Basic Idea: Defeat Bowser and find the princess in another castle if you can manage to pluck yourself away the minus worlds.
Review: The game that put Nintendo on the map, this is one of the most distinct launch titles ever behind Tetris (Gameboy) and Wii Sports. I remember this being the first NES game I played as well, and I promptly got killed by the first goomba. At first I felt the game was too hard, but I quickly got over it and soon enough mastered the game, including accessing said minus worlds and getting crazy amounts of extra lives jumping on koopas.
I’ll still play it on occasion, but it only holds my attention for so long. I dislike the fact that getting hit as Fire Mario turns you into small Mario. I dislike the swimming levels. And I dislike how samey Bowser is in each castle. It is fun to kill him with fireballs and see what enemy he turns into.
Anyway, a solid game that hasn’t aged terribly well but made so cleanly that it can still be picked up and played today.