Review by Kool Mr Bassman

"Mario needs to be doing BETTER things than this."

I love the 80's. The fashion, music, television, movies, but not so much on the video games anymore. It was a time when Nintendo revived the failing video game industry from the crappy claws of Atari games and countless other knock offs that simply never made it huge. Ice Climber, Excitebike, The legend of Zelda, Pac-Man, Bomberman, Rad Racer, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, Donkey Kong, Kid Icarus, the NES saved the home video market by offering players better games than Atari did. Another game on the NES that made a big impact on gaming is Super Mario Bros.

Starring the world's most popular fictional plumbers, Mario and Luigi. Super Mario Bros is a story of a plumber (or plumbers if you play 2 player) from New York traveling through a kingdom called Mushroom to save a Princess called Peach from a bad creature called Bowser. Its a very simple plot, and it works for a game like this.

The gameplay still remains the classic 2D scrolling adventure that game is known for. Go through a series of two dimensional levels with a limited amount of time. You jump through countless pitfalls, get coins (100 of them to earn a 1 up), jump on “?” boxes to reveal either a coin, automatic 1 up mushroom, mushroom (to turn you into Super Mario), a star (where you can turn indestructible for several seconds, except that if you fall down a pitfall), or a flower (which enables you to shoot fireballs). Along the way the plumbing theme is featured in the levels by having pipes, these pipes either can move transport you to another part of or skip you to the next level, enter bonus rooms, or have these fire spitting baddies to destroy or avoid. If there was ever a more popular video game enemy than those ghosts from Pac-Man or Donkey Kong, it would have to be those cute little goombas. These little creatures you simply jump on or shoot to defeat them.

In the end I had fun with this game, many years ago. Mario has taken a marvelous ride that made him even a household name in the 1980's. Unfortunately for this wonder plumber, he has been in a rot since the mid 90's. His venture into the world of 3D lost the true essence of how a Mario game is. The countless games he has appeared him from racing, party games, even role playing has certainly been a good stretch for Nintendo's mascot but that's not the Mario we all know. Some games for me stand the test of time but others completely fall flat on their face, this is one of them. Also the fact that Nintendo re-released a much superior version of this game for the Game Boy Color in 1999 called “Super Mario Bros. Deluxe” with 3 total games (including the VERY HARD Lost Levels edition) makes this version not worth the 20 dollars MSRP. If you can find Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, get that game instead. This whole Nintendo cashing in on 1980's gaming memorabilia is absolutely pathetic. These games deserve more respect. 5/10.


Reviewer's Score: 5/10 | Originally Posted: 08/16/04


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