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

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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.

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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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