DescriptionThe Princess has been kidnapped by King Koopa (again) and it's up to Mario and Luigi to save her (again). Not to be confused with the western Super Mario Bros. 2, this sequel to Super Mario Bros. is very much an expansion to the original, with many reused graphics and concepts, though new ones are also present.
Instead of offering a two-player mode as in the original, this game allows you to choose between a Mario mode and a Luigi mode, with each character handling differently. Mario has tighter ground control, while Luigi has greater jumping capabilities.
Power-ups remain the same: Super Mushrooms grow a brother from small to Super size, Fire Flowers give them the ability to throw fireballs at enemies, Starman makes a character temporarily invincible, and a 1-Up Mushroom will give one more life. New to this game is a power-down, a Poison Mushroom which will harm you as if it were an enemy.
The goal is still to survive from the left side of the level to the right, avoiding perils and bopping enemies along the way, progressing through a series of 8 worlds with 4 levels each. That is, unless a warp zone is found allowing areas to be skipped. There are new tricks that work for and against the player, though. Some piranha plants will come out of their pipe even if you're standing right next to them, and bloobers now appear outside of the water. Wind can be present to alter how jumps will behave. Some warp zones will actually take the player to an earlier level instead of to a later one.
- "Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels" -- US/European Wii title
- "スーパーマリオブラザーズ2" -- Japanese spelling
Part of the Following Groups
- Classic NES / Famicom Mini / NES Classics releases
- Game Center CX challenge games
- Mario games
- Super Mario series
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The Press Says
|NES Archives||Jun 18, 2008||A||100|
|1UP!||May 05, 2011||95 out of 100||95|
|Nintendo Land||2003||92 out of 100||92|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Jan 06, 2012||17 out of 20||85|
|Nintendo Life||Jan 31, 2014||80|
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1001 Video GamesThe NES version of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Release historyBecause the game is much harder than the original Super Mario Bros., Nintendo decided not to release this title in the US and Europe. Instead they changed the graphics of Yume Kōjō: Dokidoki Panic and released it as Super Mario Bros. 2 in the west.
Super Mario All-Stars versionThe NES version was originally only released in Japan. However, this game was released in the US as part of Super Mario All-Stars.
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- Video review & walkthrough of Super Mario Bros. 2 (Part 3) (Part 3 of YouTube reviewer Aqualung's review and walkthrough for Super Mario Bros. 2 on NES.)