Super Luigi Bros, known originally as "Classic Mario" and later as "The Mario Bros" is an oldschool Super Mario fansite. Its main aims are to cover the Mario series in full. Everything from the latest news, guides and features on the newest titles to weekly retro features including scans of old Super Mario comics, Retro game guides and a whole lot more.
The site is a descendant of Super Mario Portal from back in 2001-2007 which was run til 2004 by Luke Hackett and then for the remainder of the time by Adam Wright (who had been co-webmaster alongside Luke). This website was one of the most prominent communities of sprite comic, game and art makers at the time and featured a bustling community - although the sprite scene seemed to almost completely disappear around 2007/2008. Mario fandom online of course predates this, with sites like The Mushroom Kingdom and Super Mario Bros HQ dating all the way back to 1996. So lets start on the Mario series from the beginning:-
In the early 80's, the videogame industry was rather stagnated, having completely crashed in 1983... that is until the Nintendo Entertainment System landed, however a console with no real firm reason to buy it would never succeed... that's where "Super Mario Bros" came in... this was the game that would not only break Nintendo into the mainstream U.S market, but would also breathe life back into the Video Game industry on the whole. From here on in the Mario series was extremely prominent.
This sprung the beginning of the Super Mario Bros adventure series which resulted in many sequels including Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and even more recent up to the Super Mario Galaxies and so on. This series has now spanned over a quarter century and is still going strong on modern consoles like the Wii U and 3DS with titles like Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) and Super Mario 3D Land (3DS).
But the main Super Mario Adventure series was not the only thing to be spawned from the portly tradesman come videogame hero we know as Mario. In 1992 a rather unconventional racer arrived, Super Mario Kart for the SNES - instead of featuring famed F1 drivers in souped up cars by major car makers it featured Mario and friends... and err Bowser, driving go karts. And how did that compare against the conventional F1 games that major racing stars like Nigel Mansell had put their names to? The answer: it blew them out of the water. This was the beginning of another major Mario series sub-franchise, the Mario Kart series. Sequels have followed on every Nintendo console since the SNES spanning the N64, Gamecube, DS, Wii, 3DS and Wii U!
Another major landmark for the series was the arrival of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, the first entry into the Mario RPG series, and one of the very first 2½D games. This series still continues to this day with many sequels including Paper Mario for the N64, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door for the Gamecube, Super Paper Mario for the Wii. There is also a sub RPG series the "Mario & Luigi" series which has run on Nintendo's handheld platforms since Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was released in 2003 famed for its great use of humour and an excellent combat system.
We cover all of the Mario games from each major franchise (And a lot of lesser known more obscure ones at that) so if you loved the Mario series back in the day or if you are new to the series, there's a lot going on at our site right now, so if you're a Mario fan please come on over!