Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels | Mini Review

What is it?

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels is a platformer developed and published by Nintendo in 1986. The iconic Italian plumber must save the monarch of the Mushroom Kingdom from the evil King Koopa in a brand new batch of challenging levels previously exclusive to Japan.

Platform(s)

NES, SNES, Wii, Wii U, Switch


Pros
Cons
Can play as Luigi, who has less traction but can jump higher.
Visuals are a bit more detailed .
Level layout is more complex, but so frustrating.
Many unfair traps (e.g. invisible gusts of wind, plunge pools, etc.) that require very precise jumps to overcome.
Poison Mushroom (fake power-ups that damage you) are a thing.
No new music or sound effects.
Warp zones send you back a few levels .

Verdict:

Unless you’re a platformer elitist with lots of experience, patience and self-respect, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels is not recommended. At all. Despite a few neat inclusions, it’s just too difficult for the average Mario fan to get a kick out of.

 

 

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