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The Super Mario Bros. franchise started as an arcade platform game named Mario Bros. in 1983. Set in New York, plumbers Mario and his brother, Luigi are tasked with getting rid of strange creatures that emerge from sewer pipes.
This success story was followed by Super Mario Bros. two years later. Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka added adventure elements with the brothers traveling all throughout the Mushroom Kingdom with the goal of rescuing Princess Toadstool from Bowser and the Koopas.
Much of the platform side-scrolling action of the original game was kept, but new challenges such as avoiding hazards, calculating jumps, taking out enemies using power-ups such as the Super Mushroom, Fire Flower and Starman, were added.
Super Mario Bros. was praised with its precise controls. It’s also frequently cited as one of the greatest video games of all time. With over 40 million physical copies sold, it’s one of gaming history’s bestsellers.