Super Mario Bros. (スーパーマリオブラザーズ Sūpā Mario Burazāzu) is a 1985 platform video game originally released for the Family Computer (Famicom) in 1985 in Japan and later for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985 in North America and in 1987 across Europe.

Release Date (s)

Japan - September 13th 1985

North America - October 18th 1985

Europe - May 15th 1987

Gameplay and Plot

The Player can take on the role as Mario or his younger brother Luigi (2 Player Mode Only) as you race through the Mushroom Kingdom collecting items and dodging enemies as you attempt to rescue Princess Toadstall (Now officially known as Princess Peach), the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom from the evil King Koopa (Now officially known as Bowser). Mario or Luigi can collect items by hitting ? blocks and sometimes even brick blocks. There are 8 different Worlds in this game with 4 levels in each World therefore there are 32 levels in the game. At the end of Worlds 1-7 you are greeted by a Mushroom Retainer (Now officially known as Toad) telling you that the Princess is in another castle. At the end of World 8 you are finally greeted by Princess Toadstall telling you that your quest is over, ending the game. However once you've completed the game you unlock a harder mode that replaces certain enemies with 'harder to kill' enemies and all of the enemies move alot faster. Also some moving platforms have a smaller space you can land on.


Playable Characters


Luigi (2 Player Mode Only)

Supporting Characters

Princess Toadstall

Mushroom Retainer



Koopa Troopa

Pirahna Plant

Koopa Paratroopa



Buzzy Beetle


Hammer Bros.




Bullet Bill


False King Koopa

King Koopa


Coin - A Very Common Item, when Mario or Luigi collect 100 of these he gains and extra life.

? Block - These very common items can contain either Coins or Power-Ups

Brick - These items cannot be smashed if you're Small Mario or Small Luigi, sometimes they may contain Coins or Power-Ups if hit.

Pipe - These items can take you to an Underground or Underwater area if travelled through.

Beanstalk - This very rare item can take you to a Coin Heaven if climbed up

Hidden Block - Invisible Blocks that contain Coins or Power-Up if hit.

Trampoline - Can bounce Mario or Luigi to high places if jumped on.

Goal Pole - Marks the End of the Levels, the higher you jump on the Goal Pole the more points you earn.


Super Mushroom - Turns Mario or Luigi into Super Mario or Super Luigi

Fire Flower - Turns Mario or Luigi into Fire Mario or Fire Luigi

Invincibility Star - Turns Mario or Luigi Invincible for a short amount of time.

Power-Up Forms

Small Mario or Small Luigi - Mario or Luigi's standard form. They have no powers apart from a single jump while in this form.

Super Mario or Super Luigi - Mario or Luigi become Super Mario or Super Luigi when getting a Super Mushroom.

Fire Mario or Fire Luigi - Mario or Luigi become Fire Mario or Fire Luigi when getting a Fire Flower

Invincible Mario or Invincible Luigi - Mario or Luigi become Invincible when getting an Invincibility Star

Alternate Versions, Ports and Remakes

Vs. Super Mario Bros.

A Harder version of the game released on arcades in 1986. The last few levels have completely different level designs making it almost an entirely different game.

All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros.

A very rare licensed remake of the game released only in Japan in 1986 based on the well known Japanese radio show All Night Nippon. Many Enemies are replaced with famous Japanese celebreties. Also the game uses the same graphics as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels does.

Super Mario Bros. Special

The very first licensed sequel to the game developed by Hudson Soft and released only in Japan. The Game was released for NEC PC-8801 and Sharp X1 computers in 1986. The Game has similiar controls and graphics to the original game but there are new level designs and the game lacks the side scrolling ability. Instead, the screen changes from one area to another. Also, the game features elements from the games 'Donkey Kong' and 'Mario Bros.'

Super Mario Bros. Deluxe

Super Mario Bros. was remade for the Game Boy Color in 1999. This version of the game had the original 8-bit graphics and music, but it had many more features in the levels.

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Super Mario All-Stars

The Game was rereleased as part of Super Mario All-Stars for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1993.

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Super Mario Bros. ultimately became a success and soon became the best-selling game of all time, having many sequels and remakes in the future.


Two versions of Super Mario Bros. 2 were released in different countries. The original version of Super Mario Bros. 2 was released in Japan in 1986 for the Famicom Disk System (FDS) and followed the exact same plot as the original game. The other version of Super Mario Bros. 2 was released in North America in 1988 and in Europe in 1989 for the NES. It is a slightly modified version of the Japanese game Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic released for the Famicom Disk System in 1987 and follows a completely different storyline and gameplay to the original Super Mario Bros.

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