This article is about the Game Boy Advance remake of Super Mario Bros. 2
. For information about the Super Mario Advance
series as a whole, see here
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, see here
Super Mario Advance is a remake of Super Mario Bros. 2 made for the handheld Game Boy Advance and released in 2001. Like the Super Mario All-Stars port for the SNES, Super Mario Advance had updated graphics, as well as many other changes from the original NES game, listed below. Of the four Super Mario Advance series ports, this game experienced the most changes from the original. A remake of the original Mario Bros. game was included with every Super Mario Advance game, including this first installment.
List of changes from the original
Mario finding the first hidden Yoshi Egg, as part of the "Yoshi's Challenge."
- Starting the level, the player starts out with two hearts in the original and the SNES versions, while in Super Mario Advance, they start with only 1 heart filled out of 2 in the heart meter (when they get hit by an enemy while they have only one heart filled, they will lose a life).
- The game can be saved after every level.
- Hearts appear much more frequently than in the original. Whenever three or more vegetables or enemies are involved in a collision, a heart appears. Also, hearts can be pulled out of the ground, called Heart Radishes.
- A point system has been added. Players get more points for making one thrown object hit lots of enemies. If enough enemies are hit, an extra life will be awarded.
- In each level, there are five red Ace Coins. If all are collected, the player receives an extra life, and the level gets a star on it on the map screen.
- Enemies no longer reappear after they are defeated unless characters reenter the area (even if they were previously in the Subspace).
- When the game is finished, a new "Yoshi's Challenge" mode appears. Now, there are two eggs hidden in Subspace in each level, and the player must find and collect them all.
Level design changes
- The beginning area in World 1-1, where the player starts before entering a door, has been redesigned, now featuring a giant Shy Guy and a strange hill that catapults when stood on.
- Extra clouds were added in World 1-1.
- The jar interiors have new music, and most of them have been redesigned, some featuring Shy Guys riding Ferris Wheel platforms.
- Some 1-up mushrooms have been moved, and some are sitting on the surface, but not in the ground. The surface ones are usually contained within bubbles, which the player can pop by hitting it three times with an item.
- An extra mushroom was added per level.
- Carrots appear as items helping the heroes get to higher places.
- Red Shells were made larger, and they now bounce off walls and yield hearts whenever they collide with enemies. They also now take longer to pick up, and appear in a few more levels. However, they can hurt players like in Super Mario games.
- It is possible to remove Green and Red Birdo's Ribbon by jumping on them and picking it up; the player could either throw it away or put it back on Birdo by throwing it back at them. None of this had any effect on the Birdo aside from altering her appearance.
- Giant Vegetables, enemies, and POW blocks were added.
- The giant vegetables take a long time to pull out of the ground, but function normally otherwise (apart from having a larger area to hit enemies with).
- The giant enemies take a long time to pick up, and whenever they are thrown or involved in a collision, they yield a heart.
- The giant POW Blocks bounce several times, each time having the effect of a normal block.
- More bosses were added in the game.
- Robirdo, a new boss, replaces Mouser as the boss of World 3.
- Mouser replaces Tryclyde as the boss of World 6. As a result, Tryclyde only appears once in the game.
- Some things in the game, such as the Subspaces, were completely changed in art, with both the graphics and music being dramatically changed for the areas within vases.
- A circular character select screen is shown, instead of Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad having to line up in a row.
- Luigi's overalls are now a similar color to Mario's; in the SNES remakes, they were purple.
- Toad's shirt is now purple similar to Luigi in the SNES version.
- Water gets a new design.
- Touching a Spark will make the screen flash for a brief second.
- When entering a door, the character is actually seen going through. In earlier versions, the character was caught in their current pose.
- When the player throws the key down or loses a life, the pursuing Phanto exit the screen while moving forward, making them appear considerably larger than usual.
- Slight changes were made to the game's storyline.
- Fryguy and Clawgrip's origins are seen before the heroes battle them. Fryguy was a pair of eyes, while Clawgrip was a normal Sidestepper.
- During the ending sequence, where Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad are standing before the crowd of Subcon Fairies, the number of times each character was used by the player only appears after Wart is passed across the screen. Also, the character used the most is declared the "MVP" instead of "Contributor" as in the NES and SNES versions.
- Unlike the NES version, SNES version, and subsequent Super Mario Advance installments, the Super Mario Bros. 2 title screen is not displayed when the game is selected, instead immediately displaying the file selection, followed by the character selection screen.
- Errors present in the original credits were corrected for Super Mario Advance.
- Clawgrip is now spelled correctly in the cast list; in previous versions, it was misspelled as "Clawglip." The Japanese release of this game, however, does not have the error corrected.
- Birdo and Ostro's names are now placed underneath the correct profile art during the credits, unlike the original or the Super Mario All-Stars version.
- Voices for Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad were added, and an announcer shouts "Choose a player!" at the appearance of the character select screen.
- Each time the character collects a cherry, he or she would say, "Lucky!" and the fifth one has an additional sound effect to indicate the Starman.
- Phantos now make noises when they move around the screen.
- Before battling a boss, he or she will say something:
- Pink Birdo: "This is as far as you go!" and "Well, hello there."
- Mouser: "Here! Have some bombs!"
- Red Birdo: "I'm going to finish you off!" and "You've come a long way!"
- Tryclyde: "Step right up, if you're ready to get toasted!"
- Robirdo: "You've come a long way!"
- Fry Guy: "I'm too hot to touch!"
- Green Birdo: "I'm ready for you this time!" and "You've got a lot of nerve!"
- Clawgrip: "Arrr! Youll make a tasty treat!"
- Wart: "I am the Great Wart! Ha ha ha!"
Super Mario Advance received generally positive reviews, gaining a score of 84% on metacritic.
References to other games
For references also present in the original game, see here.
References in later games
For references also present in the original game, see here.
- Main article: List of Super Mario Advance staff
The directors for this game were Satoru Iwata and Masayuki Uemura, with Hiroaki Sakagami as the assistant director and Hiroshi Yamauchi as the executive director.
- Main article: List of glitches in Super Mario Advance
In Fryguy's boss fight area, if the player slides underneath one of the Flying Mushroom Blocks and releases the down button the character's body will be stuck inside the block, the player can get out of it by sliding again.
- ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sQacWhoHkE
||Super Mario series
||Super Mario Bros. (1985, NES) • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (1986, FDS) • Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988, NES) • Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988, NES) • Super Mario World (1990, SNES) • Super Mario 64 (1996, N64) • Super Mario Sunshine (2002, GCN) • New Super Mario Bros. (2006, NDS) • Super Mario Galaxy (2007, Wii) • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009, Wii) • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010, Wii) • Super Mario 3D Land (2011, 3DS) • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012, 3DS) • New Super Mario Bros. U (2012, Wii U) • Super Mario 3D World (2013, Wii U)
||Donkey Kong (1981) • Mario Bros. (1983) • Mario's Cement Factory (1983, G&W) • Mario's Bombs Away (1983, G&W) • Mario Bros. Special (1984, PC88) • Punch Ball Mario Bros. (1984, PC88) • Wrecking Crew (1985, NES) • • Super Mario Bros. Special (1986, PC88) • Super Mario Land • (1989, GB) Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992, GB) • Hotel Mario (1994, Philips CD-i) • Mario Clash (1995, VB) • Wrecking Crew '98 (1998, SFC)
|Ports and remakes
||Donkey Kong (1982, G&W) • Mario Bros. (1983, G&W) • Vs. Super Mario Bros. (1986, Arcade) • All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. (1986, FDS) • Super Mario Bros. (1987, G&W) • Super Mario All-Stars (1993, SNES) • Donkey Kong (1994, GB) • Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World (1994, SNES) • BS Super Mario USA (1997, SNES) • Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (1999, GBC) • Super Mario Advance (2001, GBA) • Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 (2002, GBA) • Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (2003, GBA) • Famicom Mini Series (2004, GBA) • Classic NES Series (2004-2005, GBA) • Super Mario 64 DS (2004, NDS) • Virtual Console (2006-current, Wii) • Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010, Wii) • Virtual Console (2011-current, 3DS) • New Super Luigi U (2013, Wii U) • Luigi Bros. (2013, Wii U)
||Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996, SNES) • Paper Mario (2000, N64) • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003, GBA) • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004, GCN) • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (2005, NDS) • Super Paper Mario (2007, Wii) • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009, NDS) • Paper Mario: Sticker Star (2012, 3DS) • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (2013, 3DS)
| Mario Kart series
||Super Mario Kart (1992, SNES) • Mario Kart 64 (1996, N64) • Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001, GBA) • Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003, GCN) • Mario Kart Arcade GP (2005, Arcade) • Mario Kart DS (2005, NDS) • Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 (2007, Arcade) • Mario Kart Wii (2008, Wii) • Mario Kart 7 (2011, 3DS) • Mario Kart Arcade GP DX (2013, Arcade) • Mario Kart 8 (2014, Wii U)
| Mario Party series
||Mario Party (1998, N64) • Mario Party 2 (1999, N64) • Mario Party 3 (2000, N64) • Mario Party 4 (2002, GCN) • Mario Party-e (2003, GBA) • Mario Party 5 (2003, GCN) • Super Mario Fushigi no Korokoro Party (2004, Arcade) • Mario Party 6 (2004, GCN) • Mario Party Advance (2005, GBA) • Super Mario Fushigi no Korokoro Party 2 (2005, Arcade) • Mario Party 7(2006, GCN) • Mario Party 8 (2007, Wii) • Mario Party DS (2007, NDS) • Mario Party Fushigi no Korokoro Catcher (2009, Arcade) • Mario Party 9 (2012, Wii) • Mario Party: Island Tour (2013, 3DS)
|| Mario Golf series
||Golf (1984) • NES Open Tournament Golf (1991, NES) • Mario Golf (1999, N64) • Mario Golf (1999, GBC) • Mobile Golf (2001, GBC) • Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (2003, GCN) • Mario Golf: Advance Tour (2004, GBA) • Mario Golf: World Tour (2014, 3DS)
|Mario Tennis series
|| Mario's Tennis (1995, VB) • Mario Tennis 64 (2000, N64) • Mario Tennis (2000, GBC) • Mario Power Tennis (2004, GCN) • Mario Tennis: Power Tour (2005, GBA) • Mario Tennis Open (2012, 3DS)
||Mario Superstar Baseball (2005, GCN) • Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (2006, NDS) • Super Mario Strikers (2006, GCN) • Mario Strikers Charged (2007, Wii) • Mario Super Sluggers (2008, Wii) • Mario Sports Mix (2010, Wii)
|| Super Smash Bros. series
|| Super Smash Bros. (1999, N64) • Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001, GCN) • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008, Wii) • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U (2014)
| Mario & Sonic series
||Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2007, Wii) • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2007, NDS) • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (2009, Wii) • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (2009, NDS) • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (2011, Wii) • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (2012, 3DS) • Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (2013, Wii U)
||Mario Teaches Typing (1991, MS-DOS) • Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up (1991, MS-DOS) • Mario Is Missing! (1993) • Mario's Time Machine (1993) • Mario's Early Years! Fun with Letters (1993) • Mario's Early Years! Fun with Numbers (1994) • Mario's Early Years! Preschool Fun (1994) • Mario Teaches Typing 2 (1996, MS-DOS)
||Super Mario Bros. Print World (1991, MS-DOS) • Mario Paint (1992, SNES) • Mario no Photopi (1998, N64) • Mario Artist: Paint Studio (1999, N64DD) • Mario Artist: Talent Studio (2000, N64DD) • Mario Artist: Communication Kit (2000, N64DD) • Mario Artist: Polygon Studio (2000, N64DD)
||Mario & Wario (1993, SNES) • Yoshi's Safari (1993, SNES) • Undake30 Same Game (1995, SFC) • Mario's Game Gallery (1995, MS-DOS) • Mario's Picross (1995, GB) • Mario's Super Picross (1995, SFC) • Picross 2 (1996, GB) • Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium (1997, Satellaview) • Mario's FUNdamentals (1998, MS-DOS) • Mario Pinball Land (2004, GBA) • Super Mario Fushigi no Janjan Land (2003, Arcade) • Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix (2005, GCN) • Itadaki Street DS (2007, NDS) • Fortune Street (2011, Wii)