Super Mario Bros – Nintendo Entertainment System


Is there any bigger icon in the world of video games that Super Mario? I really do not think there is. And Mario’s platform adventures in the Mushroom Kingdom started with this classic.

Story & Presentation

Like many of the early NES games. Super Mario Bros requires that you use your imagination to fill in a great deal of the story, but the basic idea of the story of this game is something that we still have in Mario games to this day. The story of the game sees Mario trying to save Princess Peach (or Toadstool if you prefer) from the clutches of the evil King Koopa (or Bowser) it really is a basic story, but one that really does give you all the motivation you could need. And I also find it pretty funny how nearly 30 years later and Princess Peach is still getting captured by Bowser and locked in one of his castles.

The game looked great back in the 80’s and I think that it holds up very well to this day. The game scrolls very well and the Mushroom Kingdom that we have in modern Mario games still makes uses of many of the areas that were in this first game. In the 90’s and updated version of the original Super Mario Bros would be released on the Super Nintendo as part of the Super Mario All Stars Bundle. This was the same classic original Super Mario Bros game, but it was given a 16-bit make over. The game would also get a really cool port on the Game Boy Color. This version would keep the same 8-bit graphics style of the original, but it had a more zoomed in camera.

Super Mario Bros has some of the most memorable music of any video game that has ever been released. The music in world 1-1 is perhaps the most iconic piece of video game music of all time. And it has been in one shape or form been in nearly every Mario game since then.


This is what keeps people playing this game all these years later. Nintendo can release a new console and have the original NES version of Super Mario Bros up for sale on their store and it will still sell a ton of copies. Many of which will be bought by people who already own the game in some fashion.

In short Super Mario Bros is a game that simply does not age at all. The game is just as much fun to play now as it was back then. The idea of the game is that you need to get Mario to the end of each level. You do this by jumping on enemies heads like Koopa Troopers and Goomba’s. You also need to have keen platforming skills as you try to make various jumps. The game also will have you facing off against Bowser as well. There are secret warp zones for you to find that will let you skip whole worlds.

Final Thoughts

Super Mario Bros really is one of the greatest video games of all time. It is one of those games that any gamer needs to have at least one copy of in their collection. Be it on the Virtual Console, a NES original, Super Mario All Stars or whatever. This is a game that everyone who calls themselves a gamer needs to have played.

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