But our Princess is on another console!
07 November 2020
Super Mario Bros. is one of the greatest video games of all time. You’ve almost certainly played it at some point, but you might not realise just how many Nintendo systems it’s been available on over the years.
In this post I’m only counting releases that you can play using official Nintendo hardware and software – no flash carts or sideloading!
The original Super Mario Bros and still the best way to play it. The NES box design is iconic, but personally I prefer the Japanese artwork.
It was also available for the Famicom Disk System in Japan (an awesome add-on that sadly never made it to the US or Europe).
The PlayChoice-10 was basically a NES in a cabinet, with brighter colours, a choice of games and a coin slot.
The Super Nintendo re-release came with fancy new graphics and better sound (and three other great games, but this post isn’t about them!).
Nintendo squashed Super Mario Bros. onto the Game Boy Color, but the screen isn’t really big enough and the end result is horrible to play.
Surprise! It turns out one of the items in the GameCube version of Animal Crossing is a playable NES. Super Mario Bros. was distributed to players in Japan as part of a giveaway in Famitsu magazine.
The Game Boy Advance got Super Mario Bros. as part of the NES Classics series…
…though we all know that if you’re going to play it on the go then you should do it in style on a 20th Anniversary Edition Game Boy Micro.
Super Mario Bros. arrived on the Wii via its new Virtual Console capability.
It also came bundled with the 25th Anniversary Edition console in Japan…
…and you could get it as part of the Super Mario All Stars re-release too.
It was on the Virtual Console on the 3DS, first as part of the 3DS Ambassador Programme and then on general release.
Virtual Console, still going strong.
Classic console, classic line-up, classic Super Mario Bros…
…though the Japanese artwork is still better.
If you subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online it’s part of the NES library…
…and part of the SNES library.
And finally, Super Mario Bros. displaces the 1980s impostor to retake its rightful place in the Game & Watch hall of fame.
So which Nintendo systems didn’t get an official way to play Super Mario Bros.?
Mastered the original on all formats and ready for even more classic Super Mario Bros. action?
The real Super Mario Bros. 2 (not that one) was released for the Famicom but never made it to the NES. It eventually came to the West as part of the Super Mario All Stars collection, badged as The Lost Levels.
The Nintendo VS. System was home to an arcade remix of Super Mario Bros. It had new level layouts and significantly increased difficulty, and has been described as “the meanest trick Nintendo ever played”.
It’s been re-relased on the Switch as part of the Arcade Archives series.
The original Super Mario Bros., only this time online and with a 35-player competitive twist. Nintendo says it’ll only be playable until 31 March 2021, so get it while you can.