Over the coming days, weeks, and months I plan to keep you all entertained with short articles like this one about some of my fondest memories with certain classic titles. The games I decide to talk about will be completely random or fan requested. In this case, Steven asked me to write a little something on next week’s Wii U Virtual Console release of Super Mario Bros. 2 (hitting May 16th, alongside the SNES gem Super Ghouls’n Ghosts). Instead of just coming up with any old article, I figured I’d actually start a new series, because I know he’ll be asking me to do this again in the future.
So let’s take a trip down memory lane and remember Super Mario Bros. 2. It was originally released on the Nintendo Entertainment System way back in October 1988! My goodness has it really been that long?! This game holds a weird place in my gaming past because back then my older brother and I used to play all our games together, and I was easily influenced by how he felt about the games we were playing. I honestly can’t even remember when we first played this one, but I remember him disliking it because of how vastly different it was to the original. That said, he certainly enjoyed using Luigi with his insane jump.
Funny thing about this game is that it took me years to actually beat. I only completed this one much later on, years into the SNES’ lifespan. I found it to be the toughest game in the original Mario Bros. Series, and I was never a huge fan of the picking up of veggies and throwing them at baddies. I much preferred just jumping on their heads and being done with it. Something with it just never clicked with me for one reason or another.
As I got older and revisited the game, my feelings towards it changed. First off I learned that it wasn’t the real Super Mario Bros. 2 that Japan received, which peaked my interest even further. Here’s a very quick look at Doki Doki Panic, which was a Famicom Disk game released in October 1987.
So what’s your story with Super Mario Bros. 2? Do you have fond memories of this one as a child? Were you introduced to it via Super Mario All-Stars, or Super Mario Advance? I want this to be a successful series of articles so let’s get the conversation going!