The Best of the NES
Many people think of Super Mario Bros. 3 as the best of the original NES series, but for me, Super Mario Bros. 2 has always been the pinnacle of the series.
Referred to in Japan as "Super Mario Bros. USA," the second game released in the States is one of the most unique games in the entire franchise. It was the first game that relied not on stomping enemies and punching bricks, but on using a strange combination of vegetables plucked from the ground to attack your targets.
The basic story is that, while on a picnic with Princess Toadstool (whom I will NEVER accept as Princess Peach), Toad, and his brother, Luigi, Mario and his friends come upon a strange door, and follow a creature into it who is asking for their hope.
Once inside the door, they are transported to another world, inhabited not by Goombas, Koopas, and Lukitus, but by Shy-Guys, Bertos, and a giant toad named Wart.
This is, by far, my favorite game in the series for several reasons, not the least of which is the fantastic music - the main level music is a fantastic ragtime piece that is truly difficult to play.
I highly suggest this game!
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Marcus Hopkins from Morgantown, WV on 3/8/2014