types of enemies, but all will be instantly recognisable to any Nintendo fan, the Goomba made its first appearance here, as well as the Koopa Troopa, all of whom are minions of the EVIL king Koopa or Bowser for short. Don't forget those warp pipes either, the biggest secret in the game. Once discovered these allow you to skip big chunks of the game and so making it a lot easier to complete in one go.

Screenshot for Super Mario Bros. on NES

The game is SO memorable for SO many reasons, it's just unreal. Will you ever get tired of that music? Unlikely. The tune of the first level, and when you drop down into the underground sections are probably the most famous pieces of gaming music, and probably music, of all time. The old 'chime' of picking up a coin shall never be forgotten. The 'warp' sounds of travelling through large green pipes or the strange indescribable sound of changing from Mario to Super Mario and vice versa, could well have you in tears. Of course the graphics look dated now, what do you expect? Old and dated maybe, but hard on the eyes, NEVER, some of the images in this game, are the most nostalgia filled of any game in existence.

What more can we say? Without this there wouldn't have been any Sonic's or Banjo or that one Zelda. We owe so much to Mario it is unbelievable, and of course he's still going strong today. With the (relatively) recent release of Mario Sunshine proving so. A sequel is apparently under development, and will apparently be 'much better than the last'. Mario is far from dead, so it seems only fair to give as much credit as possible to his humble beginnings that helped him become one of the most recognisable characters in the gaming industry. Let's not forget about the man behind Mario, Mr Shigeru Miyamoto himself. Truly a god among men, he is the genius behind the likes of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Kirby and of course Mario. Without him the gaming may well have died many years ago, his creativity will never have enough technology to be truly at its best.

Screenshot for Super Mario Bros. on NES

Cubed3 Rating

Rated 9 out of 10

Exceptional - Gold Award

Rated 9 out of 10

If you don't own this game, buy it NOW. You can pick up a NES for like 50p nowadays, never has it been so cheap and easy to get so much pleasure. (No rude joke intended) Masterpiece. Although some of its sequels have bettered it, none have the same feeling as this one.






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C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10 (18 Votes)

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This is what made Mario into a legend not Donkey Kong. This is one on the best designed games on the NES. The boss battles are too easy, but it still is fun to see bowser falling into the lava and not you. The music s just awsome and the fact that you can take turns playing as Mario and Luigi is the best. It is a easy game but if you have it for VC then you can sort of save it just by pressing home on the Wii remote and carry on from were you left off. This is just one of the greatest old Mario games next to Super Mario Bros 3 on the NES. It will always be a classic to old school gamers and it still is today , I think.Smilie

( Edited 14.04.2008 15:11 by Super Sonic )

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