Promotional flyer for the 1983 arcade version of Mario Bros..
|Developer(s)||Nintendo Research & Development 1|
|Release date||June 1, 1983|
NA June 1, 1983
JP July 14, 1983
JP September 9, 1983
NA June 20, 1986
EU September 1, 1986
|Mode(s)||Up to two players simultaneously|
PEGI: 3+ (VC)
CERO: A (VC)
|Platform(s)||Arcade, NES, Game Boy Advance|
|Input methods||2-way joystick, 2 buttons|
Mario Bros. (マリオブラザーズ) is an arcade game developed and published by Nintendo in 1983. It was co-developed by Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of the Mario franchise, and Gunpei Yokoi. It is a follow-up to Donkey Kong and stars Mario, who was previously named "Jumpman". It has been commonly featured as a minigame in the Super Mario Advance series and other games. Same as Donkey Kong, Mario Bros. has been ported and re-released for multiple platforms and consoles. In this game, Mario is now portrayed as a plumber (instead of a carpenter) who, along with his brother Luigi, has to defeat creatures that have been coming from the sewers below New York. The gameplay focuses on Mario's extermination of pests in the sewers by flipping them on their backs and kicking them away. The original versions of Mario Bros., the arcade version and the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) version, received positive reception.
In the Super Smash Flash series
This game marks the first ever appearance of Luigi, the clumsy younger brother of Mario who came to be a palette swap of Mario and for exclusive use for the second player.
Luigi previously appeared in the flash cartoon A Super Mario World, in which he did not have a big role other than finding Link's Master Sword and handing it over to Mario. It was not until the flash game Super Smash Flash where he got a bigger "role". He is one of the multiple unlockable playable characters and can be made available by clearing the Adventure mode with Mario on Normal difficulty of higher without getting a Game Over. He was, in many regards, a clone of Mario, as he shared many moves in common with his brother. For the sequel Super Smash Flash 2, Luigi appears again with a more unique moveset based on his moveset from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. In addition, Mario's revival platform from v0.8b and prior originates from this game.
This game is also the origin of the Freezie item in Super Smash Flash 2. Much like its original appearance, the item will slide across the stage when spawned, and opponents hit by it when thrown will become frozen for a short period of time.
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