Super Mario Bros. is the very 1st game 2D platformer in the Mario universe that made Mario into the icon he is today. Here is our Super Mario Bros. Review.
The game is developed by Nintendo R&D4 and published by Nintendo, This version was originally released on Sep 13, 1985, for the Nintendo Entertainment System but has been ported over to the majority of Nintendo platforms. It’s currently also available on the Nintendo Switch Online NES Service, this is also the version I played to review the game.
My memory was wrong because the game is great and just sparked a new love for these 2D Mario platformers. I remember hating them all just based on being bad at them, even when I just started this I thought I would be done and miserable within the first 5 minutes, but no, even in this day and age, the game is a joy to play and complete, especially now on the Nintendo Switch with the save states and rewind feature.
The story is simple and everyone on earth that has heard of Mario probably knows it by now. Peach gets kidnapped by Bowser and you play as Mario who has to save her from Bowser’s Castle. But it’s not that easy, because every time you get to a castle, Peach somehow isn’t there and is in a different castle, until you get to the 8th one where she finally is. You defeat Bowser multiple times but he just keeps coming back after being dropped in the hot melting lava, but of an oversight if you ask me.
Something that got me back in the day was just how slow it was, while the controls are simple, even now I only figured out somewhere in World 2 or 3 that there is a run button… Yup… Just hold B and you can run… Not sure why I never noticed, but then again, I still am not great at the game. What saved me most of the time was the newly implemented Nintendo Switch Features like the time rewind, I used it a lot and for me, it made the game a much more enjoyable experience, so if you had that same issue back on older versions, I can’t recommend enough to just try it out again on the service.
The least fun levels were the water ones, the ones where fishes jump up and a few of the castle levels, especially the last castle level is a bit confusing and I still don’t exactly know what I did to complete it because I kept looping around and going into random pipes.
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