Japan’s Nintendo eShop Gets Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Next Week

By Ishaan . July 19, 2012 . 10:30am

Japan’s next Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console game is another NES title—Super Mario Bros. 2, or as it is referred to outside Japan, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.


The Lost Levels was originally only released in Japan in 1986 for the Famicom Disk System.


The game was deemed too difficult for an overseas release, and instead, Nintendo of America had their parent company re-tool a separate game called Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic into a Mario title, which was then released as the U.S. version of New Super Mario Bros 2.


A remake of The Lost Levels was finally released outside of Japan in 1993 for the SNES, as part of the Super Mario All-Stars collection. The 3DS Virtual Console release will be available on July 25th in Japan for 500 yen.

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  • Kefkiroth

    “too difficult for an overseas release”
    Do they think overseas gamers suck at gaming or something…? I think I remember FF4 getting nerfed for overseas release. 

    • Jirin

      The ironic thing is, now they’re nerfing games for the Japanese audience.  Maybe that’s only because the average American gamer is older than the average Japanese gamer though.

  • Jirin

    I’d love to get a chance to play this with original graphics and life count.  Had a lot of fun with this in Super Mario All Stars.

    Except, I heard in order to get access to the A-D levels in the original version you have to beat it eight times in a row with no continues, so scratch that part.

    • ShugoTakahashi

      It’s actually available on the US Wii Virtual Console already, for $6 I think. They called it “Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels” on the US VC, but the title screen still says “Super Mario Bros. 2”.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Man i remember this went i am still young there lol which started the trend where people always consider Japan to be the most superior country for gaming lol.(Till now lol.)

    But nowadays, it seems other country is also not lagging too far anymore as both release usually had the same difficulties except for Catherine.^^

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