Super Mario Bros.

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This game received 113 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.103 /10


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This game ranks #247 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.718

Artwork: 7.529

Sounds/Music: 6.877

Other Aspects: 7.259

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2 days ago
I'm sure the ratings on this game might be higher than intended but I love the Theme and it's integrated pretty darn well into a pinball machine. This is an almost perfect pinball machine for a beginning pinball player and kids will go crazy for it. This is one machine I enjoyed playing so much in the 90's when it came out I had to buy one when I saw it for sale as an adult. I did sell it recently just because as a pinball player gaining more experience it does become slightly too repetitive but when you do outgrow this machine as a pinball player you will truly remember it and always appreciate it. It's not as deep as the Williams pins of the 90's or modern day Sterns but looking back for the time it was really well done. You do get a sense of achievement when you complete all 7 castles and there is a nice little mini-game on within the game that you play on the DMD which is a little side-scrolling run and jump game. The artwork on the cabinet & backglass is very colorful and it represents Super Mario very well. Some critics might sigh the shortfalls the game has but for what it offers it's an enjoyable pinball playing experience.
7 days ago
I brought one of these back from the dead and boy did it feel like a waste of time. I love the theme of SMB, having grown up right in that sweet spot of Nintendo during my formative years; unfortunately, the gameplay on this machine lacks. The extremely long ramp slows the game down, giant holes gobble up the ball willy nilly and score a random number of points.

Maybe if I had kids I would put this in my gameroom, but I couldn't get rid of it fast enough.
5 months ago
Great theme, but this has to be the worst game for a home collection unless you love Mario. Playing it 1 time is enough. The random Mario callouts are on my list for the most annoying callouts in all of pinball.
6 months ago
I played this game while in Vegas. Cool looking theme and machine. Game gets repetitive a little fast. Would be great in a large collection. It’s me..... Mario!!!
6 months ago
This game is way too easy. Without much effort i can have a 30 minute 5-6 ball game and replayability is low.
7 months ago
I really enjoy playing this game, and I love defeating all of the castles.
8 months ago
I am a huge super Mario fan. Huge. This game, however, is very disappointing. It it just FAR too easy. No depth or challenging shots. It has no longevity whatsoever.

This is easily in my top 3 pins that have an amazing theme to poor gameplay ratio.
1 year ago
Nothing bad but also nothing that really stood out for me. I sold it because it's not a very funny pinball
1 year ago
Super Mario Bro’s is an iconic name and you expect an iconic pinball as well. I guess, for me, the downfall to this game is the sound and music. There’s a certain thematic element that comes with Mario, and while this game has good sound quality, it lacks that Mario music that we all know and love.

Play is actually very solid; lots of fast shots and a good number of differentiations. I love Mario (who doesn’t!) and I would still love this machine for my collection, of nothing else for the nostalgia factor.
1 year ago
Super Mario Bros. - AWESOME theme! This title as you would guess, includes a lot music/sounds from Mario (Super Mario World to be exact). The sound and music quality is really good, and super nostalgic.

Game play is fairly simple. To fit with the Mario theme, the main goal is to destroy all 7 castles. You basically do this by lighting SUPER, and hitting the castle. Spelling SUPER is easy - Hit the left ramp, use the upper flipper to hit that ramp and get a letter. Hit one of the two (giant) scoops on the sides for the "R". Then hit the castle by shooting between the pop bumpers.

There are other modes that incorporate some different shots for points, of course. There is also a video mode which is pretty cool where you use the flipper buttons to run or jump - basically playing a Mario game.

Overall, this is a really fun game. The "Hit the ramp over and over and then the castle" can and will get boring probably - but again, there are some other modes to mix it up. This is a great game for location, kids, Mario fans, and casual/new pinball players in general.
1 year ago
A good machine for a beginner, with simple and nice rules. Score is balanced, unlike any other GOttlieb DMD's. Nice artwork and theming. The biggest cons of this game is that becomes too easy for an experienced player
1 year ago
One of the first games i ever owned. it's a pretty unbeatable theme. good earner on site. not a good comp game & not good for an experienced player - pretty poor rules. overall a pretty fun game and will be sure to hook new players on pinball!
1 year ago
All my reviews are going to follow a simple formula for those reading.
Number of shots to make - Pro's - Con's - Must Have Mods - What To Look For When Buying

Number of shots - 6 - average

* Video Mode is fun and fits the theme well
* Love that the call outs are a bit offbeat before Nintendo controlled it too much
* The "Super" feature where the target pops up between the flippers is good
* Jackpot shot is a fun shot between the pops

* The scoops are so big you can drive a truck through them
* It can get boring hitting the left ramp over and over
* It does tend to lean towards more being a childrens game than seasoned players

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* Cliffy protector set
* Tunnel replacement mod

What To Look For When Buying
* Wear on the parts not covered in mylar is common in particular above the pops and around & below the flippers
* Green ramp isn't broken
* Pop bumper covers aren't broken as they are hard to find
* Tunnel isn't missing or has significant paint loss
1 year ago
Excellent pin for young kids and will also keep the attention of older kids/adults too. Fun game to play!
1 year ago
As a huge fan of the Mario franchise, I wanted to give this game a fair amount of time before committing to writing a review.

Pros: A surprisingly good balance of shots in the game. Gottliebs are notorious for being horrifically unbalanced, but this game set in tournament mode is actually not a bad game. The left ramp is definitely the dominant shot, however, the game does a really good job incentivising the player to make the different shots to light multiball and play through the various modes.

Music is good, and there's a really nice level of attention to detail. Each island on the backglass lights up as you complete each "world" and destroy each castle. Nice touch. Each player also gets their own background animation on the DMD--another nice detail considering this was Gottlieb's first use of the DMD on a pinball machine. Luigi's got a spooky cave, complete with a ghost, which had to be a lucky guess, since Luigi's Mansion wouldn't come out for at least a decade longer.


The game lacks fundamental strategy that most B/W games had at the time. Really, it boils down to start the mode, play the mode, move on. You can stack some modes with each other or with being "super," but it's not really a strategic opportunity.

The speech is grating. It's cool that this was Charles Martinet's first public portrayal of Mario, but the speech is repetitive and difficult to understand at times.

Stopping to watch the roulette wheel spin is fun exactly one time. After that, it just bogs down the game with unnecessary stop and go.

Bottom line:

This game is a ton of pure fun. Fighting your way through the castles really is a good time. It never takes itself seriously, it's absolutely loaded with a ton of features, with a ton of things to shoot for, and has a great theme. Maybe not the best choice in a small collection, but if you're a Nintendo fan, or want to have something that really stands out, this game is a great choice.
2 years ago
Owned it for a while now. Definitely did a good job with the theme, the voices and it’s guns to play. Some easy shots but our favorite Gottlieb by far
2 years ago
Stangely enough, a lot of people love this game, always more WTB than FS, but its rating is far for being representative...
Maybe because it's Gotlieb, maybe because it's Kawai or maybe because of the crappy scoring rules.
For me, the only week point with this pin is the music. Not bad, but you reall want to ear the classic Mario's scores, and you won't.
Theme is great, playfield and side art are great. It's hard to find one with a neat playfield because the SMB were played to death, and still are by the way. I'm not a big fan of the backbox, it looks like a chinese bootleg of a Mario's cartridge game, but it's far from being "Stern ugly". If you're fine with the kawai Nintendo style, it's certainly one of the most beautiful themed machine ever.
Now the scoring: it sucks, this pin should never been used in competition. Because SMB is not about scoring, it's about obtaining replays. And choosing the best strategy to obtain a replay: score, or completing all the modes or destroying the 7th castle. Score and castle depend of previous players.
The gameplay should seem simple today, and the playfield lakes toys, but remember it was the 1st true Gotlieb dmd, and as this time it came out, we were all amazed how crazy was this pin compared to anything else existing before it.
As a conclusion: I love it, everybody loves it, it's completly underestimated, grab one before the Nintendo factor makes it a crazy collector priced item!
2 years ago
I played this pin last weekend at my friend's house and I wasn't disappointed. First, the theme is spot on. I grew up with all the Mario's game on almost every Nintendo console so this is just a normal translation from video games to pinball. Music comes from the games which is great. The shots are not to tough and not to easy either. I would play this one over and over again, I found it very fun to play­. The only negative point i could say is that almost every closing shot(finish a castle, add an extra ball, etc.), you have to shot the castle, a little diversity could have been great. Other than that, everything is fine.
3 years ago
Super Mario is like a dream theme for me as a huge nintendo fan but sadly this game is not too great. I'm personally not a fan of gottliebs of this era and so already its down for me. The rules are pretty simple with a few basic modes started by collecting the green shells. The multiball is easy to get, but the jackpot shot through the pops and into the castle is actually quite tough and fun to go for.
3 years ago
Simple & Fun nice break from some of the newer more complex pins
3 years ago
Not bad, especially if you love Nintendo. This machine came out before Mario's personality was on total lock-down, so he says funny things like, "Holy macaroni!" I spent a lot of time just waiting for the ball to return to play, but aside from that, it's pretty fun. If you dig on Mario it's a must play. I can see how it would get really repetitive though.
4 years ago
I remember playing this game 20+ years ago and played it a lot at a Pizza Hut..the game was very solid and fairly easy to understand. Everything tied in very much fun..
4 years ago
Much better than I expexted, fun game and I love the theme.
4 years ago
This game gets a really bad knock for being too simple. I think if you really give it a chance it is a rather fun and challenging game.

Theme is amazing, sounds are awesome, total nostalgia king.

If you love Mario games you will love this!
4 years ago
A very simple game really, but I keep coming back to it. Sometimes I don't want layers upon layers of modes. I want quick simple action and Super Mario Bros delivers every time. Easy to get into, fun theme and excellent sound effects and music. They toys and gimmick are on the downside but that's ok, it means the game will work, like all the other gottlieb machines, every time. Mine has some of the usual wear around holes and pop bumpers but otherwise in good condition. A machine that should be held higher in regards than it is.
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