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Super Mario USA – A.K.A. – Super Mario Bros 2 – A.K.A. – Doki Doki Panic

February 11th, 2010 by admin
Japanese Game: Super Mario USA for Famicom

Japanese Game: Super Mario USA for Famicom

A lot of you probably already know about this, but I thought I’d share, especially since I picked up the cart a while back.

When Super Mario Bros 2 came out in Japan, it was called Super Mario Bros USA. Why USA? Because the game actually came out in the states first. Yep, Believe it or not, we got the release before they did…well, sort of.

So Here’s your history lesson for today (for those of you that don’t know this already): Nintendo created a sequel to Super Mario Bros which was realeased in Japan in 1986.

Doki Doki Panic for Famicom Disk

Doki Doki Panic for Famicom Disk

Because the game was so difficult, it was decided that it couldn’t be released to the Western markets. Not to dissapoint any fans, they took an existing Japanese game, Doki Doki Panic, and changed the sprites to Mario characters. It was realeased in the U.S. in 1988. When it was later release in Japan in 1994, they couldn’t call it SMB 2 because Japan already had a sequel, so they named it Super Mario Bro
USA.

The original Japanese sequel to Super Mario Bros was later release on the Super Nintendo as Super Mario: Lost Levels, on the Super Mario Allstars cartridge. As far as rare video games go, it’s probably not all that rare, but being a Japan only release, it’s not easy to find either.

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