Mario Bros. (Super Mario Bros. 3)

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Mario and Luigi in Battle Mode, with a blue Spiny
NES version

Mario Bros.[1] (also known as Classic Mario Bros.,[2] and the battle mode or Battle Mode) is a competitive remake of Mario Bros. found in the 2 Player Game mode of Super Mario Bros. 3. In Super Mario All-Stars, this version exists alongside another remake known as the Battle Game, which is found in the main menu for Super Mario Bros. 3. The battle mode and Battle Game are both absent in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, having been replaced by another remake of Mario Bros.

To access the battle mode, one player must press the A Button button in the Family Computer and localized Nintendo Entertainment System releases or the B Button button in the All-Stars version while on the other player's panel in the world map. Whoever wins is immediately given a turn to play in the main game.

Gameplay[edit]

Battle Mode from Super Mario All-Stars 2 Player Mode. Not to be confused with the similar Battle Game.
Super Mario All-Stars version

The battle mode cycles through twelve different stages, most of them are similar to the original arcade game. In them, five enemies will emerge from the top pipes. The goal is to survive while defeating all five enemies with the one getting the most wins. Enemies that must be defeated are Spinies, Sidesteppers, and Fighter Flies; defeating a Fireball does not count. Players can also indirectly kill each other by forcing the other player to collide with an enemy to gain victory. Players can also steal goal cards from each other by bumping from below, stomping, or using the POW Block. If a brother gets his third card, then he is instantly awarded extra lives in the main game equal to their combination. However, if a loose card is not grabbed before a round ends, it is lost. Any deaths incurred in the battle mode will not affect the player's lives in the main game.

Every fourth match is a bonus stage with three different types. The first requires players to grab at least three of the five coins. The second has a vertical pipe that shoots out Fireballs and coins. The player that collects at least three coins or survives wins. The final stage has the players climbing ladders to retrieve coins under ? Blocks, some of which are empty. All five coins must be collected with the winner being the one who collected the most.

Characters[edit]

Playable[edit]

NES image All-Stars image Name Information
Mario, from Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES) Battle Mode Small Mario in Super Mario All-Stars: Super Mario Bros. 3. Mario The older Mario brother, who serves as player one.
Luigi in the Super Mario Bros. 3 version of Mario Bros. Sprite of Small Luigi from the Super Mario All-Stars remaster of Super Mario Bros. 3 Luigi The younger Mario brother, who serves as player two.

Enemies[edit]

NES image All-Stars image Name Stage appearance Information and abilities
A Spiny in the Super Mario Bros. 3 version of Mario Bros.Blue Spiny from the Super Mario Bros. 3 version of Mario Bros. A Spiny in the Super Mario Bros. 3 version of Mario Bros.A blue Spiny in the Battle Game and 2-player battle mode. Spiny 1, 3, 5, 9 Spinies are the simplest enemies to defeat. They only need to be hit once from below to be stunned.
A Fighter Fly from Super Mario Bros. 3.Blue Fighter Fly from Super Mario Bros. 3 A Fighter Fly in the Super Mario Bros. 3 version of Mario Bros.A blue Fighter Fly in the Battle Game Fighter Fly 2, 3, 6, 10 A fly that jumps up and down and is the hardest to defeat. The player can hit Fighter Flies only while they are on the ground.
A crab from Super Mario Bros. 3Angry crab from Super Mario Bros. 3Blue crab from Super Mario Bros. 3Angry blue crab from Super Mario Bros. 3 A crab in the Super Mario All-Stars version of the Super Mario Bros. 3 Battle GameAngry crab in the Super Mario All-Stars version of the Super Mario Bros. 3 Battle GameA blue Crab in the Battle GameAngry blue crab in the Super Mario All-Stars version of the Super Mario Bros. 3 Battle Game Crab 5, 6, 7, 11 The first time the player hits Crabs, they gain an angry expression and walk faster. The player thus needs to hit them twice before kicking them off.
A fireball from Super Mario Bros. 3. A Fireball from the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3. Fireball 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 There are three types: the first travels horizontally in a wavy pattern, the second bounces around diagonally, and the last is shot out of a pipe in a bonus stage. The former two emerges from the sides when enough time has passed.

Items and objects[edit]

NES image All-Stars image Name Effect
A Mushroom card from Super Mario Bros. 3A Flower card from Super Mario Bros. 3A Star card from Super Mario Bros. 3 A Mushroom card from the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3A Flower card from the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3A Star card from the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3 Card Cards are carried over from the main game. They can be exchanged or lost. If a brother gets three cards, he will be awarded with extra lives.
A coin in the Super Mario Bros. 3 version of Mario Bros. A coin in the Super Mario Bros. 3 version of Mario Bros. Coin Coins are automatically awarded for defeating enemies. In bonus stages, they have to be sought after.
A POW in the Super Mario Bros. 3 version of Mario Bros. A POW Block in the Super Mario Bros. 3 version of Mario Bros. And yes, they are transparent in the middle around the words in this game instead of black. POW Block POW Blocks always appear in the center of the level, knocking over all enemies on-screen when a brother hits it. After being hit three times, the block disappears.
A blue ? Block from Super Mario Bros. 3 battle mode A ? Block from the Super Mario All-Stars version of the Super Mario Bros. 3 battle mode bonus round. It is not animated unlike the ones in the main game. ? Block Some ? Blocks hide coins in the third bonus stage. They can be kicked open with the B Button button.

Gallery[edit]

NES version[edit]

Super Mario All-Stars version[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese なつかしのマリオブロスゲーム[3][4][page number needed]
Natsukashi no Mario Burosu Gēmu
Nostalgic Mario Bros. Game

Italian Modulo battaglia[5] (Super Mario Bros. 3)
Battle Mode a 2 giocatori[6] (Super Mario All-Stars)
Modalità duello/Duello dallo schermo della mappa[7] (Super Mario All-Stars)
Modalità Combattimento[8] (Virtual Console)
Battle module
2-players Battle Mode
Duel mode/Duel (mode) from the map screen
Battle Mode

Trivia[edit]

  • In the NES version, this mode is the only time Mario and Luigi appear with blue overalls in-game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HOW TO PLAY THE 'MARIO BROS.' GAME" – Nintendo (1990). Super Mario Bros. 3 instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 28.
  2. ^ "If Mario and Luigi are in the same place on the 2 player mode map, or if either of the players choose battle mode, you can play the CLASSIC MARIO BROS. game." – Nintendo (1993). Super Mario All-Stars instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 36.
  3. ^ "「なつかしのマリオブロスゲーム」とは……" – Nintendo (1988). Nintendo (Japanese). Page 27.
  4. ^ "マリオ3での2人用バトル、なつかしのマリオブロスゲーム" – Super Mario Collection instruction booklet.
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Italian instruction booklet, page 27
  6. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Italian instruction booklet, page 35
  7. ^ Super Mario All-Stars - 25th Anniversary Edition Italian instruction booklet, page 20
  8. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 (Nintendo 3DS - Virtual Console) Italian e-manual, page 12