Super Mario Bros. 2 Prototype Cartridge Found

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  1. Joe Moore

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    The Mushroom Kingdome has a very detailed side-by-side breakdown of the differences between Doki-Doki Panic (the game Nintendo turned into SMB2 USA), the SMB2 Prototype and the SMB2 final product. Quite cool.

    http://themushroomkingdom.net/smb2_proto.shtml
     
  2. Deefuzz

    Deefuzz Beard On! Beardmaster! Veteran

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    Wow, nice find. That is one extensive writeup.
     
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    Very interesting stuff. I knew all about Doki-Doki Panic, but the SMB2 prototype is new to me.
     
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    So was Doki-Doki Panic released in Japan? If so, was SMB2 also released in Japan? I would have thought that the Japanese market would have cried foul.
     
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    Doki-Doki Panic was released in Japan on the Famicom Disk System. If Japan did cry foul, it's only because the West got an improved version of the game with better graphics, sound, and Mario characters. So as not to deprive Japanese gamers, they later released our SMB2 as "Super Mario USA".
     
  6. Joe Moore

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    Doki-Doki was a Japanese release. The North American version of SMB2 was not originally released in Japan, but later released as a US Edition. They had an earlier sequel to SMB that used the same graphics as the original, but had new level designs. That game can be found on Super Mario All-Stars for the SNES, known as SMB The Lost Levels.
     
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    Ah, so that's what the Super Mario USA image I saw was.

    Thanks guys.
     
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    Actually, it used the same character and enemy sprites and a modified version of the same engine, but not the same level graphics. Some of the power-up sprites were changed as well. I'm not sure why they decided to give the games identical graphics in the All-Stars collection.
     
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    Wow... that is awesome. It would be weird (and awesome at teh same time) to have something like this.

    It only took like 20 years for it to surface.
     
  10. Savanna

    Savanna Want to Touch my Wankel?

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    Nice look there. To bad I never really liked SM2/Dori. SMB3 came out and I never touched the SMB2 ever again.

    Super Mario USA title screen jutt seems wierd to me though.
     
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    Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad.
     
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    I never knew about Doki-Doki Panic. Though it makes sense why SMB2 didn't quite match with SMB1 or 3
     
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    That's really cool! I wonder how much that prototype would go for nowadays? 350 is pretty cheap IMO.
     
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    I found out about Doki-Doki Panic and the Japanese SMB2 from a magazine when I was in fifth grade. For a long time, I was jealous that Japan had two original games, while we only got a hack of one pretending to be the other. That ended when I got the chance to actually play them. What we got may not fit as neatly into the SMB series, but it was a lot better than DDP or SMB2J.
     
  15. ckhtiger

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    the mushroom kingdom? either you're a hardcore smb fan, or wwwwwwwwwaaaaayyyyyy too much free time ;)  pretty neat find, though.
     

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