Kaettekita Mario Bros.

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Kaettekita Mario Bros.
The title screen of Kaettekita Mario Bros.
The title screen
Developer Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo, Nagatanien
Platform(s) Family Computer Disk System
Release date Family Computer Disk System:
Japan November 30, 1988
Language(s) 日本語
Genre Platformer
Mode(s) 1-2 players
Floppy disk

Kaettekita Mario Bros. is a game for the Family Computer Disk System released on November 30, 1988 through the Disk Writer service. This game was co-published by Nintendo and Nagatanien, a Japanese food company. It is an updated version of Mario Bros. that was released only in Japan,[1] although a 1993 Europe-only cartridge re-release resembles it,[2] using the same enemy sprites and colors from this game. Excluding ports, this is the last Super Mario game for the Family Computer Disk System. It is also the last Super Mario game to be released during the Shōwa era of Japan, coming out just over a month before the death of emperor Hirohito.

Game modes[edit]

The game has several modes that can be accessed from the main menu.

Original Mario Bros.[edit]

Single player Kaettekita Mario Bros.
Phase 18

This mode plays similarly to the Japanese arcade version of Mario Bros. However, there are several differences from the arcade or earlier NES port.

  • One of three Nagatanien advertisements will appear before the first phase. One ad is for ochazuke nori and features singer-actor Saburō Kitajima who appeared in Nagatanien ads during the game's release. Its BGM is an arrangement from the commercial's song. The other ads are for gomoku fried rice mix and Super Mario Bros. 3 branded furikake.
  • Mario and Luigi can now change direction in mid-air (much like modern remakes).
  • Mario's color scheme is now the same as his Donkey Kong palette.
  • The graphics and music were improved somewhat compared to the earlier port.
  • The top five high scores can now be saved like in the arcade version but not in the earlier port. Names can be longer and in Japanese.

Nagatanien World[edit]

The slots minigame from Kaettekita Mario Bros.
The slots mini-game

This mode is similar to Original Mario Bros., but with three additional features:

  • In addition to watching one of the three ads like above, another cut-scene addressing the player's registered name will advertise products before Phase 1.
  • After losing all lives and receiving a Game Over, players will be given the chance to play a slot machine minigame. The slots can display a kanji for Nagatanien, a Shellcreeper sprite, and the upper halves of sprites for Mario and Luigi. Should they get a match, they will be allowed to continue their game without the score and phase counters resetting. However, this area can only be visited once per game.
    • Nagatanien (永谷園) - 4 extra lives
    • Three matches - 2 extra lives
    • Two matches - 1 extra life
  • After reaching 100,000 points, players are given promotional codes that can be mailed in to a raffle for a pack of Super Mario Bros. 3-themed playing cards. At 200,000 points, players are given another code for entry in a drawing for a Super Mario Bros. 3 cartridge, which released one month earlier in Japan on the Family Computer. All players who sent in codes also had a chance to win a Super Mario Bros. 3 keychain. This promotion was active from November 30, 1988 to May 31, 1989.

Name registration[edit]

Players 1 and 2 may register their name, age, and gender. These are used when a high score is broken and to refer to players with honorifics appropriate for their gender.


In this mode, a Shellcreeper explains the promotional features of Nagatanien World.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese かえってきた マリオブラザーズ
(disk label)
かえってきた MARIO BROS.
(title screen)
Kaettekita Mario Burazāzu
Mario Bros. have returned[3]

Original Mario Bros.
Language Name Meaning
Japanese オリジナル マリオブラザーズ
Orijinaru Mario Burazāzu
Original Mario Bros.

Nagatanien World
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ながたにえん ワールド
Nagatanien Wārudo
Nagatanien World

Name registration
Language Name Meaning
Japanese なまえとうろく
Namae Tōroku
Name registration

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おしらせ


  1. ^ GameSpot Retrieved November 14, 2010
  2. ^ NinDB Retrieved July 9, 2015
  3. ^ Nintendo Creators Program (Archived)