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Mario Bros

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Released: 1988

Publisher: Atari

Developer: Atari

Submitted by: Anthony Staude

The aim of the game is to defeat enemies on the single platform screen, collecting coins as reward.

I like Mario just as much as the next Nintendo fan, but I’ve never been thrilled with this game. I guess I just find it a bit boring. Jump, run, bounce, collect coin. That’s about it. The enemies change on successive levels and it gets a bit more difficult.

It’s a nice conversion – the best of the 8-bit home versions. The Atari version has all features of the original including some nice technical achievements in the form of large and smoothly animated software sprites. Great sound and a catchy though slight annoying title tune.

I think I like it more as a tech demo of what the Atari 8-bit computers are capable of doing.

The original cartridge is now pretty hard to get. Probably because it didn’t sell very well. I think being released in 1988 was a bit late and near the end of the 8-bit computer’s life. People were already starting to watch the Atari ST and Amiga computers and their fancy 16-bit graphics were probably just too tempting.

It’s a nice enough game, release earlier and I think it would have been a big hit.