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Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Differences of Super Mario Brothers 2 and Doki Doki Panic

As you may or may not already know, the version of Super Mario Bros. 2 released outside of Japan was basically the Japanese game Doki Doki Panic with a graphical facelift. Nintendo felt like that the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 was too difficult for American audiences, so they decided to alter an easier game they already developed and released that overseas. In this article on About.com (and Part II), you can see just how similar the two games really are. Was this a blunder by Nintendo to deprive American fans of the true Mario sequel? I think Aaron Stanton sums it up well in his review of the Japanese version of SMB2 - "many Mario fans list the outlandish styles of the U.S. release of Mario Brothers 2 as the best in the series. Miyamoto's version might have fit better into the line-up of Mario titles leading to Super Mario World and Yoshi, but it probably wouldn't have left nearly as many distinctive memories. There are legions of fans that wouldn't change Doki Doki Mario (as I like to think of it) for anything." More Info - Slashdot Article, SMB2 Wikipedia Entry, Japanese SMB2 Wikipedia Entry, Doki Doki Panic Wikipedia Entry

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