Tired of the 30 days game challenge? Enjoy my own personal revisitation of a classic challenge! Instead of 30 daily posts that fill an entire month, this challenge is more diluted in time and it will cover all the year 2018. 52 weeks, 52 questions to understand who’s the person behind this blog. Me!
Week 21 – A game sequel that disappointed you
Being a lover of the Super Mario universe and having played millions of hours the original Super Mario on the NES, the first game for console I ever owned, and Super Mario 3, the second game I’ve ever owned I’ve always had an immense curiosity to try out the second game as well.
When I was a kid a guy who ran a shop in the same building where I lived told me that he had the game and he borrowed it to me for a couple of weeks. Back then I was more than happy to play it, even though it was surely different and quite an odd game. Since I’ve tried it only for several days, since then I have an endless desire to play it and possibly complete it.
Now I own the game and I can play it whenever I want but being adult and having the possibility to compare different games I have to say, much to my dismay, that the game has disappointed expectations and anytime I pop it into my NES I get bored after 10 minutes. Of course the biggest “problem” with Super Mario 2 is that from the beginning it wasn’t meant to be a Mario game, being an adaptation of the japanese game Doki Doki Panic, giving the fact that Nintendo feared that the official sequel to Super Mario (known in the West as Super Mario – The Lost Levels which came out in Japan for the Famicom Disk System and more recently on Virtual Console) could have been to hard to an audience – that of the West – that was still struggling with the original Super Mario (and they were probably right since I cannot gets past the first levels in The Lost Levels, probably even because it’s hard for me to adapt to the controls of my Nintendo 2DS).
Super Mario 2 features enemies never seen in any other Mario games and does not include the figure of Bowser as a final boss, as it has been replaced with an awkward giant frog. The only legacy of this game on the Mario saga is the difference between Mario and Luigi – the former more balanced while the latter with an higher ability in jumping balanced by a lower handling.
So, even though I can’t be completely disappointed by this game I have to say that, being the expectations so high, it failed to convey the sensations the other Mario games, especially the third, succesfully conveyed.