Game news Nintendo: What is the most difficult Mario game?
If today the Mario adventures have the image of accessible games for all audiences, this was not always the case, especially at the beginning of the career of the famous mustachioed Italian plumber. Therefore, to prove it to you, the editorial staff of JV invites you to come back to THE most difficult Mario title, but also to extend the question to other of his often less cited productions.
- The Lost Levels, the game too hard for the west
- Difficult Mario games, more numerous than you think?
Today it is evident that Mario series games are seen as simple adventures trying to reach the widest possible audience. As proof, we can cite Super Mario Odyssey’s assisted mode or the White Tanuki costume in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, which are there so that everyone can enjoy the game without too much difficulty. That doesn’t mean that the mustachioed Italian plumber is only entitled to health walks, quite the opposite, because those first titles weren’t accessible to everyone.especially one that is still widely considered THE most difficult Mario game: Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Planes.
The Lost Levels, the game too hard for the west
To fully understand why The Lost Levels is so difficult, we must first return to the context of time. As Super Mario Bros. It was released in 1985 and was a huge hit as the title sold 40 million copies worldwide. But despite this public success, we must not fool ourselves, The first game in the Super Mario series is anything but easy, especially with its limited number of lives
Despite this apparent difficulty of the first Mario, this didn’t stop Nintendo from raising the level by a notch with the next episode. First off, if we called it The Lost Levels today, the title is first released under the name Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan in 1986, but was renamed Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels when it was released in the 1993 Super Mario All-Stars compilation re-released on the Super NES. Visually, this second opus looks a lot like Super Mario Bros. with just a few minor graphical tweaks. But controller in hand, this is where it gets complicated. Very fast, We understand that we’re dealing with a much more vicious and punishing level design than before, with real passages of dying and retrying since it is impossible to avoid certain pitfalls without knowing them first. For example, the game is full of invisible blocks that Mario can bump into while jumping, causing him to fall into a hole and lose a life as a result. Conversely, sometimes you even have to jump on these invisible blocks, which requires great precision that is not always obvious.
Among the elements that enraged more than one, We can also mention the famous poisonous mushrooms that damage Mario if he touches them, an object that we will hardly find again in the series. Worse, those who have already played the title will surely remember the wind that can push our plumber back in full motion, even in full jump, often ending in death. Final proof of the sadism of this game, the latter also contains warp zones, like the first episode, but … which leads back to worlds already traveled and therefore sends the player back.
The Lost Levels in the Super Mario All-Stars compilation
If you’re familiar with video game history, you surely know the story surrounding the western release of The Lost Levels and why it didn’t match Super Mario Bros. 2 that we had at home. But for those who have never heard of it, a little reminder of the facts. Given the title’s difficulty, Nintendo made the decision not to release the game in the rest of the world, particularly North America and the West, as the experience was deemed too difficult for Western audiences., which could negatively affect the image of the franchise. Instead, the decision was made to use an existing game called Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic and replace characters, enemies, and other details with elements from the Mario universe, resulting in Super Mario Bros. 2 as we know it back home.
Difficult Mario games, more numerous than you think?
If The Lost Levels is ranked as the most difficult Mario game by the majority of players, we can expand the question to mention other titles as difficult. Recently, We could call Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker 2 the most difficult of the series
To complete this brief overview of difficult 2D Mario games, we can cite a special case. If the early titles in the series were bound to be more difficult than the latest, New Super Luigi U is an exception to the rule. Sort of stand alone from New Super Mario Bros. U, the title offers a unique approach with shorter but more treacherous levels, which the player must cross at full speed in less than 100 seconds. As the name suggests, we control Luigi, which has a different gameplay than Mario, with jumps that are certainly higher, but also more floating and less precise, which sometimes complicates the task.
Go as a bonus We can also mention the Mario 3D game that most players consider the most difficult: Super Mario Sunshine. Aside from being a particularly controversial episode, it’s also a title with unique gameplay mechanics due to Mario’s jetpack/water pump, the famous JET and all the moves it gives access to. Almost twenty years after its release, it is very likely that certain levels still impress a majority of players, like that of pachinkos. In reality, where Sunshine is really difficult, getting its 100% is particularly difficult, since the blue and red parts of many stages require great skill that is not for everyone. However, the name Mario is not always synonymous with ease.
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