Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Super Mario Bros. was, is, and always will be a gaming masterpiece. Its oft imitated, yet rarely equaled combination of gameplay responsiveness, superb level design and visual flourish, combined with that special loving touch that only Miyamoto seems able to wield, makes it one of those rare games that seems to transcend time.
  2. It would make a great gift idea for anyone who has yet to experience this venerable classic.
  3. Still infinitely playable and impeccably designed. [Aug 2004, p.61]
  4. Still one of the best NES games ever, and perfect for the GBA.
  5. For purists, this is the cream of the crop in retro goodness. [June 2004, p.138]
  6. This is it, the game that brought video games in America back from the dead. [Summer 2004, p.15]
  7. 90
    SMB's insane worlds, which beg exploration and conceptual absurdities, are anchored by intuitive controls and an innovative use of jump and slide physics, and midleap bending, culminating in a pinnacle of game design that redefined how video games were played. [July 2004, p.88]
  8. I highly suggest you pick up this game, even if you have it on the NES.
  9. Although the graphics are clearly from another era, the gameplay and play control are as solid and enjoyable as those of any recent platform adventure. [July 2004, p.121]
  10. 80
    Still a fantastic and amazingly fun design. But as a repackage, the Famicom Mini edition doesn't offer nearly as much as what was already given on the Game Boy Color.
  11. There's no question in my mind: If you've never played Super Mario Bros., you can't call yourself a gamer. This is a pretty decent way to get to know Mario and Luigi, but there are flashier ("Super Mario All-Stars") and deeper ("Super Mario Bros. Deluxe") ways to do it.
  12. 80
    Now we get a single game whose only extras are wireless multiplayer and the ability to save high-scores... manually. Logically speaking, the next step will be to charge full price for incomplete versions of the game.
  13. A classic in the most basic sense of the word, it single handly brought Mario to a generation of gamers.
  14. The classic platformer holds up pretty well after all this time, though some minor technical issues prevent this reissue from being as super as the original game.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. PaulH.
    Aug 16, 2005
    The best of the classic Nes series.
  2. Jun 13, 2014
    When I saw this on amazon I cried with joy, my first game, reborn, the smaller screen is a small price to pay for me to re-enter my first ever game, and after all this time prove that my skiils as a gamer are diminished because I can't complete it anymore. Full Review »
  3. May 10, 2014
    i liked it even for not playing, but im not gonna lie, if it weren't this game, Flappy Bird and many others would not exist, lets gave Nintendo a chance to do it new, even if its good to see it, we really wan't to see them gave the light, the birth of something new. This game is the best, i can't say its horrible, its amazing after all. 10 for you! Full Review »