I grew up on Super Mario Brothers. I can’t begin to count the hours I’ve lost in the game series depths. When asked what my favorite of the series is, I invariably answer “Super Mario Bros. 2”.
I never knew. I never knew that what I thought was my favorite Super Mario Brothers game wasn’t really a Super Mario Brothers game at all.
What I thought was Super Mario Bros. 2 was originally released in Japan as Doki Doki Panic. All Nintendo did was to replace the characters in the original Doki Doki Panic game with the Mario characters and shipped it off to us unknowing Americans.
Why did we get the wool pulled over our eyes? Nintendo thought the real game was just too hard for us. Yep. Too hard.
Turns out, some of us have played the real Super Mario 2 at one point or another. It was released as “The Lost Levels” on the Super Mario All-Stars cartridge. The look and feel of that game is truly in Mario Bros. style.
All this makes me curious to play Doki Doki Panic. Maybe Nintendo should have released that into the U.S. and given us the original “lost Levels” Mario 2.
Doki Mario 2 is still my favorite by the way.