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Mario Bros.

Mario Bros Cabinet 1Mario Bros. is a spin off game based on Donkey Kong’s protagonist Mario, originally known as jump man. It is the first in the Mario series and is the predecessor to Super Mario Bros. It is a platform game designed by Shigeru Miyamoto and Gunpei Yokoi as part of Nintendo R&D1 and published by Nintendo in 1983.

The game also introduced Mario’s brother, Luigi, who was created for the multiplayer mode by doing a palette swap of Mario. The two-player mode and several aspects of gameplay were inspired by Joust. In the game, Mario is portrayed as an Italian-American plumber who, along with his brother Luigi, has to defeat creatures that have been coming from the sewers. The gameplay focuses on Mario and Luigi exterminating the creatures by flipping them on their backs and kicking them.

Even though Mario Bros. was released during the North American video game crash of 1983, the arcade game was successful and has seen numerous releases on home consoles. The game was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System, part of the Arcade Classics Series, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, and Atari 7800, as well as a large range of home computer systems.

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Developer(s)Nintendo R&D1
SuccessorSuper Mario Bros.
Media TypeArcade Cabinet
ReleaseJP: July 14, 1983
NA: July 20, 1983
Development TimeTBD
Sales2.28m (Famicom & Nes)
RatingCERO: A
PEGI: 3+
Rereleased Platform(s)

Atari 2600 -1983
Atari 5200 -1983
Famicom -1983
Nintendo Entertainment System -1986
Atari 7800 -1988
Game Boy Advance -2004

Virtual Console
Wii -2006
Wii U -2013
Nintendo 3DS -2014
Nintendo Switch (Online Service) -2018

Game Screenshots:

  • Credits
  • Arcade Cabinet
  • Console Cover Art
  • Game Manual
  • Media & Promotional Material

Hiroshi YamauchiHiroshi YamauchiExecutive Producer
Gunpei YokoiGunpei YokoiProducer
Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru MiyamotoDirector
Yukio KaneokaYukio KaneokaComposer

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Mario Bros. Nintendo Entertainment System Box and Cartridge

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Mario Bros. Atari 2600 Box and Cartridge

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Mario Bros. Atari 5200 Box and Cartridge

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Mario Bros. Atari 7800 Box and Cartridge

Media & Promotional Material

Mario Bros Atari 5200 Commercial
Nintendo Mario Bros. Arcade Game Review - Original dedicated WIDE BODY cabinet - 1983