Super Mario All-Stars
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
Changes to Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
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 a 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 a blue shirt and red overalls (similar to Mario's outfit from the DIC cartoons) while Fire Mario got a red shirt and white overalls (similar to Super Mario's outfit from the DIC cartoons), and Luigi got a purple shirt and green overalls (similar to Luigi's outfit from the DIC cartoons) while Fire Luigi got a green shirt and white overalls (similar to Super Luigi's outfit from the DIC cartoons)). 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 5 lives instead of 3, and gaining more than 128 lives just maxes out the life counter at 128, unlike the NES version where the next display of the lives screen gives a Game Over. There is a level introduction screen which gives a brief overview of all monsters appearing in the level. For example, the World 1-1 introduction shows Goombas and Koopa Troopas.
Destroying a Brick Block has a different effect. Originally, Mario/Luigi rebounds downward quickly just like hitting any indestructible block. In Super Mario All-Stars, however, he continues going upwards, then falls back down more slowly. These two installments in All-Stars are the only Mario games to ever have this effect; even in the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3, Mario/Luigi rebounds downward quickly like in the original NES version. 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 performed 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 (this also applies on the Time Up screen).
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
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. Tryclydes are now green, yet are still colored red in their official artworks. 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) and Mario and Luigi's overalls are now jean colored as opposed to dark blue from the original. Ostroes are now pink instead of black, and Porcupoes are now purple instead of black.
When the characters shrink when they reach down to one remaining heart, their entire bodies shrink instead of just their lower bodies.
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.
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. The world boss victory music is now slightly slower. 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.
Changes to Super Mario Bros. 3
Music and Sound effects
References to other games
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.
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