This release of Super Mario Bros. 2
is completely different from its original Japanese
counterpart, originating in the West and being in fact a version of Yume Kōjō: Dokidoki Panic
with a different storyline and protagonists swapped for Mario and his friends.
One night Mario has a strange dream, where he opens a door to another world filled with even stranger creatures and lands than those in his last adventure
against Bowser. Amazingly, the next day, Mario, Luigi, Toad, and the Princess stumble upon a cave, which leads to the world that was in Mario's dream.
Subcon, the land of dreams, is under an evil spell thanks to Wart, so Mario and the gang must save the day. New creatures to defeat and plenty of nasty surprises await.
Choose from the four characters, each differing in speed and jumping ability, and head on through 7 levels each filled with puzzles, bosses, bonus coins, the always helpful mushroom, and invincible star, plus bombs and magic potions.
After each level, depending on the coins you collect, you can use them in the bonus game to collect extra lives.
- "スーパーマリオUSA" -- Japanese spelling
- "Super Mario USA" -- Japanese re-release title
- "Super Mario Brothers 2" -- Alternate spelling
- "SMB 2" -- Informal title
- "Mario 2" -- Informal title
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Super Mario Bros. 2
replaced Doki Doki Panic'
s third Mouser boss with a rock-tossing giant crab called Clawgrip.
However, Clawgrip's name is spelled wrong in the SMB2
credits (it's spelled as "Clawglip"). Interestingly enough, this small flub was not fixed in Super Mario All-Stars
The picture used on the cover incorrectly has Mario's shirt as blue and his dungarees as red! This mistake is just on the cover art as Mario's in-game color scheme is the correct blue dungarees/red shirt.
Though not originally designed as a Mario game, the further Mario games used many elements from this game, mostly enemies. Shyguy, Bob-omb, and Pokey are notable examples.
Mario and Luigi
By inheriting attributes from the Doki Doki Panic
characters they replaced, the appearance of Mario and Luigi are differentiated by more than a palette swap for the first time in this game. Though they were again palette swaps in some later games, Super Mario Bros. 2
set the precedent for Mario to be the shorter brother and for Luigi to be lanky.
The Japanese Super Mario Brothers 2
was an updated version of the original title
, complete with harder levels and new enemies. The US SMB2
was a conversion of the Nintendo title, Dream Factory: Doki Doki Panic
, simply replacing the characters in that game with character from the Mario universe.
Nintendo later released the Japanese SMB2
in the US (titled Super Mario Bros. : The Lost Levels
) as part of the compilation title, Super Mario All-Stars
, on the Super Nintendo (SNES).
Japan gamers would also receive the US version of Super Mario Bros. 2
, released as Super Mario USA
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