Super Mario Bros. (MB Hall of Fame Inductee)

Super Mario Bros.

Hall of Fame Inductee
Super Mario Bros.
Original Release: 1986 (NES)
Designers: Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka
Developed by: Nintendo
Published by: Nintendo

Even if we don’t care about Super Mario Bros. twenty-five years after its release, the game is notable for at least one very important reason: it saved the video game industry after it imploded from the crash of 1983. The NES was a hard sell to retailers when it was launched in 1985. Too many garbage games from horrible game consoles had turned people off of video games. When Nintendo tried to break into the market, it was like entering a wasteland. However, Super Mario Bros. changed all that. The game looked and sounded better than anything else available on the home market; it was easy to pick up and play, and it was incredibly fun. Mario singlehandedly saved the video game industry and, even though the game is over a quarter-century old, it still stands up incredibly well today.


New Super Mario Bros. Wii. (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Nintendo Wii
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Nintendo

There was a time when a new 2D Mario game would have generated an unprecedented amount of buzz and excitement. However, when Nintendo announced that their latest adventure starring the plumber would be nearly identical to the DS game that had released two years prior, people became skeptical. Many wondered why such a simple adventure was being given a full Wii retail release instead of being put on WiiWare or released as a DS game instead. When it comes down to it, Nintendo did it this way to make the most money. New Super Mario Bros. Wii is still a fun game even if reeks of being a cash-in title, although more gimmicky.