||Mario Bros. was the
first game in which Luigi was introduced.
Long before their adventures in the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario
and his brother Luigi were just a couple of simple carpenters
trying to make an honest living. However things don't
always go as planned... From out the water pipes came
deadly Turtles, dangerous Crabs, and worst of all Fireflies!
Mario must team up with his brother Luigi and rid their
house of these deadly pests forever.
Since it would be years before Mario would begin experimenting
with "Magic Mushrooms", he'll have to tackle these pests as plain
old "non fireball slinging" Mario. Your only weapon is your
fist, which you use to smack the floor. When you hit the
floor directly beneath your enemies, they will be flipped over and
become easy prey for you to kick off the screen. However
there are a few snags in your plans, Crabs require two hits to
flip over (the first hit simply makes them angry), and Fireflies
can only be hit when they're on the ground. If things get
really hairy you can hit the POW bar at the bottom of the screen.
Hitting the POW bar is like hitting every floor segment at once,
and will hit all the enemies (assuming they're touching a floor
segment). You only get a limited amount of POW, use it
Every time you successfully knock off an enemy a
coin will come out of one of the pipes (in the 2600 version it
looks more like a wafer), which you can grab for points.
After a few levels you'll get to play a bonus round in which
coins are scattered around the screen in various patterns.
If you can collect all the coins before the timer reaches zero,
you can score mega bonus points. After a few levels
fireballs will begin to randomly appear and cross the screen, so
unless you want to be burnt to a crisp avoid them! In later
levels a nasty little monster called "SlipIce" appears and will
freeze floor segments making you slip out of control. Try
and knock off this little blighter as soon as possible.
Mario Bros. is one of the few games that features
two-player simultaneous cooperative play. This means that
you and a friend (assuming you have any) can play together as a
team at the same time (a big deal for the 2600). Amazingly
almost all the features from the arcade were preserved in the 2600
version making it one of the more impressive games on the 2600.
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