This article is about the arcade title first released in 1983. For information about further uses, see here
"MB" redirects here. For information about the Mario Baseball
series, see here
|Mario Bros. (game)
||Nintendo Research & Development 1|
Intelligent Systems (NES port)
||Arcade machine, NES, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Apple II, Commodore 64, FM-7, NEC PC88, Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-bit, Game Boy Advance/e-Reader, Virtual Console (Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS)
July 14, 1983
September 9, 1983
September 1, 1986
November 11, 2002
Game Boy Advance
May 21, 2004
May 22, 2004 (only as secondary)
May 23, 2004 (only as secondary)
May 24, 2004 (only as secondary)
Virtual Console (Wii)
November 19, 2006
December 7, 2006
December 8, 2006
December 12, 2006
December 30, 2008
Virtual Console (3DS)
May 8, 2013
January 9, 2014
January 9, 2014
January 30, 2014
Virtual Console (Wii U)
May 29, 2013
June 20, 2013
June 20, 2013
June 20, 2013
|ESRB:|| - Everyone|
|PEGI:|| - Three years and older|
|CERO:|| - All ages|
||Up to 2 players simultaneously
Game Boy Advance:
Game Boy Advance:
Home Computer System:
Mario Bros. is an arcade game made by Nintendo and released in July 14, 1983. It was also released on the NES, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, and Atari 7800 as well as a large multitude of home computer systems. The game introduces the first appearance of Luigi in a game, and is the first installment in the Mario Bros. after the Game & Watch game of the same name. It was also released for the Virtual Console on the Wii for 500 Wii Points, and the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U for $4.99.
A very different variant of Mario Bros. released 3 months early also appears on the Game & Watch, but without color and utilizing two screens. Mario Bros. is also included as a separate minigame, playing like the original game with updated graphics in the two-player mode of Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES, and for the role-playing game Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and all 4 games on the Super Mario Advance series on the Game Boy Advance. For these Game Boy Advance remake games, there is also an added two to four-player battle mode, meaning that other players can join the player's game through the use of a Game Boy Advance link cable. The NES version of Mario Bros. was also ported to the e-Reader under the name, Mario Bros.-e. The game had three obscure sequels: two direct 1984 follow-ups for Japanese home computers called Punch Ball Mario Bros. and Mario Bros. Special, and a 1995 entry for the Virtual Boy called Mario Clash.
Although Donkey Kong was the first official game to feature Mario, Mario Bros. is considerably the first "real" Mario game, as it is the first game to actually use Mario's name. Donkey Kong is also a part of the series of the same name.
The story of this game revolves around two plumbers, Mario and Luigi, who are working in the sewers.. The sewers are overrun by waves of enemies and the Mario Bros. have to defeat the enemies and get coins to receive their pay.
Mario and Luigi in Phase 1 of the arcade version.
The game features a simple stage in which the player plays in an endless game. Much of the gameplay appears to have been inspired by an arcade game named Joust. Enemies come from the pipes on the top and head downwards, where they may enter the pipes again to return to the top. The goal in each Phase is to defeat all enemies. This is done by jumping against the floor when enemies are walking on from below to knock them out, and then the player has to kick them away. The player could also use the POW Block to flip enemies, however it could be used only three times. When all enemies are defeated, the player gets to the next phase. In later levels, different types of enemies and harming fireballs appear. From time to time, there is a bonus level where the player has to collect all coins in order to get an extra 3000-5000 points. The POW Block regenerates after the second bonus level and every subsequent bonus level.
- Mario (Player 1) / Red Mario with blue overalls (Player 1 in Super Mario Advance/Superstar Saga remake.)
- Luigi (Player 2) / Green Mario with purple overalls (Player 2 in Super Mario Advance/Superstar Saga remake.)
- Yellow Mario with white overalls. (Player 3 in Super Mario Advance/Superstar Saga remake.)
- Blue Mario with yellow overalls. (Player 4 in Super Mario Advance/Superstar Saga remake.)
Target enemies must be defeated to clear the phase while other enemies should be defeated by the player's discretion. Each phase consists of one or two types of targets with a maximum of six targets. Shellcreepers and Sidesteppers appear together only in Phase 5 (6 in Japan). The last target enemy will always move at its fastest pace unless said enemy is a Fighter Fly.
- Shellcreeper - The first enemies in the game, a possible relation to Koopas. They are replaced by Spinies in remade versions.
- Sidestepper - Crab creatures that are harder to defeat and have appeared in various games. They first appear in Phase 4 (5 in Japan).
- Fighter Fly - Flies that jump up and down. They first appear in Phase 6 (7 in Japan).
- Slipice - Ice creatures that appear in a lot of games. They have been renamed Freezie, and first appear in Phase 9 (10 in Japan). When one self-destructs, it covers its platform in ice, hence the name.
- Icicle - They first appear in phase 16 (17 in Japan) and attack by dropping from the ceiling.
- Fireball - Red ones bounce diagonally around the stage while Green ones travel horizontally. They can be defeated by bashing them from underneath, just as they hit the ground. The player can also use a POW Block to defeat them as well. The sprites for green fireballs are swapped with Boos in the Super Mario All-Stars version's Battle Game but not for the in-game 2 player mode where both types appear red.
- Koopa Troopa (Super Mario All-Stars version)
- Spiny (Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Advance series and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga versions)
- Boo (Super Mario All-Stars version)
- Bowser (Super Mario Advance series and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga multiplayer Battle Mode)
The game has received mostly positive reviews. IGN rated the game 91st in their Top 100 NES Games list .
Game Boy Advance remakes
A remake of Mario Bros. is included in every Super Mario Advance game, as well as Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga.
- Enhanced graphics
- Voice clips in single player mode
- Backgrounds and music for every stage
- Jumping onto platforms has been made easier (mid-air turning is allowed, as opposed to the original where Mario or Luigi had to stay in one direction during jumping)
- A second POW Block has been added
- POW Blocks reset every few stages
- Power Squat Jumping has been added
- The bonus stages are noticeably easier
- Spinies replace Shellcreepers, making it more obvious not to jump on them
- This also removes potential confusion between Shellcreepers and Koopas, the former of which cannot be jumped upon while the latter of which can, despite being almost identical
- There is now support for four players (Marios), along with a Battle Mode based on Super Mario All-Stars
The title screen of Luigi Bros.
A port of the game known as Luigi Bros. is included in Super Mario 3D World as unlockable content, with the only difference being that Mario is replaced by Luigi in his current appearance (green hat and shirt with blue overalls); player 2's Luigi retains his original appearance (white hat and shirt with green overalls, similar to Fire Luigi's color scheme in later Mario games). If the player has save data of New Super Luigi U, Luigi Bros. can be played straight away without having to be unlocked. Unlike Super Mario 3D World itself, which is usually played using a 16:9 "Widescreen" aspect ratio, Luigi Bros. uses a 4:3 aspect ratio, obviously due to the original Mario Bros. NES game using it. Luigi Bros. is unlocked by defeating Meowser in The Great Tower Of Bowser Land in World Bowser.
Mario Bros.-e is a game for the e-Reader, released on November 11, 2002 in the United States only. The game is a port of the NES version and the plot of the game is exactly same as the original game. The only difference from the NES version is that there is no two-player support.
References in later games
- Super Mario Bros. 3: The "Battle Mode" is very similar to Mario Bros.'s gameplay.
- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga: A Mario Bros.-themed level appears in this game. A version of the game itself (as in the Advance ports) is also included besides having the flyfighter as enemy.
- Mario Power Tennis: A court is named after the game, and features many elements from it, such as Shellcreepers, POW Blocks and even similar music.
- Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix: The "Underground Mozart" music is based on the first "Stage Start" theme
- WarioWare: Twisted!: A microgame based on this game appears in 9-Volt's stage.
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl: There is a stage based on the first stages of the game, as well as a remixed version of the title's music.
- Super Paper Mario: Super Dimentio indirectly alludes to the Shellcreepers' weakness during the final battle, when taunting Mario and his party that they shall "wallow in helplessness like upside-down turtles!"
- Mario's Time Machine: The NES version of this game features a stage similar to the sewers from Mario Bros..
- WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase: A microgame based on this game appears in 18-Volt's stage.
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii: One of the underground coin battle areas resemble the Mario Bros. arena.
- New Super Mario Bros. 2: Round 1 was remade as part of the Gold Classics Pack, a downloadable course pack. Additionally, White Raccoon Mario looks similar to Player 3.
- New Super Mario Bros. U: The second Coin Battle stage overall resembles Mario Bros.'s arenas.
- Super Mario 3D World: Luigi Bros., a port starring Luigi instead of Mario, appears in this game. It is unlocked after the player completes The Great Tower of Bowser Land level. Alternatively, if the player has save data for New Super Luigi U on their Wii U, Luigi Bros. is available from the start of the game.
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U: Mario's blue recolor resembles the colors Mario wears in the Japanese artwork of the game.
- Main article: List of Mario Bros. staff
The Arcade and NES versions were directed by Hiroshi Yamauchi, both versions were designed by Shigeru Miyamoto. The music of both versions was composed by Yukio Kaneoka. However the Commodore 64 version music was composed by Fred Gray.
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario Bros. (game).
Names in other languages
- No home port completely reproduces the Arcade experience. For instance, the gameplay tutorials missing in most versions, including the commonly-distributed NES and GBA version. Perhaps the closest is the Classic Series version of Mario Bros. for NES which was released in 1993 in Europe, which was based on Kaettekita Mario Bros..
- ^ "Exclusive Interview With Nintendo Gaming Mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto". Popular Mechanics. October 19, 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
- ^ 
||Super Mario series
||Super Mario Bros. (1985, NES) • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (1986, FDS) • Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988, NES) • Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988, NES) • Super Mario World (1990, SNES) • Super Mario 64 (1996, N64) • Super Mario Sunshine (2002, GCN) • New Super Mario Bros. (2006, NDS) • Super Mario Galaxy (2007, Wii) • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009, Wii) • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010, Wii) • Super Mario 3D Land (2011, 3DS) • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012, 3DS) • New Super Mario Bros. U (2012, Wii U) • Super Mario 3D World (2013, Wii U)
|Mario vs. Donkey Kong series
||Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004, GBA) • Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (2006, DS) • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! (2009, DSiWare) • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! (2010, DS) • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (2013, 3DS) • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (2015, 3DS/Wii U)
||Donkey Kong (1981) • Mario Bros. (1983) • Mario's Cement Factory (1983, G&W) • Mario's Bombs Away (1983, G&W) • Mario Bros. Special (1984, PC88) • Punch Ball Mario Bros. (1984, PC88) • Wrecking Crew (1985, NES) • Super Mario Bros. Special (1986, PC88) • Super Mario Land (1989, GB) • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992, GB) • Hotel Mario (1994, Philips CD-i) • Donkey Kong (1994, Game Boy) • Mario Clash (1995, VB) • Wrecking Crew '98 (1998, SFC)
|Ports and remakes
||Donkey Kong (1982, G&W) • Mario Bros. (1983, G&W) • Vs. Super Mario Bros. (1986, Arcade) • All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. (1986, FDS) • Super Mario Bros. (1987, G&W) • Super Mario All-Stars (1993, SNES) • Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World (1994, SNES) • BS Super Mario USA (1997, SNES) • Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (1999, GBC) • Super Mario Advance (2001, GBA) • Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 (2002, GBA) • Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (2003, GBA) • Famicom Mini Series (2004, GBA) • Classic NES Series (2004-2005, GBA) • Super Mario 64 DS (2004, NDS) • Virtual Console (2006-current, Wii) • Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010, Wii) • Virtual Console (2011-current, 3DS) • New Super Luigi U (2013, Wii U) • Luigi Bros. (2013, Wii U)
||Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996, SNES) • Paper Mario (2000, N64) • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003, GBA) • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004, GCN) • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (2005, NDS) • Super Paper Mario (2007, Wii) • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009, NDS) • Paper Mario: Sticker Star (2012, 3DS) • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (2013, 3DS)
| Mario Kart series
||Super Mario Kart (1992, SNES) • Mario Kart 64 (1996, N64) • Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001, GBA) • Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003, GCN) • Mario Kart Arcade GP (2005, Arcade) • Mario Kart DS (2005, NDS) • Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 (2007, Arcade) • Mario Kart Wii (2008, Wii) • Mario Kart 7 (2011, 3DS) • Mario Kart Arcade GP DX (2013, Arcade) • Mario Kart 8 (2014, Wii U)
| Mario Party series
||Mario Party (1998, N64) • Mario Party 2 (1999, N64) • Mario Party 3 (2000, N64) • Mario Party 4 (2002, GCN) • Mario Party-e (2003, GBA) • Mario Party 5 (2003, GCN) • Super Mario Fushigi no Korokoro Party (2004, Arcade) • Mario Party 6 (2004, GCN) • Mario Party Advance (2005, GBA) • Super Mario Fushigi no Korokoro Party 2 (2005, Arcade) • Mario Party 7(2006, GCN) • Mario Party 8 (2007, Wii) • Mario Party DS (2007, NDS) • Mario Party Fushigi no Korokoro Catcher (2009, Arcade) • Mario Party 9 (2012, Wii) • Mario Party: Island Tour (2013, 3DS) • Mario Party 10 (2015, Wii U)
||Mario Baseball series
||Mario Superstar Baseball (2005, GCN) • Mario Super Sluggers (2008, Wii)
| Mario Golf series
||Golf (1984) • NES Open Tournament Golf (1991, NES) • Mario Golf (1999, N64) • Mario Golf (1999, GBC) • Mobile Golf (2001, GBC) • Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (2003, GCN) • Mario Golf: Advance Tour (2004, GBA) • Mario Golf: World Tour (2014, 3DS)
|Mario Strikers series
||Super Mario Strikers (2005, GCN) • Mario Strikers Charged (2007, Wii)
|Mario Tennis series
|| Mario's Tennis (1995, VB) • Mario Tennis 64 (2000, N64) • Mario Tennis (2000, GBC) • Mario Power Tennis (2004, GCN) • Mario Tennis: Power Tour (2005, GBA) • Mario Tennis Open (2012, 3DS)
||NBA Street V3 (2005, GCN) • SSX on Tour (2005, GCN) • Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (2006, NDS) • Mario Sports Mix (2010, Wii)
|| Mario & Sonic series
||Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2007, Wii) • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2007, NDS) • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (2009, Wii) • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (2009, NDS) • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (2011, Wii) • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (2012, 3DS) • Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (2013, Wii U)
| Super Smash Bros. series
|| Super Smash Bros. (1999, N64) • Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001, GCN) • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008, Wii) • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (2014, 3DS) • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014, Wii U)
||Mario Teaches Typing (1991, MS-DOS) • Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up (1991, MS-DOS) • Mario is Missing! (1993) • Mario's Time Machine (1993) • Mario's Early Years! Fun with Letters (1993) • Mario's Early Years! Fun with Numbers (1994) • Mario's Early Years! Preschool Fun (1994) • Mario Teaches Typing 2 (1996, MS-DOS)
||Super Mario Bros. Print World (1991, MS-DOS) • Mario Paint (1992, SNES) • Mario no Photopi (1998, N64) • Mario Artist: Paint Studio (1999, N64DD) • Mario Artist: Talent Studio (2000, N64DD) • Mario Artist: Communication Kit (2000, N64DD) • Mario Artist: Polygon Studio (2000, N64DD)
||Mario & Wario (1993, SNES) • Yoshi's Safari (1993, SNES) • Undake30 Same Game (1995, SFC) • Mario's Game Gallery (1995, MS-DOS) • Mario's Picross (1995, GB) • Mario's Super Picross (1995, SFC) • Picross 2 (1996, GB) • Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium (1997, Satellaview) • Mario's FUNdamentals (1998, MS-DOS) • Mario Pinball Land (2004, GBA) • Super Mario Fushigi no Janjan Land (2003, Arcade) • Yakuman DS (2005, NDS) • Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix (2005, GCN) • Itadaki Street DS (2007, NDS) • Fortune Street (2011, Wii) • Nintendo Land (2012, Wii U) • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (2014, Wii U) • Mario Maker (2015, Wii U) • Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (2015, 3DS)