Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 2 (known as Super Mario USA in Japan) is a platform game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988. After Nintendo deemed the original Super Mario Bros. 2 too difficult and too similar to the first game for western audiences, they received this game instead, which is a re-skin of a game called Yume Kojo Doki Doki Panic that was released only on the Family Computer Disk System.
The game would later get remade twice, once as part of the compilation game Super Mario All-Stars for the Super Nintendo, and again as Super Mario Advance for the Game Boy Advance, which also served as one of the handheld's launch titles.
One night Mario had a dream where a giant, tyrannical frog called Wart had taken over a world known as Subcon. The next day, Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess Peach go on a picnic together and discover a cave that leads to Subcon, the very same place that Mario went to during his dream. After discovering that Subcon was taken over by Wart, just like in his dream, Mario, along with Luigi, Toad, and Princess Peach set out to defeat him and and free Subcon from his rule.
Why It Rocks
- The gameplay is very different compared to other Mario games, which makes it stand out from them.
- When you jump on an enemy, you'll stand on top of them and ride them instead of simply defeating them.
- You can also pick up not only vegetables from the ground, but also the enemies themselves, which you can use to throw at other enemies to defeat them.
- The fact that the plot involves going up against Wart and his army instead of Bowser and his army also makes the game stand out from most other Mario games.
- The graphics are very good for 1988 standards, with the visuals looking much more livelier than the first game and the player and enemy sprites having more detail.
- Starting from this game, the worlds are much more easily distinguishable due to the different environments such as grassy plains, deserts, or the sky instead of brick paths like the previous game.
- This was the first Mario game where you can play as Toad and Peach. In addition, this is the first Mario game where Luigi isn't a mere palette swap of Mario.
- A bunch of iconic enemies in the Mario franchise are introduced here, such as Pokeys, Bob-Ombs, and Shy Guys.
- Birdo also makes her debut in this game as a recurring boss.
- The boss fights are great, and unlike the previous Mario games, the bosses and the fights are different from each other.
- Levels are less linear, and have lots of hidden areas to explore.
- The screen now scrolls backwards, allowing for backtracking.
- There is no time limit, so players can take all the time they want during levels.
- All of the characters have unique controls:
- Mario is the balanced character.
- Luigi is able to jump high, and his scuttling makes him fall slower.
- Toad picks up objects faster and runs the fastest.
- Peach is able to float for around a second.
- There are potions hidden throughout the levels that allow players to collect coins, gain extra health for the remainder of the level, and skip worlds.
- At the end of each level, players can play a slot machine minigame to earn extra lives (provided they have coins).
- Although not as good as other Mario games, the soundtrack is good.
- This is the first Mario game to have a fully animated cutscene.
- Unlike the other Super Mario Bros. on the NES, this one actually has continues, meaning that players don't have to start from the beginning whenever they get a run out of lives.
- The game itself is not an original Mario game, since it is a re-skin of Doki Doki Panic.
- Less levels than in the other NES Mario games, with only twenty.
- There are some annoying enemies that can result in some cheap deaths.
- Phantos are very annoying to avoid as they constantly follow you in an erratic pattern while you have a key.
- Flurries are also annoying as they move very fast and since most of World 4 is slippery, players have very little time to react to them approaching.
- The ending is pretty bad and cliched, as the whole adventure was revealed to be just a dream Mario was having.
- Also considering the world he and his friends were in fighting various enemies like mask henchmen, frog kings and dinosaurs spitting eggs, that is considered a nightmare. Not a dream.
- Birdo and Ostro's names are switched in both the manual and ending credits.
- Some enemies on the other hand in the end credits including Clawgrip and Hoopster's names are misspelled as "Clawglip" and "Hoopstar". However, in Clawgrip's case, the misspelling is due to the fact that the Japanese "R" sound is more equivalent to the "L" sound in other languages.
Super Mario Bros. 2 was met with positive reception, with many praising its uniqueness to other Mario games. It is often considered to be one of the best games on the NES. On GameRankings, the game has a ranking of 81.25%. On GameFAQs, the game has a user rating of 3.81/5.
The game sold around 7.46 million copies, making it the fourth best-selling NES game.
- James Rolfe, best known for his Angry Video Game Nerd persona, considers Wart to be the worst video game villain ever.
- As part of a running gag, YouTuber videogamedunkey considers Super Mario Bros. 2 to be the best game ever made (along with Knack and Knack II), and always lists it as number 1 in his best of lists.