We share our thoughts and memories of Super Mario Bros. in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the game.
Super Mario Bros. turns 30 this month. The fact that we are still talking about this game and series after all these years is a testament to how significant it has been since the start. Throughout the course of the month we here at Nintendo World Report will be sharing our thoughts and memories of different games in the Super Mario Bros. series. Today we are discussing Super Mario Bros.
While the following comments are from our staff we encourage our readers to share their own thoughts in the Talkback section below. Happy 30th Anniversary Super Mario Bros.
Justin Berube, Features Editor
Super Mario Bros. was the game that made me a Nintendo fan all those years ago. It wasn't the first video game I played, but it was my first home console experience. I remember thinking it was amazing that I could control what was happening on the TV rather than just sitting and experiencing entertainment. It was as if I was given some sort of control for the first time ever.
Even though Super Mario Bros. did steal ideas from other games at the time, it managed to be revolutionary for combining the good ideas into one complete package. It was a leap for gaming and is arguably Nintendo's most important title ever released. So many different games owe credit to Super Mario Bros., and the game helped save and shape the video game industry.
I have so many memories of playing Super Mario Bros. One of my favorites is how I used to play this game with my father. Really, it's the only game I've ever gotten him to play. I remember talking to him about strategies and how to work our way to the end of the game. Eventually, we did beat it. I think my father threw in the towel shortly after though when we would play two player. I'd get to the last stage without even dying and then my discouraged father would start on stage 1-1 and die at the first Goomba. Sorry Dad, I'm still laughing.
It's probably for all these reasons that the original Super Mario Bros. is my favorite game of all time. It's my go to game when I have a bad day, or just want to burn some time. I love just rushing through the game since a skilled person can complete it in less than 10 minutes. What makes it better these days is that it's a game that is available on multiple Nintendo platforms, so it's hard to go without it.
So happy birthday Super Mario Bros. This year we both turn 30 and I'm happy to grow old with you.
Bryan Rose, Reviews Editor
I don't remember a whole lot about being four years old, but I do remember that all I asked for Christmas in 1990 was a NES. I think I might have liked the toy gun that came with it, I don't know. But I got the console with the Duck Hunt/Super Mario Bros. combo and it was all that I ever wanted in life as a kid. Super Mario Bros. got me into video games, and that's why I'm here 24 years later - because of this game alone.
Now granted, I wasn't GOOD at Super Mario Bros. For many years I never beat it. I learned where the warp pipes were and I even got good enough to make it to the third or fourth stage, but I was never good enough to actually beat the game. It wasn't until Super Mario Bros. Deluxe that I actually finished the original Super Mario Bros., mostly thanks to being able to save after every level. But no matter how many times I died, I had fun. The game had a goal and an ending, but like most Nintendo games of today, it wasn't necessarily about completing the story. It was about having a fun time, learning the mechanics of each stage, and using it to your advantage to clear the level. Gameplay was emphasized over story, and for me the gameplay was always my favorite thing about the original title. Today, I see it not being a hard game at all, but a rather simple game with some hard levels, but easy enough for anyone of any age to play and get into. That is what makes this game so special.
Also, 8-3 sucked. To this day the Hammer Bros. remains my least favorite enemy OF ALL TIME.
Donald Theriault, News Editor
When I got my NES, I had vague memories of playing Atari games and reading the manuals which pretty much told you everything about the game. So I was shocked when I saw my brother playing in world 4-2 when he managed to find the Warp Zone just by randomly jumping around.
Super Mario Bros was the first game that actually taught me that exploration was possible - I totally missed out on Atari's Adventure - and as a five year old, I wanted more of it. It took me until I was 14 to actually beat the game thanks to Super Mario All-Stars, but I'll always have that moment of my jaw dropping as Mario climbed a beanstalk to look back on.