Entire Super Mario Bros (NES) Free Level Map Images

One of the most important games of all time has to be the first Super Mario Bros game on the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). The legendary series is credited to globally renown Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto (b.1952), who also created Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Pikmin and other series of games for Nintendo.

In Mario, the abstracted design and clarity of the platform elements were most definitely a form of art. Even more so now, knowing the ridiculous (compared to present day) restrictions on what was possible graphically. The blue skies and clumpy clouds puffing by; the jolly Italian plumber, Mario; the lumpy green abstract trees and bushes; the cutely designed enemies; the colourful changes of scenery.

Part of the appeal of the gameplay was down to how well Nintendo managed to fine-tune the control of the character – using just a crosspad with A and B buttons. Inertia and momentum was all believable and worked well with the character animations. Something many developers strive for in platform games.

A lot of this was down to the accurate way in which Mario interacted with environmental elements, the pixel-perfect collision detection ensured that players would feel in total control when precision was needed to navigate through some of the more difficult areas.

It was also a blissful experience punching those little blocks of bricks and watching them crumble into the air, sometimes revealing useful items that could help Mario along his way.

The sound was equally legendary – In fact it would be interesting to run a poll to find out who doesn’t know the theme music. It was composed by Koji Kondo, and considered a representation for video game music in general.

There is a website which has pieced together all the levels from Super Mario Bros, you can download them as large images which are like maps of each area. Visit the Super Mario Level maps site here.

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