A Look at Mario Bros. on the Atari 2600

One thing that always bugged me as a kid was how great some ads made games look. Check out this advertisement for Mario Bros. for the Atari 2600.

Mario Bros for Atari 2600

For reference, here is what Mario Bros. looked like in the arcade:


Here is a screenshot of the Atari 2600 version:


Despite any graphical deficiencies, the Atari 2600 version of the game was still fun — although, to be honest, I always preferred the Commodore 64 version myself.


If you missed it, check out our own Doug’s post from last week covering the Mario Bros. commercial as well.

“Mario, where arrrrrrre youoooooou!”

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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5 thoughts on “A Look at Mario Bros. on the Atari 2600

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    I keep looking but can’t see the difference.
    Let me wipe my VCS-Love goggles.

    Still looks great.

  2. I think its very interesting how there was such a dramatic difference in the C64 and the Atari 2600. I love how the ad looks like its so much more compelling of a game and so much more than just jumping and ‘powing’. 30 years later, we have handheld 3D systems. Unreal!

  3. Randy Waage says:

    The C64 version was very cool! Atari 2600 had some good games, but many of the arcade ports were bad. Another horrible one is Donkey Kong. Ugh. Will say they hit it out of the park with the Atari 2600 Ms. Pacman and Pacman Jr. :)

    Being able to bring take with me most/if not all the C64 games on my Android phone makes me way happy. Now if only they made a really cool mini bluetooth joystick you could have dangling from the phone to take everywhere with you too.

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