Super Mario Bros. U.S. Release Date Is Somehow A Mystery


Posted March 29, 2012 - By Adam Rosenberg

Mario Hails A Cab

There is some serious confusion over when exactly Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. was released in the U.S., and a new Gamasutra feature explores that mystery. The game has always been pegged as having hit the U.S. in 1986, but an abundance of evidence points instead to 1985, thanks to some dynamite investigative reporting from Gama's Frank Cifaldi.

The three-page feature chronicles Cifaldi's exhaustive search for some sort of "official" U.S. launch date for the game, with anecdotal reports, publicly recorded evidence, and, in a fun twist, a last-minute anonymous tip. If you have any appreciation for video games and where they come from, it behooves you to read through te feature and educate yourself. As Cifaldi points out in his conclusion, "If this is the state of video game preservation in 2012, 50 years after Spacewar!, we're in trouble."

Tags: Videogames
Super Mario Bros. U.S. Release Date Is Somehow A Mystery


Blog Tags

  • Feedback Field Trip -- BlizzCon 2010 Edition

    Posted: October 25, 2010

    19,685 Views | 08:21

  • Skyrim Trailer vs. Oblivion Trailer Comparison Video

    Posted: February 24, 2011

    51,345 Views | 01:37

  • On Location: Sucker Punch Productions Studio Tour

    Posted: September 19, 2011

    7,270 Views | 02:51

  • Black Snake Fireworks

    Posted: October 7, 2008

    5,996 Views | 01:49 | 1 Comment

  • Halo: Reach Player Customization First Look

    Posted: March 25, 2010

    91,380 Views | 07:33