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Mario Brothers

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Released: 1983

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: Atari 2600

Publisher: Atari

Developer: Nintendo

Submitted by: Alex Holmes

Shigeru Miyamoto certainly knows how to churn out the hits.  And this game is certainly up there with the greats. 

This version is one of the first games I ever owned for my Atari, as a friend at school was being punished by his parents by selling his Atari 2600 and games.  And with our mums being friends and just getting a console myself, I inherited a sizeable chunk of his collection.  And this is the title that kickstarted my love of well executed home versions of arcade classics on the VCS that I still have to this day.

In the conversion from arcade to home, the game loses non of its charm.  Enemies such as the turtles, crabs and flies are all present, as is the infamous fireball which flies from one side of a platform to the other, taking the life of any unfortunate player caught in its path.

Plus the two player mode which entertained countless arcade gamers is present and is still as brillaint as it was all those years ago.  Infact when my cousin comes to visit we still fire this up on Stella to relive those wonderful memories and we instantlty turn from late twenty somethings to two squabbling children.

And with the addition of this game as a bonus feature on later Super Mario games, Mario Brothers was given a fresh look and a whole new audience for its classic platform action.