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Super Mario Games on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

 

Super Mario Games on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

 

Below are the Mario games on the Nintendo NES that we cover. Visit a games page by clicking its box image below.

 

We feature games with three different types of Mario appearance as follows:-

  • Cameo - a non-Mario game with reference to, or an appearance of Mario or one of the characters

  • Spin off - a game which features Mario throughout, but is not a mainstream adventure game.

  • Main role - The classic platform style Mario games such as Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Land would be good examples of what we define as main role Mario games.

  • Edutainment title - there were a few of these on the NES, Mario is Missing & Mario's Time Machine for example amongst others, intended to be educational gaming titles starring characters from the Mario universe.

Donkey Kong Jr front box cover for NES Edutainment title Donkey Kong Jr. Math on the NES The classic NES version of Donkey Kong box cover

Donkey Kong Jr.

Main role

Donkey Kong Jr. Math

Edutainment title

Donkey Kong

Main role

Donkey Kong Classics on the NES box cover Dr. Mario on the NES - Curing what ales you since the 80's Oldschool arcade classic - Mario Bros on the NES

Donkey Kong Classics

Main role

Dr. Mario

Spin off

Mario Bros.

Main role

Mario Bros compilation that included Duck Hunt and Track meet bonus games on the NES Mario is Missing Edutainment title on the NES box cover Mario's Time Machine edutainment title on the NES

Mario Bros w/ Duck Hunt, Track Meet

Main role / compilation bundle

Mario is Missing

Edutainment title

Mario's Time Machine

Edutainment title

NES Open Tournament golf featured Super Mario too! Pinball on the NES featured a Cameo of Mario Does this Punch-out referee look familiar? Itsa him! Mario!

NES Open Tournament Golf

Spin off

Pinball

Cameo

Punch-out

Cameo

Super Mario Bros the ultimate sidescrolling platformer on the NES Super Mario Bros 2 as we knew it in the west was a remake of Japanese title Doki Doki Panic Super Mario Bros. 3 on the NES - most highly regarded platformer of all time maybe?

Super Mario Bros.

Main role

Super Mario Bros. 2

Main role

Super Mario Bros. 3

Main role

Nintendos classic Puzzler - Tetris on the NES Wario's Woods on the NES - classic puzzler, has its similarities with Tetris and Dr. Mario Wrecking Crew on the NES box cover

Tetris

Main role

Wario's Woods

Spin off

Wrecking Crew

Spin off

Yoshi box cover on the NES Yoshi cooks up some fresh delights on the NES in Yoshi's Cookie

Yoshi

Spin off

Yoshi's Cookie

Spin off

 

About the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Console

The Nintendo Entertainment System, known by many as the NES, was the first video game console to be released by the Nintendo Company. This 8-bit system helped to revolutionize the video game industry after the wide spread crash that was experienced in 1983, the year that the NES was launched. Though it took years to reach foreign shores, it was greeted with open arms by gamers who were looking for a successor to the Atari home console. It was no surprise that this system was the best-selling of its time.
 

More information about Super Mario Bros for the NES


The development of the Nintendo Entertainment System was important for several reasons. Aside from pulling the video game industry out of its slump, it set a precedent for business models in the industry that are followed to this day. Also, it was the first home console to launch a series franchise, namely, the Mario Bros series. The Mario games on the Nintendo Entertainment system are one of the most commonly attributed reasons that the system was so successful. The original “Super Mario Bros.” game was one of the greatest factors in selling systems. The game was so incredibly popular that copies of it were constantly produced to keep up with orders. To this day, it remains as the best selling Mario game, with over 40 million units sold and countless spin-offs and other games.

The Mario games on the Nintendo not only helped to sell the system in Japan, but it helped the system break into the American market. The colors, graphics, and gameplay caught the attention of more people than the Nintendo Company ever imagined, and allowed for the growth that would spawn the rest of the Mario franchise. With a vastNES Console small demand for all Mario games on the Nintendo Entertainment System, the company obliged with multiple sequels and the revenue needed to launch their next home console.