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This article is about the Western Super Mario Bros. 2. For the original sequel to Super Mario Bros. also titled Super Mario Bros. 2, see Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. For the Nintendo 3DS sequel to New Super Mario Bros., see New Super Mario Bros. 2.
Super Mario Bros. 2
North American box art for Super Mario Bros. 2
For alternate box art, see the game's gallery.
Developer Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Famicom/NES
Nintendo PlayChoice-10
Virtual Console (Wii, 3DS, Wii U)
NES Classic Edition/Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer
Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online
Release date NES/Famicom:
USA September 1988[1] or October 1988[2]
Europe April 28, 1989
Australia May 4, 1989[3]
Japan September 14, 1992[4]
Nintendo PlayChoice-10:
USA 1988
Virtual Console (Wii):
Europe May 25, 2007
Australia May 25, 2007
USA July 2, 2007
Japan August 10, 2007[5]
South Korea July 17, 2008[6]
Virtual Console (3DS):
Japan November 28, 2012[7]
USA July 11, 2013
Europe August 7, 2013
Australia August 8, 2013
South Korea March 2, 2016
Virtual Console (Wii U):
USA May 16, 2013
Europe May 16, 2013
Australia May 16, 2013
Japan March 19, 2014
NES Classic Edition:
Japan November 10, 2016
Australia November 10, 2016
USA November 11, 2016
Europe November 11, 2016
Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online:
Japan February 13, 2019[8]
USA February 13, 2019[9]
Europe February 13, 2019[10]
Australia February 13, 2019[11]
HK April 23, 2019
South Korea April 23, 2019
Language(s) English (United States)
Genre 2D Platformer
ESRB:E - Everyone
PEGI:3 - Three years and older
CERO:A - All ages
ACB:G - General
Mode(s) Single player
Game Pak
Digital download
Wii U:
Digital download
Nintendo Switch:
Digital download
Nintendo 3DS:
Digital download
NES Classic Edition:
Wii Remote (horizontal)
Wii U:
Wii Remote (horizontal)
Nintendo Switch:
Nintendo 3DS:
NES Classic Edition:

Super Mario Bros. 2 is the second game in the Super Mario series outside Japan and the third entry overall.[12] It is a 2D platform game originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America in 1988. In the years that followed, it has been ported to many other systems, including a release on the Wii's Virtual Console in 2007, the Nintendo 3DS's Virtual Console in 2012, and the Wii U's Virtual Console in 2013. As a result of Japan already having a Super Mario Bros. 2 (known in English as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels and Super Mario Bros. for Super Players), the game did not make its debut in the country until after the release of Super Mario World, on September 14, 1992, making it Japan's fifth installment of the series.

One of the central game mechanics that differentiates Super Mario Bros. 2 from other Super Mario games is that players can select four characters—Mario, Luigi, Toad, or Princess Toadstool—and each of these characters has their unique gameplay mechanics, offering advantages and disadvantages in their stats. Another distinction is that players cannot defeat enemies by stomping on them; players need to either toss items at enemies or pick up and toss enemies at each other to defeat them.

Super Mario Bros. 2 came about after Nintendo of America deemed Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels too difficult for Western audiences,[13] which led Nintendo to redevelop the Family Computer Disk System game Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic into a Super Mario Bros. game for the international release. After its release, the game became a commercial success, and eventually the game became well received enough that it was also released in Japan. After performing well both critically and commercially, Super Mario Bros. 2 has been rereleased as one of the four games featured in Super Mario All-Stars, as well as having its own remake in Super Mario Advance. Many enemies introduced in Super Mario Bros. 2 have become common recurring enemies in the Super Mario franchise, such as Bob-ombs, Pokeys, Shy Guys, and more, while the gameplay mechanic of picking up various items and tossing them has been reused in several later games.


Story from the instruction booklet

One night, Mario had a strange dream. He found himself climbing a long staircase leading up to a mysterious door. Opening the door, Mario's eyes fell upon an incredible world unlike anything he'd ever seen. A quiet voice spoke to Mario, saying,

"Welcome to Subcon, the land of dreams. Our once-beautiful world now suffers at the hands of the evil Wart. Please help us! Only you can free us from his tyranny. Oh, and remember one thing: Wart hates vegetables."

However, before Mario could figure out what was happening, he suddenly awoke on his bed and realized that it was all a dream. The next day, while heading out to a picnic with his friends Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad, Mario told the tale of his strange dream. Hearing this was quite a shock to his friends, who all had the very same dream the night before.

Upon arriving at their picnic spot, the group noticed a small cave. Inside was a long staircase that led up to a door. At the top, the four friends opened the door and stood shocked by what they saw. It was Subcon - the world of their dreams!

Mario discovers that Subcon has been taken over by Wart and that the events of his dream are true. Mario and co. are now on a quest to defeat Wart and restore peace to the dream world. At the end of the game, Mario, Luigi, Toadstool and Toad are seen being chanted on by the inhabitants of Subcon, who are carrying Wart across the room. Mario then wakes up and wonders about whether the events were true or just a dream. He then continues sleeping and the game ends.

In-game story

When Mario opened a door after climbing a long stair in his dream, another world spread before him and he heard a (faint)[14] 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....


A screenshot from the Nintendo Entertainment System version of Super Mario Bros. 2.

Since the game is a reskin of Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, it has little in common with the original Super Mario Bros. For example, in order to defeat enemies, the player needs to pluck clumps of grass to receive items (such as vegetables), and then throw the vegetables at them. It is also possible to defeat enemies by jumping on them, picking them up and then throwing them to other enemies. There are a few elements in common with its predecessor, however, such as the appearances of the Mushroom and Starman, although the former has a different function. If the player has one health point remaining, they turn into their Small form. Additionally, there are no power-ups in the game that grant the player additional abilities in the Super form such as the ability to shoot fireballs, making Super Mario Bros. 2 one of the only 2D Super Mario titles (with the other being Super Mario Run) to not have additional forms after the Super form.

At the beginning of each level, the player can choose between the playable characters: Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess Toadstool. All four characters have different powers and statistics. When entering the next level, players can select a different character.

At the end of most levels of the game, the player fights Birdo. The player has to jump on the eggs that it spits, grab them and throw them back, hitting Birdo three times to gain a crystal which opens the Mask Gate at the end of the level. There are several colors of Birdos: pink, which only spits eggs; red, which spits eggs and fireballs and green, which only spits fireballs. For the green Birdos, there are Mushroom Blocks nearby for the player to use instead.

There are seven worlds in this game. The first six has three levels apiece, and the seventh has two. At the end of each world, the player encounters one boss. Mouser is encountered at the end of World 1, Tryclyde in World 2, Mouser again in World 3, Fryguy in World 4, Clawgrip in World 5, Tryclyde again in World 6, and Wart himself at the end of World 7.

Defeated enemies and Birdo can re-spawn if the player runs one screen away from the area where they normally appear and return, which may allow the player to defeat the enemies again in order to regain health if necessary; this still occurs in later releases (except Super Mario Advance), but a defeated Birdo does not reappear unless the player completely leaves and re-enters the areas where Birdo is fought.


Action(s) NES Wii Remote Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller (Default) Nintendo Switch Dual Joy-Con / Pro Controller (Default) Nintendo Switch Single Joy-Con (Default)
Jump, accept A Button Two Button Classic Controller a Button or Classic Controller x Button A Button or X Button A Button or X Button A Button or X Button A Button or X Button Single Joy-Con Right Button
Dash, pick up objects, throw objects, pluck vegetables, stop slots at the Bonus Chance B Button One Button Classic Controller b Button or Classic Controller y Button B Button or Y Button B Button or Y Button B Button or Y Button B Button or Y Button Single Joy-Con Bottom Button or Single Joy-Con Top Button
Pause the game, confirm menu option Start Button Plus Button Plus Button START/PAUSE Button Start Button Plus Button Plus Button Plus Button or Minus Button + SR Button
Select option after a Game Over Select Button Minus Button Minus Button Y Button Select Button Minus Button Minus Button Plus Button or Minus Button + SL Button
Select character, move character +Control Pad (left/right) +Control Pad left or right +Control Pad left or right or Classic Controller Left Stick (left/right) +Control Pad or Control Stick (left/right) +Control Pad left or right or Circle Pad (left/right) +Control Pad left or right or Control Stick (left/right) Left Stick (left/right) Control Stick (left/right)
Enter doors and other openings, climb up vine +Control Pad (up) +Control Pad up +Control Pad up or Classic Controller Left Stick (up) +Control Pad or Control Stick (up) +Control Pad up or Circle Pad (up) +Control Pad up or Control Stick (up) Left Stick (up) Control Stick (up)
Crouch (Power Squat Jump if held long enough), enter jars, climb down vines +Control Pad (down) +Control Pad down +Control Pad down or Classic Controller Left Stick (down) +Control Pad or Control Stick (down) +Control Pad down or Circle Pad (down) +Control Pad down or Control Stick (down) Left Stick (down) Control Stick (down)


Playable characters[edit]

Character Name Mario Luigi Toad Princess Toadstool
Artwork Mario from Super Mario USA. Luigi Toad from Super Mario USA. Princess Peach from Super Mario USA.
Speed ★★★★☆ ★★★☆☆ ★★★★★ ★★☆☆☆
Jump ★★★★☆ ★★★★★ ★★☆☆☆ ★★★☆☆
Strength ★★★★☆ ★★★☆☆ ★★★★★ ★★☆☆☆
Description Mario has average stats, making him an acceptable choice in all situations. He has no outstanding abilities. Luigi has a high jump, but he is weaker than average. He is slightly slower than average as well. Toad is the fastest and the strongest. He has the lowest jump in the game, however. Due to his poor jumping ability, he relies heavily on the charged jump. The princess has a special float jump that allows her to hover in midair, which can be used to jump further or correct an otherwise fatal landing. As a tradeoff, she has the lowest speed and power.

Supporting characters[edit]

Image Description
Subcon SMB2 sprite.png
The Subcon species are a group of peaceful fairy-like beings that have their land invaded by Wart. Wart traps them in jars, and they plead Mario and his friends for help. They also give Mario and his friends vital information to defeat Wart (namely that Wart hates vegetables).
Mask Gate
Mask GateMask Gate
Found at the end of each level (or, in boss levels, just before the boss room), Mask Gates will open once the level's Crystal Ball (which is either dropped by Birdo or found out in the open) has been picked up. When entered, the level ends (or, in boss levels, the boss room is entered).


Image Description
Albatosses fly only horizontally. They can drop Bob-Ombs on players, but they can also be ridden. Unlike other enemies, they cannot be picked up, but they are defeated as with any other enemy.
Shyguys often ride Autobombs. Autobombs shoot projectiles, but if the Shyguy is removed, they simply move. Players can ride on Autobombs, but Autobombs must be destroyed with an item.
Beezo - Red
Beezos fly down and attempt to run into the player with their bidents. Players can jump on them and pick them up.
Bob-Ombs run back and forth and eventually self-destruct if they are near a player. If they self-destruct, they can harm players. Players can pick them up and throw them.
Cobrats are seen roaming on the ground, but they can also hide in jars. If they spot a player, they may jump and shoot a single projectile. Cobrats can be picked up and thrown.
Flurries are found only in ice levels. Here, they attempt to run into the player. They move faster than average, but they are prone to slipping.
Hoopsters crawl slowly on vines or trees aimlessly, occasionally speeding up whenever descending. They harm players if they make contact with them from above or the side. Players can jump on and ride them like an elevator, and even pick them up and throw them.
Some Ninjis are stationary enemies that simply jump while others charge and jump into the player. They can be picked up and thrown.
Ostros are often seen being ridden by Shyguys. If the Shyguy is removed, they travel in a straight line. They can be picked up and thrown, but they do not bounce off enemies.
Pansers shoot fireballs at the player. Red varieties are stationary and shoot three fireballs. The green/gray variety patrols and shoot fireballs straight up. Pink varieties chase the player and shoot three fireballs.
Phantos are normally dormant enemies, but if players pick up a key, they attempt to fly into the player. If the player drops or uses the key, they deactivate. They cannot be picked up and there are limited methods to destroy them.
Pidgits are always seen on carpets. Pidgits attempt to dive bomb into the player, but players can jump on them, pick them up, and throw them. Once the Pidgit has been removed, players can ride the carpet and control it for a brief amount of time.
Pokeys attack players by moving slowly into them. Pokeys can be various heights. They can be defeated by having objects thrown at them or their body segments being removed one by one.
Porcupos cannot be jumped on, so to defeat them, players must throw an object at them.
Shyguy - Red
The basic enemies of the game, Shyguys walk back and forth, harming the player if they run into them. They can be picked up and thrown. Red Shyguys walk off cliffs while pink Shyguys turn at the ledges.
Small Fry Guy
Sprite of a Small Fry Guy from Super Mario Bros. 2
Small versions of Fryguy that bounce in the player's direction. They appear when Fryguy is defeated. They cannot be picked up or thrown, and must have an item thrown at them to be defeated.
Snifit - RedSnifit - Pink
Snifits shoot projectiles at players, but they act similar to Shyguys. Gray/green Snifits jump and fire projectiles while the other variants walk. The pink Snifit turns around at ledges while a singular red Snifit in World 3-3 walks off ledges.
Sparks circle around platforms or hover in the air. Sparks can harm the player if they touch them.
Trouters jump from below and fall back. Players can use them as platforms to jump across gaps, but Trouters can harm players if players touch them at the sides.
Tweeters, although they have wings, are found hopping across the ground. They can be picked up and thrown.
Not typical enemies, whales serve generally as platforms. Their bodies and their tails can be jumped on. Their waterspouts can also carry players, but the waterspouts can harm players if players touch them at the sides.


Image Description
Birdo in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic/Super Mario Bros. 2.Red Birdo
Gray BirdoGreen Birdo
Birdo is a recurring mini-boss, appearing at the end of every first and second level in the worlds. Birdo comes in three varieties. The pink one shoots simply eggs, which can be picked up and thrown at it. The red one shoots randomly eggs or fireballs (which harms players if they touch them). The remaining type appears green or gray depending on location (but are assigned to the same palette) and shoots only fireballs; these ones must be defeated with Mushroom Blocks.


Image Description
MouserSprite of a Mouser with a green pallet from Super Mario Bros. 2
Mouser is the first true boss players encounter. He attacks by throwing bombs. The bombs sit for a while before they explode, enabling players to pick them up and throw them at Mouser. If the bomb explodes on Mouser, he takes damage. There are two variants of Mouser: one with pink ears and one with green ears. A white and red variantMedia:DDP Albino Mouser.png was replaced by Clawgrip when Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic was remade into Super Mario Bros. 2.
Tryclyde shoots a series of fireballs that harms the player if the player touches them. Players must throw several Mushroom Blocks at Tryclyde to defeat him.
Fryguy shoots fireballs at players. Players must throw Mushroom Blocks at him to damage him. Once he takes enough damage, he bursts into Small Fry Guys. These take one hit from a Mushroom Block to be defeated, and destroying these enemies clears the level.
Clawgrip from Super Mario Bros. 2.
Clawgrip throws rocks at players. These rocks can be picked up and tossed at Clawgrip, inflicting damage on him. Once he is hit five times, he is defeated.
Mask Gate
Mask Gate from Super Mario Bros. 2.
Although most Mask Gates are harmless and allow completion to the level, the Mask Gate within the dream factory is aggressive, attacking the players by flying into them. Players must attack it with Mushroom Blocks to stun it for a short period. Once it is stunned, it allows entry into Wart's room.
Wart is the final boss of the game. He moves back and forth and shoots harmful bubbles at the player. A machine nearby spawns vegetables. To defeat Wart, players must throw these vegetables at Wart when Wart's mouth is open. Wart takes six hits to defeat.

Items and objects[edit]

Image Description
1 UP
SMB2 1-Up Mushroom Sprite.png
When players collect this item, they receive an extra life.
Beanstalk, Chain, and Ladder
A beanstalk from Super Mario Bros. 2A climbable chain from Super Mario Bros. 2.A ladder from Super Mario Bros. 2.
Can be climbed to safely reach higher or lower locations.
Bombs can be found normally, from plucking vegetables, or from Mouser. They eventually explode, destroying brick walls as well as harming nearby enemies and players.
Brick wall
A brick wall.
Brick walls can be destroyed by explosions created by bombs and Bob-ombs, which is often necessary to progress.
Sprite of a Cherry from Super Mario Bros. 2.
Found scattered throughout levels, cherries can be collected. If players collect five, a Starman appears.
Coins are found only in Sub-space. When players pluck vegetables, they receive coins. Coins are used in the Bonus Chance at the end of a level for extra lives.
Crystal Ball
Crystal Ball
Found at the end of the level or by defeating Birdo, Crystal Balls enable the Mask Gate to open so players can complete the level.
Dream Machine
Sprite of the Dream Machine used for Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario USA
A machine belonging to the Subcons, which produces the dreams that form the land of Subcon itself. In stealing it, Wart is able to force it into producing minions for his cause. During the battle with Wart, it creates Vegetables, Wart's weakness, for the player to use against him.
Pink Birdos always spit out eggs, while Red Birdos sometimes spit out eggs (and sometimes spit out fireballs instead). Players can pick these eggs up as they travel through the air, then throw them at Birdo to inflict damage on it.
Flying carpet
Flying carpet
After Pidgits are defeated, players can ride and control their Magic Carpets for a short time.
A grass tuft from Super Mario Bros. 2.
The player can pull tufts of grass to reveal objects, mainly vegetables.
Jars, as with Warp Pipes, can be entered by ducking. Jars contain usually some items, including POWs, Turtle Shells, and keys. Jars also contain some enemies, such as Shyguys.
Keys open locked doors, granting access to another part of the level. Phantos guard it, however.
Magic Potion
Magic Potion
Found after being plucked, a Magic Potion creates a door depending where the player tosses them. This door leads to Sub-space.
Mushroom smb2.png
Found only in certain spots of Sub-space, Mushrooms give an extra vitality point once they are picked up. This vitality remains for the rest of the level. The Mushroom also restores any lost health.
Mushroom Block
Mushroom BlockMushroom Block from Super Mario Bros. 2.Mushroom Block
Mushroom BlockMushroom Block
Mushroom Blocks are simple throwing items. They can be used as weapons or get stacked so players can reach higher places. Mushroom Block designs vary from world to world; the first design is used in Worlds 1 and 3 in all versions (and World 5 in the SNES and GBA versions), the second design is used in Worlds 2 and 6, the third design is used in World 4, the fourth design is used in World 5 exclusively in the NES version, and the fifth design is used in World 7.
POW Block
POWs can be thrown to create a powerful quake. This quake defeats most enemies in the screen.
Rockets are found in grass. If a rocket is found, it automatically transports players to the next part of the level.
Small heart
Small heart
For every eight enemies defeated, a small heart appears. Small hearts restore any HP a player has lost. If the player is in small form, the heart grows the player to Super form.
A Starman appears after players collect five cherries. Once players have collected a Starman, they become invincible for a short amount of time, enabling them to defeat most enemies that they touch.
Stop Watch
Stop Watch
Found by plucking four vegetables from the grass, then plucking what would otherwise be a fifth, the Stop Watch stops all enemy movements for a brief time.
Turtle Shell
Turtle Shell
Turtle Shells are found in grass. Once they are thrown, they slide across the ground, defeating any enemy it touches. Once it hits a wall, it is destroyed. If players attempt to land on the shell, they can ride on it.
A Sprout from Super Mario Bros. 2.A Sprout from Super Mario Bros. 2.A Sprout from Super Mario Bros. 2.A Sprout from Super Mario Bros. 2.A Vegetable from Super Mario Bros. 2.A Vegetable from Super Mario Bros. 2.A Vegetable from Super Mario Bros. 2.A Vegetable from Super Mario Bros. 2.A Vegetable from Super Mario Bros. 2.A Vegetable from Super Mario Bros. 2.
The basic weapon in the game, vegetables are plucked from grass tufts and can be thrown at enemies to defeat them. Vegetables bounce after they hit an enemy, which can lead to consecutive hits on enemies. If one vegetable defeats enough enemies, extra lives may be rewarded. While unripened vegetables (Sprouts) have no additional effects, plucking four fully ripened vegetables, then going to pluck a fifth, will instead result in the player plucking a Stop Watch.

Worlds and levels[edit]

Enemies that make their first level appearance are marked with an asterisk.

World Terrain Level Enemies found
World 1 SMB2 Semisolid Platform Screenshot.png
1 Shyguy - Red* Tweeter* Ninji* Hoopster*
Birdo in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic/Super Mario Bros. 2.*
2 Pidgit* Beezo - Red* Madmask.png* Ninji Shyguy - Red Snifit - Pink*
Birdo in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic/Super Mario Bros. 2.
3 Snifit - Pink Shyguy - Red Trouter* Ninji Spark* Madmask.png Tweeter
World 2 SMB2 W2-1 Screenshot.png
1 Cobrat* Snifit - Pink Shyguy - Red Panser*
Birdo in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic/Super Mario Bros. 2.
2 Cobrat Beezo - Red Shyguy - Red Pokey* Panser Ninji Snifit - Pink
Red Birdo*
3 Shyguy - Red Beezo - Red Cobrat Pokey Tweeter Madmask.png Spark Panser
World 3 Supmario2-40.png
1 Shyguy - Red Pidgit Beezo - Red Panser
Red Birdo
2 Shyguy - Red Ostro* Beezo - Red Tweeter Porcupo*
Red Birdo
3 Albatoss* Bob-omb* Shyguy - Red Ostro Ninji Spark Snifit - Pink Madmask.png Tweeter Panser
Sprite of a Mouser with a green pallet from Super Mario Bros. 2*
World 4 World 4-1
1 Flurry* Trouter Shyguy - Red Autobomb*
2 Beezo - Red Flurry Snifit - Pink Shyguy - Red Autobomb Porcupo
Red Birdo
3 Birdo in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic/Super Mario Bros. 2. Flurry Shyguy - Red Madmask.png Beezo - Red
Fryguy* Small Fry Guy*
World 5 SMB2 World 5-1 Screenshot.png
1 Shyguy - Red Ostro Panser Trouter
Gray Birdo*
2 Bob-omb Hoopster Shyguy - Red Ostro Porcupo Panser Ninji Beezo - Red Snifit - Pink Trouter
Red Birdo
3 Albatoss Bob-omb Panser Spark Shyguy - Red Snifit - Pink Pidgit Beezo - Red
Red Birdo
Clawgrip from Super Mario Bros. 2.*
World 6 SMB2 World 6-1 Cobrats.png
1 Cobrat Shyguy - Red Pokey Panser Madmask.png
Green Birdo
2 Albatoss Panser Beezo - Red
Green Birdo
3 Shyguy - Red Pokey Cobrat Bob-omb Ninji Hoopster Snifit - Pink
Red Birdo Tryclyde
World 7 SMB2 World 7-1 Start.png
1 Albatoss Bob-omb Ninji Shyguy - Red Spark Tweeter Snifit - Pink Hoopster
Gray Birdo
2 Snifit - Pink Ninji Shyguy - Red Bob-omb Panser Spark Tweeter Red Birdo Madmask.png
Mask Gate from Super Mario Bros. 2.* Wart*


Super Mario Bros. 2 started out as a prototype Super Mario-style platform game developed by Kensuke Tanabe, a developer for Nintendo. The prototype game emphasized vertically scrolling levels and throwing blocks. It was originally intended to be a two player co-op game, allowing players to toss each other around. However, the technical limitations of the Nintendo Entertainment System made it difficult to produce a polished game with these elements. It was decided to add more Mario-like elements, such as horizontal levels (although many vertically oriented levels were retained in the final project).[15] Some time later, the Fuji Television Company requested that Nintendo create a video game using Yume Kōjō mascots, and Tanabe developed the prototype into Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, which became one of the best-selling games for the Family Computer Disk System.

In 1987, Nintendo of America got its first look at the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2. Nintendo of America believed that Super Mario Bros. 2, which was a slightly altered version of the first Super Mario Bros. game with an increased difficulty level, would not be a commercial success in the United States and elsewhere in the world. To deal with this, Nintendo took the finished Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic and reverted the licensing changes to once again feature Mario and his friends as playable characters. The game would later be released in Japan under the name Super Mario USA in 1992.

Many characters and abilities from Super Mario Bros. 2 later reappear in the Super Mario series. Princess Peach's occasional ability to hover in midair and pull vegetables from the ground (Super Smash Bros. Melee), for example, originates from this game. Toad's nimbleness (as seen in the Mario Kart series, where he is a light driver with good acceleration, and from his running speed in Mario Sports Mix) could also have been influenced from his uprooting speed first introduced in Super Mario Bros. 2. Shyguys, Snifits, Bob-Ombs, Pokeys, and Birdo were also introduced and would later be incorporated into later Super Mario games. Some of the enemies (most notably Bob-Ombs and Pokeys) have made countless reappearances as enemies within many of the later Super Mario titles. Wart, the main villain, never reappeared in a Super Mario game after Super Mario Bros. 2, but he appeared in the Nintendo Comics System, and was mentioned in later games. He also appeared as an ally in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening under his Japanese name, "Mamu". The four playable characters return in Super Mario 3D World, where they retain their unique abilities from Super Mario Bros. 2.

Remakes and ports[edit]

Title screen from Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario USA Title Screen.png
Super Mario USA

BS Super Mario USA[edit]

Main article: BS Super Mario USA

BS Super Mario USA is a broadcasted version of the game released on the Satellaview, a Japan-only add-on for the Super Famicom. It is based on the All-Stars version but has an audio drama, a different soundtrack, and many alterations in gameplay. There were four unique broadcasts, each focusing on a different world. Contestants could receive real world prizes after submitting their scores.

Super Mario Advance[edit]

Main article: Super Mario Advance

The most notable port of Super Mario Bros. 2 is Super Mario Advance for the Game Boy Advance. This port featured the enhanced graphics and sound effects of the All-Stars remaster, as well as voice acting and various other slight changes. It was bundled with an enhanced port of the original Mario Bros. game.

Notable mistakes and errors[edit]

Some errors can be found in the credits of the game:

  • Ostro and Birdo have their names swapped.
  • Hoopster is spelled "Hoopstar".
  • Clawgrip is spelled "Clawglip".
  • Tryclyde is spelled "Triclyde".

These errors remain in Super Mario All-Stars. In the Japanese version of Super Mario Advance, the Ostro and Birdo mistake was corrected, and in the International version, the remaining names were corrected to match the manual.

Another mistake which was never fixed for the enhanced ports is the color of the vegetable tufts – in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, the grass is consistently black, while in Super Mario Bros. 2 they are red, but keep the black coloring after being picked up. Enhanced ports maintain the red coloring for the tufts, though they turn green when dug out.

Additionally, at least three versions of the North American manual exist. One version provides the full description of Birdo ("Ostro") as "He thinks he is a girl and he spits eggs from his mouth. He'd rather be called "birdetta."[sic],[16] while another version omits the second sentence.[17] The full "Birdetta" version is more true to the original Japanese version, which explains that Birdo, known as "Catherine" in Japan, would rather be called "Cathy."[18] A third version of the manual is known to exist which properly labels Birdo and Ostro,[19] keeps the full Birdo bio,[20] and shows artwork of the unusual pink Beezo as gray and misnamed.[21] This matches its depiction in the game and the Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic manual.[22]

The NES Super Mario Bros. 2 manual reuses enemy sprites and artwork from the Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic manual (with the notable exception of the Pokey artwork, as well as the omission of a gray Shyguy and addition of Tweeter, Flurry, Spark, and Clawgrip[22]). Thus, it uses the designs of Albatoss and Phanto from Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic.[23]

During the ending celebration sequence in the NES version, there are common mistakes in the number of levels each hero completes.


Main article: List of Super Mario Bros. 2 staff

A number of people involved in the game include the composer Koji Kondo, known for composing the main Super Mario Bros. theme. Kensuke Tanabe is the director of the game with Shigeru Miyamoto and Hiroshi Yamauchi as producers.

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

The title screen for the prototype of Super Mario Bros. 2.
The prototype's title screen
Main article: List of Super Mario Bros. 2 pre-release and unused content

In the game's prototype, there is a different color palette for the in-game title, which includes tans and oranges, which contrasts with the final version's reds and blues. Princess Toadstool is shown to have more hair. Characters need to use a Magic Lamp to access Sub-space, similar to Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic. The characters also lack the whites of their eyes and the ability to run.


Main article: List of Super Mario Bros. 2 glitches

Jar-entering glitch[edit]

This glitch requires precise timing; the character must be small and must enter a jar at the same time they are hit by a Phanto. If this is done correctly, the defeat fanfare plays as usual. However, the character still goes through the jar. When they exit, the character has no health sections left, yet is still alive. This glitch remains in the Super Mario All-Stars enhanced port.

Disappearing Mushroom Blocks[edit]

If the player throws a Mushroom Block offscreen and does not see it land, even to a place where it should safely land, it disappears until the player leaves through a door and comes back.

Critical reception[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2 has been received positively, with IGN editor Lucas Thomas praising the graphics, sound and replay value,[24] although he insisted that Western gamers could have gotten into the Japanese version of the game. GameSpot critic Alex Navarro agreed, and commented that the game "...shows that veering from the beaten path of a franchise's standard game design isn't always a bad idea".[25]

The game placed 47th in the 100th issue of Nintendo Power's "100 best Nintendo games of all time" in 1997.[26] It also placed 81st in the 200th Issue of GameInformer's "Top 200 Games of All Times" and placed 18th on IGN's Top 100 NES Games list.[27]

Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Wii Marcel van Duyn, Nintendo Life 8/10 "It's a bit of an oddball to players familiar with other Mario games, sure, but the fact that it's so different from the rest of the series is what makes Super Mario Bros. 2 such an entertaining game. If you want a fun but unusual Mario experience, look no further - this is pretty much the textbook definition of it."
Wii Lucas M.Thomas, IGN 8.5/10 "American gamers really do have the skill to play the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2, but it was a good move by Nintendo anyway to create this less frustrating, more funky game; the American Mario 2 is still a lot of fun, and it inspired several aspects of future Super Mario titles. At 500 Wii Points, it's a great value for download. The only reason you may not want to pick it up is if, like Super Mario World, you already own it in another form; this game was re-released with enhanced graphics and a few other bonuses as Super Mario Advance for the launch of the Game Boy Advance back in 2001. As for the "real" Super Mario Bros. 2? Who knows. But the Virtual Console offers Nintendo a great avenue to distribute it here in its original 8-bit form, should the company ever decide we can handle it."
Wii Alex Navarro, GameSpot 8/10 "For all its inherent weirdness, SMB2 was, and still is, quite a bit of fun. The level designs are still challenging to navigate, the bosses are still amusing to fight, and the presentation holds up. This is especially true of the music, which is some of the very best of the era. One minute spent in any of the game's subterranean levels is all you need to get that catchy tune stuck in your head for the rest of your natural life. At 500 Wii Points ($5), Super Mario Bros. 2 is a game well worth downloading, both for older audiences who remember playing it back in the day, and younger players interested in a history lesson. Granted, its value is lessened somewhat if you already own the fabulous Super Mario Advance for the GBA, or specifically want to play the Super Mario All-Stars version that came out for the SNES. But, for everyone else, it's a great platformer that shows that veering from the beaten path of a franchise's standard game design isn't always a bad idea."
Compiler Platform / Score
GameRankings 81.25%


The game is the fourth best-selling title on the NES, with 10 million copies sold worldwide.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Super Mario Bros. 2.


For a complete list of media for this subject, see List of Super Mario Bros. 2 media.
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References to other games[edit]

  • Donkey Kong: Clawgrip tosses rocks in a very similar manner to the way Donkey Kong tossed barrels. In the Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance versions, some of the indoor areas look like warehouses with familiar-looking girders in the background.
  • Donkey Kong Jr.: Sparks reappear in Super Mario Bros. 2. This makes them the only returning enemies to appear.
  • Mario Bros.: POW Blocks appear as usable items.
  • Super Mario Bros.: The Starman power-up appears in the game, as well as a remix of the Ground Theme from Super Mario Bros. played in Sub-space. Also, the heroes shrink once they are down to one heart point. Also, the ability to run by holding down the B Button button is exclusive to the Super Mario franchise, and was not present in Doki Doki Panic. The title theme is a rearrangement of the Underwater Theme from this game. Mario's artwork on the international box art is a flipped and modified version of his artwork from this game.
  • The Legend of Zelda: The sound effect of Birdo spitting an egg is taken from the sound effect that plays when a magic projectile is fired from Link holding the Fire Rod or from a Wizzrobe.[28]
  • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels: Luigi being a higher jumper than Mario is re-established when he replaced Mama in the game.

References in later media[edit]

Mouser in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
  • Super Mario Bros. 3: Bob-ombs return here and act similarly as in Super Mario Bros. 2. Also, Mario can pick up shells or Ice Blocks to throw them. Desert, sky, and snow themes of levels and doors returned. Players can earn lives via the Spade Panel slot minigame. Peach's sprite is also reused here.
  • The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!: Super Mario Bros. 2 is represented heavily in this show along with the original Super Mario Bros. Nearly all of the characters (notably excepting Wart and Pansers) and game play props appeared in the stories, and are often more prominent than the original game's features.
  • Super Mario World: Pokeys, Ninjis, and Pidgits first reappear here.
  • Wario's Woods: Toad's strength returns in this game, and he picks up, carries, and throws Bombs and his enemies as he did in Super Mario Bros. 2. Some enemies (such as the Spud) also vaguely resemble the vegetables from Super Mario Bros. 2. Birdo also makes her first reappearance in the Super Mario franchise through this game.
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee: A Super Mario Bros. 2-themed stage called Mushroom Kingdom II is selectable, and Birdo frequently appears at the sides of the stage, spitting eggs at fighters. This stage also plays Super Mario Bros. 2's Ground Theme, as well as that game's boss music (during Sudden Death matches). Also, parts of Princess Peach's moveset (floating and picking vegetables) come from Super Mario Bros. 2. There are also trophies of Birdo, Pidgit, and the vegetables.
  • Super Mario 64 DS: Luigi's scuttle jump appears to have been influenced by his jumping style from Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time: Pidgits reappear and they attack as they do in Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Super Princess Peach: The ability to pick up enemies and throw them at each other to defeat them is reused in this game, although it is not the only way Peach can defeat enemies as she can also attack enemies with Perry.
  • Mario Hoops 3-on-3: The final victory theme is a rearrangement of the ending theme of Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Super Paper Mario: Francis mentioned having a comic called, "Cyborg Wart", which is clearly a reference to Wart. Also, there were Sammer Guys by the names of "Squatting Birdo", "Pidget on Wind's Breath", "Sleeping Turnip", "Upward Leaping Ninji", "Plugged Snifit", and "Guy Who Fry", references to Birdo, Pidgit, Turnip, Ninji, Snifit, and Fryguy, respectively.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl: Peach retains her moveset from Melee, and there's another trophy of Birdo. Also, Wart and Birdo's names appear in the random name selection. Finally, Super Mario Bros. 2 is available as a Masterpiece to play. The character the trial starts out with is Peach (but it is possible to play as another character if one gets a Game Over before the trial ends). Snifit and Mouser appear as stickers. To unlock it, one must win five brawls with Peach.
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story: In this game, Wiggler sometimes attack by pulling out vegetables, which are the same ones that are seen in Super Mario Bros. 2. Also, one of Bowser's brainwashed minions states that he forgot what Bowser's Castle was originally called (before it was turned into "Fawful Theater"), and mistakenly referred to it as "Mouser's Castle".
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii: The way the characters are able to pick up the items, such as the POW Block, returns.
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2: Luigi's Triple Jump may be based on his jumps from Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!: Arrangements of the Ground Theme, life lost, boss battle, and victory themes are heard in World 1.
  • Mario Sports Mix: Toad's throwing animations appear to be influenced from Super Mario Bros. 2, and his high running speed returns.
  • Super Mario 3D Land: Mario and Luigi's chargeable jumps while crouching resemble the Power Squat Jump ability that the playable characters can perform in Super Mario Bros. 2 while crouching.
  • Mario Kart 7: The Shy Guy Bazaar course makes references to the elements from Super Mario Bros. 2 such as the addition of magic carpets and jars in their original color schemes. The namesake Shy Guys also appear to be the dominant audience members throughout the course.
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2: The Cannon levels resemble Sub-space.
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star: Pokeys based on their appearance in Super Mario Bros. 2 return. Also, the main theme is a jazzy version of the credits theme from this game. Ninjis reappear as enemies.
  • Super Mario 3D World: Princess Peach and Toad are once again playable characters, and everybody has the same abilities as in Super Mario Bros. 2. An arrangement of Super Mario Bros. 2's "character select" music is used for the Lucky House.
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: The ability to pluck items out of the ground (using Item Handles) and the ability to carry specific enemies were brought over from Super Mario Bros. 2, according to Kensuke Tanabe.[29]
  • NES Remix 2 / Ultimate NES Remix: Several challenges are based on this game.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U: Grass appears as an item in these games. Peach's Vegetable move and floating ability returns, this time with the vegetable-pick sound effect taken directly from the NES version of the game. Also, Luigi performs a scuttle in his jump, a technique that originated in this game. The Ground Theme is present in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and can be heard on the stages Peach's Castle (64) and Super Mario Maker.
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker: Turnips return, alongside various roof structures that resemble Wart's castle.
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars: New arrangements of the Ground Theme, world clear, and life lost themes appear in Rolling Hills.
  • Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS: The door sprite from Super Mario Bros. 2 is used in the Super Mario Bros. 3 game style in these two games. Shy Guy's sprite is reused for his costume, and sound effects from Super Mario Bros. 2 can be heard in the costumes for Peach, Shy Guy, and Birdo. A course based on World 1-1 also appeared as an Event Course on December 2015.
  • Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge: The abilities for Mini Luigi and Mini Peach work similar to their counterparts in this game. The arrangements from Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars are reused in Boost Pad Bonanza.
  • Paper Mario: Color Splash: Shy Guys are the most common enemy in this game. An arrangement of the Ground Theme from Super Mario Bros. 2 is used in the Spinning-Door bonus areas. Jars make an appearance in Château Chanterelle. Wart is mentioned by a yellow Toad.
  • Super Mario Run: Ninjis return in this game, retaining their colors from Super Mario Bros. 2 and look from Super Mario Advance artwork. An arranged version of the underground theme from Super Mario Bros. 2 is featured in the background music for Remix 10. This is also Peach's first playable appearance in a 2D Super Mario platformer since Super Mario Bros. 2, although the player has to rescue her in order to play as her as she is also the usual damsel in distress in this game. As in her playable appearance in Super Mario 3D World, Peach also retains her ability to float from Super Mario Bros. 2 along with the addition of slowly descending in mid-air.
  • Super Mario Odyssey: Mario can carry and throw Turnips, as in Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Super Mario Party: Shy Guy's sprite appears in Puzzle Hustle.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Peach (and by extension, her new Echo Fighter Daisy) returns her float and vegetable moves from the previous games. Mushroom Kingdom II from Super Smash Bros. Melee returns with updated graphics based on Super Mario All-Stars and various spirits originating Super Mario Bros. 2 also appear. A new arrangement of the Ground Theme is also featured.
  • Super Mario Maker 2: The SMB2 Mushroom was added in the version 3.0.0 update and grants the player Mario's abilities in Super Mario Bros. 2. The 3.0.0 update also added the Cursed Key, which summons Phanto once it is collected.
  • Mario Kart Tour: The Shy Guy Bazaar course from Mario Kart 7 returns as a classic course in Mario Kart Tour. The special skill of Birdo (Green) is the Fire Flower, referencing Green Birdo's ability to shoot fireballs in Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder: The Power Squat Jump move reappears as the Crouching High Jump badge, and Luigi's high jump and Scuttle return as the Floating High Jump badge. Peach's Floating Jump returns as another badge.


  • "Uprooting and lifting things as you played gave the game a new feel. It was released in Japan as Super Mario USA." — Shigeru Miyamoto, Super Mario History 1985-2010 Booklet
  • "The basic controls have a very free, silly feeling to them that I absolutely love." — Takashi Tezuka, Super Mario History 1985-2010 Booklet
  • "I adjusted the sounds of the NES to make it sound like a lot of different instruments were being played." — Koji Kondo, Super Mario History 1985-2010 Booklet

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スーパーマリオUSA
Sūpā Mario Yū Esu Ē
Super Mario USA

Chinese (simplified) 超级马力欧USA
Chāojí Mǎlì'ōu USA
Super Mario USA

Chinese (traditional) 超級瑪利歐USA
Chāojí Mǎlì'ōu USA
Super Mario USA

Korean 슈퍼 마리오 브라더스 2
Syupeo Malio Beuladeoseu 2
슈퍼 마리오 USA[30]
Syupeo Malio USA

Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario USA

See also[edit]


  • The South Korean Virtual Console release on Wii is the Japanese version, whereas the South Korean release on Nintendo 3DS uses the international version.
  • If the player defeats Wart with Luigi, he does one jump in the ending cutscene instead of two.
  • On the Nintendo Entertainment System / Famicom, all sprites are limited to three colors per sprite. Despite this, Mario, Luigi and Princess Toadstool have white in their eyes along with three additional colors. This effect is achieved by a white rectangle hidden behind the character's sprite, while the eyes are transparent. This is part of the reason why their eyes flicker when entering a door or overlapping with another sprite.[31]
  • Despite the fact that some artwork still depicts Mario and Luigi with blue shirts, and red and green overalls respectively, the sprites swap the shirts' and overalls' colorization. This change was later officialized in Super Mario Bros. 3.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Power Pak Source. Page 20.
  2. ^ Nintendo NES Games release chart. Archived September 21, 2008.
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  4. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario USA section, page 64.
  5. ^ Date info for VC from TMK, retrieved 5-31-2008
  6. ^ a b Korean Virtual Console game list,
  7. ^ Super Mario USA 3DS eShop page at (Retrieved February 16, 2013)
  8. ^ Nintendo. (February 5, 2019). ファミリーコンピュータ Nintendo Switch Online 追加タイトル [2019年2月]. YouTube. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  9. ^ Nintendo. (February 5, 2019). Nintendo Entertainment System - February Game Updates - Nintendo Switch Online. YouTube. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
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  11. ^ Official Nintendo AU NZ Twitter
  12. ^ Kazuya Sakai (Ambit), kikai, Akinori Sao, Junko Fukuda, Kunio Takayama, and Ko Nakahara (Shogakukan) (ed.). Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros. Milwaulkie: Dark Horse Books, 2018. ISBN: 978-4-09-106569-8.
  13. ^ McLaughlin, Rus. (September 13, 2010) IGN Presents: The History of Super Mario Bros. IGN. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
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  15. ^ The Secret History of Super Mario Bros. 2,
  16. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet PDF scan available on (Retrieved September 28, 2013)
  17. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet Greyscale PDF scan available on (originally from (Retrieved September 28, 2013)
  18. ^ The Mushroom Kingdom provides the original Japanese biography of Birdo/Catherine (retrieved September 28, 2013)
  19. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, pages 25-26 Scan available on (Retrieved March 24, 2015)
  20. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, pages 27-28 Scan available on (Retrieved March 24, 2015)
  21. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, pages 23-24 Scan available on (Retrieved March 24, 2015)
  22. ^ a b Closer look at the Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic manual, provided by the Back of the Cereal Box.
  23. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, pages 24-25.
  24. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 Review - Wii Review at IGN
  25. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 Review for Wii - GameSpot
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  29. ^ Nintendo. Wii U Developer Direct - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze @E3 2013. YouTube. Retrieved July 13, 2017
  30. ^ From the Korean version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  31. ^ Retro Game Mechanics Explained (November 3, 2020). 5 Colors in One Sprite Explained - Audiovisual Effects Pt. 04. YouTube. Retrieved October 26, 2022.