System(s): Arcade, NES
U.S. Release Date: 1983 Arcade, 1986 NES
Current street price: $5.00 or less
Size: Infinite levels!
Players: 2 simultaneous
ESRB Rating: N/A
In a nutshell
Knock over turtles and other baddies that have caused a plumbing nightmare for the Bros.
Mario and his brother Luigi are called to a site for their latest plumbing job. It seems no water is coming out of the pipes at a construction yard. When Mario and his bro. go to check it out, turtle start coming out of the pipes. Mario and Luigi then go into hero mode to save the site from these, umm, turtles.
Note: Not the official story at all. If anyone has it
This is not a very complex game. You can run around and jump. To get rid of enemies, you first have to flip them over. This is done by hitting the floor under them with your head or using the POW block in the middle. Soem enemies take more hits to flip over. Next, just jump up to their platform and touch them to kill them. If you touch an enemy that isn't flipped over, you lose a life. After you kill enough enemies, you go to the next level. There are also bonus levels that let you get more points.
What's the big deal?
What would SMBHQ be without Luigi? It would be SMHQ for one thing, but that's beside the point. The point is that this game introduced a second player into a Mario game for the first time. The multiplayer experince was to become an integral part of the Mario series, first in the alternating back-and-forth play of SMB, and later in great party games like Mario Party and Super Smash Bros. Many people, myself included, think this was one of the main reasons for Mario's success as a mascot. And it wouldn't have happened without Luigi, the brother that puts the
Super Mario Brothers.
Notes of interest
Last one screen Mario
Last infinite level Mario
First Luigi appearance, first two player Mario
Only two player simultaneous Mario ('till YI bonus games)
First bonus levels in Mario game
Mini-game similar to MB in SMB3
"Ba-ding (coin sound)"
One of the great things about this game is that there is no ending. It goes on forever if you want, and keeps getting harder. You could go at it all night, just don't lose all your lives!!!
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