Super Mario Bros. (1985)

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Plumber brothers Mario and Luigi are transported to the Mushroom Kingdom, where they must stop the evil Koopa King, Bowser, and his reign of terror.


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Plumber brothers Mario and Luigi from Brooklyn have just arrived in a strange realm called the Mushroom Kingdom. It was ruled by Princess Toadstool and her faithful Mushroom people. But one day, evil cast a shadow over the land and the evil King Bowser Koopa showed up with his army of Goombas, Spinies, Flying Koopas, and other evil creatures. King Koopa kidnapped Princess Toadstool and trapped her faithful Mushroom People in seven of his castles. So Mario and Luigi must brave deep and dangerous waters, jump from tree to tree (don't look down!), and watch their steps in the dark evil castles filled with fire balls and lava pits and must use their magic powers to defeat the evil King Koopa and rescue the Princess. Written by Dylan Self <>

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17 November 1985 (USA)  »

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Mario's Adventure  »

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Shigeru Miyamoto had originally wanted to give Mario a dinosaur to ride on for the game, unfortunately the hardware limitations of the NES wouldn't allow for it. He was able to finally fulfill his wish in Super Mario World, which ran on the far more powerful Super NES, and named the dinosaur Yoshi. See more »


Princess Peach: [to Mario after he rescues her] Thank you Mario! Your quest is over. We present you a new quest.
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A Phenomena beyond it's time
9 May 2004 | by (America) – See all my reviews

I will not say that I did not love video games before I played the first and the original Super Mario Brothers, but I slowly but surely became a Video Game fanatic after I was first introduced to the Super Mario Brothers. In this game, Mario and his brother Luigi are New York City plumbers who go into the magical Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Toadstool from the evil clutches of King Koopa. And thus you have to go trough the magical Mushroom Kingdom and a wonderful adventure ensues.

In this game there are 8 levels and four parts to each level. Some of the levels take place under water others take place in tree tops. Sometimes distant cannons shoot at you, other times (in end levels mostly) flames go around in a circle trying to eliminate you. There are all kinds of different enemies, from the Goombas to the Koopa Troopas, this is an incredible. There are also dungeons where you are attempting to rescue the Princess Toadstool.

This game is one of the coolest of all time. When I first played this game I could not believe anything like this existed. I had played plenty of arcade games before but the Nintendo System was new and I had never seen anything like it and it was awesome. I always had to have the fireball, if I didn't have that a part of me felt useless on this game, because I could be squashed by almost anything. It took me quite awhile to actually beat the game, but I had been playing it since I was 5. And this was the beginning of the whole Super Mario and Nintendo empire, which has now spanned the world almost, and this game remains a household name today.

At first naturally this was an incredibly hard game, but not it is a breeze. At one point I thought this was one of the most difficult games I have ever played, and almost everyone in my family was playing this game, not to mention a number of other video games, but this was the first. I loved the sequels as well, particularly Super Mario 3. But I will never forget playing Super Mario Brothers for the first time, and that game is better than a lot of this stuff today. This is the original, and this is still one of the best.

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