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Release Date


  • US 20th Jun 1986
  • EU 1st Sep 1986

Wii (Wii Shop)

  • US 19th Nov 2006, 500 points
  • EU 8th Dec 2006, 500 points
  • JP 12th Dec 2006, 500 points

3DS (3DS eShop)

  • JP 8th May 2013, ¥500

Wii U (Wii U eShop)

  • JP 29th May 2013, ¥500

Wii U eShop

  • EU 20th Jun 2013, £3.49
  • US 20th Jun 2013, $4.99

3DS eShop

  • EU 10th Jan 2014, £4.49
  • US 30th Jan 2014, $4.99

Nintendo Switch Online (Subscription)

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  • Review Mario Bros. (3DS eShop / NES)

    Subpar Mario

    Mario and Luigi’s adventures have been nothing short of fantastical over the years, to the point where you could be forgiven for questioning their occupations as plumbers. But despite the brothers’ incredibly varied employment history as doctors, sportsmen and racing drivers — in which they’ve rarely called upon their supposed...

  • Review Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / NES)

    Definitely not super

    If you've ever been curious about Mario and Luigi's actual credibility as plumbers, you'll want to look all the way back to 1983's Mario Bros., the game which established pipe-cleaning as their true vocation and served as something of a bridge between arcade sensation Donkey Kong and early platforming masterpiece Super Mario...

  • Review Mario Bros. (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

    Will it clean your pipes?

    When Mario Bros. hit arcades in 1983, most Nintendo fans were expecting yet another Donkey Kong release and weren't quite prepared for the spin-off Nintendo served up. Now it was Mario and his brother Luigi who were at war with a constant flow of pests coming though their sewer pipes. The game was yet another hit with...

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Mario Bros. Guides

  • Guide Best First-Party NES Games

    Nintendo-developed NES games, as ranked by you

    Looking for a list of Nintendo's first-party NES games? Wonder what the best first-party NES game is? You've come to the right guide. Our ranked list of the Top 50 Best NES Games Ever covers every game on the system, but here we're looking specifically at Nintendo-developed NES games released in the...

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About The Game

Plumbers Mario and Luigi must dispose of all the critters coming out of pipes in the action-packed arcade game that initiated the most popular video game franchise of all time. Two players can cooperate and compete in one of the first multiplayer hits of Nintendo.

As its title suggests, Mario Bros. marks the first appearance of Mario's brother Luigi when two players compete together. The game also introduces several staples of the franchise. Mario is now a plumber (instead of a carpenter in Donkey Kong), faces turtle-like enemies and can collect coins in bonus stages. However be careful, it is not yet possible to directly jump on enemies like in further episodes. Find a way to make them inoffensive beforehand.