Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. is the stepping stone for video games. For the
first time people could play a game at home where it wasn't just one
screen. Where there was more to a game than just one basic button.
Super Mario Bros. saved the falling video game industry and proved to
everyone that Nintendo knows how to make revolutionary, and amazing games. This game is the first
video game ever played by many people, and most definitely the first
NES Game played. This game still gets referred to, it still gets
ported, it still gets played. This game is simply brilliant.
Gameplay that is very easy to learn, and a game that is at its
core, very fun to play. This was my first video game, and it showed me
how wonderful video games can be, and set me on the path to loving
This is the first of many classic Mario Stories. Bowser makes his
first appearance. Bowser has kidnapped the Princess and put an evil
spell over the Mushroom Kingdom. The Princess is the only one who can
set things right. Mario hears of the Mushroom Kingdoms plight and sets
off to save the Mushroom Kingdom.
The gameplay is so classic. This game set a standard in gameplay.
You are Mario in a 1 player game, and Luigi in a 2 player game. You start each
level and make your way across the screen. This game started side
scrollers. Making it across the screen is obviously the challenge.
There will be enemies and obstacles to avoid. Many of the classic
Mario Enemies were created here, like the Goombas, Koopa Troopas, and
Hammer Bros. Mario starts the game as small regular Mario. Which if he
gets hit by an enemy once, he dies. But Mario can equip 3 different
items. This in a game back in '85 was quite revolutionary. Mario can
get a Mushroom, which will make him bigger and then have to get hit
twice to die. Once Mario gets a Mushroom he can then get a flower. The
flower still makes it two hits to die, but now Mario can shoot
fireballs. This is a fun aspect of the game, just shoot those
fireballs at enemies and they die. Although there are some enemies
that cannot be destroyed by fireballs. There is also the star of
invincibility. Mario can get this item no matter what he is. Once he
gets it he will be invincible from all enemies for a brief period of
time. In the stages there are coins, coin blocks, and bricks. When you
collect 100 Coins you get an extra life. Inside Coin Blocks are either
coins or one of the 3 items mentioned above. Inside Bricks are
nothing, coins, or one of the 3 above mentioned items, or there can be
a beanstalk which will bring you to a mini-game like part of the
level. Mario or Luigi will get Coin Blocks and Bricks by standing
underneath them and jumping. Oh yes, that brings me to the most
important part of the gameplay, and Mario's trademark move. Jumping,
Mario and Luigi will Jump on enemies to kill them, as well as jump
from platform to platform. Mario and Luigi will also have to run. You
will jump further and higher when you are running.
There are also pipes in the game, which have also become another trademark
of Mario. Some pipes will let you go down them; to a room which has
coins and sometimes a Mushroom or Flower.
That's about it.
Throughout the game you will have to dodge many enemies, swim through
water levels, enter castles, and even figure out a couple of secrets.
This game is just really fun to play. You get right into the game, and
learn it very fast. You just have a great time playing Super Mario
I give the game play: 10/10!!!
The graphics are ok. You have to realize that this was one of the
first NES games made, probably the first. So you can't expect much.
But there ok. While the characters do look cool. Goombas, Koopa
Troopas, Hammer Bros, and Bowser, as well as many other characters may
not looked very well detailed, but there look is so original and cool.
The environment is actually pretty good, everything looks nice. I have
always loved the polka dot levels:P The background gives a few trees
and hills. The graphics may not be very well detailed, but
they are very cool and unique.
I give the graphics: 6.5/10
is where are the legendary Mario Music was born. The sound FX are good,
I love Mario's Jumping sound. The background Music is just amazing,
there are only a few tunes, but those tunes are just so good and
classic; you just gotta love them. The only reason I am not giving
this a 10, is because it would have been
nice to have more than just a few tunes.
I give the sound: 9/10
This is one of the best games for replayability ever. Not just for
the NES, but for all systems. People have been playing this game for
nearly 20 years, and still have fun. I have been playing it since I
was 3, and I still play it quite often. So, if you get this game, you
can play it for life.
I give the replay ability:
This is the category where the game lacks the most. It is just very
hard for me to measure this. Right now I can beat the game in a few
minutes. It's just not challenging for me anymore. Yet its still
really fun. I am trying to think back to when I first played this
game. It was pretty hard the first time I played. I had to replay it a
few times before I defeated Bowser. But then again, I was 3.
I give the challenge: 5.5/10
The value of this game has to be one of the best, if not the best
for any video game. I have seen this game for 25 cents. The most
you will usually see it for is about 5 dollars, and then it is usually
with Duck Hunt. Although I guess it may depend on where you get it, I
have seen it at used stores for ten dollars. Even then, you would get
your moneys worth. This game has extraordinary value.
Overall this is a game EVERYONE has to try. It has amazing
gameplay; gameplay that set a standard, and a new genre in gaming. The
graphics look cool. The sound is legendary, the replayability is one
of the best for any video game system, and the
value is extraordinary. If you have haven't played this game, you have
got to try it.
I give Super Mario Bros.: 10/10!!!
Super Mario Bros. is a legendary game. It set the standard in video
games and created a new genre and a measurement for future games.
This game holds a special place in many peoples hearts. Even people
who don't play video games anymore still remember this game and its
impact on the world. This game is very special to me. It taught me how
to play video games. It showed me how magical video games could be.
This game is a legend, and will always be a legend, until the end of
video games this game will be known.
Written by: Joey Anderson
Date Written: February 1st, 2005
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