YMMV: Super Mario Bros. 2


  • Bizarro Episode: This game is quite different from your usual Mario platforming game. Peach and Toad are playable, there's a new villain to fight with Bowser nowhere to be seen, the gameplay is slightly different, other enemies and items from the game wouldn't come back, there is no time limit, and the game turns out to be a dream in the end, something no other ending in a Mario game does.
  • Broken Base:
    • The third world's dungeon is seen by some as a huge difficulty spike due to the shy guy pots and lots of spark platforms and increased length, while others see it as the easiest dungeon in the game due to the abundance of POW blocks, the near absence of instant death traps, the ease of escaping the Phanto, the fact you get all your hearts early, and the lack of Zerg Rush enemies in the dungeon.
    • The game itself. Among fans, Mario 2 is one of two things: A very different but fun Mario game that deserves it's status in the series as a classic, or a lazy romhack of an unrelated Japanese game that while good, doesn't belong in the franchise.
  • Demonic Spiders: Bob-Ombs, when uprooted, often have an extremely short fuse, damaging you if you don't throw them in time.
    • Blue Pansers. They shoot flames in an arc and they move around unlike their red and green cousins.
  • Difficulty Spike: Depending on whether or not 3-3 is difficult for you or not, this either happens there or in 4-2, a level with a very hard to find fourth mushroom, Zerg Rush beezos BEFORE you get to the third mushroom, and some annoying platforming involving an autobomb, not to mention fighting Birdo on ice. The difficulty spikes again in 5-3 with an area overflowing with enemies plus a tough climb up inside a tree. Then you have to fight Clawgrip.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: To this day, there are fans who still refuse to accept the game as a part of the Mario series, neverminding the fact that it was originally conceived as a Mario game anyway before becoming Doki Doki Panic.
  • Game Breaker:
    • Peach's hovering ability. Don't have to worry about risky jumps jumping on disappearing logs when you her ability to jump and just levitate over them.
    • In general; Luigi breaks vertical jumping, Peach breaks horizontal jumping. (Mario's vertical jump height is actually better than Peach's.)
    • Peach and Luigi's super jumps, when used with the run button for great distance, can not only clear certain pitfalls with ease, but they can also bypass huge chunks of some levels to reach the end faster instead of going the longer normal way. Using said shortcuts will mean passing up a mushroom or two though.
    • Interestingly enough, the game manual declared Toad this, due to his speed and power, saying that you will use him the most, with Luigi and Peach only for levels that require their jumping abilities. It's probably worth noting that most Speed Runners do exactly this.
    • The Game Boy Advance remake made shells rebound from walls instead of disappearing upon contact, and it now always generates hearts for every enemy it kills, making it ripe for exploit potential.
    • Giant Shy Guys and Ninjis, who drop hearts when thrown, making them an easy source of hearts should you find yourself taking too much damage.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The POW Block and Starman cameos in Doki Doki Panic, which were present before the game was adapted into a Mario game - or, rather, re-adapted.
    • Luigi being a swap of Mama from Doki Doki Panic started the whole "Mama Luigi" meme way before people heard it on the cartoon shows.
  • It Was His Sled: The whole game is a dream being had by Mario.
  • Memetic Mutation: The overworld music. IT BEGINS (second link contains NSFW content).
  • Never Live It Down: Its status as a sprite swap of Doki Doki Panic ensures that DDP is almost always brought up in media that refers to this.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Phanto. An eerie, grinning mask that shudders to life and hunts you down the moment you pick up a key and does not back off until you either drop it or use it on a door.
    • The final Hawkmouth gateway unexpectedly detaching from the wall and attacking you. It's even worse in Doki, where the Hawkmouth is a creepy, painted tribal mask instead.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: Pirated versions of this game are sometimes called "Super Wonderful Mario" (on the label) and "Super Bros. 5" (on the title screen). The game is completely the same.
  • Sophomore Slump: Few people would call it a bad game, but where the original was the Trope Maker for the platformer genre and the next game is often ranked among the greatest games in history, 2 is mostly just considered to be a good game. It also reflects in the sales too. Mario 2 actually had the worst sales of the Mario NES Trilogy.
  • That One Boss:
    • Clawgrip. He throws lightning-fast rocks that aren't always guaranteed to slow down enough before going down a pit. Good luck getting past him with Toad or Luigi.
    • Fryguy. Constantly sweeps around his room raining fireballs and delivers a deadly Kaizo Trap to those players used to hitting bosses three times and dying. Fryguy splits into four smaller versions of itself, and the more ones you kill, the ones remaining get faster. It's more likely to get swarmed and taken out by the smaller Fryguys than the big one.
  • Unwinnable by Insanity: In World 2-2 where you must dig through sand, it's possible to force yourself into a dead end by digging up every sand block until they're out of your jumping range. Since the game has no timer, you're stuck there. The only way out without resetting the game is to use the suicide code (Up+A+B on the second controller). This provides the trope image.
  • Vindicated by History: In 2012, Shigeru Miyamoto shocked many by dubbing this as his favorite Mario game. General Audience reaction has been kinder towards the game in the following years, partly because it is a game that breaks the formula in many ways and introduced numerous defining gameplay mechanics.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Mario sleeping at the very end. A very convincing cartoon Mario on the NES.