Super Mario Bros.


Mario has been everywhere, in cereal, television cartons, and even a load of video games. He is without a doubt the definition of a video game character, always saving a princess from this fire breathing turtle. He is so popular that I decided to show you his history (if you’ve been living under a rock). Back in 1981, a man named Shigerou Miyamoto created an arcade game called Donkey Kong, where you controlled Jumpman in his quest to save his girlfriend Pauline from Donkey Kong. When porting it to America he changed the main character’s name to Mario after his landlord, Mario Segale. After the success of Donkey Kong, Miyamoto created a game called Mario Bros. This game revealed that Mario was an Italian plumber, the only time he would ever do plumbing related stuff, and it revealed he had a brother named Luigi. It wasn’t until 1985 when Super Mario Bros was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. This game focused on Mario rescuing Princess Toadstool, (later renamed Peach for some reason) from King Koopa (later renamed Bowser). Koopa used black magic to turn the kingdom inhabitants into bricks So that means Mario is committing murder every time he breaks a block. Anyway, the levels are basic two dimensional side scrollers that take place on land, underground, underwater, in the sky, and even in a castle. The only issue is that Mario is so vulnerable, the only way to touch an enemy without getting hurt is by jumping on top of them, although power ups allow you to take an extra hit or two. The power ups are super mushroom, fire flower, 1-up mushroom, invincibility star and the rare mega mushroom. The NES sound chip can only support synthesizers and drums, so the soundtrack isn’t anything exciting, but the songs are catchy. My only other complaints besides the vulnerability is that you can’t save your progress, and that every boss is the same, run under him when he jumps an hit the hammer so he falls in the lava. I have three complaints, but it’s entertaining so I will give this game a 7/10.


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