Mario Bros. (game)
Mario Bros. is an arcade game made by Nintendo and released on July 14, 1983. It was also released on the NES under the Arcade Classics Series series of games (a version itself later ported to other systems), 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 instalment in the Mario Bros. after the Game & Watch game of the same name. It 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 and for the role-playing game Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga & all 4 games on the Super Mario Advance series on the Game Boy Advance.
Although Donkey Kong was the first official game to feature Mario, Mario Bros. is often considered 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 of New York. The sewers are overrun by waves of enemies and the Mario Bros. have to defeat the enemies and get coins to receive their pay.
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, which is done by jumping up and hitting the floor below enemies. This flips them, giving the player the chance to kick them away, which is rewarded with 800 points. The POW Block can also be used to flip enemies; however, it can be used only three times. After an enemy is knocked away, a coin (a "wafer" in the Atari 2600 version of the game) appears from one of the pipes, and gives 800 points when collected. When all enemies are defeated, the player continues to the next phase. In later levels, different types of enemies and harming fireballs appear. From time to time, a bonus level appears where all coins have to be collected in order to get an extra 3000-5000 points. The POW Block regenerates after the second bonus level and every subsequent bonus level.
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.
The game has received mostly positive reviews. IGN rated the game 91st in their Top 100 NES Games list .
Remakes and ports
In 1993, Nintendo released a European-exclusive version of the game called the Classic Series version. This version was perhaps the closest port of the arcade game, and was one of only two ports to have intermissions (the other being the Atari XE version). It was based on Kaettekita Mario Bros., and retained all the arcade features from it, plus being able to change direction in mid-air.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Mario Bros. is included as a separate minigame, called "Battle Mode", in Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES and as part of the SMB3 port included in Super Mario All-Stars, utilising SMB3 physics and a variation on its graphics. This was the first version where Spinies replaced Shellcreepers, making it more obvious not to jump on the enemy, which would become standard in later remakes to avoid confusion with the ubiquitous Koopa Troopas of later games.
It includes two bonus levels - a fountain that sprays out coins, and a series of kickable ? Blocks.
A battle can also be entered in two-player mode in the main game, by the active player on the map opening the Ⓜ or Ⓛ that represents the inactive player. This allows the players to fight over the "cards", obtained by finishing a normal level, that give one to five extra lives when three are collected.
Game Boy Advance remakes
A remake of Mario Bros. is included in every Super Mario Advance game, as well as the RPG Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga. All of these games can connect to each other to play Classic or Battle mode with up to four players. Classic is based on the co-op mode from the original. Battle is based on the Battle Game from Super Mario All-Stars. The remake also uses the GBA's Single-Pak multiplayer feature. It can connect and play with other GBA systems without the game, although Battle is the only multiplayer mode that can be played in this way.
The GBA remake of Mario Bros. enhances the graphics to take advantage of the GBA's 32-bit capabilities, including adding backgrounds to the stages. Music is added where it was originally absent, and voice clips are added in single-player mode. 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. The POW Block resets every few stages, and two such blocks appear now as opposed to just one. The Power Squat Jump from Super Mario Bros. 2 (US version) has been added, and the Bonus Stages are now noticeably easier than they were originally.
Ports of NES version
Several direct ports of the NES version, running under emulation, have been released on later consoles. First was Mario Bros.-e, a game for the e-Reader, released on November 11, 2002 in the United States only, which omitted the two-player support. Japan next got an exclusive release in the Famicom Mini series for Game Boy Advance, unconnected with the remade version described above, on May 21, 2004.
It was also re-released on Virtual Console for Wii for 500 Wii Points in November/December 2006, and for 3DS on 8 May 2013 (Japan), 9 Jan 2014 (Euro/Aus) and 30 Jan 2014 (NA, US$4.99). It has also been released on the Wii U for the same price.
An emulation 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.
The game had three obscure sequels: two direct 1984 follow-ups for Japanese home computers called Punch Ball Mario Bros. & Mario Bros. Special, and a 1995 entry for the Virtual Boy called Mario Clash.
References in later games
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.
Names in other languages