Released In: 1985
Bowser, King of the Koopas has taken over the Mushroom Kingdom! He has kidnapped Princess Toadstool and her entourage and his armies now roam the land. Only Mario and Luigi, a pair of plucky Italian plumbers, can save the day.
Syd Lexia: Once you know this game, you can easily beat it in under ten minutes. That means you could play through the game six times in an hour. And if you had the time, why the hell wouldn't you? This game is crazy addictive. If Super Mario Bros. had never existed, the video game market as we know it would probably much smaller. This game didn't just sell the NES, it sold an entire generation on the value of video games. It was a recruitment tool, and we used it to draw our friends, neighbors, parents, and even grandparents into the digital world with its catchy music and brightly colored sprites. So hail to you, Super Mario. You truly are a masterpiece.
Valdronius: You were pretty much forced to own this game if you wanted to own an NES, but that doesn’t detract from its appeal. And even though everyone has beaten this game time and again, people still go back for more. There’s not much I can say about this game, because everyone knows it inside and out. It gave us Bowser and his Koopa Troopas, introduced us to mushrooms and pipes, and caused us all to have an undying hatred for Lakitu. What more needs to be said?
Rycona: The first big time Mario game. There was a time when my mom knew how to beat 8-4 and I didn't. How embarrassing...
greeneyedzeke: I remember it clearly – my 7th birthday. My mother, having decided that raising a kid wasn’t her forte, hooked up a brand new Nintendo Entertainment System and loaded up the Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt cartridge for me. After that, she never had to exercise parental responsibility again. That was also the beginning of the end as far my blossoming interpersonal relationship skills and social adjustment were concerned. Oh well, I didn’t need them anyway.