Have you ever been playing a game in a series and it just didn’t feel right? Like maybe it just doesn’t belong in the series? If you felt that while playing Super Mario Brothers 2, you were right. Nintendo of Japan had developed a Super Mario Brothers 2, but audiences in Japan found it too difficult. These levels were later released as the “Lost Levels” and can be found in several places, such as Super Mario All-Stars on the SNES.
Instead of starting from scratch, Nintendo re-purposed a game called Doki Doki Panic and released it as Super Mario Brothers 2. This is a really odd game and as a result, doesn’t really feel much like a Mario game. But we all still love it. Some of the odder parts are the fact that you can pull items out of the ground and throw it at mobs, secret potions that sometimes create doors, weird monsters, Birdo and the slots between levels.
Birdo was especially weird. That is the name of the monster in the picture above. Even though it wears a bow on its head, it is a male. He throws eggs at you from his mouth and you need to land on them mid-air, pull them over your head and throw them back at him. After you do this a few times, you can enter the big eagle’s mouth on the side of the wall. Yeah, I told you this got weird. Here is a picture of the slots between levels, which was also strange:
However, you could play as more than just Mario or Luigi. You could also play as Toad or Princess Peach. They all had their strengths – Peach could hover for a while, Toad was really strong, Mario was good all-around and Luigi…well, Luigi was funny to play? He always seems to get the shaft in these games.
I still like this game to this day. I don’t think I ever played it all the way through, though. I’ll have to do that soon. This game is available in Nintendo’s Virtual Console store, so it’s easy to go play!