Review by Kooper

"Side-Scrolling Mario Games got a lot harder!"

This was the next Mario game in the series, well in Japan. This game was never released for the NES in USA or Europe, but it is still a great game.

Story
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The story is exactly the same as in the first installment in the epic Mario Brothers series, but it is still a classic storyline. Koopa has kidnapped the princess and it is up to you to travel through many a level and world to rescue her. A bit repetetive, but is good never the less. 8/10

Graphics
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Not very good compared to the games nowadays, but a sure improvement to the games back then. A sure improvement from the original Mario Bros. Watching Mario in colour is a spectacular sight. 9/10

Sound
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The sounds are one of the brilliant features of the old school Mario games. When you here a tune on this game you will certainly not forget it. Whether its the cheery music in the overworld, the dark music in the underworld or the aquatic music in the water they're all very catchy tunes.
10/10

Gameplay
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The true heart and soul of a game, the gameplay. All the Mario games are true masters of gameplay, and this one is no exception. The controls work like a dream, with almost perfect characteristics for Mario and Luigi. The game makes you feel as if you're really in the game, and your body will be swaying side to side as you drastically try avoid a paratroopa. 10/10

Lastability
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Hard. Need I say no more. This is where the game really stands out. I'll tell you one thing, whether you are the master of disaster or the computer game king, this game is sure to have you hooked for hours on end. This game is far far much harder than Super Mario Bros. There are once again 8 normal levels, all incredibly hard. But when you think you've beaten Koopa, the game is not quite finished yet. If you manage through the whole 8 levels without using a warp pipe then you get a oddball 9th world which has crazy features. Once you beat Koopa in the overworld? You get four more worlds. A, B, C and D, will this game ever end. Tis game has incredible lastability.
10/10

Overall
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The only downside to this game is the story, one of the least important factors in a game, so this game easily deserves a full marks 10 out of 10. It is worth buying a NES just to play this game and other Super Mario Bros. classics.


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 02/16/04


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