Retro Video Game Rewind: Super Mario Bros. (NES)

I’ve been gaming now for quite sometime. Matter of fact I’ve been playing video games now for well over 20 years. Sure seems like a long time and we sure have came a long way since the old days of Nintendo and Sega, but it’s still these old games that I hold very dear to my heart. Having said that I thought of a great way to be able to share my opinion on all of these old games by starting a series titles “Retro Video Game Rewind” and featuring my thoughts on these old games some of which you’ll love and others you’ve probably grown to hate.  So let’s take a ride back in time as I share with you my thoughts on some of the best and worst of video games.


So I had to start this series with the first ever video game I played which was Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Mario is an icon that gamers and non-gamers all know and love. I remember back when I was 6 and my aunt bought me my first video game system the Nintendo Entertainment System and I immediately fell in love with video games. The great part about Super Mario Bros. is that it is a very simple game and although easy at first it is here where I discovered the many challenges I would later face in other video games.

First off let’s talk about Mario himself. I remember wondering as a kid how can he keep hitting those blocks over and over again? I mean you’d think his head would hurt after hitting so many right? Also I remember how cool it was eating a Mushroom and Mario growing not to mention eating a flower and being able to shoot fireballs at your enemies I’m glad I wasn’t one of those kids who tried to implement said things in real life. I also remember this being the first time I ever raged in a video game because those levels later on were crazy especially the ones with the platforms that fall after being on them so long. However, it wasn’t until I discovered what would end up being a video game cliche….

Come at me....*gulp*
Come at me….*gulp*

Water levels. Yes those ridiculous water levels. Ever since they were introduced to me in Super Mario Bros. I have since despised water levels in any game. Sure the music of the infamous Super Mario Bros. water levels can be a bit soothing however nothing can sooth the rage you will have when trying to beat those levels. There are even times to this day that I still here that catchy water level tune when playing other video games with water levels in them. This is when I found out that water in video games is bad.


After beating Super Mario Bros. I felt like I had truly accomplished something I remember how good it felt beating a video game and it was this same feeling that made me come back for more. I kept playing SMB over and over again trying to beat my high score and this is when I realized that although video games are fun they are also challenging and that is another reason why I kept coming back. It was man vs machine. Brian & Mario vs King Koopa. Good vs Evil and after I had vanquished evil I was ready to take on more.

Missed it by...that much!
Missed it by…that much!

Nintendo and Mario helped me get into video games in a way that no other game at that time really could. Not to mention Mario helped me start my love for Nintendo as a whole and to this day I don’t care what negative spin anyone puts on Nintendo I still love them and to me and I’m sure to a lot of others Nintendo and Maro=Video Games.

Brian Daniels
I've been writing and covering many forms of entertainment such as comedy shows, and arcade bars as well as reviewing video games and more for the past decade. I love to write and I am blessed to be able to have the opportunities that I have had in the entertainment and technology fields.
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