I decided to try something different, and get into the whole live blogging thing. Tonight I am playing The Lost Levels.
The Lost Levels
World 1 - standard opening for the hard version of Super Mario Bros. Opportunities for mushrooms are rare, let alone Flower Power. I managed to get through the entire world without death. First level is above ground, and not too difficult. The second level is undeground, and there are sections that you can skip by getting to the top level bricks. There is a hidden mushroom just after that opportunity. The third level is a aerial level, that introduces you to the new flying Bloober. The level four Bowser stage is fairly challenging, and if you are using Luigi, you will quickly learn that ducking does not protect you from the fireball chains. On the whole, World 1 is on part to about World 6 or 7 in the original Super Mario Bros.
World 2 - things quickly got more difficult here. It is nighttime scene in World 2. The first part of stage 1 involves a series of flying green koopas. It is easy enough to avoid them all, however you have to kill them in order to get to the mushroom there. If you are using Luigi, there is a water gap that can probably be jumped over, but it is likely better to use the girder platform here. Onto stage 2.