Bonus Images for Vintage Games Book: Chapter 19 - Super Mario Bros. (1985)

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Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time (2009), by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton, through Focal Press. Vintage Games, available from retailers worldwide, is a full color, illustrated book, that explores the most influential videogames of all time, including Super Mario Bros., Grand Theft Auto III, Doom, The Sims, and many more.

Bonus images not found in Vintage Games for Chapter 19 – Super Mario Bros. (1985): How High Can Jumpman Get?:

Screenshot from Universal's Space Panic arcade game, one of the first platformers and inspiration for Doug Smith's 1983 classic, Lode Runner.

Super Mario Bros. was a wise choice to bundle with the NES, as it clearly demonstrated the platform’s superior smooth scrolling capabilities.

Screenshot from Braid, which takes clear inspiration from the Mario series of games to tell its artistic tale.

Jordan Mechner's classic Prince of Persia platformer combines running and jumping with sword-based combat and exploration in a race against the clock. Known for its impressive animation, the series has had countless 2D and 3D implementations and remains popular today. The original 1989 Apple II version from Broderbund shown.

Metroid is another popular Nintendo series that combines nonlinear exploration with platforming and action elements. Screenshot from the original NES version shown (Japan, 1986; North America, 1987; Europe 1988).

The Neo Geo CD version of Raster Software's Frog Feast, a modern day, multi-platform homebrew game inspired by Mattel's 1982 Frog Bog and Frogs and Flies. Mattel's games were themselves inspired by 1978's Frogs arcade game from UPL. While Frogs is often called one of the first platform games, it is more correctly one of the first games with jumping for a play mechanic.


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