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Super Mario Brothers 1 - The Most Iconic Game of All Time
Who is Mario?
Mario was originally known as Jumpman and had many legendary battles with the behemoth known as Donkey Kong. Originally he was a carpenter. Later on, they decided to change him into an Italian plumber who lived in New York.
Mario has appeared as a guest character in a few Nintendo entertainment System (NES) games such as Tennis and Punch-out. He has gone on to star in multiple games for each new console iteration that Nintendo made. He has become the company mascot in the same way Sonic is Sega’s mascot.
Super Mario Brothers 1 Japanese Commercial
Super Mario Brothers US Box Art
Super Mario Brothers Japanese Box Art
Concept of the Game
The concept of the game is fairly simple. You need to get to the flagpole at the end of the stage before the allotted time expires. In doing so you need to avoid getting hit by enemies or falling into pits. In the last stage in each world, your goal is to defeat the Bowser impostor by either activating the drawbridge switch and plunging him into the lava or burning him with fireballs.
The game has eight worlds and has four stages per world. The game progressively gets more difficult as it progresses. At the end of each world is a bout with an impostor Bowser in a lava filled stage. After vanquishing the fake Bowser, you rescue a toad retainer. Only when you defeat the real Bowser is when you would finally rescue Princess Toadstool.
The enemies can mostly be beaten by stomping on them, burning them with fireballs or by running through them if you have the star of invincibility. The fire bars and lava bubbles are impervious to attacks however.
The Koopas are turtles that have ties to the dark arts. They use their magic to turn the Mushroom Kingdom’s citizenry into rocks, bricks and horsetail plants. With this powerful sorcery, they easily conquer the kingdom. Princess toadstool has the ability to break the spell and restore her people but she is promptly kidnapped by Bowser, King of the Koopas. Mario and Luigi then set out to vanquish Bowser, save the princess and restore the Mushroom Kingdom back to its former glory.
Super Mario Bros 1 Menu Screen
Super Mario Brothers 1 Level 1-1
Tips and Tricks
Warp Zones – Warp zones allows you to skip multiple world and easily advance in the game. In world 1-2, you can easily go to worlds 2, 3 and 4. In world 4-2 you can easily go to worlds 6, 7 and 8.
100 Coins – Getting 100 coins nets you an extra life. Coins are the most abundant power-up in the game so you can easily gain lives by simply collecting them.
1-UP Mushrooms – The orange and green mushrooms may not look very tasty but getting one yields an extra life.
Do the 1-UP Trick – There are several locations in the game where you can corner a Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa or Buzzy Beetle and repeatedly jump over its shell to net you multiple 1-UPs.
The 1-UP Mushroom
Do the 1-UP Stomp
Super Mario Brothers 1 was an iconic game that helped revive the video games industry that suffered a tremendous crash in 1983 due to the release of many substandard games. It was innovative for its time as it included many elements that were innovative for its time such as power-ups, warp zones, expansive side scrolling stages, catchy in game music and never before seen level designs.
Much of what Super Mario Brothers has introduced has become a standard for later Mario games and later video games. The game still holds influence today. Mario has become a video game and pop culture icon and Mario’s music tracks are known worldwide. This game was truly ahead of its time and changed the video game landscape forever.
The Final Battle with Bowser
© 2016 Jan Michael Ong