Super Mario Bros. 2 Review
Posted by Darren Calvert
Doki Doki Mario
Super Mario Bros. 2 really is the black sheep of the Mario family. Starting out life as Doki Doki Panic, it doesn't feel like any other Mario game. This does not, however, mean it's any less of a game, far from it; Nintendo stamped its famous seal on this one and it oozes with quality. There's nothing more satisfying than picking a veggie up from the ground and using it to smash a baddie!
In this game, jumping on an enemy gives you a lift rather than pounding them. You can pick up most enemies and throw them at others, which is a fun mechanic. In addition to controlling Mario — the all-rounder — you can also play as Princess Peach, who can hover a little while jumping, the fast and strong Toad or the man with the highest jump, Luigi. Choosing the best character for the job is often the key to success.
The graphics and music are still excellent; boppy cheerful tunes and colourful levels make this a joy to play. There are also lots of secrets to keep it interesting — warps can often be found when dropping a potion in a certain place to go to an 'alternate' dark world where hidden treats are shown.
The boss fights are quite good fun. Birdo makes his first appearance in this game by firing eggs at you: jump on them and pick them up in mid-air, then smash them on his head three times to ensure victory. The levels have lots of variety as you might expect; there's a desert world, an ice world and so on — you know the staples by now. It's certainly never dull.
Super Mario Bros. 2 comes recommended to all. There will always be a crowd who say this is not as good as the other Mario games, but that's a short-sighted view to have. Nintendo pulled out all the stops in creating an original, quirky sequel to the original Mario classic; adding all the elements together — this really is an excellent experience that's not to be missed.