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Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo Entertainment System

Game Review (by Garoth Moulinoski):

Before you is one of the most recognizable home console game of all time. Most people have at least heard of Super Mario. There’s a good reason for that.

In this game, the objective is to walk, run, and jump to goal and eventually take out King Koopa (or Bowser as he’s now known, whatever). It plays very well. You press the jump button and Mario (or Luigi) jumps. How long you keep that button pressed dictates how high Mario jumps, and it works very well. You hold down the run button and Mario speeds up. If you tap the run button, and Mario has been upgraded to Fire Mario, he will shoot out fireballs. You can’t run and fire fireballs at the same time, but you probably won’t be annoyed by that anyway. Your main method of defending yourself is jumping on enemies’ heads, evading them, or using a powerup like the Fire Flower or the Starman. All in all, it plays very well, even to this day (so much that all of the New Super Mario Bros. games play exactly the same).

The graphics for this game are simple, almost primitive, and yet they carry a charm about them. You can tell what everything is (or at least, you can tell what’s what within the confines of whatever the heck anything in this game actually is). You will never shout at your TV because of some weird obscured obstacle or platform.

The sound for this game is minimal, and yet, once again, they carry a charm about them. So much that a lot of the sound effects are used for keychain toys and the World 1-1 BGM is regularly remixed in later games or even by other composers for orchestras.

The story in this game is… well… King Koopa has kidnapped Princess Toadstool (now Peach) and you’ve gotta go rescue the princess. That’s about it. It’s pretty cliched, probably even by the time this game was released, but the gameplay is well good that you wouldn’t care.

I’d recommend this game to anyone who wants to have a good time. Obviously, fans of newer Mario games will find a lot to love here as long as they don’t expect to be ground pounding or wall jumping (well, not easily, anyway). Just don’t expect to beat the game in your first sitting. Or ever, for that matter. Anyway, this game is specially built for fans of the platformer genre.