Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, known in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2 (スーパーマリオブラザーズ2, Sūpā Mario Burazāzu Tsū?) or Super Mario Bros. 2: For Super Players, is a platforming video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Family Computer Disk System. First released in Japan on June 3, 1986, it is the direct sequel to the then-best-selling video game of all time, Super Mario Bros. The developers have stated it was not, in fact, the original planned sequel, which was a prototype game that was eventually originally released somewhat unfinished in Japan as Doki Doki Panic. Due to the other game's high difficulty and similarity to its predecessor, Nintendo of America chose instead to hire the Japanese developers to finish off and release this original designed "Mario 2" prototype, which has resulted in some confusion amongst fans as to which was "the real Mario 2", some siding with the former and others with the latter.
A full remake, entitled Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, was included as part of the Super Mario All-Stars collection for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. More recently, the original Disk System version was made available as a download (including North America) for the Virtual Console as of 2007. Unlike the 16-bit SNES version, the Virtual Console version is the original Disk System version with all its original subtitles (although like Super Mario Bros., the original game was already entirely in English) without the loading screen.
The premise of the game is identical to Super Mario Bros.: Bowser has abducted Princess Peach (Toadstool) and is holding her captive in one of his castles. Either Mario or Luigi must navigate through the Mushroom Kingdom, overcome Bowser's henchmen, and rescue the Princess. The game uses the same game engine as its predecessor and is quite similar in visual style. It is intended to challenge players who have mastered the original Super Mario Bros.
Famous quotes containing the word lost:
“Lords lost Him His mockingbird,
His fancy warbler;
Satan sweet-talked her,
four bullets hushed her.
Who would have thought
shed end that way?”
—Robert Earl Hayden (19131980)