Mario Brothers NES Review - Overshadowed by more 'Super' adventures, but still a gem

by Burn Victim! on Tuesday, January 21, 2003
Though it was a hit in the arcades when it debuted there, being Mario's first top-billing in a video game and following his success as hero & villian in the blockbuster Donkey Kong series, today this early Mario game is known best through it's remakes: the "battle mode" it became in Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES; and the slightly tweaked, graphically enhanced edition tacked on the Gameboy Advance Mario games. The Mario 3 version was quite fun and the Advance version is a decent tribute, but it's true - the real thing is better and quite an entertaining 2-player game on it's own. It's even okay as a one-player challenge. Classic, single-screen Arcade fun. I think the main reason it's not recalled as an arcade classic on the level of Pac-Man or Centipede is because of the sudden success of the similarly titled (but extremely different) Super Mario Bros. series not long after.

-Burn Victim!
Back to Mario Brothers
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this review are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The NES Files, it's owners, it's advertisors, or any of it's affiliates.