Super Mario Bros.
This is (kind of) where it all started. Thinking about it, nothing much has actually changed in the last 25 or so years where Mario platformers are concerned. Ultimately you run from point A to point B jumping, powering up and killing enemies in an attempt to kill the boss at the end of each world (made up of four levels) and rescue the kidnapped princess.
The story is simple yet it’s an objective that provides you with a purpose and so if and when you die (it’s pretty inevitable) you are compelled to pick it up again and push on. The characters have limited personality, but they are recognisable and fun to control, avoid or jump on.
One of the best aspects of Super Mario Bros. is the gameplay mechanics. You actually gain momentum when you run and jump. Plus you can control Mario when he is in mid air, which allows for accuracy when landing particularly tricky jumps. There is a mixture of overground and underground levels, lifts, swimming levels and castles, so a lot to do over the eight (plus…) worlds.
Voted as one of the best Nintendo games of all time, Super Mario Bros. is worth playing through just to see what all the fuss is (and was) about, plus it’s a real challenge. The best way to play? With a friend on one console. Find your Luigi and play together, like the old days. Or run for it. See how far you can get sprinting through the landscapes! Be a daredevil, it’s a lot of fun.