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Cette version hardcore de Super Mario Bros. saura séduire les joueurs amateurs de sensations fortes ainsi que les curieux désirant découvrir cet épisode qui n'avait pas eu la chance de sortir sur notre territoire à l'époque. Il s'agit là d'un excellent complément à son aîné sorti un an plus tôt, qui n'était pourtant pas réputé pour son extrême facilité. Super Mario Bros. : The Lost Levels rebutera cependant le joueur lambda par sa trop grande difficulté et sera de ce fait réservé à un public d'initiés !
For the Mario purist, this version is vastly preferable to the SNES do-over and it's technically a much better game than the western Mario 2. Retro collectors will appreciate having such a historically important game in its original form, but for casual players I'm not entirely sure it's worth the extra points for a game that can often feel more like a remix than a true sequel.
But is it worth shelling out the money again for what is essentially version 2 of Super Mario Bros.? If you're a fan, yes. The completely different levels, slightly changed visuals and Luigi mode make the game feel like a little more than "just an update". If you're not a big Mario fan, though, I would suggest sticking with the original (Unless you like extremely hard games).
While it's not the first time Super Mario Bros. 2 has been brought to an American audience, it is the first time we've been able to experience the game with all of the original graphics and the super hard difficulty intact. Howard Lincoln may have been right to an extent, but any Mario fan will be thrilled to finally get their hands on this game and at 600 Wii Points, it's a steal (even if that is a slight premium over standard NES games). Now all we have to do is convince Reggie Fils-Aime that Mother 3 (Earthbound 2) for the GBA deserves an American release. I just hope it doesn't take 21 years.
Purists will be happy to discover that the Virtual Console rendition of Super Mario Bros. 2 is identical to the original Famicom Disk System version. It features the original 8-bit graphics and audio, instead of the snazzier 16-bit upgrades found in Super Mario All-Stars for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. This version also includes the original title screen, and does away with the added checkpoints and 1-Ups that Nintendo made more plentiful in the versions included with Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe. Checkpoints and 1-Ups are sparse, and when you continue, you do so from the beginning of the world, as opposed to the level you last died in. At 600 Wii points, the original, unedited rendition of Super Mario Bros. 2 is a decent buy, provided that you're the sort of masochist who wants to play Super Mario Bros. with the difficulty cranked to the breaking point.