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Release year: 1983 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Nintendo
Mario Bros. Classic (NES)
Mario Bros. Classic (AKA マリオブラザーズ Mario Burazāzu in Japan), created by Shigeru Miyamoto, is an arcade platform video game published and developed for arcades, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and other systems in 1983. Important: do not confuse this game with Super Mario Bros, launched in 1987.
Nintendo was hoping to ride on Donkey Kong’s fame when they released the game Mario Bros. in 1983. Fans expected that this will be just another spin-off of the lovable primate, but the Japanese gaming company had a nice trick up its sleeve. It was time for Mario and Luigi to have their own video game as they fight pests coming from pipes. It was a major hit so it had to be ported to the NES so fans can play the game in their homes.
Most arcade releases during the early 80’s followed the same gameplay premise and Mario Bros. Classic was not an exception. It was simple, entertaining, and fun. You control either Mario or Luigi and punch the ledge where the enemy is standing on. This stuns the pest momentarily, so you can kick them off the screen before they awake. Different enemies require different strategies, and to make the situation more difficult, you need to dodge fireballs flying around.
Controls are simple, as you only have to jump to punch the ledge and kick the stunned pests. There are no lags and the button settings are easy to learn. This is very much welcome since the game can become hectic as you progress.
Mario Bros. for the NES was one of the more faithful ports from arcade to console during that era. There were some cuts made, given the hardware limitations of the NES, but nothing that takes away from the overall experience. Graphics are simple and animations are fluid.
The music had to take most of the cuts since it’s impossible to replicate the arcade version’s flair. Still, most of it is recognizable which makes the console experience as authentic as it can possibly be.
Although dated, Mario Bros. is still a fun game. It can get boring if you play solo so get a companion to play with you.
Mario Bros. Classic has been ported to Arcade, Amstrad CPC, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, NES (this version), Apple II, Commodore 64, NEC PC-8801, Atari 7800, XEGS, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console, ZX Spectrum.