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This is where it all began. Long before Nintendo’s signature Italian plumber was given his world-renowned voice by Charles Martinet, Super Mario Bros. proved significant in not only helping to popularise the side-scrolling genre but the company’s efforts in establishing themselves as a hardware manufacturer.

Across three decades Super Mario Bros. celebrated being the best-selling game of all time, only to have such title snatched by bundled-software Wii Sports some 21 years later.

To this day, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) classic still poses a significant challenge to even the most experience of players. Whilst remaining an unquestionable highlight of the company’s rich output, it can be seen as being somewhat of a flawed diamond these days.

Everyone will be immediately familiar with the block bopping, Goomba stomping formula that has been so readily used throughout the series, players seeking to complete each of the eight world’s stages in the quickest times possible. What will catch today’s gamers off-guard are the loose controls, Mario’s floaty jump and being returned to the start menu once you’ve depleted your lives, turning the game into a gruelling gauntlet usually attributed to that found on arcade machines.

With Super Mario Bros. having seen so many re-releases across a multitude of Nintendo’s platforms, there’s nothing new here for those who have previously tackled everything this Mushroom Kingdom adventure has to throw at you.

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Alex's early adoration for Nintendo began with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land. This developed over the years, later peaking when he hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas.Nowadays, his enthusiasm is shared through Nintendo Insider, a place in which he can document his thoughts regarding the big N.

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