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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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Super Mario Advance
American boxart
Developer(s) Nintendo R&D2
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance
Virtual Console (Wii U)
Release date Game Boy Advance
Japan March 21, 2001[1]
USA June 11, 2001
Europe June 22, 2001
Australia June 22, 2001
China 2004 (iQue)
Virtual Console (Wii U)
Japan July 16, 2014
USA November 6, 2014
Europe March 10, 2016[2]
Australia March 11, 2016
Genre 2D Platformer
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
Mode(s) Single player
Wii U:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Game Boy Advance:
Media GBA icon.png Cartridge
Wii U:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Game Boy Advance:

Super Mario Advance is the port 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. Super Mario Advance was re-released on the Wii U's Virtual Console in Japan on July 16, 2014, and in North America on November 6, 2014, and then released in Europe on March 10, 2016, and on the following day in Australia.

List of changes from previous versions[edit]

Gameplay changes[edit]

Mario finding the first hidden Yoshi Egg, as part of the "Yoshi's Challenge."
  • The player starts each life in Small form instead of Super form, as in the original and the SNES versions.
  • The player can save their game and continue or quit at any point during a level by selecting the option on the pause menu.
  • A "Try Again" feature has been added to the pause menu; this allows the player to restart the level from the beginning, also resetting their score and any collectibles that they obtained before restarting, as well as reverting the character to their Small form.
  • Hearts appear much more frequently than in the original. Whenever three or more vegetables or enemies are involved in a collision, a heart appears. Items called Heart Radishes can also be pulled from the ground.
  • 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 is awarded.
  • Roulettes have been added. These balls give the player a bomb, heart, or Starman after being thrown.
  • A new Spark Chaser item can be found in some vases. It can be used to clear Sparks on the walls, ground, and ceiling.
  • 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 leave and reenter the area (even if they were previously in Subspace).
  • After the game is beaten, a new "Yoshi's Challenge" mode appears. In this mode, there are two eggs hidden in Subspace in each level, in the locations of two Super Mushrooms, and the player must find and collect them all. Additionally, the player is free to select any level to play in this mode.
  • In Worlds 1-1 and 1-3, large carrots spring from under hills to help the heroes get to higher places.
  • Some vases have a large blue spike that is harmful when touched. While animated, it doesn't move from its location.
  • Red Shells are larger, and 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 other 2D Super Mario games.
  • It is possible to remove the green and red Birdo's ribbon by jumping on them and picking it up; the player can either throw it away or put it back on the Birdo by throwing it back at them. None of this has any effect on the Birdo aside from altering her appearance.
  • Giant Vegetables, enemies, and POW Blocks have been added.
    • The giant vegetables take a longer 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 longer time to pick up, and whenever they are thrown or hit, they yield a heart.
    • The giant POW Blocks bounce several times, each time having the effect of a normal POW Block.
  • The bosses were changed around a bit.
    • 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.
  • An extra Mushroom is added to each level.
  • Some 1-up Mushrooms have been moved, and some are sitting on the surface; these ones are usually contained within bubbles, which the player can pop by hitting it three times.
  • It is possible to bet more than one coin in the Bonus Chance game. Also, if no coins are collected in a stage, the "No Bonus" message appears the instant the Bonus Chance screen is displayed, rather than until the start fanfare finishes.

Level design changes[edit]

  • The beginning area in World 1-1, where the player starts before entering a door, has been redesigned, now featuring cloud platforms, a giant Shy Guy and a strange hill that catapults when stood on. The door leading to the next part of the level has also been moved up, onto a hill.
  • The jar interiors have new music, and most of them have been redesigned, some featuring Shy Guys riding Ferris Wheel platforms.

Graphical changes[edit]

  • Some things in the game, such as Subspace, were completely changed in art, with both the graphics and music being heavily changed for the areas within vases.
  • A "3D" circular character select screen is used (similar to Donkey Kong 64's Tag Barrels), instead of having Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad lined up in a row.
  • Luigi's overalls and Toad's vest have swapped colors from the All-Stars version.
  • 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 a key or loses a life, the pursuing Phanto exits the screen while moving forward, making them appear considerably larger than usual.

Textual changes[edit]

  • 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. Four giant bubbles transform them before their fights.
    • During the ending sequence, where Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad are standing before the crowd of Subcon people, 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 games, 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.
  • Please Select Player is now Choose a Player. However, the Japanese version omits this change and instead says Please Select Player.
  • The cast list was changed a bit:
    • In the Japanese version, Toad is named Kinopio, unlike the NES or SNES versions. This is applied for the whole of the game.
    • Clawgrip, Hoopster, and Tryclyde are now spelled correctly; previously, they were misspelled as "Clawglip", "Hoopstar", and "Triclyde," respectively. The Japanese release of this game, however, does not have the errors corrected.
    • Birdo and Ostro's names are now placed underneath the correct profile art, unlike the original or the Super Mario All-Stars version. However, Birdo's name wasn't changed in the Japanese version.
    • Robirdo was added in-between Fryguy and Clawgrip.

Audio changes[edit]

  • Voices for Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, and the bosses 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 Super Star.
  • Phantos now make the same noises as the larger Phanto in the background of the key rooms as they move around the screen.
  • Bosses speak before and after battle:
    • Pink Birdo says "This is as far as you go!" or "Well, hello there." when met, "No!" when hit, and "I'll remember this!" upon defeat.
    • Mouser: "Here! Have some bombs!" when met, "Hagadadada!" when hit, and "No way!" when beaten.
    • Red Birdo and Robirdo: "I'm going to finish you off!" or "You've come a long way!" when met (exclusively the latter for Robirdo), "Uhhh!" when hit, and "How could you?!?" upon defeat.
    • Tryclyde: "Step right up, if you're ready to get toasted!" when met, "Yow!" when hit, and "Impossible!" when beaten.
    • Fryguy: "I'm too hot to touch!" when met, "Owowowowow!" when hit, and "Too hot to touch!" when split up.
    • Green Birdo: "I'm ready for you this time!" or "You've got a lot of nerve!" when met, "Uwaaa!" when hit, and "Heeeelp..." when beaten.
    • Clawgrip: "Arrr! You'll make a tasty treat!" when met, "Owowowowow!" when hit, and "Arr! You got me!" when beaten.
    • Wart: "I am the Great Wart! Ha ha ha!" when met, "Grr, ribbit!" or "Ah, ribbit!" when hit, and "No! Ribbit...No...auuughh...aahh..." when beaten.



Super Mario Advance was developed due to the success of Super Mario Bros. Deluxe for the Game Boy Color in America in late 1999.[3] Despite the use of most graphical and audio assets from the All-Stars version, the game was coded from scratch; new sprites and audio cues were created because their existing counterparts were "not good enough". The development team purposefully decided to add "large" versions of enemies and increase the number of enemies on-screen as a means of highlighting the Game Boy Advance's processing power.[3]

The Mario Bros. remake was initially a separate project designed to experiment with the Game Boy Advance's link cable feature, but it was eventually decided to include it as an extra[3].


Super Mario Advance received generally positive reviews, gaining a score of 84% on Metacritic.

References to other games[edit]

For references also present in the original game, see here.

References in later games[edit]

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 Super Mario Advance glitches

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.


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  2. ^ Nintendo Download: 10th March (Europe). Nintendo Life. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Interview on Nintendo's Japanese website, Nintendo. Retrieved March 30 2015 (partial translation available here)