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Super Mario Bros 2

Updated on March 29, 2013

Relive the 8 Bit Nintendo NES Classic Super Mario Bros 2!

One of the classic games in the 8 bit series of Mario games, Super Mario Bros. 2 ventured off into a whole new world, the dream land called Subcon. New to the game was the option to play as four different characters: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, or Toad. Each of the players had their own unique ability. Luigi could jump higher than everyone. Princess Peach could float. Toad could pick up things fast and run very fast with them, while Mario was well rounded. As you battle through 7 levels fighting egg spitting birds, bomb throwing mice, and an evil toad named Wart, you'll discover a whole new style of gameplay and an entirely new cast of enemy characters.

One thing about this game: Did you know it was based on a completely different game that had nothing to do with Super Mario Bros? That's why you'll see so many differences in this game vs. the previous titles, and why so many enemies from the first game are absent on this one. While it's vastly different from Super Mario Bros. (1985), this game holds its own special spot in Mario history and introduced some enemies and gameplay elements that would stick around for many games to come.

Characters of Super Mario 2

Who is in this NES classic game?

While there were still only 8 bits, you could see an improvement in the graphics over the first game as the designers learned to utilize the tiny pixels better than before. The playable characters in the game include Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad. The main villain of this game is Wart, an evil frog who is the ruler of the Sub

The start screen tells the story:

"When Mario opened a door after climbing a long stair in his dream, another world spread before him and he heard a voice call for help to be freed from a spell. After awakening, Mario went to a cave nearby and to his surprise he saw exactly what he saw in his dream."

Super Mario 2 NES Game Cartridge - Buy the classic Nintendo game here!

When Nintendo released the original hit game with the Nintendo in 1985, it was an instant smash with the public. The whole world of Koopa Paratroopas, Bullet Bills, King Koopa, and saving Princess Peach was enthralling. Remember, before this point, the biggest games going were Pong, Frogger, and Space Invaders -- hardly something that can hold your interest longer than an hour (maybe). For a game so good, they needed a follow up that was just as great and innovative. The second game in the series was released in 1988, and revealed an additional two players to the cast - Princess Peach and Toad. The gameplay was vastly different, with the ability to pick up objects and throw them being one of the biggest changes. The colors were also much more vibrant and bright compared to the first game. It is consistently rated amongst the top ten NES titles of all time, and sold ten million copies since its release.

Enemies of Super Mario Bros 2

The bad guys in the game

SMB2 has an entirely new cast of enemies to fight, with no returning enemies from the first game. Later games did include the enemies of SMB2, like Shy Guy, Bob-Omb, and Birdo. Most levels had mini boss, Birdo, that you had to defeat to proceed to the next level. The main bosses of the game, fought at the end of every world, are Mouser, Clawgrip, Fry Guy, and Tryclyde. Some of these bosses make more than one appearance, and most the bosses have not been featured in later Mario games.

Promotional artwork for Super Mario 2.

Promotional artwork for Super Mario 2.
Promotional artwork for Super Mario 2.

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Classic Super Mario Bros Games - Buy them, play them, master them!

The Mario series is sort of like an addiction that has no known cure. You might as well succumb and get another one of the great titles like these classics for the NES, Wii, and the Nintendo DS:

Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is the 2010 release in which Mario is on a 3D quest against Bowser to save the Lumas.

 
Super Mario 64 DS
Super Mario 64 DS

Another 3D quest, updated for the Nintendo DS to include Wario!

 
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Knock your opponents off the screen in this crossover battle game featuring Bowser, Mario, Link, Kirby, and other Nintendo classic characters!

 
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy

The original in the "Galaxy" series, this 3D platformer spawned the massively successful Mario Galaxy 2, but is an awesome title in its own right.

 
Super Mario Bros 2 artwork
Super Mario Bros 2 artwork

Super Mario Bros 2 Warp Zones

SMB2 Cheats to help you skip levels

Like all of the NES Mario titles, there are warp zones accessible through secret areas of the game. These warps will allow you to skip levels in the game, if you can find them. If you'd like a cheat sheet on where they are, read below:

Warp Zone 1-3

In world 1-3, go to the very end of the stage before the brick wall. There should be plants on the ground, one containing a potion. Carry the potion to the jar on the right, throw the potion, and go in the door. Once you go in the door that appears, go down the pipe. You've now warped to World 4.

Warp Zone 3-1

This is easy. At the beginning of the world, go into the door. This will lead to the waterfall area. Fall down the hole and stay in the middle. Take the secret entrance inside. Pull up the veggies on the ground, and carry the potion to the jar on the right. Throw the potion near the jar and open the door. Go down the jar to warp to world 5-1.

Warp Zone 4-2

In this world, you'll find a potion in one of the batches of vegetables on a ledge near the beginning. Hop over the whales, and carry the potion all the way to the right until you see the first jar. Throw the potion near the jar, open the door, and go down the jar to warp to world 6.

Warp Zone 5-3

In world 5-3, choose Luigi for your player. Go up the ladder, then squat to high jump up to the ledge above. Pull up the potion and throw it near the vase. Go in the door, then down the jar to warp to world 7, the final world.

Right: Use Luigi to warp to world 7, the final world, and face off with Wart.

The Birdo Battles - The main mini boss in SMB2

In this game, you'll encounter Birdo in almost every level of the game, especially the first two levels. She is known for spitting eggs or fire from her mouth at certain speeds. To beat Birdo, you must throw the eggs or another object back at her.

Nintendo NES Console System - Party like it's 1985 with the original Nintendo system!

In all of its 8 bit glory, here stands the Godfather of all video games. The Nintendo was the system that put Mario on the map, and brought you classics like Mega Man, Metroid, Castlevania, Double Dragon, and The Legend of Zelda. Yesterday's relic is today's collector's item, but the good news is you can still own one! Play it the way it was meant to be played on the simple, old school controllers and have fun.

The evil King Wart, the main and final villain in the game.

The evil King Wart, the main and final villain in the game.
The evil King Wart, the main and final villain in the game.

The Final Battle With Wart - Beat Wart with a few tasty vegetables (world 7-2)

Speed Run of Super Mario Bros 2 - A quick run through of the game

Watch and see if you can replicate this mega fast speed run of the game:

Plush Mario Toys - Soft, cuddly, and cute Mario themed plush toys

Super Mario Plush - 8" Mario Soft Stuffed Plush Toy (Japanese Import)
Super Mario Plush - 8" Mario Soft Stuffed Plush Toy (Japanese Import)

This soft plush toy is perfect for Nintendo fanatics!

 
Super Mario Plush - 8" Princess Peach Soft Stuffed Plush Toy Japanese Import
Super Mario Plush - 8" Princess Peach Soft Stuffed Plush Toy Japanese Import

The damsel in distress in most of the Mario series, Princess Peach has also starred in her own games, and is a playable character in SMB2.

 
Nintendo Yoshi
Nintendo Yoshi

Yoshi was introduced in Super Mario World, subsequently starring in more of his own games like Yoshi's Island, and returning in 2009 for the New SMB Wii game.

 
Nintendo Koopa Troopa
Nintendo Koopa Troopa

Koopa Troopas are the classic villainous turtles that roam about aimlessly throughout the game, inflicting damage in numbers, by jumping, or just walking into you.

 

This game was originally sold as a game in Japan called Doki Doki Panic. This has caused some controversy amongst some fans, since the "real" SMB2 was sold in Japan, only to be later sold elsewhere under the title "The Lost Levels." The "real" sequel, "The Lost Levels," is very similar to the first game, hence Doki Doki Panic being reworked for American audiences.

It Was Originally Doki Doki Panic - Irate gamer reviews SMB2

Yes, SMB2 was originally a game called Doki Doki Panic. It was reworked for American audiences to include the cast of Mario, along with animation, music and game references from the previous title. The real SMB2 was released in Japan, later being released in America as "The Lost Levels."

Wii with Wii Sports Resort - Play new Mario video games and classics on the Wii!

Through the magic of the Virtual Console feature, you can download through your WiFi connected Wii to receive classic games and even new ones only available here. Play SMB2, or download Super Mario 3, the original, the Lost Levels, Mario World, and many more of the all-time classics. There are even other games from Sega available. Of course, you'll also be able to buy new games like Super Mario Galaxy 2 and the much acclaimed New Super Mario Bros Wii game of 2009.

More Super Mario Themed Gifts, Games and Toys - Great gift ideas for Mario fanatics!

New Super Mario Bros Wii - The 2009 release featuring Mario, Luigi, Bowser, the Koopalings and more

The side scrolling 2-D platform that made the entire franchise so popular is back in 2009 on the Wii system with New Super Mario Bros Wii! This incredible game combines elements of many other games, like SMB1, SMB2, SMB3, and the 16 bit SMB World. Like SMB 3 and SMB World, you can choose the course of the player by navigating throughout the course on the main map. You will find a castle and an Airship in every world, from 1-8. Also taking elements from Super Mario Sunshine and New SMB for the DS are music elements and the return of Bowser Jr. In addition, you'll fight the seven Koopalings in separate battles on Airships.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii
New Super Mario Bros. Wii

* New items include the propeller suit, which will shoot players high into the sky with just a shake of the Wii Remote and Mario's new ability to transform into Penguin Mario.

* Offers a combination of cooperation and competition. Players can pick each other up to save them from danger or toss them into it.

* Supports 2-4 players in multiplayer mode.

 

Find many more Super Mario Bros. video games reviewed on this page!

Were you a big fan of this classic NES game? Share your memories about this game, tell us if you liked it, hated it, or even if you've never played! Thanks for stopping by!

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    • shanktoofs123 profile image

      shanktoofs123 6 years ago

      I have to say, though this is my least favorite of the nes mario games by far, but it is still a pretty good game. I just prefer the games in that are in the style of the original.

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      hunksparrow 6 years ago

      Also, bought this game on virtual console a year ago and finally beat it!

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      hunksparrow 6 years ago

      Great lens for a great game. SMB 2 was my favorite of the bunch.

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      GLacharity 6 years ago

      Very good lens! I'd like to Lensroll it with my SMB lens, actually. Great job!

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      cbessa 6 years ago

      I like it, but we got to admit that this game is kind of strange.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I still have and Play Super Mario Bros. 2 on my NES, after all of this time it is still one my favorites!

      Thanks for this truly wonderful Squidoo Lens!!

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      rachsue lm 6 years ago

      I am a huge fan!!! There is not a single game that has been released by Nintendo in the Super Mario Empire that I do not own. My newest craze is the new Super Mario Galaxy 2. I am very addicted. I even have my own lens about the game. Super Mario Galaxy 2 - SImply Amazing.

      If you haven't joined the realm of Super Mario addiction members, now is the time.

      Thank you for bringing back such great memories and hopefully when I get home tonight, I will have time to pull out Our Nes and play it all night. I see you are probably going to do the same.