Upon Retrospect: Super Mario Bros.

Everyone knows the original Super Mario Bros. and have fond memories of the game. The NES classic provides simple yet creative game play for the user. You trek through eight worlds in the Mushroom Kingdom to save Princess Toadstool from Bowser. You're an Italian plumber named Mario and you have various power-ups, ranging from the standard mushroom to a fire flower to a starman. While this sounds like a trip to a non-informed person, it fits perfectly for gamers and geeks alike.


Initially released on September 13, 1985, Super Mario Bros. was developed and published by Nintendo. A minor fun fact: this is actually a sequel to Mario Bros., which was released two years earlier. It also sold more than 50 million copies, making this one of the most popular games of all time. It's also where Shigeru Miyamoto rose to prominence as a designer and video game icon; he became a key figure in the company's rise, serving as a producer and game director as well. The legendary figure has also created iconic franchises such as The Legend of Zelda and Star Fox.


There are many reasons why people adore this incredible game. For one, you have simplistic music made by Koji Kondo. The soundtrack's meant to empty the head and immerse you into the Mushroom Kingdom, creating a more authentic experience for the player. Game design is also paramount to the success of Super Mario Bros. With different mechanics in each level and innovative enemies, you have a wholesome experience that can't be beat.


There's not a game with a bigger impact than Super Mario Bros., especially after the 1983 video game crash. From kickstarting the popular side-scrolling genre to an animated television series to even a feature film, you can't deny how monumental Nintendo's biggest creation has been. In fact, Illumination Entertainment is developing a movie based on the series! Without this legendary masterpiece, Mario wouldn't be an established figure in pop culture and most people wouldn't be gamers.