Mario Bros.

マリオブラザーズ

Mario Bros.
System Arcade, Famicom / NES
Developer Nintendo
Genre Action / Platformer

Strange creatures have been showing up in the sewers, and the Mario Bros. have been sent to clear up them up.

Enemies walk out of the pipes at the top of the screen and drop down across the platforms to the bottom, where they enter the pipes and reappear at the top. You have to knock them over by hitting the platform they are standing on from underneath, then finish them off by kicking them.

Either play alone as Mario, or team up with a second player as Luigi. Together you can cooperate to clear the Phases or compete for Coins and bonus points.

Alternate Versions

Mario Bros. (Famicom/NES)

Mario Bros. (Famicom/NES)

A port of the Arcade game was one of the earliest games on the Famicom in Japan. As a result, the short demos showing each enemy's movements was removed and a number of bonus stages were taken out. The sprites were scaled down and a sprite flickering effect was used to display so many on screen.

Classic Series: Mario Bros.

Mario Bros. Classic Series

A second version, released for the NES exclusively in Europe in 1993, reinstated all of the elements from the Arcade game that were missing from the original NES version, making it an almost pixel-perfect port.

Release Information

Arcade Version

Region Date Name System
Japan 1983 マリオブラザーズ Mario Bros. Arcade
US 1983 Mario Bros. Arcade
Europe 1983 Mario Bros. Arcade

Famicom / NES Version

Region Date Name System
Japan 09 Sep 1983 マリオブラザーズ Mario Bros. Famicom/NES
US Jun 1986 Mario Bros. Famicom/NES
Europe 01 Sep 1986 Mario Bros. Famicom/NES
US 11 Nov 2002 Mario Bros.-e Game Boy Advance
Card-e Reader
Japan 21 May 2004 ファミコンミニ11 マリオブラザーズ Famicom Mini 11. Mario Bros. Game Boy Advance
Famicom Mini
US 19 Nov 2006 Mario Bros. Wii
Virtual Console
Europe 08 Dec 2006 Mario Bros. Wii
Virtual Console
Japan 12 Dec 2006 マリオブラザーズ Classic Series: Mario Bros. Wii
Virtual Console
Japan 08 May 2013 マリオブラザーズ Mario Bros. Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console

Famicom / NES "Classic Series" Version

Region Date Name System
Europe 1993 Mario Bros. Famicom/NES

Other Availability

Characters

Mario

Mario

A portly plumber who has to clear the sewers of critters. Mario has to knock them over by hitting the platform they are standing on, then jump up and kick them off the screen.

Luigi

Luigi

Mario's brother Luigi joins him in the 2-Player game. The two must work together to clear the sewers, while competing for Coins and bonus points.

Enemies

Shellcreeper

Shellcreeper

A low-slung turtle. If Mario of Luigi hit the platform it is standing on, it falls onto its back. If it isn't kicked off the screen quickly, it will right itself and move faster.

Sidestepper

Sidestepper

A scuttling crab. If Mario or Luigi hit the platform it is standing on, it gets mad and starts moving much faster. Hit the floor beneath it a second time to knock it over.


Fighter Fly

Fighter Fly

A hopping fly. Because it's always jumping around, Mario and Luigi can only knock it over when it is touching the floor.

Slipice (Freezie)

Slipice (Freezie)

A sliding ice creature. When Slipice stops moving, it covers the platform it is on with ice, making it extremely slippery.


Fireball

Fireball

A red fireball that appears when the critters reach the bottom of the screen. It bounces around slowly, getting in the way.

Green Fireball

Green Fireball

The green fireball appears at the sides of the screen when you take too long to clear a stage. It moves across the stage then disappears.

Items

Coin

Coin

Every time you knock an enemy off the screen, a Coin appears from a pipe. Grab the Coin before it disappears through the pipes for bonus points.

POW Block

POW Block

Hit the POW Block to make everything standing on the ground flip over. You can only hit the POW Block three times, then it disappears until the next Bonus Stage.