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Super Mario Bros. 2 is an undeniable NES classic and loved by gamers of all ages. However, in recent years there has been a controversy surrounding it, with some people claiming Super Mario Bros. 2 is "not a real Mario game". Is there any validity to what the critics are claiming? Judge Cygnus is going to find out once and for all on Innocent Until Proven Guilty! Thanks for watching:)
Super Mario Bros. 2 was published & developed by Nintendo and released in October 1988. Super Mario Bros. 2 was a radical departure from the original Super Mario Bros. in that it included vertical and horizontal scrolling levels, as well as four playable characters: Mario and Luigi, as well as the Princess and Toad. Unbeknownst to U.S. gamers at the time, there was a completely different release of Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan, which stuck to the original formula. The U.S. Super Mario Bros. 2, on the other hand, was converted from a Famicom game called Doki Doki Panic, hence why it's determined by some to be "not a real Mario game". Regardless, the U.S. Super Mario Bros. 2 was a success and is considered by many to be one of the best in the series.
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Check out the Wired.com article seen in this video for more information on the backstory of this infamous Mario entry: http://www.wired.com/2011/04/super-mario-bros-2/
Whereas LJN Defender focuses solely on sticking up for LJN games, Innocent Until Proven Guilty takes a close examination of notoriously "bad" video games from other publishers. While my area of expertise lies in retro video game consoles from Nintendo's NES to the Sega Genesis and beyond, IUPG will eventually dip into modern-ish gaming, with a few select Xbox 360 and Wii games being considered for "trial".
In an average Innocent Until Proven Guilty episode, I give each defendant a fair trial, or review in this case, and bring up their redeeming and condemning qualities. After the examination is concluded, I put the game through one final breakdown, where I weigh all of the Innocent and Guilty traits against each other. After that's finished, it's time to give out the final verdict.
While I'm very forgiving of "bad" video games and there will never be an "execution" of a guilty party, I will give it a strict reprimand when needed. That's IUPG in a nutshell. Watch me dish out digital justice in a snazzy looking suit coat and bow tie combo. Thanks for watching:)
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