10/17 – Super Mario Bros

Hello and welcome! My name is Katosepe and I’ll be your host for today’s Video Game of the Day.

Today’s game needs no real introduction. Not only did it define platforming rules and gaming techniques still used today, but it almost single-handedly brought console gaming back from the brink in the United States after the Gaming Crash of 1983. Today, the character remains a highlight of the gaming industry and is noted as being one of the most recognized characters by children around the globe. Today’s game is Super Mario Bros, developed by Nintendo and released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985.

Super Mario Bros is a 2D side-scrolling platformer where players take the role of Mario as he sets off to save Princess Peach from Bowser. The game contains 32 levels, four in each of the eight worlds, although players can use secret warp pipes to skip levels if they choose. The game features a multiplayer mode where two players can take turns playing through levels with the second player taking control of Luigi, at this point only a green palette swap of Mario.

Super Mario Bros may be the game everyone remembers as the start of Mario’s career but he actually featured in three games prior to this one. Mario first appeared in Donkey Kong as the player character and then Donkey Kong Jr. as his one and only villain role. Finally, Mario Bros released in arcades two years before Super Mario Bros debuted on the NES. Still, the platforming gamers recognize today can clearly trace its lineage back to Super Mario Bros on the NES. 

Super Mario Bros was designed by Nintendo mainstays, Takashi Tezuka and Shigeru Miyamoto, although it originally wasn’t planned to use the Mario character. Originally, the duo simply wanted to cement themselves as the masters of the quote Athletic game genre end quote. This was their term, at the time, for what would become the platforming genre. It wasn’t until later in development that Tezuka suggested using Mario after seeing the Mario Bros arcade game perform well. 

I don’t think I need to tell you all how Super Mario Bros did. Gaming was forever changed by the Italian plumber and Nintendo remains a staple in the gaming industry to this day in large part thanks to Super Mario Bros. Not only that but Super Mario Bros success in the United States helped reform the console market and regain people’s trust in the gaming industry. It would be difficult to overstate the impact Super Mario Bros has had on gaming and the world as a whole.

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