Super Mario Bros.

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Super Mario Bros.
Developer Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo
System NES, Arcade, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console, 3DS Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console
Release Date NES
JP September 13, 1985
US October 18, 1985
EU May 15, 1987
US 1986
JP February 14, 2004
US June 2, 2004
EU August 9, 2004
Virtual Console
JP December 2, 2006
US December 25, 2006
EU January 5, 2007
3DS Virtual Console
JP January 5, 2012
US February 16, 2012
EU March 1, 2012
Wii U Virtual Console
JP July 15, 2013
EU September 12, 2013
US September 19, 2013
Gallery GH Gallery
Rating ESRB: E

Super Mario Bros. is the most well known game of the Mario series which establishes the basics of the mainstream Mario titles. It introduced the setting of the Mushroom Kingdom, the new damsel in distress Princess Peach and the new arch-enemy Bowser. It also introduced Mario's various power-ups, including the mushrooms and stars that would become recurring parts of the Mario series.



Bowser has taken over the Mushroom Kingdom and turned its inhabitants into various objects such as blocks and mushrooms. He has also kidnapped Princess Peach, the only person who can break his spell. However, Mario and Luigi are determined to defeat Bowser and save the princess.


The player controls Mario (Luigi only being playable through a second player) to make his way through various levels and defeat various enemies that would appear throughout the Mario series, from Goombas to Hammer Bros.. Mario is small when he starts out, but he can grow using a Super Mushroom and from there use the Fire Flower to shoot fireballs. This game also introduces the Super Star, which temporarily turns Mario invincible.

The game is divided into eight worlds, each with four levels. The last level of each world is a castle which is inhabited by Bowser - although the Bowsers in the first seven castles are actually lesser enemies in disguise. Only the eighth world contains the "true" Bowser and Princess Peach. Completing the game would unlock a second quest which is mostly identical to the first but with some changes to increase difficulty.


Super Mario Bros. spawned the new wave of Mario games featuring Mario as the hero of the Mushroom Kingdom, an image that still lives today. Thus many Mario games feature throwbacks and homages to Super Mario Bros. Recreations of levels have even appeared in some games, such as in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, where the player controls Bowser in nearly-identical recreations of Super Mario Bros. levels. The game is also known for its catchy music, particularly the music in the first two stages.


Super Mario Bros., strangely enough, had two sequels. In 1986, Super Mario Bros. 2 was made in Japan. It acted as a direct sequel and was made on the same engine as Super Mario Bros., so that the games look very similar. However, Nintendo of America found the game too hard, so they edited another Japanese game, Doki Doki Panic, and released it as Super Mario Bros. 2 in America. A third part of the trilogy, Super Mario Bros. 3 was later released in both America and Japan. In modern days, the style of the original Super Mario Bros. was revived in through a series of New Super Mario Bros. for both consoles and handheld, which started with New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS.

Ports and Remakes

  • The game was remade on the Game & Watch using the same name. The game is a much simpler version of the original.
  • On the NES, Super Mario Bros. was later packed with Duck Hunt and World Class Champ Meet. In Europe, a similar cartridge was released with Tetris and Nintendo World Cup.
  • In 1986, Super Mario Bros. was released for the arcade as part of Nintendo's Vs. Multisystem, with a two player game mode and some minor changes.
  • Super Mario Bros. was released on the Super Nintendo with updated graphics in the Super Mario All-Stars compilation. However, all later rereleases have instead used the original graphics.
  • Super Mario Bros. Deluxe was released for the Game Boy Color in 1999.
  • It is unlockable in the 2001 Nintendo GameCube game Animal Crossing, but so far no method of unlocking it without use of a cheating device has been found.
  • The original NES version was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2004 as part of the Classic NES Series and was released on the Wii's Virtual Console in late 2006. A playable demo for the Virtual Console version was included as a Masterpiece in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • In 2011, the NES version was released for free download on the 3DS's Virtual Console as a part of its Ambassador Program. This was followed by a priced general release in early 2012, and it was also released for the Wii U Virtual Console in 2013.
  • In 2014, NES Remix 2 featured a version of Super Mario Bros. called Super Luigi Bros.. This game featured stages that were inverted, and players controlled only Luigi with his gameplay differences that were originally introduced in later games.

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