Release date: October 1988.
Released on: NES, SNES, GBA and Wii's Virtual Console.
Though it may seem to some people that it is the sequel to the previous title, Super Mario Bros. 2 actually plays very differently. But with the old cast back, Mario, his brother Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and a new playable character, Toad, Super Mario Bros. 2 was still bound to gain the attention of gamers worldwide, and later declared as the 3rd most saleable game for the NES. What Super Mario Bros. 2 actually did was bring in a new gameplay for the already popular Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2 is still a 2D side-scroller, but offers a boost in its graphical aspect.
You now get to choose from 4 playable characters, Toad, Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool. Each has different strengths in running, jumping, and picking up objects. Toad picks up the fastest but jumps the lowest, Luigi jumps the highest but takes a while to pick up, Princess Toadstool has the ability to hover making her jump the farthest but she picks up the slowest, and Mario is an all-rounder.
This time you won’t get rid of the enemy by stomping on them, you have to fight them off by picking up vegetables and throwing it at them.
The game features a life-meter, meaning you can take some damage before dying. You can also replenish this meter by collecting hearts that appear after defeating a certain number of enemies.
Super Mario Bros. 2 is a solid and fun game, bringing Mario and the rest of the gang to another level of gameplay.