In the Super Mario Bros. game, players must control the character Mario, the protagonist of this series, or his younger brother Luigi. Players travel the Mushroom Kingdom with the aim of rescuing the Princess Toadstool from Bowser. Mario or Luigi needs to travel the worlds avoiding pits and fighting enemies, and they can do it with the aid of power-ups, like a Super Mushroom, Fire Flower and Starman.
In the game world there are special coins and bricks for Mario to collect, which can give more lives, have the Super Mushroom or special items. The player loses life when his character falls in a bottomless pit, takes damage while he is small, or the level runs out. When the player runs out of life, the game is over.
Super Mario Bros. has sold over 48 million units, making it one of the best-selling electronic games in the world and this game helped popularize the side-scrolling platform game genre. Because of such success, a multimedia franchise has been developed, which includes a feature film, a game series, and an animated television series.