Video Game / Mario Bros.
Something's gumming up the plumbing, poor Luigi's in a bind
Giant turtles out to get him, creepy crabs are right behind
Fighter flies, jeepers, yipes!
They're all comin' out the pipes!

Luigi: Mario, where are you?!
The commercial for the Atari port of the game

Can you kick off all the pests?

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Mario and Luigi, the Mario Brothers, must try to get rid of Shellcreepers (turtles), Sidesteppers (crabs, which need to be hit twice), and Fighterflies (flies, which can be defeated only while they touch the platform) that come pouring out of the waterworks. Hit the floor beneath them to flip them over, then kick them into the water. Collect coins for bonus.

Later, the Slipice (renamed Freezies in the NES version) will come out and freeze the platforms, making your traction very poor. As the game progresses, water drops hang below the platforms and freeze into deadly icicles, which fall soon after. note 

Keep track of the green fireballs as they will appear more frequently. The red fireball can also be a menace. If need be, you can hit the fireballs from below when they touch the platform. Beware of hitting the red fireball. It rapidly reappears and moves much faster.

Hit the POW platform to knock over your enemies and destroy fireballs. Be wise, because you only get three, and it doesn't come back until after the bonus round. Each difficulty level begins with three POWs and a bonus wave in which 10 coins are available to be collected.

Released in arcades in 1983 and later ported to home consoles, the game introduced many elements used in later Mario games, like turtles, pipes, collecting coins, and Mario's brother Luigi.

Not to be confused with the Fan Film Mario Brothers.


  • Bonus Level: One where the only goal was to collect all the coins before time ran out.
  • I Have Many Names:
    • The Slipice and Sidesteppers were later renamed Freezies and Crabs.
    • Shellcreepers were renamed Koopa Troopas. note 
    • Inverted with Fighterflies, who are called by that name in the Mario & Luigi Role Playing Games. There are even a variant called "Superflies".
  • Jump Physics: Partly averted in the original game, since it lacked the ability to change direction in midair. The Japan-exclusive update Kaetta Kita Mario Bros. introduced this in order to bring it in line with the SMB series, and every other Updated Re-release has kept this as part of the game.
  • Tremor Trampoline: The POW Block works by bouncing the entire stage each time it's hit, which potentially flips enemies over so you can knock them away. As a result, it does not work on enemies currently in the air, especially Fighterflies. In two-player mode, it also makes the other player bounce up slightly.
  • Video Game Remake: The Game Boy Advance version. Most of it is based on the Famicom Disk System version, ''Kaettekita Mario Bros.''note , which is slightly closer to the original arcade version, but allows you to change directions while jumping.note  It also uses Super Mario Bros. 2's sprites for the player characters, even allowing the use of the charged jump. Most people mainly remember this game due to it being released on all Super Mario Advance games and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

Alternative Title(s): Mario Bros