Mario Bros. VB (lost build of cancelled Virtual Boy remake of "Mario Bros." arcade game; 1994)

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Screenshot of the game's title screen.

Status: Lost

Mario Bros. VB is a cancelled remake of the 1983 arcade platformer Mario Bros. intended to launch alongside the Virtual Boy[1] in August 1995. The game was first unveiled at Shoshikai Software Exhibition 1994 alongside the Virtual Boy itself, Space Pinball (then known as Pinball VB), and Teleroboxer.[1][2] Screenshots from the game would appear in various magazines until July 1995. Its last appearance was in issue 13 of EGM², where the game was mistakenly referred to as the actually released game Mario Clash,[3] which is likely what Mario Bros. VB evolved into.


Man playing the Mario Bros. VB demo at the associated kiosk.

Being a remake of the Mario Bros., its gameplay would have been practically the same. You would have platformed around a simple stage as either Mario or possibly Luigi to defeat all enemies and progress to the next level. The remakes stand out additions would have been all-new sprites as well as three-dimensional backgrounds and effects.[4] Players may have even been able to play through the game with co-op by using the Virtual Boy's unreleased GameLink Cable.[2]


During its first and only trade show appearance at Shoshikai 1994, a demo of the Mario Bros. VB could be played by attendees.[2] A ROM has neither resurfaced or been leaked to the internet since and it is unknown if Nintendo still has a copy.




A 3 minute Virtual Boy report by Brut Press. Audio from Mario Bros. VB can be heard from 0:12 to 0:22.

An episode from a Japanese TV show called Game Catalog II covering Shoshinkai 1994. Gameplay footage of Mario Bros. VB can be seen from 15:40 to 16:01.

The British TV show Movies Games and Videos' report on Shoshinkai 1994. Mario Bros. VB gameplay can be seen from 0:33 to 0:39.

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