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Way back when, I always had wondered why Super Mario Bros 2 was so much different than the first and third game in the series. Why was Mario half blue? Why couldn't I jump on enemies? I recently found the answer!

After re-reading Mario Mania Nintendo Player's Guide, I saw a page mentioning these strange differences. I came to the conclusion that the Super Mario Bros 2 we had all grown up with wasn't the real version after all. The original game was released in Japan for the Famicom Disk System in 1986 and was much closer to the first game in the series, only with different stages.

The version released in Europe and North America are actually the Japanese only game called "Doki Doki Panic" which was also released on the Famicom Disk System. According to the player's guide, Nintendo did this because the version released in Japan was much too hard for other audiences and didn't want to damage their brand with incredibly hard games.

It's almost like a ROM hack made by Nintendo themselves, which also means characters like Shyguy and Birdo aren't real Mario characters. Doki Doki Panic was created for an event which was held in 1987, the game simply served as promotion. In this event, they showed off a bunch of new types of media and even had Outrun arcade machines by Sega there! Sounds like fun.

All in all, despite it not being the original version of Super Mario Bros 2, I'm glad we had gotten the version we did. I doubt it would've been as popular had Nintendo sold it here with exactly the same graphics, music and gameplay. Some day I will have to import a copy of Doki Doki Panic for myself to see how different it actually is.

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Boku Dracula-kun

from Konami

Software

Nintendo World Championships 1990
Action 52 from Active Enterprises

Binary Land from Hudson Soft
Tonkachi Mario from Tonkachi

Devil World from Nintendo
Super Maruo from Showa Tsusho
Family Basic from Hudson/Nintendo

Hot Slots from Panesian
Gradius (Special Edition) from Konami

Nintendo Prototypes

Gimmick! from Sunsoft
Atlantis no Nazo from Sunsoft

Kobayashi Hitomi no Hold Up from Hacker International
Miss Peach World from Hacker International

Crazy Climber from Nichibutsu
Monster Party from Bandai

Prize cartridges/disks
Nintendo "Asian Version" releases

Star Soldier from Hudson Soft
Game Genie from Galoob

Hardware

FamicomBox Sharp
FamicomStation from Sharp

M8 Demo Unit Nintendo
M82 Demo Unit Nintendo

Famicom Disk Writer Nintendo
Famicom Disk Fax Nintendo
NES Test Station from Nintendo
Twin Famicom from Sharp

Famicom and NES piracy methods from the 80s! Check this page to read about the early Nintendo game pirates.


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