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Intellivision Tremendous Mario Bros. Proven – Retro Gaming Journal

Intellivision Super Mario Bros is kind of an anomaly. This is an entry in our Bandit Gaming section as it is by no means official. If we look at the developer, we are not surprised at the progress. What is surprising is how close this is to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) version. That is exactly right. Scary so.

Super Mario Bros changed the industry

Nintendo’s choice of Super Mario Bros as the van for the NES console was brilliant marketing. In addition to being a showcase title, this was one of the best early releases. This gave parents a sense of comfort in giving this as a gift or keeping it to themselves.

Super Mario Bros is a 2D side-scrolling action platform title. While the Atari 2600 had 2D games like Pitfall, they were mostly single-screen games. Jungle Hunt was one with a scrolling screen. The fact of the matter is that 2D side-scrolling games were still a wide-open genre. Earlier entries were more adventurous, with goals and tracking. Nintendo’s SMB took a much more platform-oriented approach. Gone were the backtracking elements – miss something and it’s just gone.

Much more emphasis has also been placed on jumping on platforms to dodge enemies and collect coins. Nintendo has created a new subgenre that is difficult for others to compete in.

Intellivision Super Mario Bros is a miracle to watch

The Mattel Intellivision console was released in the late 1970s, about half a decade before the Nintendo NES. The games of the time were more like quarter eaters like Asteroids and Space Invaders. Single screen affairs with simple goals and a variety of ways to achieve them.

Intellivision Super Mario Bros is a little more advanced than what we’ve seen in commerce. Understandably, some concessions had to be made for this port.

Enemies have lost a bit of detail, as have the background graphics. Coins are not as defined either. There is a bit of flicker for moving platforms, visible in level 1-2.

Seriously, that’s all Nitpicks that don’t lose weight of the services exhibited.

Matthew Kiehl created several other Mattel Intellivision eye-opening ports. One of them is Castlevania, called Intellivania. Another is Paperboy and even Shadow of the Beast.

What do you think of Intellivision Super Mario Bros. Let me know in the comments below.

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