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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Throwback Thursday: Super Mario Bros 2


For 'Throwback Thursday' I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane to Super Mario Bros 2. 

This was originally released in 1988 as a North American/European sequel to Super Mario Bros, eventually getting a Japanese release under the title 'Super Mario USA' (they technically already had a Super Mario Bros 2). 

Not only can you play as Mario, but before each level you can select to play as Luigi, Toad, or Princess Toadstool too. Each character could perform the same basic actions of running, jumping, and climbing ladders/vines, however each individual had separate unique quality, such as Luigi jumping the highest or the Princess jumping farthest. 
Unlike the first Super Mario game, enemies were no longer defeated by jumping on them. Instead you could stand on them and pick them up to throw at other enemies, or pick up other items like the vegetables in the ground to throw. 

For your viewing pleasure I have embedded a video from my YouTube channel, which is a recording of myself playing the first level of Super Mario Bros 2.

As a kid I enjoyed taking turns with my brother to play this game, until Nintendo released Super Mario Bros 3 (one of my favourite games of all time), and I would always choose to play as Toad although I can never remember why I did. 

Its graphics were better than its predecessor, and its soundtrack was just as awesome with music you still remember clear as day a decade later. However, with SMB3 perfecting the platforming game that SMB did so well, SMB2 is what I would consider the weakest of the original trilogy. 

Have you played SMB2? Do you agree its the weakest of the 3 Mario NES games? Is there a particular game you'd like to see on the next 'Throwback Thursday'?

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