Original Mario Bros. Headed To 3DS Virtual Console In Japan

By Ishaan . May 1, 2013 . 8:30am

The original Mario Bros. (sans the “Super”) is being released for Japan’s Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console next week. The game will be available on May 8th for 500 yen.


Unlike later Mario games, Mario Bros. doesn’t take place in the Mushroom Kingdom. Mario and Luigi are plumbers investigating the sewers of New York, and the goal is to defeat all the enemies in every stage, each one consisting of a single screen with four pipes and a series of blocks.


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  • malek86

    A remade version with SNES-like graphics was also included in Super Mario Advance 3, which was one of the ambassador games… so I guess I kinda already have this.

    On a side note, real world Mario, wow. I guess that movie had a point after all.

  • I’ll say this a million times. What Nintendo did with Excite Bike was amazing. If all these NES titles had the same treatment and not just turn up the 3D part, I would be more inclined to purchase.

  • ShugoTakahashi

    It’s a shame that this will probably be the usual old Famicom version when they could be using either the arcade, FDS, or updated European NES version. The FDS/updated NES versions had the ability to turn while jumping and redone sprites and animations to look closer to the arcade version.

    I don’t know why Nintendo doesn’t put their own arcade games up on VC. The NES ports were almost always inferior, especially the older ones like Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Mostly Because of nostalgia

  • steinhauershawn

    I am a 3DS Ambassador so I already get to play this game that came with the Yoshi’s Island Gameboy Advance ROM Nintendo uploaded for early adopters.

  • Do you think this will have the local 2p co-op feature? That’d be a selling point for me.

    • Shane J

      It has Download Play. So, you can send a temp. copy of the game to a friend’s 3DS and play locally with them.

      A fair number of Famicom VC releases have been having that feature on the 3DS (at least in Japan) when they offer 2P.

      • Is there an easy way to tell if a game has download play or not?

        Thanks a ton for this info; I’m definitely going to download this one.

        • Shane J

          If you are viewing a game from within the eShop itself, find the game you want to know more about and then click on it.

          That will bring you to a menu that has an icon the exact same picture as well as some other buttons. Click on it to bring up a screen bearing up to 3 screen shots as well as a description of the game.

          If you scroll past the description, you’ll eventually get to a part where it tells you how many players it supports and if it supports Download Play, Local etc… It won’t say if it doesn’t though, so if it doesn’t have it listed period, it means it doesn’t.

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