I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but Aaron is a huge Retro Video Game nerd, he loves old consoles that other people would term as obsolete, 8 Bit Games, hand held, vintage consoles and arcade games and machines...
One series of games he's always had a love of is the Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. series of games by Nintendo, so when I discovered the Super Mario Bros. Board Game by Waddingtons, I just couldn't resist getting it for him!
The game is for 2 to 4 players, aged 7 to adult, and like it's video game counterparts, the aim of the game is to find the Princess...
Apart from the four playing counters, (two Luigi & two Mario), the box contains: 4 Princess Tokens (only 1 of which contains The Princess, the rest bear the words "The Princess is not here"), 12 Life Tokens and 40 Bricks...
The box states The object of the game: "To be the first player to find the Princess who is hidden in one of the Castles. Or if all other players have lost all their lives, to be the last remaining player in the game."
Each player chooses to play as either a Mario or Luigi, and is given 3 "Life Tokens" at the start of the game, there are also "Extra Lives" and "Gold Coins" to collect, which can be traded for additional lives throughout the game, this can be very useful if you happen to "Lose a Life" at any point.
Each of the Castle Spaces in the centre of the board contain a Princess counter which is placed face down in a on the board. If you turn this counter over and it is the Princess, then you have won the game, if not, then you must return that counter to the Princess Counters, shuffle them and replace it with another, face down, and then return your playing piece back to the start of the game.
Along the way you may also have to "Shuffle the Princesses", land on a square under a column of bricks, remove a brick, turn over a brick, roll again, lose a life, miss a turn, be sent back to the start, end up in an empty column (one that has no bricks) and be forced to take a detour, or "Zap" 1, 2 or 3 Bricks from the board.