Mario Bros. Special

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Mario Bros. Special
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Developer(s) Hudson Soft
Publisher(s)
Platform(s) NEC PC-6001mkII, NEC PC-6601, NEC PC-8801, FM-7, Sharp X1, Sharp MZ-1500, MZ-2000, Hitachi S1, and NEC PC-9801
Release date Japan Dec 31, 1984[citation needed]
Genre Retro/Platform
Rating(s)
Mode(s) Up to two players simultaneously
Media 5.25-inch floppy, Cassette
Input

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, Sharp X1, Sharp MZ-1500,[1] MZ-2000,[2] Hitachi S1,[3] and NEC PC-9801.[4] About two years later after Mario Bros. Special and Punch Ball Mario Bros. were released, Hudson released Super Mario Bros. Special.

Gameplay[edit]

The game is again not a straight port of Mario Bros, but more of a sequel of sorts, an original arcade-style platformer with adjustments to the game's graphics and sounds, and even a bonus timer.

There are four different screens. In the first, Mario must make his way to the top of the screen, avoiding enemies in later stages. Once there, he must hit five switches, twice each, and quickly make it to either side before the switches deactivate. Enemies can be killed by jumping over or right next to them and hitting a platform or object above him.

For the second stage, Mario must jump on trampolines to stun enemies and kick them off, avoiding the fireball once it appears. Once all enemies are gone, a platform will appear at the top of the screen, and jumping onto it will complete the stage.

In the third, Mario must take the elevator up to the conveyor belts and collect dollar signs while avoiding enemies, which can be killed by jumping on the conveyor belts while they're on it. Once enough have been collected, a ring will appear at the top of the screen, and getting onto the moving platform, from there onto the top middle one, and running into it will complete the stage.

Finally, the fourth stage is Test Your Skill. Mario must collect all the dollar signs, which replace coins, and hit the ring at the top before the time runs out. In later stages, the platforms move.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Footage of the MZ-1500 version,
  2. ^ [2] Footage of the MZ-2000 version.
  3. ^ [3] Image of the box of the Hitachi S1 version.
  4. ^ [4] Images of the PC-9801 version.

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