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  • Summary: One day, the Mushroom Kingdom was invaded by the Koopas, a tribe of turtles famous for their black magic. The quiet, peace-loving Mushroom People were turned into stones, bricks and even plants, and the kingdom fell into ruin. The only one who can undo the magic spell is Princess Toadstool,One day, the Mushroom Kingdom was invaded by the Koopas, a tribe of turtles famous for their black magic. The quiet, peace-loving Mushroom People were turned into stones, bricks and even plants, and the kingdom fell into ruin. The only one who can undo the magic spell is Princess Toadstool, the daughter of the Mushroom King. Unfortunately, she is in the hands of evil king Bowser. Mario, the famous plumber, learns of the Mushroom People's plight and sets out to free the Mushroom Princess from the Koopas and restore the fallen kingdom. Jump, kick shells and throw fireballs through eight action-packed worlds in this iconic NES classic! Expand
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  1. Mar 15, 2021
    10
    The game is easy to figure out, as people who have never played video games before this game was pretty easy to get a hang of. The game wasThe game is easy to figure out, as people who have never played video games before this game was pretty easy to get a hang of. The game was very fun to play, we made friends with the mushrooms and Mario. The gameplay was simple and all you had to do was beat the level. At first, it seemed really hard but as we got going it got easier. The story of the game is to try and save the princess. Another part of the story is to try and beat Bowser. The rules of the game are to try not to hit the mushrooms or fall in holes. Don’t let the time run out either. The graphics in this game are old and pixelated. They look cool on a big screen. With this game you can’t play with two people at once, there is only one person to run at once, but if you’re playing with another person beside you they can help you and guide you. This game is asynchronous 2 player gameplay. During this game we felt very stressed, all the mushrooms coming at you really get to you. We also felt happy whenever we passed a level, even if it was just the first level. Finally, we felt sad when we died which happened a lot. Our dislike with this game was that at first, it was hard. We kept dying and that was not fun because after our three lives we had to start all over even if we were far in the game. In conclusion, we would give this game a 10 Expand
  2. May 24, 2014
    10
    Wow ok I just fond my old wii today and I saw super Mario bros on it so I never played it before so I started it for some reason I feel inWow ok I just fond my old wii today and I saw super Mario bros on it so I never played it before so I started it for some reason I feel in love with it I already herd about it so I had to rate it and god this game is why video games exist because it saved the crash of 83 so yeah pretty remarkable I give this a ten Expand
  3. Jun 1, 2012
    10
    To give this game any less than a 10 is to hate any video game you're are playing today. There would be no more gaming industry if it wasn'tTo give this game any less than a 10 is to hate any video game you're are playing today. There would be no more gaming industry if it wasn't for Super Mario Bros. Classic formula and still challenging, even to this day. True gamers must pay homage. Expand
  4. Feb 20, 2015
    9
    There was before Super Mario Bros., and there was after Super Mario Bros. This game is so much fun. Jump on Goombahs and Koopas. Much fun toThere was before Super Mario Bros., and there was after Super Mario Bros. This game is so much fun. Jump on Goombahs and Koopas. Much fun to have with pipes bloopers and king koopa himself. Save your girl. Expand
  5. Aug 14, 2012
    8
    It's amazing how well this game holds up -- and how challenging it can still be to newcomers, more than a quarter-century after its NESIt's amazing how well this game holds up -- and how challenging it can still be to newcomers, more than a quarter-century after its NES release. If you're too young to remember playing this in its original format, or if you just never bothered, you owe it to yourself to experience this classic. I give it an 8 out of 10 based on how it compares to modern games; the graphics of course are blocky, pixelated and of a limited color palette, the variety is a bit limited, and the ending is weak, but the play control is still the gold standard for every single video game that followed. Recommended. Expand
  6. Dec 7, 2020
    7
    Aah yes, the game that started it all. It partially saved the industry with the help of Duck Hunt. For nearly 4 decades now, Mario has keptAah yes, the game that started it all. It partially saved the industry with the help of Duck Hunt. For nearly 4 decades now, Mario has kept his title as the video game king. That's certainly a great legacy for this game.

    That doesn't mean it's just as great of a game itself.

    Look, don't get me wrong, it's a good game, and I'll always respect it for how it reshaped games as we know it. but it has quite a number of problems.

    First off, the level design. Hold it! I'm not hating on every level! A lot of these levels are very well designed! Except 2-3 and 7-3, I despise those levels. Speaking of 7-3, that's relative to my next point. There have been a few times where the developers got really lazy. They rehash some of the same levels again for a future world and add one little thing to make it only slightly harder. 5-3? Just 1-3 with Bullet Bills. 5-4? Just 2-4 with additional Fire-Bars and Podoboos. 6-4? Just 1-4 with, say it with me, additional enemy placement. Even the only two water levels are similar in structure! Not to mention that after you beat the main quest, you gain access to "hard mode." Why do I put that in quotations? Because it barely classifies as harder at all. Goombas are replaced with Buzzy Beetles, all enemies move slightly faster, and that's it. This game just gets so repetitive at times, and I don't recommend doing "hard mode" at all. It's just not that fun. I think the controls are pretty decent for the most part, though I think Mario can be a bit slippery at times, and this can make tight jumps tricky.

    Graphically, this definitely was impressive for its time, but god have they aged poorly. (What do you expect, at the time I'm writing this, it came out 35 years ago) The music is either really good or really annoying. I love the Overworld and Underwater themes, but I don't like the Underground theme quite as much. I've always hated the Castle theme. Also, Nintendo, can you please stop bringing back these songs as much as you have? (I'm even getting tired of the good songs from this game)

    I still consider this a good game. I think the concept of Super Mario Bros. was genius for its time, with all the power-ups, enemies, and all the other mechanics too. It's fun to pick up and play every once and a while. But seriously people, you need to think twice before giving it perfect scores all because of its legacy.

    The legacy of Super Mario Bros. is fascinating and outstanding.
    The actual game is not even close to that. It's not great, but still good enough.
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  7. Mar 12, 2016
    5
    The reason why I'm giving this game somewhat of a low score is because it's nothing special. Everything about it is... simple. The graphics,The reason why I'm giving this game somewhat of a low score is because it's nothing special. Everything about it is... simple. The graphics, the level design, the story, the music... however, I can recommend this game to anyone who hasn't played any game yet. Hardcore gamers, however, can beat this game in five minutes. No joke. Overall, this game is good, but other games in the franchise are definitely better than this. Expand

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