Mario Bros. Special

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Mario Bros. Special
Developer(s) Hudson Soft
Platform(s) NEC PC-6001mkII, NEC PC-6601, NEC PC-8801, FM-7, and Sharp X1
Release date Japan Dec 31, 1984
Genre Retro/Platform
Mode(s) Single player
Media 5.25-inch floppy

Mario Bros. Special (マリオブラザーズ スペシャル) is a game developed by Hudson Soft in 1984. The game ran on the NEC PC-6001mkII, NEC PC-6601, NEC PC-8801, FM-7, and Sharp X1. About two years later after Mario Bros. Special and Punch Ball Mario Bros. were released, Hudson released Super Mario Bros. Special.

The game is again not a straight port of Mario Bros, but an original Arcade-style platformer with adjustments to the game's graphics and sounds. There are four different screens similar to Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr.. The stages usually involve Mario figuring out how to progress to the top of the screen, and some levels feature unstable platforms that shake if jumped one (also tripping the enemy). Dollar signs and rare rings are also collected rather than coins. The stages repeat in the same set and get progressively harder, with more enemies and obstacles.


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