1988 gave us Super Mario Bros. 2, one of the oddest yet ultimately rewarding titles in the Mario series. The game has an interesting history. When Super Mario Bros. 2 came out in Japan, the title was ultimately a remade version of Super Mario Bros. with harder levels. When it came time to release the game in the USA, Nintendo decided against it. Instead, the Japanese game Doki Doki Panic was taken and modified. Mario, Luigi, Toad, and the Princess were added and BOOM! Super Mario Bros. 2 was here for all to enjoy.
Since Super Mario Bros. 2 started out as a totally different game, the gameplay is not something you’d expect from a Mario game. Instead of finding coins, stomping on Goombas, and thwarting the evil Bowser, you’re picking up vegetables, stomping Shy Guy’s, and throwing eggs at Birdo. Weird stuff. The interesting thing about this is that while all the characters in the game were originally intended for the Doki Doki Panic franchise, as a result of Super Mario Bros. 2 the characters became integrated in Mario mythology. The Shy Guys now fight Mario alongside the Goombas.