Mario Clash

From the Super Mario Wiki, the Mario encyclopedia
Jump to navigationJump to search
This article is about the Virtual Boy game Mario Clash. For the microgame of the same name, see Mario Clash (microgame).
Mario Clash
American box art.
For alternate box art, see the game's gallery.
Developer Nintendo R&D1
Publisher Nintendo
Platforms Virtual Boy
Release date Japan September 28, 1995
USA October 1, 1995
Genre Platform Game
ESRB:ESRB K-A.png - Kids to Adults
Mode(s) Single Player
Virtual Boy:
Game Pak
Virtual Boy:

Mario Clash is a game released for the Virtual Boy in 1995. It is also the first 3D stereoscopic Mario game. The game is a return to the style of the original Mario Bros. To progress through the game, Mario must knock enemies off platforms using Turtle Shells. There are always two Koopas; if one gets knocked off, another one takes its place. Many enemies need to be hit from the side, thus Mario must throw shells from the background to the foreground and vice-versa in order to knock them off.


Story from the instruction booklet

The Clash House Tower has been invaded by bad guys! It's up to Mario to clear them out, throwing Koopa shells to knock them away. Take care as you battle in dangerous rooms of narrow ledges connected by pipes.


Mario battles Thornies by throwing Turtle Shells from the foreground to the background.


Cameos from other Super Mario series characters appear in a Nintendo border after every 100,000 points scored.

Score Cameo Screenshot
100,000 points Mario saying "Good!" MarioClashCameo1.png
200,000 points Toad saying "Great!" MarioClashCameo2.png
300,000 points Yoshi saying "Wonderful!" MarioClashCameo3.png
400,000 points Luigi saying "Marvelous!" MarioClashCameo4.png
500,000 points Wario saying "Superb!" MarioClashCameo5.png
600,000 points Princess Toadstool saying "Fantastic!" MarioClashCameo6.png
700,000 points Bowser saying "Astonishing!" MarioClashCameo7.png
800,000 points Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. saying "Amazing!" MarioClashCameo8.png
900,000 points A group photo of Mario, Luigi, and Toadstool saying "Incredible!!" MarioClashCameo9.png
999,999 points An enemy cast roll holding white flags under the text "All right, that's it- you win!" MarioClashCameo10.png


Main article: List of Mario Clash staff

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

The original title screen of Mario Bros. VB, with a screenshot of the 2D gameplay below
The original title screen of Mario Bros. VB, with a screenshot of the 2D gameplay below
The original title screen of Mario Bros. VB, with a screenshot of the 2D gameplay below

Mario Clash was originally a mini-game[1] which was seen in VB Mario Land, an unreleased Virtual Boy game which was shown at the Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 1995.[2] The game Mario Bros. VB itself was a earlier version of Mario Clash. It was shown as a demo game at the Shoshinkai expo in Japan, which took place on November 15th and 16th, 1994.[3][4]

The Electronic Entertainment Expo in May 1995 revealed that the Mario Bros. minigame (which was previously known to be included in the VB Mario Land demo), was now being developed as a stand-alone game titled Mario Clash, which was planned to be released as a launch title for the Virtual Boy.[5] For unknown reasons, there were no further reports of VB Mario Land being developed.


The game received mixed reviews. ScrewAttack named this video game "The second worst Mario video game of all time", while other reviews were more positive. The Video Game Critic gave it an A and called it a "must have for Virtual Boy owners".

References in later games[edit]


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario Clash.


Video.svg Mario Clash - Mario Bros. VB was first revealed at Shoshinkai 1994, where it was shown to be based on the classic Mario Bros..
Play file
File infoMedia:Mario Bros VB-E3 1994.ogv
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオクラッシュ
Mario Kurasshu
Mario Clash



Mario Clash coverage on other NIWA wikis: