||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 wisely!
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.
||Mario Bros. 8-2-83
||Mario Bros. 8-20-83
||Mario Bros. 8-30-83
||Mario Bros. PAL 9-12-83
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