Virtual Console Review – Super Mario Bros.

Title: Super Mario Bros.

Genre: Platformer

System: NES. Also available on SNES (Super Mario All Stars), Game Boy Colour (Super Mario Bros. Deluxe), Game Boy Advance (NES Classics Series), Virtual Console.

Developer: Nintendo Creative Department

Publisher: Nintendo

Ok, so how many times has this game been reviewed? Lost count? Well here’s another one to add to the endless list of reviews, because this game never gets old, no matter how many times you play it! I was ecstatic to see that Super Mario Bros. would be available to us 3DS Ambassadors, the last time I remember playing this was on Super Mario All Stars for the SNES, just too long ago for me!

The year was 1985, my parents were free and single and I was barely a thought in the back of their minds. On another continent, 13th September comes along and boom, Nintendo had released one of the greatest games to date, Super Mario Bros. for the NES in Japan. Super Mario Bros. set many standards that would direct the industry for years in areas including gameplay, music, graphics and character design. It’s also important to not that up until 2009, Super Mario Bros. was the greatest selling game of all time. So what’s all the fuss about?

Gameplay is pretty basic, it’s a platformer title in it’s finest form. What awaits you are 8 different worlds, getting increasingly difficult as you progress. Well, that’s for some to say, I make it to World 3-2 and die at the best of times! Anyway, moving on. Each world contains various enemies, the famous Goombas and Koopa Troopers are there, waiting to get a head bashing from Mario, where you must make it to the end of each level within a time frame. If you make it to the 4th level of each world, you must pass the evil Bowser to reach your goal, Princess Peach. But she always seems to be off gallivanting, so onto the next world in the hope of finding her! Controls are simple, D-Pad (or analog stick on 3DS) to move Mario in a certain direction, A is to jump and if you hold B while moving Mario he will run slightly faster.

Playing Super Mario Bros. now will make you realise yes, the graphics are outdated. But honestly, does that matter? At the time it was beautiful, and I reckon that’s what it still is. Crisp and colourful I will also add to its description too. The music is quite simply put, unforgettable. Almost everybody I talk to about Mario or Nintendo knows the Super Mario theme tune, it is legendary. The games theme music was composed by Koji Kondo, who also did the theme music for The Legend of Zelda series. We love you Koji, thank you for these amazing musical pieces in our lives!

To conclude my review, this Mario adventure is an absolute must for ANY gamers collection. A true classic at its best!

Orla’s Score: – 10/10

Quickfire Review: As basic and simple as Super Mario Bros. is, it is incredibly fun to play, and can be replayed over and over again. Well worth the money if you can get your hands on it.

Second Opinion: Reeesy – Even to this day, SMB remains as playable as ever. One of my favourite games of all time. A true masterclass in game design. 10/10.

One Response to “Virtual Console Review – Super Mario Bros.”
  1. mariofan says:

    i love mario games


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