Mario Bros. was released in March 1983 in Japan.
Shigeru Miyamoto was inspired to make "Mario Bros.
" a two-player game after seeing Williams' 1982 platform game, "Joust
". This would in turn lead to the creation of Mario's brother, Luigi.
Mario Bros. was the first platform game designed entirely around its eponymous hero, Mario, and his brother, Luigi. Although the plumber had, of course, been featured in the first two games in the legendary "Donkey Kong
" series, the game's simple-yet-involving gameplay only hinted at the greatness that was to follow for both Mario and Nintendo itself.
The Mario character would soon become Nintendo's mascot; and while the plumber's arcade outings would be few and far between, Mario would prove to be at the cornerstone of the massive critical and commercial success Nintendo would subsequently enjoy. The "Mario Bros.
" arcade game also saw the introduction of Mario's brother Luigi, named after a pizzeria that was situated near the then-new Washington headquarters of Nintendo of America, called "Mario and Luigi's".
Despite being released at the time of the infamous videogame industry collapse of 1983, when smaller arcade companies, such as Centuri (U.S. manufacturer of titles such as "Gyruss
" and "Time Pilot
"), simply went out of business, and even industry giants such as Atari, Konami and Taito, saw a drastic reduction in arcade revenue, Mario Bros. was a huge success and would provide a firm foundation for Nintendo to make a move into the home console market for which they are now known.
The musical introduction at the beginning of the game is the first movement of Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik".
A variation of the game was featured in the NES/Famicom title "Super Mario Bros. 3" as the two-player Battle Mode, accessed when both brothers occupy the same spot on the world map.
An updated version of the game was featured in all four volumes of "Super Mario Advance" for the Game Boy Advance, under the title "Mario Bros. Classic".
The stage layout for Mario Bros. is used as an unlockable stage in "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" for the Nintendo Wii.
Default high score table :
RANK SCORE NAME
1ST 012000 AKI
2ND 009000 CHI
3RD 008000 SEI
4TH 005400 NAO
5TH 003200 IYO
Perry Rodgers holds the official record for this game with 3,481,550 points.
A Mario Bros. units appears in the 1986 movie 'Over the Top'.
On December 9, 2003, the Hollywood Wax Museum announced the first ever video game character to ever be put to wax : Mario.
Known bootleg/hack releases :