Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)

Video Game  |  Action, Adventure, Family  |  October 1988 (USA)
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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.


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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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Not the best Mario, but still good.
8 July 1999 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

I commented on the other Super Mario Bros. 2 from 1986. That was the japanese version. This one released in 1988 is the game sequel released in the US and across the world. For reasons I don't have any knowledge of, the gameplay in this game is quite different from the other Mario games.

This game takes Mario, Luigi, Toad and the Princess into Subcon. A world of dreams that is under Wart's control. They must liberate it by travelling through 20 areas across 7 dangerous worlds.

This was the least good of the Super Mario series. I can't say it's bad, because I like playing it. This is the second toughest Mario game, behind only the japanese Super Mario Bros. 2. However, I managed to beat it too. Good game. Even with the different gameplay. The idea of throwing plants into bad guys is very good. There were many different bosses in this game: Tryclyde, Fryguy, Clawgrip, Ostro, Mouser and Wart himself.

I couldn't believe it when I finished it. Worth playing, even if all the other Mario games are far superior than this one. Good job Nintendo.

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