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The 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. 2 NES A hard to reach vine, but there's a possibility of a shortcut or warp
Super Mario Bros. 2 NES This new coin room is hazardous
Super Mario Bros. 2 NES Flying bloober
Super Mario Bros. 2 NES A series of very tough jumps. You need to fully understand and feel the game's physics to complete these jumps

Promo Images

Super Mario Bros. 2 Screenshot
Super Mario Bros. 2 Screenshot
Super Mario Bros. 2 Screenshot
Super Mario Bros. 2 Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels" -- Nintendo's Store title
  • "スーパーマリオブラザーズ2" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The real sequel to Super Mario denied to American audiences NES Katakis | カタキス (42137)

Critic Reviews

NES Archives NES Jun 18, 2008 A 100
Oldies Rising NES Jan 04, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Joystick (German) NES Apr, 1989 9 out of 10 90 NES Jan 06, 2012 17 out of 20 85
UOL Jogos Game Boy Advance Jun 11, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamezGeneration Nintendo 3DS Jan 31, 2013 8 out of 10 80
FNintendo Nintendo 3DS Jan 10, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Mag'64 Nintendo 3DS Apr 20, 2012 7 out of 10 70
FNintendo Wii U Jun 06, 2013 6 out of 10 60
WiiDSFrance Wii U Feb 06, 2014 4 out of 10 40


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1001 Video Games

The 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 history

Because 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 version

The 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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