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The first game in the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series, but the [[OlderThanTheyThink fourth game overall]] that stars Mario, and the game that singlehandedly kicked off the UsefulNotes/The8bitEraOfConsoleVideoGames. After appearing in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', ''VideoGame/MarioBros'', and ''VideoGame/WreckingCrew'', the Mario Brothers moved on to the game that set loads of standards. Not just for [[PlatformGame platformers]], but any genre that used conventions established in this game.

The general story is that Bowser, the ornery King of the Koopas, has conquered the Mushroom Kingdom and had all of the subjects turned into [[ThrivingGhostTown background textures]]-- er, bricks and shrubbery. The Mushroom Kingdom's Princess is the only one who can revert his black magic, but he has kidnapped her in order to prevent this. Mario, ever the gallant one, storms several castles looking for her. Unfortunately for Mario (and you), Bowser has several body doubles, and there's no way to tell who's the real one, so it's a long road ahead.

The original game was [[VideoGameRemake remade]] with [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]] graphics along with the other [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]] titles in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioAllStars''. There was also a UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor [[UpdatedRerelease port]] called ''Super Mario Bros. Deluxe''. This included a Challenge Mode where you had to get a high score, collect five Red Coins, and find the Yoshi Egg in each stage; a two-player race mode; badges and other images awarded for achievements; a high-score table; extra utilities and printables; a hidden "You vs. Boo" mode (a one-player version of the two-player game); and a hidden conversion of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels''. There was also an UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame called ''[[http://tinyurl.com/qzubrj6 VS. Super Mario Bros.]]'' and a port for the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance was released as part of the Classic NES Series.

Creator/NobuoUematsu has stated that the theme music, originally created by Creator/KojiKondo, should be Japan's national anthem.
!!This game provides examples of:
* OneUp: TropeMaker for the collectible kind. The green OneUp Mushrooms have appeared in almost every other Mario platformer since.
* ActuallyADoombot: The first seven "Bowsers" are actually regular enemies who are somehow disguised as him. Flinging fireballs at the fake Bowsers will reveal their true forms (along with a fat bonus to your score).
* AllThereInTheManual: The Koopa are a clan of turtles known for their powerful magic who have brought the Mushroom Kingdom to ruin by transforming its citizens into the bricks you break (and thus the items are "gifts" from the transformed citizens to help you) and various other background objects. The only one who can break this curse is the daughter of the unseen Mushroom King[[note]]unmentioned in the original Japanese manual[[/note]], Princess Pea..., er "Toadstool"[[note]]She was always called "Peach" in Japan; the eventual compromise was a transition with the full name "Princess Peach Toadstool"[[/note]], which is why Bowser has kidnapped her. This bit of lore was dropped in later games.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent:
** ''VideoGame/TheGreatGianaSisters''. So much that Nintendo actually threatened to sue, causing it to be withdrawn from the shelves. The later ''Giana Sisters'' games went through DerivativeDifferentiation.
** Sega's ''VideoGame/AlexKidd in Miracle World'' was not such an obvious clone, but still fits the trope (and was correspondingly packaged with or built in later models of the [[UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem Master System]]).
* AlwaysNight: Worlds 3 and 6[[note]]Although, strangely, World 6-2 has a pipe leading to an underwater bonus area where it's clearly daytime[[/note]].
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: The American instruction manual makes repeated references to enemies being killed. The Japanese manual merely says they are defeated.
* AnimatedAdaptation:
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' adapts elements of both this and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''.
** Also, the anime movie ''Anime/TheGreatMissionToSavePrincessPeach''.
* {{Antepiece}}: The game has great level design involving interesting yet accessible setpieces. One tool it'll use is to build up to a complicated setpiece with an "antepiece". For example, in the first level, there's a part with a staircase followed by a pit; jumping up the staircase without falling into the pit, and then getting over the pit, is a rather hard and scary proposition. So there's a part right before it which is mostly the same, except the pit won't kill you. This allows you to practice the setpiece in a safe environment. You can read more and see a picture of this setpiece-antepiece pair [[http://www.auntiepixelante.com/?p=465 here.]]
* AntiFrustrationFeatures:
** ''Super Mario Bros. Deluxe'', due to its inevitably smaller screen resolution, allows the player to reorient the screen by pressing up, or pressing select so that the camera view stays fixed ahead of Mario. Likewise, the original game's RatchetScrolling has been slightly nerfed in this port so that Mario can slightly backtrack in a level, again to accomodate the smaller view of the screen.
** ''All-Stars'' and ''Deluxe'' will play a chime when the correct paths are taken in "mazes" like World 7-4.
* ArtEvolution:
** According to [[http://www.nintendods.com/iwata-asks-chapter.jsp?interviewId=1&volumeId=8&chapterId=4 this Iwata Asks]], Miyamoto utilised external illustrators to flesh out his rough pencil sketches since ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''. When it came time to do this game's (Japanese) package illustration[[note]]also used in the U.S. for the official "How to Win at Super Mario Bros." strategy guide, which predated Magazine/NintendoPower[[/note]], Miyamoto had to do the art himself, since there was no time left for him to hire a mainstream artist. [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/f/fc/SuperMarioBrosArtwork2.jpg This was the result.]] It was Yoichi Kotabe who fleshed out the designs of the characters since then. Notable mention goes to Bowser. Miyamoto himself was aiming for the appearance of [[ALoadofBull an ox]] for Bowser's design, even though he's supposed to be a turtle. Upon reflection on this, Miyamoto remarked, "I'd been drawing something completely incomprehensible - a turtle's body with an ox's head!" In a MythologyGag, Midbus, Bowser's [[TheRival rival]] from ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'', more closely resembles an ox, with some [[FullBoarAction boar]] characteristics thrown in.
** Within the game itself, the Super Mushroom, 1-Up Mushroom, and Fire Flower have completely different designs than those that became standard in later games. The mushrooms are much more realistic-looking, have different colors (orange and red for the cap of the Super Mushroom, and green and brown for the 1-Up Mushroom), and lack faces. The Fire Flower is a glowing disk. The mushrooms began to change with ''Super Mario Bros. 2'' before settling into the most familiar design with ''Super Mario Bros. 3''. The Fire Flower changed to its most familiar design with ''Super Mario World''.
* TheArtifact: Mario and Luigi being plumbers and travelling through pipes. This made sense in ''VideoGame/MarioBros'', which was envisioned as taking place in the New York sewers; not so much in the Mushroom Kingdom. However, it became an integral part of the gameplay and setting, and its incongruous nature helped create the series' WorldOfChaos reputation.
** Mario being able to hit enemies on top of a block by hitting the block below them (in fact, the whole concept of hitting blocks from below) is a hold over from the gameplay of the original ''Mario Bros.'', where it was your only means of attack (Mario [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness couldn't]] GoombaStomp [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness in that game]], so he had to knock an enemy on their back by hitting the floor below them, allowing him to run up and then knock them off the screen). Fortunately, this managed to fit in with the more flexible play style of this game (it helps that in this game, the move offs an enemy on the spot instead of just stunning them), so it was carried over into future installments.
* ArtifactTitle: ''Super Mario Bros.'' is a completely different game from the original ''Mario Bros.'', most notably lacking the 2P co-op mode from the original (being replaced by an alternating mode instead). As a result, Luigi's presence in the game feels rather thrown in, since it makes no difference whether the second player controls Luigi or another Mario. The sequels would try to remedy this by either: making Luigi into a selectable character with a different play-style (as seen in both versions of ''Super Mario Bros. 2'') or by allowing both players to split the game's stages among themselves and throwing in a minigame version of the original ''Mario Bros.''.
* AscendedGlitch:
** The multi-coin blocks were reportedly a programming error that was left in because they liked it.
** The Minus World. On the cartridge version it was a glitch that sent the player to a level that didn't exist; it was only by sheer luck that the level was completely playable (though not finishable). When the game was ported to the Family Computer Disk System, it was replaced with completable Worlds -1, -2, -3, which were based on other glitched levels in the cartridge.
* AttractMode: It features one, and the computer's one of the worst ''Mario'' players ever (most likely to minimize spoilers).
* BaldOfEvil: Bowser. Averted in both the artwork and ''All-Stars''.
* BattleThemeMusic: Averted in both the original and ''Deluxe'', played straight in the ''All-Stars'' version.
* BigBad: Bowser.
* BlindIdiotTranslation:
** In the story provided by the manual, the word "horsetail" (referring to the plants in the background of some courses) was mistranslated as "horse-hair".
** The Portuguese translation of the manual was based on the English localization. The term "Mushroom Retainers" ended up being translated as "Cogumelos Retardadores" (Mushroom Retardants, in other words).
* BossArenaIdiocy: You know this one. You touch the axe to destroy the bridge Bowser is on.
* BottomlessPits: Everywhere.
* BreakablePowerUp: The TropeCodifier. The Super Mushroom transforms Mario into Super Mario, capable of breaking bricks by jumping into them from below. The Fire Flower transforms either regular Mario or Super Mario into Fire Mario, capable of throwing fireballs. Both powerups act as a SingleUseShield, and upon being hit Mario reverts to regular Mario, losing the abilities granted him by the powerups.
* BubblyClouds: The "Coin Heaven" bonus areas.
* {{Cap}}: The maximum lives you can have is [[UsefulNotes/PowersOfTwoMinusOne 127]]. Any more and you will overflow into negative lives, triggering a GameOver the next time you die.
* CheatCode: If you get a GameOver, press Start while holding down the A button to start at the world you died in. Mercifully, if you forget which button and try pressing Start while holding B, nothing happens.
* CheatedAngle: In the original game, the Mario Bros. always have their head to the side they're walking towards, even when they aren't moving and the rest of their body is facing the screen. The only time they ever fully face the viewer is if they're dying.
* ChekhovsGunman: See GameplayAndStorySegregation below.
* CollisionDamage: All of the enemies deal this to you. Getting a [[InvincibilityPowerUp Super Star]] lets you [[InvertedTrope do this to the enemies instead.]]
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Red mushrooms (extra hit point) vs. green (1-Up), red Koopas (they patrol specific areas) vs. green (they come straight at you).
* ColorCodedMultiplayer: There's no difference between Mario and Luigi in terms of playability.
* ColorContrast: Basic color contrasts such as blue, red green and brown contrasts are abundant (the grass and water levels), sometimes with black and grey (the underground and snow levels) or red, black and grey (the castles). The NES had an extremely limited color palette and they had very little memory to work with on the game.
* CutAndPasteEnvironments: The game only had 40 KB of memory, so they used repeating patterns three screens wide for decorative backgrounds such as hills and clouds. It also reused about two models for castle exteriors (small and large). On top of that, five entire levels were reused, as well as World 4-4 and 7-4 which would actually loop if the player takes the wrong path, and they used the exact same sprite for the clouds and bushes the only difference being the clouds were white where as the bushes were green.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: World 6-3 is either this, or simply a representation of snow.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The backstory, AllThereInTheManual, explains how the Koopa clan transformed the citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom, and only the princess can undo this. Virtually all games never mention this; ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' kind of backwards-references it in Peach being the most obvious WhiteMagicianGirl of the team, but even there it's more inference than anything. And heck: Peach having the ability to undo the Koopas' magic is the only reason Bowser kidnaps her to ''begin'' with. Future games have Bowser kidnap the princess mostly to lure Mario into traps, on those occasions he ''does'' even bother with villainy (see again: ''SMRPG'').
** The game also used RatchetScrolling, which prevented players from going back. Most ''Mario'' games after this abandoned this type of scrolling for AutoScrollingLevel in a few places while allowing backtracking in everything else.
** The timer also ticked away at a much faster pace compared to the later ''Mario'' games.
** Shells cannot be grabbed by holding the B button.
** ? blocks cannot be hit underwater; Mario just bumps into them as if they were plain.
** When Fire Mario is hit, Mario goes all the way back down to small form. This was made more generous in later games, most notably the non-Japanese releases version of the original ''Super Mario Bros. 3.''
** The princess has the sprite drawn with red hair and a white dress with red trim, likely using the palette for the mushroom retainers. Early official artwork also shows her much younger, possibly the age of a child - she wouldn't gain her proper adult appearance in the official art until ''The Lost Levels''.
** The game is considerably less generous about coins and 1ups than later games in the series are (unless, of course, you make use of the famous Koopa shell glitch). Getting more than 9 lives makes the lives counter display glitchy symbols, and it's quite difficult to witness this without cheating.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The Disk System version (accidentally) contains Bloopers in the air in World -3, which would made a proper appearance in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels''.
* EasterEgg:
** If you wait long enough on the title screen, then a brief demo will start to play.
** Also, run out of time as Fire Mario or Invincible Mario.
* EliteMook: Hammer Brothers.
* EndlessGame: Famous for averting it, although technically, you can play the levels again after the ending.
* EveryTenThousandPoints: 100 coins equal a OneUp.
* ExcusePlot: One of the classic staples of the video game excuse plot, also [[TropeCodifier codifying]] [[SaveThePrincess one of its subtropes]] in the process; Bowser has kidnapped the princess and is trying to take over the Mushroom Kingdom, and Mario and Luigi have to save the day! Now press start and go save the day!
* {{Fireballs}}: From the Fire Flower, of course.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: Cheep Cheeps, which jump out of the water and into the air.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: There is actually only ''one'' Buzzy Beetle that can be killed with fireballs in this game. [[spoiler:It's disguised as Bowser at the end of World 3-4]].
* GuideDangIt: Each x-1 level has a hidden OneUp Mushroom in it. Besides the one in 1-1, they only appear if you've gotten all the coins in the previous x-3 level or used a Warp Pipe (e.g. to get the one in 2-1, you need to get all the coins in 1-3).
* HardModeFiller: Some of the later stages. Namely Worlds 5-3, 5-4, 6-4, 7-2, 7-3 and 7-4, which are harder versions of 1-3, 2-4, 1-4, 2-2, 2-3 and 4-4 respectively. In ''VS.'' version, these harder stages are bumped ahead and replaced with new stages that later formed part of ''The Lost Levels''.
* HardModePerks: The "hard mode" replaces all Goombas with Buzzy Beetles, which allows the player to get as many lives as they want by having their shells being kicked repeatedly against certain structures, much like a Koopa shell. It also makes clearing a whole row of enemies much easier - stomping a Beetle and kicking it to take out all the others is effortless compared to stomping all Goombas individually.
* HitboxDissonance:
** Super Mario's hitbox is normally twice as tall as standard Mario's, which makes sense. Crouching eliminates the top half of the hitbox, rendering it the same size as standard Mario's, which also makes sense. Crouching while underwater and then swimming causes Super Mario's hitbox to remain at half-height, causing enemies to pass through his upper half harmlessly, which does not make sense until you realize that you normally stay crouched when you jump this way, but there's no sprite for a crouched swimmer; so what you're actually doing is swimming while crouched, but the lack of sprites causes a visual glitch.
** Another strange thing related to hitboxes is the game's collision detection. If Mario is rising, he will take damage from hitting an enemy regardless of whether he is on top of the enemy or below it. On the other hand, if he is falling, he will cause damage to the enemy (assuming it's not TheSpiny) regardless of whether the enemy is on top or he is. This can be confusing to players who are unfamiliar with the mechanics of the engine, and tool-assisted {{Speed Run}}s milk this for all its worth.
* IdleAnimation: Sort of. If you stay in one spot for 30 seconds, with a Hammer Brother nearby, the Hammer Brother will leave its perch, and actively start chasing you. ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels'' would introduce Hammer Brothers that actively chased the player from their first appearance.
* InfiniteOneUps: Line a Koopa shell just right against a staircase at the end of 1-1 or 3-1, and your jumps will turn into a chain reaction, triggering loads of points followed by {{One Up}}s. But woe to you if you exceed 127 lives, because the life counter will overflow into negative lives, causing your next death to be a GameOver.[[labelnote:Details]]The game stores your remaining lives in an 8-bit signed integer (which has a range from -128 to 127), hence the overflow.[[/labelnote]] This was fixed in the ''VideoGame/SuperMarioAllStars'' version, which stores the lives in an unsigned integer variable which has a cap of 128 lives.
* InNameOnly: Aside from the presence of Mario, Luigi, turtle enemies, and coins, ''Super Mario Bros.'' really doesn't have anything to do with ''VideoGame/MarioBros'', although it does have some similar elements (you can still attack enemies from below when they are on brick platforms).
* InvincibilityPowerUp: The Super Star (aka Starman) and its famous jingle debut here.
* JumpPhysics: The game has very well thought out jump physics, and the level designs were tailored around it. Mario can jump five times his height, can jump farther when running, and he mainstains just enough midair control to cut short a forward jump. Mario holds his momentum for a bit when he's in mid air or lands, even if the D-Pad is released. Even if he bumps into a wall in motion, he still holds his momentum and maintains mid air jump control. If he bumps his head into something, it quickly knocks him back down (the cramped castle levels are specifically designed to use this against you) but it won't stop him from moving.
* KnightOfCerebus: While the franchise would eventually feature much more wicked villains in the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' games, Bowser is still this compared to Donkey Kong and Foreman Spike. Donkey was an AntiVillain who was trying to get back at Mario for abusing him, and Spike was a regular human who also happened to be a jerk and a BadBoss, but Bowser, the draconic EvilOverlord, is genuinely intimidating.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The Princess being in castle number 8. This has become so ingrained in our culture that from every ''Mario'' game onward featuring the Princess being kidnapped, she'll always appear in World 8.
* LethalLavaLand: The castle levels.
* Level1MusicRepresents: The overworld theme has become the iconic theme of the ''Mario'' series, as well as nearly every crossover and non video game appearance Mario has had.
* MagicMushroom: The UnfortunateName of the Super Mushroom in the NES version ([[DubNameChange though not the FC version]]).
* MarathonLevel: World 8-1 is looooooooooooong. Even harder than making all of the tricky jumps is reaching the end before time runs out!
* MinusWorld: A famous example, [[TropeNamers coined]] by ''Magazine/NintendoPower''[='=]s coverage of the glitch. Japan, meanwhile, discovered even more such worlds through a process that involves swapping out the game's cartridge with ''Tennis'' while the console's still running.
* NewGamePlus: "A new quest", which you unlock by beating the game once and restarting at the title screen. Goombas are replaced with Buzzy Beetles, enemies move faster, and all of the levels with harder counterparts later in the game (i.e.: 7-2 is the harder version of 2-2) are replaced with said harder counterparts. Both ''All-Stars'' and ''Deluxe'' retain this feature.
* NintendoHard: Although at the lower end compared to other infamously hard games. A main issue is that one-ups are so uncommon; there are exactly eight hidden 1-Up Mushroom Blocks in the game, and Coins are far less common than in later ''Mario'' games, making extra lives in a game with no save feature much more precious to have. The ''VS.'' version takes this UpToEleven - you start with only ''two'' lives, there is only a single hidden 1up block [[labelnote:Details]]Either the one in the first level, or if you miss that, it will be in the next location where a hidden 1-Up Mushroom appears in the original - once you hit a hidden block, there are no more 1-Up Mushrooms ''for the rest of the game'', whether you manage to collect the powerup or not[[/labelnote]], you need to collect 250 coins to earn an extra life and the infinite lives exploits are removed. As if this wasn't enough, the original levels themselves are much harder; new, super hard levels are added in and WarpZones don't take you as far forward as the originals. Even many expert NES Mario players never got past World 6, where they had to take a blind, running jump across a bottomless chasm and bounce off a Koopa Paratroopa onto a safe platform, where neither the Koopa or the safe platform were even on-screen from the jumping point.
* PacManFever: Lots of sound effects from this game have turned up in children's TV shows, particularly in scenes set at arcades (there were arcade cabinet versions of the game, but it's unlikely any of those writers knew that).
* PaletteSwap: Not just with enemies; the bushes and clouds use the same tiles.
* PipeMaze: World 8-4. The pipes are the key to progressing through the level, and going down the wrong one will send you back to the beginning.
* PlatformGame: TropeMaker and TropeCodifier for many platform tropes.
* PlayerNudge: The dev team was afraid the player would confuse the mushrooms for something hostile and avoid them. To prevent this they structured the first level so that it was nearly impossible to avoid the mushroom after it was spawned, ensuring the players would see it was not harmful when it struck them.
* RatchetScrolling
** Required by the way levels were stored. Each "object" in the level had a "page select" flag which, when set, told the game to advance one screenful to the right. There was no code for going back one screen, however, and as there could be a variable number of objects per page, the algorithms involved would have been a bit too complicated for the NES, where every byte and every clock cycle counted (and they were already running low on ROM space as it was). So while the game could be told to go to the ''next'' screen, there was no way to start loading objects from the ''previous'' screen, hence why you can only go right.
** ''Deluxe'' does allow you to scroll back slightly, but only because the screen is smaller than the NES version's.
* RearrangeTheSong: The ''VS.'' version totally redid the ending theme. In addition, a Hi-Score theme was also added.
* SaveThePrincess: And she's in another castle.
* SelfImposedChallenge: Defeating Bowser in 8-4 with the Fire Flower. The actual task isn't hard, but ''getting'' to him with that power-up, much less getting and keeping the power up in World 8, is one of the hardest challenges in the game.
* SingleUseShield: The Super Mushroom and Fire Flower power ups provide this. If Mario gets hit while in big form, he'll automatically revert back to Small Mario instead of dying.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Worlds 3, 5 and 7, although "snow" in this game is just recolored trees and pipes. The ''All-Stars'' version of the game improves on this by making the ground actually look snowy.
* SuperDrowningSkills[=/=]SuperNotDrowningSkills: Yes, both of them. If you're underwater, nothing aside from the standard timer can stop you from staying under for as long as you want. On the other hand, falling into a pit filled with water doesn't even slow your fall.
* ThisWasHisTrueForm: If defeated with fireballs rather than being thrown into the lava, the Bowsers of Worlds 1-7 are revealed to be simple minor enemies which have taken Bowser's form, likely using more of that Koopa clan magic you only ever hear about in the manual.
* TimedMission: Every single level. The timer also counts down faster here than in Mario's later games.
* UndergroundLevel: World 1-2 and World 4-2.
* UnderTheSea: World 2-2 and World 7-2.
* UnstableEquilibrium: Many parts of the game are much easier as Fire Mario, but if you do get hit, it takes two power-ups to climb back up to that status.
* UpdatedRerelease:
** ''VS. Super Mario Bros.'', an arcade version, has its difficulty adjusted for arcade play. Most notably the harder "filler" versions of early stages replace their easier counterparts and new stages were added to fill in the gap during the later half of the game. These new stages were later included in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels''.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioAllStars'' which also had, besides the first ''Super Mario Bros.'' and ''The Lost Levels,'' ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''. And, in an updated re-release of an updated re-release, ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''.
** ''Super Mario Bros. Deluxe'' on the UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor, which also had ''The Lost Levels'' as UnlockableContent.
* WhenAllElseFailsGoRight: The RatchetScrolling prevents Mario from going left.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: There you have the TropeNamer.