Mario Bros. (Old Review)

So before I review Super Mario Bros again because I didn’t like the quick one I did before, let’s take a look at one that’s slightly forgotten by many Mario fans.

So Mario and Luigi are underground in the Brooklyn sewers doing some plumbing (WOAH, this is the only time Mario and Luigi actually do plumbing for once), but turtles, crabs, flies and some ice thing start blocking the pipes.

The objective of the game is to get rid of the creatures. There are 5 floors in every level, creatures will come out of the pipe, if you’re below the creature, jump on the floor the creature is standing on, it will fall on it’s head or back, you stand next to it and kick it off the level…and avoid small red and blue kamehamehas.

And that’s about it for the game play. The graphics are simple but timeless, Nintendo knew that having simple graphics like Donkey Kong makes it more timeless than blocky and more stylised graphics for the time, and Mario Bros does it well. There’s just jingles so not much music but they’re still very memorable.

My only complaints about the game is that like Donkey Kong, Mario is very floaty and stiff and with that in mind you have to find a way to use this to your advantage or you’ll die quicker. Also, the levels feel slippery so you’re going to lose your balance from time to time.

There literally is nothing else to say about the game, it’s a simple game that I recommend for simple gamers, it’s going to be challenging for some gamers due to controls. This gameplay mechanic was used and tweaked to make Mario Clash, which I would recommend…if you have a Virtual Boy that is.

You can get it for the Arcade, Nintendo Entertainment System, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Atari XEGS, Virtual Console, Game Boy Advance (as a secondary game in the Super Mario Advance series) and Nintendo Gamecube (in Animal Crossing)

Rating: 3/5


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