Alternate Title: N/A
Model: # CX2697
Programmer: Dan Hitchens
This port of the arcade classic
does a great job capturing the
spirit of the original.
Here is your chance to control Mario and his brother Luigi before they were famous! Before they became plumbers, the brothers were carpenters who were trapped in a house with busted water pipes. Instead of water the only thing coming out of them were creatures with one goal in mind, eliminating you.
Mario begins at the bottom of a four-level screen, and before long an assortment of enemies will slowly begin emerging from the pipes at the top. In order to defeat the threat, Mario must get to the level beneath them and hit the ceiling with such force that it causes the floor above to knock the creature over. When they are on their backs Mario must run and kick them offscreen, which triggers the release of a “bonus wafer”. Why anybody would want a wafer that came from the sewer is beyond me, but points are points.
The pests begin easy with turtles called Shellcreepers, but quickly ramp up in difficulty with the Sidesteppers. These crab creatures require two hits to flip over, which is a lot more difficult in this version than the original arcade game. In the arcade when you hit an enemy they fly backwards, which in the case of the crabs gives you a chance to land two hits without moving from your position. In the 2600 version they simply fly upwards, forcing you to move over to hit them twice. This also makes dealing with the final enemy much more difficult since he moves at twice the speed of the regular enemies.
Pests aren’t the only thing posing a threat to your wellbeing, as there is a constant fireball patrolling the levels. It appears randomly on the edge of the screen before rapidly moving across, giving you little time to react. If you should miss an enemy as a result of dodging and begin to get overwhelmed, never fear because there is a POW button near the bottom. One hit of this and everything that is currently touching the ground will flip.
This is an admirable port of the arcade game and is worth checking out if you have your heart set on playing it on the 2600.