Super Mario Bros. 2

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Genres: Arcade Classics, Platformer
Platforms: GBA, NESNES
Editor Rating: 8.9/10, based on 4 reviews, 5 reviews are shown
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Super Mario Bros 2 is a classic 2D side-scrolling platformer game and is often considered one of the weirder games in the Super Mario Bros franchise. Although Super Mario Bros 2 offers players a similar experience as the first, namely frantic platforming action in inventive and colorful worlds, the game feels remarkably different from its predecessor. There's a good reason for this, as Super Mario Bros 2 is actually an updated version of the Japanese platformer game, Doki Doki Panic. Worried that Western audiences would find the true sequel to Super Mario Bros too difficult, the developers opted to create a completely different experience. The result is an interesting fusion of classic Mario platforming and vibrant worlds, with extra playable characters besides Mario and Luigi. While it might not be the “real” sequel to Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2 is tons of retro fun.

Main Game Features

  • 20 challenging levels
  • Four playable characters
  • Power-ups with special abilities


Similar in style to the original Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2 contains very light plot elements, prioritizing gameplay over the narrative. That said, the story of Super Mario Bros 2 is notably different from the traditional Mario tale. Instead of rescuing a kidnapped princess from the evil Bowser, Mario and his friends must save a mysterious world from a giant frog named Wart. Although Mario initially experiences this in a dream, he soon wakes up and finds out that Luigi, Peach, and Toad have all had the same dream. The group soon finds themselves face to face with the perils from their dreams and must work together to defeat Wart and save the world.


Since Super Mario Bros 2 is a modified version of Doki Doki Panic, the game contains many new and surprising game mechanics. The most obvious change is the ability to choose from four playable characters: Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad. All four of the characters have the ability to run, jump, and pick up items, but each character also has a special power that the others do not possess. For example, Peach is able to hover in mid-air for a while, making her jumps safer. Alternatively, Luigi can jump the highest out of the four, reaching higher platforms with ease. Regardless of what character you choose, you'll have to make your way through twenty levels packed with enemies and pitfalls, ranging from dry deserts to dingy caves.

Another major difference between the original Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros 2 is the combat. Unlike the first game, you cannot defeat enemies by jumping on their heads. Instead, you must pick up various items from the ground and throw them at enemies. You can also pick up enemies themselves or ride on them, depending on how big the enemy is. This presents a few new ways to explore levels along with a refreshing take on the expected side-scrolling formula. Despite these key gameplay differences, Super Mario Bros 2 is still packed with challenging jumping sections, guaranteed to test your skills.


There's a lot to love about Super Mario Bros 2, from its unique settings and enemies to the various gameplay changes. Although later Super Mario Bros games started to feel repetitive and formulaic, Super Mario Bros 2 stands up to the test of time and remains fun to this day. The inclusion of four playable characters adds tons of replayability, not to mention the variety of secrets and shortcuts to find. The only major disappointment is the lack of multiplayer, as Super Mario Bros 2 is a single-player only adventure.


However, if you're a fan of classic 8-bit platforming and don't mind a bit of weirdness from time to time, Super Mario Bros 2 is definitely worth checking out.


  • Fun to experiment with different characters
  • Unique level design and art
  • Cool new gameplay mechanics


  • Slower-paced than the first game
  • Some frustrating level and bosses

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

Game Reviews

  • Manufacturer: Nintendo
  • Machine: NES

John Simms of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, has informed us of a warp to get straight from World 1-3 to 4-1. Pick up the potion, at the location in the picture above, and carry it to the next vase. If you throw the potion to create a door, go into subspace and enter the vase there, you'll be transported magically to World 4-1. Nice hint, John.

Save Mario Land from the evil Wario in this enchanting and portable sequel to the original hit.

Make your way through 27 levels with the help of Mario and his new-found ability to fly. Witches, sharks, ghosts and other assorted creatures are lurking throughout the land and will try to stop our plumber friend. Conquer the weird and wacky zones to save the townspeople who are under Wario's wicked spell.

People say:


Absolutely the best Gameboy action game I've ever played. This game has maps, cool round separation, a variety of round to round objectives and just the right amount of action. The end product is a graphic, sound and play tour-de-force that shows the Mario motif has yet to lose its style! Most cool indeed!


If there ever was a GB game that was a 10 this is the one. Almost anyway. Nintendo has literally created a new Super NES version and shrunk it into the GB. Game play, options, levels, secret rooms and mazes have all been perfectly designed and executed. Come on Nintendo, how about the same game for the NES!


This GB cart is so good that even the biggest skeptic will enjoy it even in black and white. Perfect game play that is loaded with all kinds of items and secrets. The graphics are extremely detailed and very good for a small screen. The music is also very good. Battery back up and over 25 levels of action. Don't miss Mario 2.


Super Mario Land 2 is just about my favorite GameBoy title to date. The large adventure, and huge characters help reduce the horrible blurring of the screen somewhat. The sounds are pure Nintendo, and upstage the latest NES titles! I'll have to give the Big N a 'job well done' salute for this one. Color would be nice...

Super Mario with a twist! Set in a dream world, Mario and his friends must undo the evil spell of Wart while throwing lots of veggies!

There's no way that someone could own a Nintendo and not be familiar with the exploits of Mario and his associates. So far, two cartridges have been devoted to Mario's travels, and both of them contain enough activity and adventuring to keep the most avid gamer busy for quite a spell. My family still plugs in Super Mario Bros, more than any other game.

Not one to remain out of the public's eye for too long, Mario has gathered all of his friends-- and a large number of his opponents--for a new trek called Super Mario Bros. 2. Though many of the characters and control aspects are the same, the game concept is fresh. Don't think that because you got all the way through the original Super Mario Bros, game, you'll be able to breeze to the end of this one! The game opens at the entrance to the mystical land of Subcon and its 7 worlds, which are comprised of 20 different areas. At the beginning of each area, you can pick which of the four characters--Mario, Luigi, Toad and Princess Toadstool--to use. There are subtle differences in jumping and running abilities between the characters, which may have an effect on how well you do in specific areas, so the choice should be made carefully. As you learn about each area, you'll also learn which player will be best suited for the terrain.

Strewn about Subcon are many objects that you may find beneficial. Everywhere you go, there are tufts of grass sticking out of the ground. When you grab the grass and pull, you'll generally find "weapons" in the form of vegetables that can be thrown at an oncoming meanie. Sometimes you'll find time bombs, helpful for blasting creatures or--better yet--for breaking a section of wall that stands between you and further adventure. There are also other treasures you'll find, such as keys (to open locked doors), 1 UPs (for free lives), POW blocks (to wipe everything off the screen) and potion bottles (which take you to a sub-space zone for coin and mushroom bonuses).

To make the game more interesting, you can turn an enemy's movements against itself, similar to jumping on a turtle's back in Super Mario Bros. You can stand on the backs of most creatures in Mario 2, pick them up off the ground and chuck them at other beasties as a weapon. This is a nice twist, and demonstrates that Nintendo strives for uniqueness.

At the end of each area, there is a "boss" that is tough to eliminate. For example, Birdo shoots eggs at you, and you have to jump precisely in order to land on the egg, take it into your arms and hit Birdo with it. There is also a boss at the end of each world, and at the game's conclusion, the main meany named Wart must be defeated.

Above all, the challenge is Mario 2's primary attraction: there are some hard levels in this game. Unlike Mario 2's predecessor, you can travel back from where you just came. Unfortunately, when you backtrack, the attackers you already dispatched will return to their original locations. The pressure is constant. Movie sequels aren't usually as successful as the originals, and often end up embarrassing. The continuing escapades of Mario and his pals prove that sequels don't always fail. Nintendo has another hit on their hands.

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