Okay, here’s some more dork history for you:

The true sequel to the most popular video game of all time, Super Mario Bros. was never released outside of Japan. According to Wikipedia, “The extreme difficulty and often frustrating gameplay made Nintendo of America deem the game too hard for American consumers; it was feared it would not sell well.

The game we got to know as Super Mario 2 in the USA was actually a weird remixed version of a different (and totally unrelated) Japanese game called Doki Doki Panic. For you old school Nintendo folks, this explains why everything in the US release looked weird and very un-Mario like. If you actually find this interesting, you can read all the details of this whole kooky story here.

I heard about all this years ago, and had always been curious as to what the “real” Japanese version was actually like. I’ve always dug the old Mario games, and admittedly have been known to go for some NES action every once in a blue moon… So every once in a while, I’d look for more info on this.

I recently came across an NES emulator for OS X that supports Famicom disk images, and I knew that the game was released in that format in Japan. It was never a cartridge, which explains why there aren’t any readily available ROMs for it.

I downloaded the emulator, and after a few Google searches was able to find a site where you can download the actual disk images. A few minutes later, I was up and running.

The game is very cool.

It’s also infuriatingly cruel, but that’s kind of a plus. It’s a real challenge… much, MUCH harder than the original game was.

This concludes our Video Game Geek History Minute.