Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Toad enter a mysterious door to save the people of Sub-Con from the evil frog Wart and his minions.




Long after the previous battle with King Bowser Koopa, the Mushroom Kingdom was safe again. Mario went to sleep one night and had a strange dream: He, Luigi, Toad, and Princess arrived in this strange world called Subcon, filled with strange beings, like snakes that spit bullets, walking cactuses, and birds that drop bombs. Also, the land is ruled by the mean Wart, a mutant lizard who hates vegetables, so once again Mario and Luigi with Toad and Princess must stop evil, where ever it is lurking: in the ice lands, in the woods, high in the sky, in caverns, in magic doors and then come face to face with Wart. This is not an easy mission, but then again it's all just a dream...Or is it? Written by Dylan Self <>

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The game was not originally a Mario game (see the entry above), yet many of the foes in this game later became regulars in the Mario series (Shy Guys being the best example.) Wart/Mamu, the main villain from this game, later made a cameo in The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening, as a musician. See more »


During the character credits, Ostro and Birdo's name's are switched, leaving Ostro's picture labeled "Birdo" and Birdo's picture labeled "Ostro." The game's instruction manual also contains this error. See more »


Opening narration: When Mario opened a door after climbing a long stair in his dream, another world spread before him and he heard a voice call for help to be freed from a spell. After awakening, Mario went to a cave nearby and to his surprise he saw exactly what he saw in his dream...
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Trippy, very different sequel to the 1985 hit
15 August 2001 | by (northeastern PA) – See all my reviews

This game was definitely the other side of the Mario coin. A Japanese fantasy adventure reworked as part of the Super Mario series, it's a lot more strange and cultish than its predecessor; if the original was West Side Story, this was The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It takes place in a bizarre pastel world (lime green and turquoise dominate the color palette) taken over by the evil bubble-blowing frog Wart. There are a whole bunch of weird new villains--Shyguys (masked midget ninjas), Birdos (masked hopping birds), Bob-ombs (walking bombs), Porcupos (grumpy porcupines), Triclyde (a three-headed snake), Clawgrip (a giant crab), Ostro (a bow-topped lizard that shoots eggs from his mouth)--that you fight by throwing vegetables, bombs, and various other objects.

Very different, very tricky past a certain level (I could never beat it myself--the quicksand always got me), highly original, and a great deal of fun. I loved the ability to choose between four characters--Mario (normal abilities), Luigi (high jumping power, but don't be distracted by his kicking feet or you'll fall off the cliff), Toad (accelerated speed), or Princess Toadstool (the ability to briefly float in mid-air). All are useful on different levels (Luigi in the aforementioned quicksand especially); I often chose the Princess, because I had a falling-off-cliffs problem and liked to change direction in mid air. A terrific game, topped by a cute twist ending. Just don't expect a direct continuation of the original, since this doesn't follow that formula at all. If you can find a cartridge and a machine to play it in, check it out!

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