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Subcon, Lost Levels, And Everything In Between

Super Mario Bros. 2 As often happens on the Internet, there's a discussion brewing over whether Super Mario Bros. 2 or Super Mario Bros. 2 is the real Super Mario Bros. 2.  That is, which is the "real" sequel: the Japanese only "lost levels" or the Doki Doki Panic-influenced adventure made available internationally.  Usually this kind of talk goes around and around with no end in sight, but over at Metafilter the conversation has turned to praise both games for their unique merits.

The insanely awesome thing about the SMB2 [USA] music was that when you paused the game, it muted the melody, revealing a catchy and almost totally unrelated bass line. I used to sit there with it paused, wondering how on earth they got two different tunes to work together like that. All of which means that now, whenever I'm with someone who has the melody stuck in his or her head, I can come in underneath and completely nerd-bliss out.
posted by darksasami at 2:32 PM on November 5

I think we were all in love with Super Mario Bros. 2 (ah, that is, the non-"lost levels" version) back in the day, and it's still a very solid game that holds up over time.  I replayed the original Nintendo Entertainment System version just a week or so ago and still enjoyed every minute of it, and nearly twenty years after first experiencing the game the overworld theme song is still planted firmly in my brain.