Proof That Vegetables Can Be Bad For You
If you are a gamer, especially a classic gamer, you probably know the tale of the American version of Super Mario Bros. 2. If not, then no worries-- let me drop some knowledge on your pretty little head. The original Super Mario Bros. 2 released in Japan, and it looked just like its predecessor, albeit with new levels and a high difficulty. That difficult was deemed so high by Nintendo of America, that they didn't feel American NES owners could stand the challenge. Thus, Nintendo reworked a Japanese game known as Doki Doki Panic and instead of the new characters introduced in that game, they were replaced by Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad. Therefore America's version of Super Mario Bros. 2 is quite different from the Japanese version. The Japanese version would later be released in America as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. Phew! That took some writing to get that story across!
Regardless, Super Mario Bros. 2 recently released on Nintendo's digital drip-feeding service called the Wii U Virtual Console. For a game that originally released in 1988 (and then later in Japan as Super Mario USA), Super Mario Bros. 2 is still a delightful platforming adventure.
Immediately when you play Super Mario Bros. 2 after coming off any other 2D Mario platformer game in existence, you will notice an obvious change in the mechanics. Instead of jumping on Goombas and crushing them with your mighty mass, you leap on enemies, pick them up, and chuck them at other foes. The picking up of objects doesn't end with enemies either. No, you can pick up sprouts that house vegetables, bombs, and even a magic potion that opens a door into subspace, where you can earn coins and even a health-boosting magic mushroom.
Remember kids, to give Shy Guys their
daily recommended serving of vegetables!
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While levels conclude with a battle with Birdo (picking up the eggs it shoots from its snout and chucking them back into the creature), worlds conclude with a more inspired boss battle. Mouser requires you to quickly pick up the bombs he tosses, throw them onto his platform, and hope he gets caught in the explosion. Meanwhile, Fryguy will be extinguished by tossing little mushroom platforms at him. This is all the while avoiding is stream of flames that he showers on the battlefield. The boss battles aren't just fun, they're routinely challenging and much more complex than one might expect.
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There's much more detail in the environments
of Super Mario Bros. 2.
[SPC Says: 8.0/10]