Super Mario All-Stars

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Super Mario All-Stars
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Super Famicom/Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Release date Japan July 14, 1993
USA August 1, 1993
Europe December 16, 1993
Australia December 16, 1993
Genre Compilation, Platformer
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Media SNES.png Cartridge
Super Nintendo:
The game logo

Super Mario All-Stars (also known as Super Mario Collection in Japan), is a compilation of remakes for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (the Super Famicom in Japan). It ports Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (known as Super Mario Bros. 2 For Super Players in Japan) to the Super Nintendo with an added on-cartridge save feature, updated graphics and sound, and an additional "battle game" for Super Mario Bros. 3. It is also the first time that Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels was released for the western public.

This game was re-released again as Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World, which as the title suggests, additionally featured Super Mario World with updated graphics. Unlike the original, It was never released in Japan.

During development, the Japanese developers called this game "Mario Extravaganza".

In 2010, the game was re-released on the Wii as part of the Super Mario Bros. 25th anniversary, under the title Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition. The game was initially released with a Mario history booklet and a CD containing songs and sound effects from various games.

Differences and changes[edit]

Changes to Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels[edit]


The title screen for this game.
The NES version (top) compared with the SNES version (bottom).

There are graphical enhancements for all settings. Grassland levels have grass on the ground (The ground is no longer made of blocks). All levels have backgrounds (for example, levels that take place at night have a twinkling star background). Worlds 3, 5, and 7 now take place in a setting covered in snow (this does not affect gameplay). Underground levels show a wall in the background. Underwater levels have a distortion effect. Green Koopa Troopas are always green (as opposed to being teal in underground levels.) The color of Bloopers was changed from white to pink, and gray Cheep Cheeps are now green. Bullet Bills' arms are now animated, and Bowser now resembles his Super Mario Bros. 3 design. There are parallax scrolling layers in the background. Secret underground levels have an picture of Mario or Luigi showing a V sign in the background, which are labeled "Bonus". This is also seen in Coin Heaven. Underground levels like World 1-2 place an echo effect on all sounds. Lava is no longer just recolor of water and is boiling.

Luigi is now no longer simple recolor of Mario, the Bros.' standing pose is different and now resembles his Super Mario Bros. 3 design, but with the shirt and overall colors swapped and recolored, and Fire Mario and Fire Luigi are no longer colored the same having the shirt/overall colors swapped (Mario got blue shirt and red overalls while Fire Mario got red shirt and white overalls, and Luigi got purple shirt and green overalls while Fire Luigi got green shirt and white overalls). When a brother enters a bigger castle, he takes the middle door rather than the left one. Before vanishing in a door, he shows a V sign with his fingers. The Bros. also show a V sign when entering a pipe from above.

As opposed to simply standing on the ground, Toads are now found in sacks, which they somehow escape from after Mario or Luigi come. There also are now two Toads in World 2, three Toads in World 3, four Toads in World 4, and so on. They always have a different animation when Mario rescues them from a sack. The final scene where Mario rescues Princess Toadstool has also been changed. She is now held in a cage above lava which Mario jumps into from the side, and if the player is Small Mario, a Super Mushroom will rain down and make him Super Mario. Then there is a zoom-in showing Toadstool kissing Mario on the cheek; in Super Mario Bros., he blushes; in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, his eyes become heart shaped, but in World D, he blushes due to Toadstool already kissing him multiple times.

The bricks for each fortress are more distinguishable from the normal bricks. Originally, they were normal bricks, but could not be broken and as a scenery. Bowser's Castle is distinguished from the other castles by having thunder and lightning occur in the background.

The originally gray-colored World 6-3 is now colored.


The player starts out with five lives, not three. There is a level introduction screen which gives a brief overview of all monsters appearing in the level.

Destroying a Brick Block has a different effect. Originally, Mario/Luigi would quickly fall down. In Super Mario All-Stars, however, he continues going upwards, then slowly goes back down. In all Mario games except Super Mario All-Stars, and even in the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3, he bounces down quickly, as he did in NES. Mario gets hurt if he hits the upper mouth of Piranha Plants, while in the original Super Mario Bros., the upper pixels of the Piranha Plant's mouth do not harm Mario or Luigi.

There were several bugfixes. An extra block was added on top of the pipe at the end of underwater levels, preventing Mario from getting stuck in this place as it was possible in the original game (Stuck Underwater glitch also can perfomed in SMAS version if one removes a block at the end of underwater levels). When Mario has more than nine lives, they are displayed correctly. Glitches such as Minus World, Mushroom Magic, Small Fire Mario and Stuck Underwater were fixed and removed, although Mario can still walk through the wall into the Warp Zone. The left pipe will warp to World 4, however.

During a game over, the player is asked to continue, save and continue, or save and quit. Mario/Luigi appears at the bottom, next to the logo of the current game.

In Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, the game can be saved after clearing a level rather than a world.

In World 8-3, the separate brick walls in the background are now replaced with a single, continuous wall, thus revealing the existence of a hidden coin block hidden in the last wall of the original version (whose existence is only given away by a faint white line located just above it).

In the more difficult quest, there is now a star to the left of the world's name and number. Since Mario/Luigi now starts as either Super or Fire Mario/Luigi, this marks the only time he ever gets a Fire Flower from the first ? Block (after the first Goomba) containing a power-up.

In a two player game, the second player now starts after the first player finishes a level as well as after he/she loses a life, and vice versa.

Time is converted to points in castle levels.


The entire music of the game was enhanced. A new "happier" background music plays in secret underground areas and the Coin Heaven, instead of the normal underground and Starman theme respectively. There is also a new Bowser battle music, which starts when the player reaches a Bowser Impostor in a castle. The Bowser battle music is different for the real Bowser, however; that music plays in World 8-4 and World D-4. Although there are some exceptions in The Lost Levels, going through a pipe generally no longer resets the music. In World 8-4, the underwater area now uses castle music rather than water music. The title screen for both games now has a cover version of the SMB Underwater theme playing in the background: with a harmonica in SMB and a harp in The Lost Levels. The underground levels use the enhanced version of the upbeat underground music from Super Mario Bros. 3 instead of the basic/simple one from the NES game and Game Boy Color remake, and when Princess Toadstool is rescued, the music that plays is an enhanced version of the extended rescue song from Super Mario Bros. 3 instead of the original rescue song instead of the basic/simple one from the NES game and Game Boy Color remake.

Changes to Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

The NES version (top) compared with the SNES version (bottom).


Several enemies got a another palette swap. Pink Shy Guys, Snifits, and Pansers are now blue. Since green and gray Snifits function identically in the original game, all green Snifits are now gray. Likewise for Pansers and Birdos, green and gray ones are now just green. Green and gray Beezos (which only fly straight across) are now red while red ones (which home down to the player) are now yellow. Both Mousers are now gray too. The playable characters have also had their sprites recolored to match their actual appearance (as the original game used only three colors for the character sprites). Some of these includes Princess Toadstool receiving blonde hair as opposed to brown from the original and Toad getting red spots on his cap rather than blue spots (Peach had brown hair and Toad had a blue-spotted mushroom hat because graphical limitations of the NES).

The backgrounds of the levels have also been given more detailed add-ons such as clouds, trees, etc. The mushroom that allows the hero to get an extra heart is rounder and has fewer white spots than the original (giving it an appearance more similar to a Super Mushroom). Also, when transitioning to different areas within each level, the screen now fades through black as opposed to platforms and objects disappearing to the background changing color and new platforms and objects appearing.

Also, the final boss battles from Worlds 1-6 have background tiles that resemble Lego-inspired building blocks as opposed to simply bricks.

Due to a controversy over the original manual, Birdo is now female, however the end credits still have the same names and spellings as the original.


The music within the game has also been retouched and several sound effects from the characters have also been changed (such as when the hero picks up a vegetable, Mushroom Block, POW Block, or enemy). The spike area in World 5-2 no longer uses the underworld music, but it uses overworld music instead. The title screen's music (which is now shared with the other games) is a ballad-themed version of the SMB Underwater music. The final areas in Worlds 2-3, 3-3, and 4-3 no longer use the boss music before picking up the Crystal Ball to enter Hawkmouth to face the final boss of each world. For the endings, the music for the ceremony before the credits is now orchestrated, and the music for the ending credits with Mario waking up and then snoozing back to sleep is now shortened and no longer starts out with that extra rhythm, making slightly less reference to Doki Doki Panic.


  • Saving is now possible and the game has unlimited continues instead of only three in the NES version.
  • Players can now start on any level based on each file's progress being saved, and no longer need to start from the beginning unless the file is erased.
  • The game makes full use of the two run buttons X Button and Y Button on the SNES controller, so one button can be held to run while another for picking up and throwing enemies.
  • After a character loses a life, the player can now select any character. Originally, he or she must play with the character who lost a life.
  • Health points have now a heart shape instead of diamonds, and empty ones are now light blue instead of white.
  • The non-highlighted characters on the Player Select screen are now gray instead of blue.
  • Some levels that originally take place during the day now take place at night and vice-versa.
  • The Game Over and Warp Zone screens now has the title's red-and-gold border and features Birdo as opposed to just white letters on a black background.
  • The first area in World 4-2 is now underground and plays the underground BGM.
  • The doorways that lack a door (except for ones that have light shining from the outside) have been replaced by yellow double doors.
  • The doors that require a key to open no longer disappear once unlocked, but instead become their regular lockless versions.
  • Also, unlike the original, once the locked door is unlocked, the key magically disappears.
  • The key rooms in the fortresses in Worlds 1-3, 3-3, and 4-3 (as well as one inside the pyramid in World 2-3) now have a background of a giant gray Phanto whose eyes flash an eerie red once the player picks up the key.
  • A sound is played to indicate when the Power Squat Jump has been charged up.
  • Birdoes spit out the Crystal Ball when defeated. In the NES game, Birdoes held the crystal ball. The same applies to the red Birdo with the key in World 7-2.
  • Players start with 5 lives at default instead of 2 in the original version, and their last life before Game Over is at 1 instead of 0. Also lives greater than 9 are now literally counted as opposed to being a letter and a number together.
  • On Bonus Chance screen after the player completes each level and advances onto the next level, the three slots are now slightly larger and act like mechanical ones as opposed to digital. If the player matches all three slots or at least has a Cherry first, the screen now flashes along with the happy fanfare. The Lucky 7 is introduced, and will grant the player an additional 10 lives if all three slots match. Players will also be granted extra coins of service if the player manages to get some bonuses correct (or at least have the Cherry first) in a row. On the other hand, if the player completes the level without picking up any Bonus Coins from Subspace, the three empty slots on the Bonus Chance screen are now black instead of white, and the words NO BONUS appear just after the opening fanfare.
  • When Wart is defeated, the music stops playing instead of continuing before the secret door appears. He also makes the sound of a Koopaling being defeated and an airship being relocated on his last hit before being defeated.
  • When the player enters the door to the Subcons' captive lair after defeating Wart, the screen slowly fades through black for about 2 seconds as opposed to simply transitioning to the next screen instantly.
  • Also, in the area where the Subcons are held captive before being released by one of the heroes, the doorway with light shining in is replaced by yellow double doors, and a background is added with stained glass windows and a large archway revealing the outside the fortress.
  • The wall in the ceremony cutscene from the game's ending is now bright yellow instead of dark blue and has gray-green panels on the lower end of the wall. Also, the platform in which the four heroes are perched on is now slightly lower and wider. The Contributor board is now black on the inside and its frame is brown as opposed to being translucent, and the characters' points for the levels completed are now framed. Toad now waves just his left hand as opposed lifting both of his arms up and down. It is now possible for any character to have level completion points greater than 20, due to the new ability to save the game's progress.
  • The credits scene with Mario sleeping and realizing that his adventure was just a dream is now multi-colored as opposed to being a monochromatic blue, and the background itself is now shades indigo. Players can now save their progress after completing the game without the need to start all over.

Changes to Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

The NES version (top) compared with the SNES version (bottom).


  • Most sprites are the same, except they have been recolored. Additionally, Luigi is no longer a pallete swap of Mario sprite.
  • All levels are given re-mastered backgrounds with parallax scrolling and extra details, such as block sizables, clouds, beetroots, pillars, etc., instead of simple, plain cyan, blue, yellow and black backgrounds.
  • Caves get a more realistic look. All invisible blocks there are now hidden completely with no white dots indicating their presence.
  • The White Mushroom Houses are colored blue instead of white in the NES version.
  • Some inventory items change color; Leaf is brown; Starman is gold; Anchor is silver; Fire Flower is orange. Additionally, the Super Mushroom is now colored red with white spots, though it keeps its original look while in the inventory, which has been changed from pink to blue.
  • Inside bonus rooms, there is a new background made out of diamonds and question marks instead of using white dots in a black background.
  • A coin symbol is used instead of a dollar sign.
  • The pictures on the cards at the end of each level have been colored in.
  • New map icons for the Boomerang Brother, Fire Brother, and Sledge Brother have been implemented. However, the Sledge Brother's map icon is merely a green Hammer Brother; this was fixed in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Beanstalks that grow in Sky Land and Ice Land are now green instead of white. Also, all Airships are now brown.
  • In the cutscene where Mario falls down from an Airship, the sky changes from night to day.
  • Pile Driver Micro Goomba's Brick Blocks now shine like the other bricks, making them much difficult to find.
  • The unique icy 1-Up mushroom in World 6-3 is now normal form (White and Black).
  • World 1-5 is now grassy instead of ice and snow.

Music and Sound effects[edit]

  • A jazz cover of the SMB Underwater theme now plays on the title screen instead of no music like in the NES version.
  • When Mario or Luigi loses the Raccoon power-up, the sound effect is now the same as losing any other power-up, instead of the "poof" sound.
  • Airship cannons have a more realistic sound effect.
  • While inside the tank in Dark Land, the music changes to Hammer Bro. battle music. Originally, it doesn't change at all.


  • The Mario Bros. is available from the title screen, slightly different from the one accessible from the map in a 2-player game. It introduces the Reverse Mushroom, the item which later reappear in Mario Party 3.
  • Mario's last life before a Game Over is "1"; in the NES it is "0".
  • "Mario Start!" and "Luigi Start!" are now displayed when starting a level, similarly to Super Mario World.
  • Saving is now possible.
  • Kings get transformed into characters from other Mario games:
  • The All-Stars version uses full use of two the run buttons X Button and Y Button, like Super Mario World. Although it makes little difference for most scenarios, one difference is Fire Mario can take out a Koopa while holding it.
  • In the Toad Houses, Mario can move three seconds into the dialogue rather than waiting until the dialogue completes.
  • There is no longer a time limit in map-traveling Warp Pipes.
  • Three coins were added to World 2-2, meaning that Mario can get the White Mushroom House without collecting any from the group located far away from the Switch Block.
  • The Ice Blocks in World 3-9 are made a half-curve, fixing a glitch involving shooting the Ice Blocks and then doing a duck jump to go down the side of the pipe.
  • In World 4-4, the water level is now the same height. As a result while in the original the water level was higher before the wall and lower after it, here it's the other way around (the water is lower before the wall but higher after).
  • The first Toad House in Ice Land now has a Hammer Suit so that Mario can get a Hammer Suit without having to do World 6-5.
  • The Ice Block structure in World 7-5 was moved to the right, fixing a glitch similar to the one in World 3-9.
  • In World 7-PiranhaPlant-Map-SMA4.gif 2, the Pipe at the end of the screen was heightened with a block added at the very top so that Raccoon or Tanooki Mario cannot fly to the top of the Pipe and get hit by an invisible muncher.
  • World 8-Fortress1-SMB3.png gets more complex by having two sides both colored blue (as opposed to a blue side and a gray side).

References to other games[edit]

  • Sound effects from Super Mario World are reused in this game.


Main article: List of media from Super Mario All-Stars
Audio.png Super Mario Bros. Overworld Theme - The Super Mario Bros. overworld theme.
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Audio.png Super Mario Bros. Underwater Theme - The Super Mario Bros. underwater theme.
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World 9 challenge[edit]

From volume 52 of Nintendo Power:

We're giving you a chance to show us what you're made of. And we'll award anyone who can reach World 9 of this poisonous pack with a badge of honor. Here's the catch-you can only reach World 9 of the Lost Levels if you play every single tortuous level. Absolutely no warping! (If you try to take a shortcut, you'll skip from World 8 to bonus World A.) Send us a photo of your accomplishment, and we'll send you this great iron-on patch. Just pause the game, and take a picture of the screen with World 9 clearly displayed in the corner. Get stompin'! The deadline is October 31, 1993.

Send your name, address and photo to:

Nintendo Power
World 9 Challenge
P.O. Box 97043
Redmond, WA 98073-9743

Contest Rules
  • Patch will be awarded to all valid entries received postmarked by October 31, 1993. Entries must include a photograph of a television screen with level 9 clearly displayed from the video game Super Mario All-Stars, The Lost Levels along with the entrants full name and mailing address. All judging decisions made by the Nintendo Power Staff are final."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スーパーマリオコレクション
Sūpā Mario Korekushon
Super Mario Collection