Gaming Anniversaries June 3- Super Mario Bros The Lost Levels

Released June 3, 1986- Super Mario Bros The Lost Levels

Super Mario Bros The Lost Levels came to the Japanese market on this day in 1986.

Known in Japan as Super Mario Bros 2, it is the sequel to the original Super Mario Bros game from 1985. The story is mostly the same as the original. The princess is kidnapped by Bowser and it’s up to Mario and Luigi to save her. Unlike the North American version of Super Mario Bros 2 which was a copy of the Japanese game Doki Doki Panic, wherein everything was a dream.

The game reuses most assets from the original as well, with some key differences. Such as the inclusion of a new power-down, the poisonous mushroom which damages you just like an enemy. The game also eliminates the 2-player mode, in favor of a Mario mode and a Luigi mode. Mario will control the same as he always has, while Luigi will have a higher jump distance.

Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels did not see a North American release until the release of Super Mario All-Stars in 1993.




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