Super Mario Bros – It’s A-Me! Mario!

Posted: March 5, 2011 in Games
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Platform: NES

Remember when computer games were simple?  Remember when joypads only had two buttons?  Super Mario Bros was a great platformer, and helped turn Nintendo into the big gaming industry that it is today. 

Super Mario Bros was very simple to play, as you controlled Mario (a plumber, in case you didn’t know) across each level, dodging enemies, collecting coins and going down tunnels.  It revolutionised the platform genre, and it is still as successful today as it was back then in the good old 1980’s. 

The main aim of the game was to find Princess Toadstool as she had been stolen from her castle by Mario’s biggest enemy, Bowser.  There are eight worlds in the game, which each contain four stages to get through before you can progress onto the next world.  Mario collects items along the way to help boost his abilities, by jumping up and hitting the bricks that have a question mark on them.  These items consist of mushrooms that help him grow bigger to make him stronger against enemies and orange flowers that give him fireballs to throw.  A green mushroom gives Mario an extra life.  If you run out of lives then it is game over.  You die if you walk into an enemy when small, or if you fall down a gap in the level.  There are some secret areas to be found which contain extra lives and coins, and other areas contain warp zones that allow you to skip a few worlds out.  Why you would want to do that I do not know, for the game isn’t really that long as it is.

The game takes some skill, and if you are into platform games that are fast paced then this one is for you.  It’s also really good fun for all age groups, and Mario has since become a long-standing  famous mascot for Nintendo.

It hasn’t aged too well, and some of the later Mario games are better, but it is a classic game that helped put Mario and Nintendo on the map.

8/10

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Comments
  1. Keeper Garrett says:

    It’s amazing how long it took to come out in the rest of the world. 1985 for Japan and USA, but 87 for Australia and Europe!

    Super Mario 3 took nearly THREE YEARS to come to Europe compared to its Japan release. Ugh. Quality chestnut squashing action though!

  2. Lauren Coupe says:

    Super Mario 3 was one of the best Mario games.

    Keep looking out for the review! Coming soon!

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