I can always remember playing Super Mario Bros 2 as a kid and being amazing by how different it was to it’s predecessor. It wasn’t until many years later that I would learn of the games history and hear the words Doki Doki Panic.

Doki Doki Panic on the left and Super Mario Bros on the right.

A different Super Mario Bros 2 was originally released in Japan on the Famicom Disk System but didn’t make it to the western market until it was featured in Super Mario All Stars as Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels. There are a couple of reasons why the original Super Mario Bros 2 was not released outside of Japan, one of which was that it was considered too difficult and Nintendo wanted a more player friendly title for a follow up to the great Super Mario Bros. This lead to Doki Doki Panic being transformed into what we now know as Super Mario Bros 2. Doki Doki Panic is a Japanese game which was released on the Famicom Disk System and was the basis for the western release of Super Mario Bros 2.

Super Mario Bros 2 on the Famicom was very much like the original Super Mario Bros game.

One of the great things about SMB2 is the fact that you can choose which character you would like to play as. You have the option of playing as either Mario, Luigi, Toad or Princess Peach. Each character has their own individual strengths which can come in handy throughout the game. Mario is the most well rounded of the group, Luigi can jump the highest, Princess Peach can float momentarily and Toad is the fastest of the four. I like to change it up when playing the game but I find that Princess Peach was the most useful with her hover ability.

Who would you choose?

When playing the game it is obvious that this is no ordinary Mario game but its quirkiness is what makes this game so special. A lot of the characters which feature in this game have joined the roster of many other Mario games ever since. Without Doki Doki Panic, we would never have Shy Guy, Birdo and a few others of the very well known characters we love today in the Mario universe.

An entire different look to Super Mario Bros on the Nes.

If for some strange reason you have never played SMB2 before then I would highly recommend it and if you never knew of it’s history then I am glad you now know. If you would like to know more of the games history then be sure to check out the Super Mario Bros 2 episode of The Gaming Historian on YouTube (Link Below).

The Story of Super Mario Bros. 2 – Gaming Historian.

Thank you very much for reading, I hope this insight into the glorious game that is Super Mario Bros 2 has been enjoyable and I hope you stop by again soon.


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