Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels is a video game released for the Famicom Disk System, Game Boy Advance, and the Virtual Console. It is a sequel to Super Mario Bros. that, prior to the Virtual Console release, was exclusive to Japan.
This game is known as Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan. The reason for it being replaced by another game in the US (which was later re-released in Japan as "Super Mario USA") is that Nintendo of America thought it would be too hard for American audiences, and it was too much like the original Super Mario Bros.
The story is the same as Super Mario Bros.: Bowser had kidnapped Princess Peach (then known as Princess Toadstool outside Japan), presumably turning the citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom into plants, blocks, etc. a second time. This time, Luigi can set out on his own to rescue Peach with his own distinct abilities.
If Mario or Luigi complete levels 1-1 through 8-4 without warping, he is transported to “Fantasy World”, world 9, with only one life, replaying those four levels until he dies.
Each time 8-4 is completed, a star is added to the title screen; after eight stars are earned, Mario or Luigi can play a second quest consisting of four new worlds, A through D. The story is the same as the first quest.
- Mario - After Mario learns that Bowser has captured the Princess again, he goes straight off to save her. He controls identically to Super Mario Bros.: He can jump far, run fast, and stop on a dime.
- Luigi - Luigi is similar to Mario, but jumps slightly higher, and has worse traction, making it seem like he is walking on ice. This is the first Mario game to give Luigi distinct jumping physics.
- Princess Peach - In the game, Princess Peach (formerly Toadstool) is kidnapped by Bowser, and taken to his castle. Mario or Luigi will again have to go through 8 worlds to save her.
- Toad - Different Toads were captured and taken to the castles in worlds 1-7 and A-C for Mario or Luigi to save. They explain that Princess Peach is in another castle, which led to a long-running joke throughout the series.
- Bowser - Bowser has taken control of the Mushroom Kingdom and kidnapped all of the residents other than Mario and Luigi. Now the brothers will have to defeat Bowser to bring back peace to the land.
- False Bowser - False Bowsers will appear at the end of every world other than 8, 9, and D. They are regular enemies with Bowser disguises on to fool you.
- Koopa Troopa - A turtle-like enemy that can be a projectile if jumped on first. There are two types of them, a green one and a red one. The green ones will walk off platforms while the red ones will turn around. If you jump on them, they will come back out of their shells after a few seconds.
- Koopa Paratroopa - A Koopa Troopa with wings that will jump extra high or fly in a straight line. Like the regular Koopas, these are either red or green. If stomped, they will lose their wings.
- Goomba - The most common enemy that will only try to run into you. They will sometimes attack in groups, where you will be able to kill them all while jumping once.
- Lakitu - Lakitus are Koopas that sit atop clouds throwing Spinies at you. They can be stomped but often fly too high to easily reach.
- Spiny - Spinies are the enemies that Lakitus throw at you. They have spines on their backs, meaning that you cannot kill them by jumping on them. They can be defeated with a Koopa or Buzzy Beetle shell, fireball, or Super Star. They will also walk off ledges.
- Buzzy Beetle - A beetle that is like a Koopa Troopa, except the only way to kill it is to knock it off an edge, hit it with a shell, or to ram into it while invincible.
- Piranha Plant - A carnivorous plant that will pop out of pipes trying to bite you. The green ones are identical to the ones in Super Mario Bros., and will stay in their pipe if Mario or Luigi are right next to it. This game introduces a new red variety that appears starting in World 4, which will continue to move in and out even with Mario or Luigi adjacent to their pipes.
- Bullet Bill - A bullet that will be shot out of a cannon toward you.
- Hammer Bros. - A pair of Koopa brothers that will throw hammers. They are often, but not always, found in pairs.
- Cheep Cheep - Found in all underwater levels, these fish will try to swim into you. In a few levels on land, they will jump high into the air and try to hit you. In land levels, they can be stomped.
- Blooper - A squid that will try to swim into you, or try to fly into you. This game introduces bloopers that can fly in the air, which can be stomped.
- Podoboo - A fireball that will pop out of lava in castle levels.
List of levels
|World||Level||Setting||Enemies found (first appearance in bold)|
|World 1||Overworld||Goomba, Koopa Troopa (red and green), Koopa Paratroopa (red and Green), Piranha Plant (green)|
|World 1||Underground||Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Piranha Plant, Buzzy Beetle|
|World 1||Athletic||Blooper, Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa|
|World 1||Castle||Firebar, Koopa Troopa, False Bowser (Imported as World 1-4 of Vs. Super Mario Bros.)|
|World 2||Dark Overworld||Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa, Piranha Plant|
|World 2||Dark Overworld||Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa, Goomba, Piranha Plant (Imported as World 3-2 of Vs. Super Mario Bros.)|
|World 2||Dark Athletic||Jumping Cheep-Cheep, Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa, Blooper|
|World 2||Castle||Koopa Troopa, Goomba, Firebar, Podoboo, False Bowser|
|World 3||Overworld||Hammer Bro., Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa, Bullet Bill, Piranha Plant|
|World 3||Underwater||Blooper, Cheep-Cheep, Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa|
|World 3||Athletic||Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa, Piranha Plant|
|World 3||Castle||Firebar, Piranha Plant, False Bowser|
|World 4||Overworld||Piranha Plant (red), Lakitu, Spiny, Spiny Egg|
|World 4||Overworld||Koopa Troopa, Piranha Plant, Buzzy Beetle, Lakitu, Spiny, Spiny Egg, Goomba|
|World 4||Athletic||Koopa Paratroopa, Bullet Bill (Imported as World 6-3 of Vs. Super Mario Bros.)|
|World 4||Castle||Firebar, Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Hammer Bro., Piranha Plant, Podoboo, False Bowser|
|World 5||Overworld||Buzzy Beetle, Piranha Plant, Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa, Goomba|
|World 5||Underground||Piranha Plant, Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Buzzy Beetle|
|World 5||Athletic||Koopa Paratroopa, Piranha Plant, Bullet Bill, Blooper|
|World 5||Castle||Podoboo, Firebar, False Bowser (Imported as World 6-4 of Vs. Super Mario Bros.)|
|World 6||Overworld||Piranha Plant, Buzzy Beetle, Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa, Goomba, Bullet Bill, Hammer Bro.|
|World 6||Underwater||Blooper, Cheep-Cheep, Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa (Imported as World 7-2 of Vs. Super Mario Bros.)|
|World 6||Athletic||Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa, Cheep-Cheep (Imported as World 7-3 of Vs. Super Mario Bros.)|
|World 6||Castle||Podoboo, Firebar, Piranha Plant, Hammer Bro., False Bowser|
|World 7||Dark Overworld||Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa, Piranha Plant, Hammer Bro., Bullet Bill|
|World 7||Dark Overworld||Blooper, Cheep-Cheep, Piranha Plant|
|World 7||Dark Athletic||Jumping Cheep-Cheep, Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa|
|World 7||Castle||Podoboo, Firebar, False Bowser|
|World 8||Overworld||Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa, Piranha Plant, Buzzy Beetle|
|World 8||Overworld||Goomba, Koopa Paratroopa, Piranha Plant, Buzzy Beetle, Lakitu, Spiny, Bullet Bill|
|World 8||Athletic||Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa, Piranha Plant, Bullet Bill, Hammer Bro.|
|World 8||Castle||Goomba, Koopa Paratroopa, Piranha Plant, Firebar, Podoboo, Buzzy Beetle, Hammer Bro., Blooper, Cheep-Cheep, False Bowser, Bowser|
|World 9||Underwater||Piranha Plant, Koopa Paratroopa, Bullet Bill, Lakitu, Spiny, Hammer Bro., Blooper, Buzzy Beetle|
|World 9||Underwater||Piranha Plant, Lakitu, Spiny|
|World 9||Overworld||False Bowser, Bowser|
|World 9||Underwater||Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Buzzy Beetle, Koopa Paratroopa, Hammer Bro., Blooper, Podoboo|
|World A||Overworld||Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa, Piranha Plant, Hammer Bro.|
|World A||Underground||Piranha Plant, Hammer Bro., Bullet Bill|
|World A||Athletic||Jumping Cheep-Cheep, Blooper, Koopa Paratroopa|
|World A||Castle||Firebar, Podoboo, Koopa Troopa, Bullet Bill, False Bowser|
|World B||Overworld||Buzzy Beetle, Koopa Troopa, Piranha Plant, Koopa Paratroopa|
|World B||Underwater||Blooper, Cheep-Cheep, Koopa Paratroopa, Koopa Troopa, Firebar, Piranha Plant|
|World B||Athletic||Koopa Paratroopa, Piranha Plant, Bullet Bill, Koopa Troopa|
|World B||Castle||Piranha Plant, Firebar, False Bowser|
|World C||Dark Overworld||Koopa Paratroopa, Piranha Plant, Hammer Bro., Buzzy Beetle|
|World C||Dark Athletic||Koopa Paratroopa, Jumping Cheep-Cheep, Blooper, Koopa Troopa, Bullet Bill|
|World C||Dark Athletic||Lakitu, Spiny, Koopa Paratroopa, Piranha Plant, Firebar|
|World C||Castle||Firebar, Koopa Troopa, Buzzy Beetle, Podoboo, False Bowser|
|World D||Overworld||Hammer Bro., Koopa Paratroopa, Bullet Bill, Buzzy Beetle, Koopa Troopa, Piranha Plant|
|World D||Overworld||Koopa Troopa, Buzzy Beetle, Koopa Troopa, Piranha Plant, Bullet Bill|
|World D||Overworld||Bullet Bill, Piranha Plant, Hammer Bro., Koopa Paratroopa|
|World D||Castle||Piranha Plant, Firebar, Podoboo, Koopa Paratroopa, Jumping Cheep-Cheep, Hammer Bro., Blooper, False Bowser, Bowser [(Boss)(SNES remake)]|
There is no legitimate method of accessing “Minus World” (actually world 36-1) in The Lost Levels.
The first appearance of the game outside of Japan was in remastered form in Super Mario All-Stars for SNES; some level designs were slightly modified to be made a bit easier, additional checkpoints and 1-ups were added, and poison mushrooms were altered to appear less similar to super mushrooms. A save feature was also added to allow starting the game from any accessed level.
The original Famicom game was finally released much later on Wii's Virtual Console. Outside of Japan it was labeled an “import” and cost 100 Wii Points more than NES titles. The title also appears in Nintendo Entertainment System Online for Nintendo Switch in its original unaltered form for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.
The game appeared as an unlockable in Super Mario Bros. Deluxe for Game Boy Color, but with Worlds 9 to D removed, and no wind in any levels. Some levels were further altered to accommodate the GBC’s smaller screen.
The original game was also released in all regions in a specia 35th anniversary edition Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch mini-console. The title screen has been modified to allow starting from any accessed world (except world 9), high score retention, addition of a 2020 copyright date, and starting with infinite lives, but the game itself is original.
There are five secret worlds: World 9, World A, World B, World C, and World D. World 9 can be unlocked by beating worlds 1-8 without warp zones. When world 8-4 is completed, a star is added to the title screen; if there are at least eight stars, holding A then pressing start will start a second quest beginning in World A and ending with World D.
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